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

Colin Barrett

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

Event

Accessing Police Misconduct Records

Preti’s Sigmund Schutz will be one of the Maine panelists in New England First Amendment Coalition’s Accessing Police Misconduct Records series. This series continues NEFAC’s freedom of information lessons and builds on the information...

Event

Sigmund Schutz to moderate panel at 36th Annual Media and the Law Seminar: Under Attack! Existential Threats to Journalism and Free Speech

From unlawful searches and seizures of newsrooms and highly contentious litigation to physical harassment and calls for violence online, journalists and news organizations are under attack like never before. At the 36 th Annual...

Publication

November 7, 2023 Election Results

Maine’s November 2023 statewide elections were exclusively referendum questions, four were citizen initiatives, and four were proposed amendments to the Maine Constitution. Of these, Questions 5, 7 and 8 were placed on the ballot...

Publication

FRBP 9006 Doesn't Take Vacations

Bodie Colwell of Preti Flaherty’s Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Group, has authored the article "FRBP 9006 Doesn't Take Vacations," appearing in the October 2023 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Young & New Members Committee newsletter...

Press Coverage

Maine media groups challenge new law on foreign spending on referendums

Maine’s two largest media associations, represented by Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund D. Schutz, Benjamin S. Piper, Jonathan G. Mermin, and Alexandra A. Harriman, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging a Maine law burdening...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Trust and Estate Attorney Elise Salek to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Elise Salek has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Practicing out of the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office, Elise brings nearly three decades of experience...

Publication

Maine Workers’ Compensation Update - November 2023

The following is an overview of developments with respect to proposed legislation as well as new procedures on independent contractor determinations, medical fee schedule updates, and the use of updated Board forms, including medical...

News

Attorney Jeffrey Thaler Named to 2024 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Energy Law

Preti Flaherty’s attorney Jeffrey Thaler has been recognized by  Lawdragon  as one of the top 500 Leaders in Energy Law. This is Jeff’s third time named to this prestigious list since the first publication...

Publication

131st Maine Legislature End of Session Update

The First Regular Session of the 131st Legislature was expected to end on June 15th or soon after. Instead, the First Regular Session ended on March 30th, and the Governor signed the “continuing services&rdquo...

News

David Van Slyke Named to 2024 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law

Preti Flaherty’s Managing Partner David Van Slyke has been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 environmental lawyers in the U.S. It’s the third time he has been named to this prestigious...