Pro Bono

We believe pro bono service is a win for everyone.

Public service is deeply embedded in our firm, as evidenced by our outsized commitment to pro bono work. We provide significant legal services to those who would otherwise not have access to justice. Our pro bono work focuses on helping underserved communities and advocating for abused women, immigrants and the wrongfully convicted.

Our work covers a wide range of areas, including:

  •  immigration
  •  civil rights
  •  criminal defense
  •  housing
  •  art law
Pro Bono Matters Here are some of our most recent successes.

Hughes Hubbard Obtains Asylum for Transgender Immigrant

Hughes Hubbard obtained asylum for a transgender woman who fled her native Mexico to escape severe mistreatment and persecution due to her perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The late Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson, center, with (from left) Ted Mayer, Vanessa Gathers and Lisa Cahill

Hughes Hubbard Wins Exoneration for Woman Framed by Rogue Cop

After 30 months of work that included managing a private cold-case investigation of events in East New York in the early '90s and the retention of a leading false-confession expert, Hughes Hubbard helped clear the name of a woman who spent 10 years in prison after being framed by a rogue detective.

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Ruddy Quezada, center, with his daughter Amanda and his brother Victor.

Hughes Hubbard Wins Murder Conviction Dismissal for Imprisoned Man

Hughes Hubbard secured dismissal of a murder conviction of a pro bono client who served more than 23 years in prison.

On Aug. 31, Ruddy Quezada was released from Rikers Island after Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson admitted his long-serving predecessor had withheld key evidence in the case.

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Hughes Hubbard Wins Eviction Case for Disabled Tenant

Hughes Hubbard secured a critical victory for a pro bono client when a Florida state judge affirmed a magistrate judge's report and recommendation to halt the eviction of an illiterate disabled man from the public housing apartment where he has lived for nearly 20 years.

On Nov. 1, 2016, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely granted summary judgment in favor of David Watts and held that Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Schwabedissen did not abuse her discretion when she found that Watts had the right to succeed the tenancy of his late wife, even though she never added him to the lease as a public housing tenant.

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Firm Helps Salvadoran Minor Secure Legal Residence

Hughes Hubbard won a victory for a pro bono client, who received his permanent residency status on Oct. 4, 2016, after a three-year process, enabling him to legally reside in the United States.
In 2013, at 16, the client fled from El Salvador to the U.S. due to unsafe living conditions and neglectful parents. He was caught in Texas, after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and was detained by authorities before eventually being released and placed under his uncle's care.

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“Without opportunity on the part of the poor to obtain expert legal advice, it is idle to talk of equality before the law.” Charles Evans Hughes
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