Pro Bono Commitment
At HSPRD, our commitment to providing pro bono legal services to those in need goes beyond what is simply expected of today’s law firms: We take on numerous pro bono matters at all levels because doing so aligns with our mission and values to represent individuals and organizations in the pursuit of justice and fairness. HSPRD attorneys dedicate their pro bono time in a variety of areas, from asylum and refugee cases, to human rights and criminal justice matters, to representing local and national advocacy organizations.
In 2014, our attorneys provided over 2,200 pro bono hours in furtherance of our commitment to public service.
This amounts to more than a half-million dollars in legal services provided at no charge to those in need.
Some of our recent service includes:
HSPRD attorneys worked with the National Immigrant Justice Center, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, and International Human Rights Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School to petition the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights to halt expedited deportation procedures for children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras fleeing gang recruitment and extreme violence in their home countries.
HSPRD attorneys secured a victory for an applicant fleeing persecution for withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture before an immigration judge. The case is currently on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
HSPRD attorneys advised a national advocacy organization on the implications of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for bi-national same-sex couples in light of United States v. Windsor.