At Massey & Gail, we are passionate about building communities and believe we have a duty to give back and to support those who are financially unable to access counsel for their legal needs. Our lawyers frequently take on community-impacting pro bono projects, represent indigent litigants in civil rights lawsuits, and serve on boards of community-based non-profits. For example, because of the deep background of many of our attorneys in competitive debate, our firm is a longtime sponsor of a nationwide charity that promotes competitive academic debate in inner-city and financially underserved schools. This charity not only improves educational outcomes for students, but also helps diversify the legal profession, because many successful debaters enter law school after college.
In addition, we have an active pro bono practice that has included representing criminal defendants in Chicago and the Fifth Circuit, homeless veterans in Los Angeles, prison inmates in Alabama and Illinois, a low-income high school in Chicago, and educational and art non-profits. Members of the firm are frequent pro bono volunteers, as well as instructors at Harvard Law School, the University of Maryland, the D.C. Bar Association, and other institutions. Our partners serve on charity boards including the National Advisory Council of the School of Communication at Northwestern University, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Chicago Run, Chicago Debates, the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society, and boards for a public school district and a private school.