The Firm

Pro Bono

A Commitment to Our Community

The spirit and pursuit of justice is inherent in all that we do. Throughout our more than 50-year history, Preti has been more than a law firm. We’ve been an active member of the community. To us, that means working hard for social causes and nonprofit partners as well as our clients. In service to the cities and towns we serve, we provide high-quality pro bono services and promote justice for organizations and individuals who lack the legal knowledge and financial resources to achieve it.

Lawyers for Civil Rights, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, ACLU-NH—these are just a few of the organizations we’re proud to partner with to provide pro bono services. Each Preti attorney commits to 50 hours of pro bono and community service each year, contributing to our firmwide goal of 3,000 hours. To achieve this goal, we have established key initiatives offering support, inspiration, and recognition, including our Pro Bono Committee; our annual Preti Flaherty Pro Bono Award; and membership in organizations such as the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Maine Justice Foundation, Volunteer Lawyers Project, and many others.

Since 2020, Preti has committed significant pro bono hours and more than $30,000 to organizations throughout New England that actively promote racial justice and foster equal opportunity. We’ve also had more than a dozen attorneys working with ILAP to help more than fifteen young immigrants secure permanent citizenship in the United States.

It’s our honor and privilege to give back to our communities and to use our time and resources to help those in need. We look forward to our continued work with current partner organizations, and to new opportunities ahead.

The Pro Bono Committee

The members of Preti Flaherty’s Pro Bono Committee serve as the first line of advocacy for our deep involvement in providing pro bono services. The committee members are tasked with seeking out pro bono opportunities, community service projects, fundraising initiatives, and maintaining communications with our partner organizations to better anticipate and address their needs.

Pro Bono Committee Members

Nelson Larkins

Bodie Colwell

Benjamin Piper

Daniel Rich

Preti Flaherty Pro Bono Award

To further promote the importance of pro bono service, the Firm has established the Preti Flaherty Pro Bono Award. The annual award recognizes the Preti Flaherty attorney who has gone above and beyond in their dedication to their community. Our hope is that award recipients will lead by example, inspiring other Firm attorneys to realize the reward that comes from helping those in need in the pursuit of justice.

Our Pro Bono Partners and Charitable Organizations

Our attorneys are now or recently have been members of, support, provide pro bono services for, and in most instances, have held leadership positions in the following organizations, among others:

  • Campaign for Justice
  • Campaign for Legal Services
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)
  • Justice Action Group
  • Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights
  • Maine Bar Foundation
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners
  • Maine Justice Foundation Racial Justice Fund
  • Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s Standing in Solidarity Pledge
  • Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP)
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at University of Maine School of Law

Campaign for Justice

In addition to providing pro bono legal services, Preti is proud to be an active fundraiser for the Campaign for Justice. The Campaign for Justice raises money to support six legal aid providers in Maine that collectively provide legal aid to an average of 30,000 adults and children annually:

  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • Legal Services for the Elderly
  • Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
  • The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

The Campaign for Justice supports these organizations that provide essential legal services for low-income Mainers in civil matters. These services improve living conditions, health, security, and food safety for thousands of Maine families, as well as work to advance laws affecting the poor in Maine.

Firm Highlights

Publication

New EEOC Poster Requirement and Guidance on Notice-Posting in Hybrid Workplaces

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated the “EEO is the Law” poster and replaced it with a new one: “ Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal .” The new poster was...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

Press Coverage

Preti Flaherty Supports Nationally Recognized Investigative Reporting

Preti Flaherty has been recognized for supporting an award-winning investigative Journalism in Maine.  The non-profit  Maine Monitor  published a nationally recognized series titled “Eavesdropping in Maine Jails” revealing widespread recording of  phone calls between jail...

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Another Reminder to Update Policies and Procedures to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

We  last updated you in early August  regarding the latest COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).  Cold and flu season is now upon us, and experts are...

Press Coverage

Court Rules Portland Rents Are Public Information, Not Trade Secrets

Rental information is public information and not protected from public record requests under the Maine Trade Secrets Act, according to a recent ruling by Justice Thomas R. McKeon of the Maine Business and Consumer Court. The...

News

Attorney Shana Solomon Recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women of Law" 2022

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Shana Solomon has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s “Top Women of Law” list for 2022. Shana is a trial lawyer...

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Preti Flaherty Continues Year of Remarkable Growth with Addition of Five New Attorneys

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of five new Associates to the firm: Scott A. DeLong, Christopher S. Knight, Kijana Plenderleith, Harper A. Weissburg, and Joshua D. Williams. In our Portland, Maine, office...

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

In addition to all the state and national legislative races that were (mostly) decided by Wednesday morning, there were also 13 referendum questions on the Portland municipal ballot and one in Bar Harbor of...

News

U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2023 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2023 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...

Press Coverage

Courts Could Throw State Marijuana Markets into Disarray

Over the past two decades, 37 states have legalized the production and/or sale of marijuana in some form. However, due to a lack of federal action, interstate commerce is still considered illegal and barred...