Our commitment to pro bono legal work arises from our conviction that pro bono work is a professional obligation of our firm and our lawyers to the communities in which we practice. Pro bono work not only contributes to the public welfare but also develops our lawyers as leaders in law and in public service. Our pro bono service includes counseling and representation of clients who could not otherwise afford representation, as well as services in matters involving significant public policy issues.
Thompson Hine provides the same outstanding legal counseling and representation for our pro bono clients that all of our clients expect and deserve. The firm makes all of its resources available in pro bono matters no less than in matters of our other clients. We strongly encourage each of our lawyers and other professionals to participate in our pro bono program.
Recent Pro Bono Victories
- The firm partnered with AIDS-Free World and Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network for the past nine years to challenge Jamaica’s Offences Against the Person Act which criminalized certain sexual acts by LGBTI persons. In 2020, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a scathing report declaring that the Act violates several of the individual rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights, which Jamaica signed in 1977.
- In collaboration with Lambda Legal, the ACLU and the ACLU of Ohio, the firm represented the plaintiffs in Ray v. McCloud, in which the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio struck down a discriminatory state policy that prevented transgender people born in Ohio from correcting the gender marker on their birth certificates.