CRA’s commitment to providing pro bono services is one in which we take great pride. It is also a fundamental part of our community advancement efforts (as well as our broader environmental, social and governance framework). Over the years we have helped individuals and organizations with everything from litigation support to business consulting, often with involvement of senior leadership. Our pro bono program is a cornerstone of the firm’s culture, a chance for our colleagues to use their knowledge to help improve people’s lives.
One project we are especially proud of is the partnership between our Boston office and Social Venture Partners (SVP) which provides pro bono consulting to nonprofits. SVP Boston works with underserved communities on a range of issues, from education to social justice. To date, dozens of CRA team members have stepped up to help SVP Boston and the many nonprofits it serves.
Other significant pro bono engagements include:
- Lupus Foundation of America
Supported LFA in its research of health disparities and outcomes impacting Black women, who are disproportionately affected by the disease.
- Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
Assisted AAMDSIF in research with physicians and patients on the mental health effects of myelodysplastic syndrome, a group of disorders that cause a disruption in blood cell production.
Assisted with two ongoing public policy studies to assess the fairness of artificial intelligence and machine learning in lending models, as well as the efficacy of credit counseling and COVID assistance programs.
- Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Supported CABL in surveying the organization to improve service offerings and better effectuate the organization’s mission.
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
In addition to helping NSPCC assess its current service offerings and programs (and identify opportunities for scaling), CRA assisted in identifying the most vulnerable children in the organization’s database, allowing it to target its intervention efforts more effectively.
- Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Provided litigation services, including assessment of damages suffered by plaintiffs who alleged that the District of Columbia had violated their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.