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, Legal Aid Society Reach Deal to Help New York Families Avoid Eviction

Hughes Hubbard and the Legal Aid Society announced the favorable settlement of a class action lawsuit they brought challenging the adequacy of housing assistance for poor families. The settlement will help thousands of families avoid eviction and homelessness.

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Important Settlement Achieved With Georgia in Voting Rights Suit

Hughes Hubbard played a pivotal role in achieving an important settlement for voting rights advocates after the state of Georgia agreed to end its "exact-match" voter registration verification scheme.
As part of the settlement, announced on Feb. 10, 2017, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp agreed to stop automatically canceling voter registration applications that do not match state driver's license and Social Security records.

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Asylum Obtained 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

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.

Firm 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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“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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