Prince Lobel recognizes
the importance of reaching out to the needy and underserved members of our
community. Our attorneys and staff, both individually and collectively, are
actively involved in a wide spectrum of charitable organizations, and perform
jobs ranging from pro bono legal work to spreading compost and raking leaves,
and everything in between.
The Prince Lobel Foundation was created to enhance the philanthropic
activities of Prince Lobel, and to facilitate the coordination and management
of the firm’s contributions and activities.
While Prince Lobel
Foundation is not an application-based grant funding organization, it does
provide support to Boston-area educational-based initiatives for school-age
children, as well as programs that support victims of domestic abuse, those
suffering from addictions, illness or injury, and a variety of other programs that
address the needs of many of the most vulnerable members of our community.
This commitment to our
community dovetails with our commitment to diversity. If we can provide support
to those organizations that need, but cannot access professional guidance, or
assist individuals, families, and communities that need a helping hand, then it
is our responsibility to do so.
- Madison Park Vocational and Technical
High School (Roxbury, MA): Since 2006, Prince Lobel has
partnered with this school to provide entry-level job opportunities for
students while they complete their vocational studies, and beyond
- Sociedad Latina and Brighton High School: As part of their new
internship programs, students from these Boston schools will come to
Prince Lobel after school to gain important work experience and skills.
- Meet the Worms: Prince Lobel is a proud supporter of
entrepreneur Barbara Lynch's non-profit organization that offers hands-on
learning in the garden and in the classroom to children in Boston's Public
Schools. This organization teaches children about the importance of
nutrition and sustainable agriculture, in an effort to inspire healthy
- Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program: Through a partnership with the BBA, Boston Public
Schools, the City of Boston and the Boston Private Industry Council, the
summer jobs program offers hundreds of local teenagers the opportunity to
work in a law firm for the summer. By providing a summer job to a public
school student, the firm helps the student gain a better understanding of
the legal community and the responsibilities of working in the
- The Inner-City Scholarship Fund:
The ICSF helps thousands of children in need by funding partial
scholarships to attend Catholic schools in Boston and surrounding towns.
Scholarships are given primarily to students in high poverty neighborhoods
and are awarded without regard to race, religion, national origin or
gender. This scholarship fund helps provide assistance to the neediest
families in our community so they can offer their children a first-rate
education and the hope of a promising future. Prince Lobel sponsors their
annual Back to School Cup Golf Tournament, and a firm partner is an ICSF
- South Boston Catholic Academy (Boston, MA):
Attorneys and staff helped students and teachers paint and add artistic
stenciling to walls and other open spaces.
- St. Rose School (Chelsea,
MA): Prince Lobel volunteers spent an afternoon assisting St. Rose
School in Chelsea with some much needed "spring" cleaning
as part of the firm’s second “Day to Make a Difference” through the
Inner-City Scholarship Fund.
- Mission Grammar School (Roxbury,
MA): Attorneys and staff joined students and teachers to clean, paint,
make repairs, and assemble materials to prepare for the first day of
- School on Wheels of Massachusetts: Attorneys
and staff donated school supplies to help educate children affected by
Families and Children
- Children's Advocacy Center:
Prince Lobel is a sponsor of their annual golf tournament which raises
funds to support the CAC's mission of providing support to abused children
and their families in Suffolk County.
- Women's Lunch Place: Staff
and attorneys volunteer regularly to serve lunch at this daytime refuge
for women and children who are poor and homeless. In addition to helping
their volunteers serve lunch, the firm is an ongoing sponsor of their
annual Spaghetti Dinner, an event that raises critical funds to support their
- H.A.R.T. House: Each year, Prince Lobel attorneys and
staff provide all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for mothers and
children living at this family residential treatment program for women
struggling with addictions, and a safe house for women and children who
need shelter from domestic violence. The firm also completes the holiday
wish lists for the children and their mothers who would otherwise have no
presents to open during the holidays.
- Haven From Hunger: The firm delivers Thanksgiving food
to this organization that provides more than two million pounds of food
annually to those in need in the Peabody and Salem (Mass.) area.
- Ella J. Baker House: The firm provided turkeys to
residents of this Dorchester-based program that mentors, monitors, and
ministers to high risk youth in Boston's inner city.
- Smart From the Start:
Prince Lobel contributed to their holiday gift drive. This Boston-based
organization offers a wide variety of services to low-income families.
- Casa Nueva Vida: They are the
only homeless shelter in the state of Massachusetts with a completely
bilingual staff. This organization is committed to helping homeless
families find their own affordable and permanent housing in addition to
helping them build the skills necessary to stay out of homelessness and
become active members of society.
- Heading Home, Inc.: The firm
supports this organization by offering pro bono legal services and
sponsoring their fundraising programs aimed at providing emergency,
transitional, and permanent housing and support services to low-income and
formerly homeless families and individuals.
- In addition, Prince Lobel is an active participate in numerous
youth sports programs in the Greater Boston area.
- Outside the Box:
Boston serves at the host to a first-of-its-kind nine-day multi-arts
festival held at locations in and around the city. Events are open to all
and no charge when held in one of many public spaces.
- Shakespeare on the Common:
Each year, Prince Lobel sponsors an evening's performance for this
organization dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in
contemporary productions, which are presented free of charge to Boston's
- Celebrity Series of
Boston: The firm sponsored "Mad About Marty," a
tribute to longtime Celebrity Series of Boston President and Executive
Director Martha H. Jones. The mission of Celebrity Series of Boston is to
create new works that bring artists and audiences together, and to engage
young audiences in artistic experiences through performing arts-based
education and community service programs.
- Arts & Business
Council of Greater Boston: Prince Lobel sponsored
"Martinis & Masterpieces," an event that recognized the
business and legal professionals who provide free and reduced services to
artists and arts organizations in Massachusetts.
Local Community and
- Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association:
Prince Lobel is a sponsor of their annual gala, which celebrates the
contributions and achievements of notable black legal professionals. The
MBLA provides a valuable network and visible presence for attorneys of
color within the Massachusetts legal community.
- Greater Boston Legal Services: Prince Lobel
attorneys and staff support their annual "Associates Drive."
GBLS provides free legal assistance and representation on civil matters to
hundreds of the neediest residents in the city of Boston and 31
surrounding cities and towns.
- Massachusetts General Hospital YouthCare: Prince Lobel
is a sponsor of their annual spring gala, which supports an MGH program
that helps children, teens, and young adults with Asperger’s syndrome,
high functioning autism, and related profiles. The organization advocates
making social connections and developing youth independence.
- Lenny Zakim Fund:
Prince Lobel sponsors their annual Young Leaders' Casino Night. The Fund
makes small and meaningful grants to support small, emerging, grassroots
programs in Massachusetts that help improve literacy, alleviate poverty,
and end youth violence.
Prince Lobel sponsored their annual golf tournament and fundraising
dinner. HopeFound offers an array of services for men and women who are
homeless and often struggling with issues of addiction and mental illness.
It is nationally recognized for program innovation and successful outcomes
for chronically homeless individuals.
- Caritas Communities:
Prince Lobel is a sponsor of their annual fundraising dinner. This event
provides significant funding to help address the housing needs of more
than 800 low-income individuals through the development and management of
- Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar
Association: Prince Lobel is an ongoing supporter of this
organization whose mission is to promote a positive LGBTQ presence in the
Massachusetts legal community.
- Office of New Bostonians:
The firm is a sponsor of the "We Are Boston" gala and the
organization's city-private-community partnership which provides access to
English classes and other resources to more than 1,000 individuals
throughout the Boston area.
- Boston Cares Corporate Volunteer Day:
The firm was involved in this program which revitalized an inner-city
- Project Bread: Staff and
attorneys participated in the 20-mile Walk for Hunger to help fund 400
emergency food programs in 128 communities in Massachusetts.
- American Red Cross:
Staff and attorneys contribute to help support their disaster relief
Illness Awareness and
Pro Bono Work
The firm is deeply
committed to the delivery of pro bono legal services, and believes that legal
professionals have the ability to help the disadvantaged and promote the public
interest in ways that members of no other profession can. As a result, all firm
attorneys are expected to participate in this important tradition of the legal
- Prince Lobel is representing Allston Village Main Streets in the
temporary use of the International Bike Building in Allston for an indoor
skate park sponsored by Converse and “pop up” uses such as a community
bike shop and a temporary vintage clothing store. The building
owner, Eden Properties, is making the building available to AVMS while Eden
seeks permits for a new project at the location.
- Six Prince Lobel attorneys are working with KIND (Kids
in Need of Defense), a national immigration rights organization, in
efforts on behalf of Latin American children seeking Special Juvenile
Immigration Status. This special status would prevent the deportation of
these children, who were detained at the US border after traveling from
Central America to be with a parent who resides in the Boston area.
- Working with Medical-Legal Partnership Boston, Prince
Lobel provides pro bono legal counsel to some of the city's low-income and
medically vulnerable residents. A firm associate received an
"Excellence in Legal Partnership" award for his dedication and
commitment to this organization.
- Prince Lobel attorneys pitched in to help Mery Daniels,
a victim of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Attorneys from practice
groups firmwide helped Mery with everything from advice regarding
receiving and protecting her money from the OneFund and other fundraising
efforts, their tax implications, steering her through the web of social
service agencies, and working with the city to help her find accessible
- For many years, the firm has provided pro bono legal
services to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and a firm partner was the
recipient of the VLA’s 2011 “Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono
- The firm has been working with LIFT Somerville, an
organization that provides local residents with a wide range of social and
legal services. Firm attorneys helped a domestic abuse victim receive
priority status for public housing.
- Our counsel have provided pro bono assistance to AIDS
patients, with respect to assuring their health and disability benefits
and also in the field of estate planning.
- One of our counsel provides pro bono legal services for
the Massachusetts Bar Association's program providing free basic estate
planning to low income, elderly residents of the Commonwealth.
- Prince Lobel provided pro bono legal services to
"Outside the Box Festival 2013," the first citywide, multi-arts
festival based in Boston.
- One of our attorneys assisted the nonprofit "Meet
the Worms" in creating a solidified 501(c)(3) organization.
Spearheaded by the Barbara Lynch Foundation, "Meet the Worms" is
dedicated to teaching young children the importance of nutrition and
living a healthy lifestyle.
The attorneys at Prince
Lobel invest a lot of time and energy into neighborhood efforts. Below is a
sampling of the types of roles they play:
- A partner serves on the board of the Inner-City
Scholarship Fund. The ICSF helps thousands of children in need by funding
partial scholarships to attend Catholic schools in Boston and surrounding
towns. Scholarships are given primarily to students in high poverty
neighborhoods and are awarded without regard to race, religion, national
origin or gender.
- A partner serves on the Board of Directors of Caritas
Communities and as Chair of their Dinner Committee. Caritas Communities is
the largest builder and manager of single room occupancy housing for the
working poor in Eastern Massachusetts.
- A partner works closely with Boston-based Young Men’s
Success Series (YMSS), which offers young men of color the opportunity to
participate in a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and seminars to
help convince them that “education is still the only launch pad to
- Two of our attorneys currently serve on the National
Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Regional Planning
Committee, and one of our attorneys previously served on NFTE’s national
board of directors.
- One of our attorneys serves on the board of directors
of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston (FHCGB). The work of FHCGB is
important because where and how a person lives impacts every aspect of
their lives, including access to decent schools, jobs and
- One of our counsel has served for nine years as a
trustee for the Roxbury Community College.
- A partner is on the board of directors of Middlesex
Human Service Agency, Inc. which offers a variety of services to its
clients who are confronting an array of problems including homelessness,
substance abuse, mental health issues, legal issues, and the lack of
educational and vocational skills.
- A partner is an emeritus editor on the board of editors
of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
- A few of our attorneys are trustees for the
Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Boston, which provides
legal assistance to low-income writers and artists.
- An associate is co-chair of the Civil Rights and Civil
Liberties Section of the Boston Bar Association. This section holds forums
on pressing issues regarding our rights, and helps set Boston Bar
Association policy on those issues.
- For the past 17 years, one of our partners has
been actively involved in Partners in Education, Inc. which involves
teaching a course in a Boston public school each semester to minority
students in law related subjects.
- One of our attorneys is a director for the Big Sister
Association of Greater Boston and is currently a member of their advisory
- An associate is on the Curriculum Committee of the Bill
of Rights Education Project of the American Civil Liberties Union of
Massachusetts. This committee has developed a curriculum for teaching the
Bill of Rights to students in Massachusetts.
- One of our counsel is on the board of the Massachusetts
Advocates for Children, a non-profit agency. The same counsel also serves
on the Professional Advisor’s Committee of the Boston Foundation.
- A partner is a member of the IOLTA Grant Advisory
Committee for the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and a lifetime member of
- Two partners are board members of Ford Hall Forum, an
institute that organizes free seminars for the public on a diverse range
- Two of our partners are actively involved with the
Anti-Defamation League. One partner has served as its National Civil
Rights Chair and currently is the National Education Chair and a
member of the organization's National Advisory Committee. The League has a
direct impact on the community in the following areas: interfaith
relations between the Jewish, African American, Catholic and Muslim
communities; educating youth on diversity and tolerance; speaking out
against all forms of hate; assisting law enforcement with the prosecution
of hate crimes and raising community awareness in a variety of different
- A partner is a board member of the Law Clerks Society
of the Supreme Judicial Court.
- A partner has regularly been a trial advisor and/or
judge in the Trial Advocacy program at Harvard Law.
- An associate is a board member of Suited for Success, a
non-profit organization that assists economically disadvantaged women to
enter or reenter the workforce.
- A partner is the president of the Massachusetts chapter
of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
- A partner is the chair of the Emil Gumpert Committee of
the American College of Trial Lawyers. This committee awards an annual
grant to a program involved in maintaining and improving the
administration of justice.
- An associate is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association
Computer and Internet Law Committee.
- One of our attorneys is a board member of the New
Lawyers’ Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. The New Lawyers’
Section is involved in a job shadow program with area high schools where
students join the lawyers at work one day.
- A partner is a board member of the Terezin Chamber
- A partner is a selected member of the Family Law
Curriculum Advisory Committee of the MCLE.
- An associate is on the board of Volunteer Lawyers for
- An associate is a Junior Fellow in the Boston Bar
Foundation's Society of Fellows Program. The mission of this program,
which is tailored to younger attorneys, is to ensure that vulnerable and
needy members of the community have access to legal services.