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Receiving a Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Award.

Pro Bono

Justice for all.

These are not just words to us. Lifting the less fortunate and bridging gaps in our communities through pro bono service is a cornerstone of Husch Blackwell’s culture.

Through thousands of hours of free legal services, we strive to improve the lives of children, the poor and other disadvantaged groups. We are committed to sharing our skills to advance access to justice and to help hundreds of nonprofit organizations and individuals unable to pay for the legal representation they need achieve their goals. Our aim is to create a lasting impact in the communities where we live and work by fostering economic development and protecting the rights of the disadvantaged—and we do this all year long. Explore our pro bono client successes and learn how Husch Blackwell is advancing access to justice.

As part of our broader pro bono work, we have a specific initiative, HB Communities for Change, dedicated to promoting minority entrepreneurship in the communities that need it most. The program helps minority businesses on a pro bono basis meet their legal needs so they can grow their enterprises and move to the next level.

We also offer a Human Trafficking Legal Clinic led by a former assistant U.S. attorney, which provides pro bono legal services for victims of human trafficking, representing international and domestic victims on issues such as immigration, criminal charges, custody disputes, identity theft, and housing and landlord-tenant matters.

In addition to the individual cases we handle, we are also a member of the recently formed Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), a group dedicated to addressing inequality and racial injustice, as well as the structures that allow inequalities to propagate. This gives us an opportunity to collaborate with other firms to help identify and dismantle systemic and structural racism in the law.

See how Husch Blackwell makes a difference nationally, all across our footprint, assisting hundreds of individuals and organizations through our pro bono efforts:

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View Husch Blackwell's recent pro bono projects.

HB Communities for Change: Minority-Owned Small Business Clinic

The HB Communities for Change initiative expands the firm’s pro bono commitments by assisting eligible minority-owned businesses and non-profits, on a pro bono basis, in the cities where we have offices. Are you a small, minority-owned business or minority entrepreneur seeking legal assistance? We encourage you to apply today.

Human Trafficking Legal Clinic

To maximize efforts in the fight against human trafficking, Husch Blackwell developed a legal clinic that is the first of its kind in the country. The firm is committed to representing all victims — international and domestic, adults and children — in commercial sex and forced labor trafficking cases referred by prosecutors' offices, law enforcement and partnering nonprofit agencies.

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Husch Blackwell partners with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to host a monthly Legal Intake Clinic where we are changing how some of the most vulnerable populations in our local community view attorneys and the legal system. Husch Blackwell’s Pro Bono Legal Intake Clinic demonstrates our commitment to protecting our clients’ rights by connecting attorneys to individuals in need of legal services, but who might not be able to afford such services. During the long history of our partnership, we annually dedicate hundreds of hours across all our of strategic business units and practice specialty centers to representing low-income families in St. Louis, with a variety of legal issues, including: estate planning, landlord/tenant disputes, guardianship matters, and much more!

Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

In Chicago and St. Louis, our attorneys provide pro bono legal services to artists and art organizations to help protect their rights and develop their businesses. This includes contract drafting, review and negotiation; copyright, trademark and patent prosecution and protection; nonprofit formation and tax exemption; and corporate and litigation matters.

Testimonials Wendy Addis, Founder, Kaleidoscope Network

"I was using my own money, and lawyer fees were something that was really not in my budget. Within a few weeks I got a call from Husch Blackwell saying that they were assigning three lawyers to me. They helped me not only get started but were there every step of the way. I got approved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in less than two months with their help. There’s just so much they’ve helped me with. We wouldn’t be an organization without them."

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Testimonials Thomas Jourdain, Owner, Yabbado, LLC

"I was trying to do something better than driving a truck – I wanted to get my own company and had been struggling with that for a while. I thought it was going to be hard because I knew financially I couldn’t afford lawyers to help me with the process. I remember the first time I talked to the Husch Blackwell lawyers and asked how much it would cost me and they smiled and said it’s going to be free. I can’t believe it. So I can chase my dream."

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Testimonials Jonaie Johnson, Founder & CEO, Interplay

"I am truly grateful! Husch Blackwell's pro bono legal services and knowledge of startups have helped me to have continued success with my new company, Interplay."

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Testimonials Ernie Anderson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Anderson Parking

"HB helped us expand our business into a new state, which added seven new jobs and sealed a contract with an international company. We are very satisfied with the review of our contract and the IP work they did for us. We are thrilled with the teamwork and the impact on our growing company."

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Testimonials Jarell Wall, Co-Founder & CEO, Gentleman Quinns

"My company is in the cannabis space where it is sink or swim for minority entrepreneurs. And finding good, affordable legal support has been very difficult for me. HB is walking me through a comprehensive review of my corporate structure and helping position us best to raise money. The program has been great for us."

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Testimonials Dr. Masuma Reed, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Founder, Mindful Life Counseling

“The lawyers at HB came in and helped us at a very scary time. Our business was threatened with a lawsuit. But their counsel helped us through that. Now, they are assisting us again with answers to employment and hiring questions. And its just in time, too, because we are growing with new hires!”

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