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Providing pro bono legal services is an obligation Bernstein Shur takes seriously—it’s one of the firm’s core values. As we see more organizations in need, the firm has expanded its commitment to providing pro bono legal expertise in Maine, New Hampshire and beyond.
Each year, the attorneys at Bernstein Shur spend hundreds of hours contributing legal advice to charitable organizations. Over the last five years, we’ve averaged more than 2,200 hours valued at $547,000.
In addition to pro bono hours, many of our attorneys serve in civic leadership and volunteer roles.
“I am proud of my colleagues’ continued dedication to pro bono
services for those in need. Their commitment to volunteerism is
astonishing in its breadth and depth and shows how devoted our
firm and its attorneys are to being impactful community members.”
Arnie Macdonald, Chair of Bernstein Shur’s
Pro Bono Committee
Sumner T. Bernstein Pro Bono Award Recipients
Eben M. Albert-Knopp, member of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group and Litigation Group, received the Sumner T. Bernstein Pro Bono Award for his pro bono work. Albert-Knopp has provided legal representation to individuals and families seeking asylum, including a particularly lengthy case currently pending in the Boston Immigration Court. That case has spanned several years and involved foreign investigations by special agents of the Department of Homeland Security.
Fred Lipp, shareholder and member of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group, received the Sumner T. Bernstein Pro Bono Award for his local and international pro bono work. Lipp provided legal representation to rural families in the Dominican Republic, worked with the Cambodian Arts and Scholarship Foundation’s educational outreach in Phnom Penh and counseled undocumented workers through the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Maine.
Linda McGill, who also works in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group continues to volunteer with the International Senior Lawyer’s Project. McGill helps fulfill the group’s mission of providing world-class legal counsel to promote the rule of law, human rights, and equitable economic development. She was honored as an ISLP “Volunteer of the Decade.”