At Prince Lobel, we strive to serve the communities in which we live and work with hands-on involvement through volunteerism and other charitable contributions. We pride ourselves on having an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset at every turn. Prince Lobel approaches philanthropy, community outreach, and pro bono representation in the same way–by giving members of our staff the freedom to develop outreach and engagement initiatives. We offer a paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy, which lets employees take off one day each year to volunteer time to a charity or a firm-sponsored community service initiative.
The following are just a few examples of Prince Lobel’s pro bono work:
Our firm represents four Guatemalan children who came to the U.S. to flee violence in their native country. Our attorneys have guided these children through the process of seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the Immigration Court and the Probate & Family Court.
We represented a Haitian woman living in Canada who sought to be reunited with her children, who were living with court-appointed guardians in Massachusetts due to disruption from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Our attorneys succeeded in restoring the mother’s parental rights.
Our media lawyers have represented investigative journalism non-profits and documentary filmmakers, providing them with prepublication review of news articles, copyright advice, and court advocacy for public records.
Our domestic relations attorneys routinely accept appointments from the courts and local bar associations to serve as conciliators, as counsel for children, or as divorce lawyers for some of the many individuals who cannot afford legal representation. In 2015, our Domestic Relations Practice Group devoted over 150 hours to such cases.
We represent 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. Working with Medical-Legal Partnership Boston, Prince Lobel has provided pro bono legal counsel to low-income and medically vulnerable individuals. A firm associate received an “Excellence in Legal Partnership” award for his dedication and commitment to this organization.
Working with Medical-Legal Partnership Boston, Prince Lobel has provided pro bono legal counsel to low-income and medically vulnerable individuals. 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 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon. Attorneys helped Mery with everything from advice with regards to 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 housing.
For many years, we have provided pro bono legal services to clients through 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 Excellence.”
Prince Lobel provided pro bono legal services to “Outside the Box Festival 2013,” the first citywide, multi-arts festival based in Boston.
Our counsel has 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, offering free basic estate planning to low income, elderly residents of the Commonwealth.
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.
Our Prince Lobel attorneys invest countless time and energy into neighborhood efforts. Below is a sampling of the types of roles we’ve either played in the past or are currently a part of:
- Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF)
- Caritas Communities
- Youth Men’s Success Series (YMSS)
- National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
- Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston (FHCGB)
- Roxbury Community College
- Middlesex Human Service Agency
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
- Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers
- Boston Bar Association – Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section
- Boston Bar Association – Computer and Internet Law Committee
- Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows Program
- Partners in Education, Inc.
- Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
- American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Advocates for Children
- Massachusetts Bar Association – New Lawyers’ Section
- Massachusetts Bar Foundation – IOLTA Grant Advisory Committee
- Ford Hall Forum
- Anti-Defamation League
- Law Clerks Society of the Supreme Judicial Court
- Harvard Law – Trial Advocacy program
- Suited for Success
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Massachusetts chapter)
- Terezin Chamber Music Foundation
- Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts