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.
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.
The firm successfully represented a South American transgender woman who sought asylum in the United States to escape persecution in her native country of Guyana, which criminalizes consensual same-sex activity between men and "cross-dressing."
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.
The firm and NYLAG won final court approval of a settlement resolving a class action lawsuit on behalf of low-income New Yorkers against a New Jersey business and its law firm for an alleged fraudulent debt collection scheme.
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.
“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