Paul R. Marino
Pro Bono Committee Chair

Pro Bono and Public Service at Day Pitney

Pro bono work is a priority at Day Pitney. We take great pride that our legal skills can benefit and protect individuals and deserving nonprofit organizations in our communities that might otherwise not be able to obtain representation of the high quality we provide. We offer below a brief sampling of the types of pro bono organizations with whom our lawyers have worked and representative matters on which our lawyers have assisted. The list is far from exhaustive. The diversity and sophistication of our pro bono work reflects the breadth and depth of our many practice areas.

Representative Pro Bono Partners and Matters

  • Lawyers for Children America: We have represented numerous children in difficult domestic situations with impaired or abusive parents. We have worked with state agencies, handled litigation, monitored custody proceedings, and represented the interests of the children in negotiations and hearings with parents and agencies. For this work, a Day Pitney lawyer was recently recognized with an annual pro bono award from the Connecticut Bar Association. 

  • Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project: We founded this joint program in 1992 with the Morris County Bar Association and the New Jersey Battered Women's Service. We continue to administer the project and assign volunteers to represent abused women. Over the years, the project has assisted more than 2,000 victims in their efforts to obtain final restraining orders against their abusers.

  • Child Health Advocacy Partnership: We have partnered with the Boston Medical Center since 2005 to staff a clinic at a medical facility servicing a low-income neighborhood. Our lawyers continue to assist patients at the Center by responding to "prescriptions" for legal services. For this work, the firm was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a Corporate Philanthropy Partner of the Year.

  • Pro Bono Partnership: We have assisted many deserving nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of business legal matters in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. For this work, current and former Day Pitney lawyers were recognized with the Partnership's award for Outstanding Nonprofit Project of 2012.

  • Connecticut Veterans Legal Center: We have assisted veterans with applications for veterans benefits, with housing issues and with various other matters, often in partnership with lawyers from one of our clients.

  • Bet Tzedek Project: We have assisted numerous Holocaust survivors with the application process for certain reparations payments. We also help manage northern New Jersey Bet Tzedek operations.

  • Connecticut Fair Housing Center: We assist and have assisted victims of housing discrimination with litigation to secure fair housing rights for over five years. In that time, three Day Pitney lawyers have been recognized by CFHC with pro bono awards for their work.

  • Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation: We have provided needed legal assistance to deserving social entrepreneurs in poor communities through the Foundation. For this work, the firm was recognized with the inaugural Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Award for North America.

  • Court-Appointed Special Advocate Program: We have represented abused, neglected, and abandoned children in New Jersey.

  • American Civil Liberties Union and Other Civil Rights Matters: We provide intake support at the ACLU office in Hartford, and have co-represented a class of inmates at Connecticut's prison for women to monitor and enforce a consent decree related to appropriate mental healthcare. We have also represented individuals in many other federal civil rights actions, including, for example, a current action regarding an inmate's right to file a prison grievance.

  • Homeless Experience Legal Protection: We have assisted homeless individuals with a variety of legal problems through the HELP project. The firm also assisted in bringing the HELP project to the Hartford area.

  • AIDS Connecticut: We counseled AIDS Project Hartford in its merger with the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition, which created a new provider of HIV/AIDS related services called AIDS Connecticut.

  • Hague Convention on International Child Abduction: We have represented parties at the trial and appellate levels in actions under the Hague Convention, including the recent representation of a young mother who was confronted with a petition for the return of her child to England. We are part of the Hague Convention Attorney Network which the U.S. Department of State administers for the pro bono placement of Hague Convention matters.

  • Criminal Matters: We have represented numerous indigent criminal defendants in state and federal courts, at trial, and on appeal in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. In 2005, a team of lawyers advocated that the first Connecticut inmate to face the death penalty in decades was not competent to waive his constitutional challenges. Our work on behalf of indigent criminal defendants continues through today.

Representative Public Service

Day Pitney also enjoys a long history of, and commitment to, public service in the communities where we live and work. Throughout the past century, our lawyers have served on numerous charitable and civic organizations, seeking to advance a wide range of educational, cultural, and humanitarian causes.

We also count among our lawyers and alumni many who have served the public with distinction in various appointed and elected positions, including the state and federal judiciary and a wide range of federal, state, and local offices. Our lawyers and alumni have served as:

  • Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
  • United States District Court Judges
  • United States Attorneys
  • Mayors of major cities
  • State legislators
  • Members of numerous state and local boards, commissions, and authorities
A small sampling of the many civic and community organizations, large and small, for which our lawyers serve or have served in leadership positions include:

  • American Conference on Diversity
  • American Heart Association
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
  • Connecticut State Board of Education
  • Council on Accreditation Services for Families and Children
  • DanceCompass, Inc.
  • Family Service Bureau
  • Kean University Foundation
  • Lawyers for Children America
  • Linden Hall School
  • March of Dimes
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
  • National Conference for Community and Justice
  • New Jersey and Morris County Chambers of Commerce
  • New Jersey Diabetes Foundation
  • New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption
  • Project Children
  • Shepherds of Youth Charitable Trust
  • Somerset County College
  • State of New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education
  • United Methodist Church
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Wethersfield Planning and Zoning Commission