Fitch Law Partners LLP is committed to the representing clients with urgent needs who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. The Firm undertakes pro bono representations in a wide variety of cases. Recent pro bono engagements include the following:
- Kristine Ann Cummings represented a mother whose husband abducted the parties’ two young children to Algeria. Despite the husband’s unknown whereabouts, Kristine assisted the wife in obtaining a divorce in Massachusetts, together with a judgment awarding her sole legal and physical custody and ordering the children returned to the US. Without this judgment, the client had little hope of asserting any legal rights in Algeria given the state of that country’s laws and the status of women in general. Kristine further worked with the Medford Police Department, Algerian counsel, the US State Department and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to foster the location and recovery of the children. Due in part to Kristine’s tireless efforts, the children were located and returned safely to the mother’s custody nearly nine months after their abduction.
- Carlos Maycotte and Ashly Scheufele are volunteer attorneys for Kinds in Need of Defense (KIND) and represent unaccompanied minors in asylum and special immigrant juvenile petitions, as well as in removal petitions before the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services. For instance, they successfully represented an unaccompanied minor from El Salvador in removal proceedings, preventing her from being deported. In addition, they won her approval of a special immigrant juvenile status, which allowed her to obtain permanent residence in the United States. Attorneys at Fitch Law Partners LLP have volunteered for KIND on repeated occasions, and have obtained permanent resident status for five different minors. Mr. Maycotte has been interviewed about the plight of unaccompanied immigrant minors in separate NBC News stories that focused on one of his clients.
- Will Cosmas successfully represented an individual in obtaining a pardon, which was one of four pardons granted in the Commonwealth since 2002. Arrested at nineteen for his participation in a string of burglaries on Plum Island and the New Hampshire seacoast, his client served eight months in a New Hampshire jail and two years of concurrent probation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He sought the pardon of a single related Massachusetts burglary conviction for which he served that probation. Will represented him through a complicated and arduous process, which few had successfully maneuvered, resulting in the final grant of the pardon. The client wrote a newspaper article on the experience and thanked Will for his "enduring support and guidance throughout the process."
- Kate Billman-Golemme and Kurt Kusiak secured an award, pro bono, for a bike accident victim who was hit by a valet driver on Boston’s busy Commonwealth Avenue.
- Our lawyers frequently represent victims of domestic abuse and harassment who seek orders of protection.
We encourage and support all of our lawyers in lending assistance to the poor, the disadvantaged and others in need. Please contact our pro bono coordinator, Carlos Maycotte, if you have any questions regarding our legal aid services.