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 Remains 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 second among Big Law firms for U.S. pro bono commitment in 2016.

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Firm Helps Honduran Family Stay Together Amid Deportation Threat

Hughes Hubbard paved the path to legal permanent residency for two teenage immigrants who faced deportation after entering the United States last year to escape an abusive home in Honduras and join their mother and younger brother in New York.

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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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Hughes Hubbard Achieves Victory for New York City and Two Police Officers

Representing New York City and two police officers in New York Supreme Court, Kings County, Hughes Hubbard obtained dismissal of a civil rights action seeking $10 million in alleged damages.

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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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