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Pro Bono Department

Bulkley Richardson is committed to supporting the communities in which we and our clients work and live. We strongly encourage service on not-for-profit boards and in other volunteer activities. Attorneys, paralegals and staff serve as directors of and otherwise volunteer their time to such organizations as Springfield School Volunteers Partners For A Healthier Community, Springfield’s Violence and Injury Prevention Campaign, Community Foundation of Western Mass., Pioneer Valley Community United Way, Behavioral Health Network, Center for Human Development, Hilltown Community Development Corporation,  Friends of the Homeless, Valley Venture Mentors and Springfield Day Nursery. Some of our attorneys have been instrumental in founding and organizing some of those entities.

We serve as counsel to a number of these and other community and not-for-profit organizations, providing our services without charge or on a discounted basis. Individually and as a firm, we support these and a variety of other organizations and causes by our financial contributions.

We encourage our lawyers to provide pro bono services to clients unable to pay for those services. Each year, our firm provides time and services on this basis to low income individuals and to a variety of legal, cultural, educational, religious and political organizations.

Through Springfield School Volunteers the firm is a business partner of a local elementary school where attorneys, paralegals and staff visit weekly to work as a “reading partners” to several second- and third-graders.

A number of Bulkley Richardson attorneys are deeply involved in bar association activities and foundations focused on efforts to better educate the community regarding, or improve access to, legal assistance and the judicial system.

In further response to the call to public service, many of our attorneys have served on governing bodies, boards, commissions and agencies in the towns and cities in which they live.

We remain firmly convinced that we “receive” far more from our individual and collective efforts than we give.

The Pro Bono Department Chair is Melinda M. Phelps.