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 Again Ranked Among Top Firms on AmLaw’s Pro Bono List

Hughes Hubbard maintained one of the top spots in The American Lawyer’s annual pro bono special report, ranking fifth among Big Law firms for U.S. pro bono commitment in 2017.

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Hughes Hubbard Obtains Asylum for West African Woman

Hughes Hubbard secured asylum for an HIV-positive female genital mutilation and domestic violence victim, who fled from Burkina Faso to the United States to escape a forced marriage.

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Firm Helps Reunite Separated Immigrant Family

Hughes Hubbard helped a young mother from El Salvador to secure release from immigration detention on a minimal bond and to reunite with her daughter, who was separately detained. 

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Hughes Hubbard Wins Approval to Settle Class Action Lawsuit With Debt Collector

After nearly six years of legal battles, Hughes Hubbard and the New York Legal Assistance Group achieved relief for more than 60,000 low-income New Yorkers who were the victims of an alleged fraudulent debt collection scheme.

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Firm Obtains Significant Settlement for Pro Bono Client

Only days before trial was set to commence, Hughes Hubbard obtained an excellent outcome for a pro bono client by negotiating a $50,000 settlement to resolve civil rights claims related to a pattern of harassment by prison correctional officers that culminated in a brutal assault.

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