Sunstein has always been committed to community engagement and to providing pro bono legal services. We believe this work reflects the best traditions of our profession, and we promote and support participation by all of our attorneys.
Our pro bono legal representation has included legal representation in such areas as affordable housing, artists’, authors’ and inventors’ rights, environmental protection, civil rights, real estate and land use, family law, health care and health insurance coverage, landlord/tenant disputes, and we work with universities and non-profit organizations to protect their intellectual property.
We provide pro bono counseling and support to individuals, non-profit organizations and community-based groups. Our attorneys serve on the board of directors of several local and national non-profits. We collaborate with the leading health care advocacy organization in Massachusetts for the advancement of universal health care access.
We offer legal representation to the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, a statewide legal services support center.
We provide general legal services to Newton Weston Wellesley Committee for Community Living (NWW), a community-based program serving developmentally disabled adults. For many years we have been committed to supporting affordable housing initiatives. In 2003, Sunstein partner Ed Dailey was recognized with the Robert B. Swett Housing Award for his long service as an advocate and chair of the City of Newton’s inclusionary zoning committee.
Our firm has provided substantial pro bono assistance to GoodWeave, an organization that works to end child labor in global supply chains, since 2007. We were honored by GoodWeave for this work. We were thrilled when Kailash Satyarthi, the founder of GoodWeave, was one of two 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipients.
We support local artists by featuring their art in originally designed holiday cards. The Boston Bar Association featured our cards in its publication. See ’An Expression of Who We Are’: Sunstein Raises Holiday Cards to an Art Form.
Our attorneys are committed advocates of legal services to the poor, and hold leadership positions in Greater Boston Legal Services, the Massachusetts Equal Justice Coalition and the Boston Bar Foundation. Our firm has consistently provided financial support to legal aid programs serving the needy as well as other civic and charitable causes.
We support educational opportunities for students in the Boston Public Schools, including providing summer jobs through the Boston Bar Association summer jobs program, and through leadership positions on the Boston Bar Association Children and Youth Outreach Task Force. For many years we have hosted a team from the Citizen Schools 8th Grade Academy program, an after-school program connecting middle school youth with adult mentors. In this program, a diverse group of ten Boston Public School eighth graders meet with our attorneys in downtown Boston every other Tuesday to work one on one to improve their reading, writing and advocacy skills. See www.citizenschools.org.
In keeping with the interests that occupy us professionally, our firm made a major commitment to promoting technology innovation and education by sponsoring a team of students from the Accelerate Learning Lab (ALL) high school in Worcester, Massachusetts, in FIRST Robotics Competition. Many of the students are young women, who are often underrepresented in scientific disciplines. The team has attracted a growing number of participants, and growing support by the ALL high school and its faculty. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by acclaimed technologist and inventor, Dean Kamen, to imbue young people with an enthusiasm for science, engineering and technology and motivate them to pursue opportunities in those fields. See www.usfirst.org. Sunstein is extremely proud to be the first law firm to sponsor a FIRST Robotics team, and we have helped FIRST broaden support for its initiatives within the Boston legal community.
Sunstein successfully represented an individual who is a political dissident from Haiti, in asylum proceedings. This person had long been involved in Haitian politics, acting as an organizer and regional leader in a minority political party. Having endured years of threats, he along with his wife and two young daughters, fled Haiti after repeated attempts were made on his life. The violence perpetrated against this dissident culminated with the murder of his brother and the ransacking and destruction of his business. Sunstein attorney Jack Schecter, assisted in securing a grant of asylum, meaning he and his family may remain in the United States for an indefinite period and will not be forced to return to Haiti where they would undoubtedly face continued political persecution.
Sunstein also successfully represented a political refugee from Cameroon, in asylum proceedings. This victory means that she will not be forced to return to her country, where she was brutally beaten by the police, and where her husband is also a political prisoner. Her asylee status means she may now apply for her two young daughters to join her in the United States.
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