In addition to providing essential funding for scholarships, named scholarship funds honor and pay tribute to outstanding lawyers and judges whose lives and work exemplify the best of Massachusetts' rich legal heritage and who have contributed so much to the legal profession's landscape.

The Robinson & Cole LLP Scholarship Fund

Robinson & Cole LLP
Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington DC

The Robinson & Cole LLP Scholarship Fund will underwrite 10 scholarships to MCLE programs every year to support pro bono and legal aid training

February 2023—MCLE New England is pleased to announce that Robinson & Cole LLP has made a generous contribution of $25,000 to MCLE’s scholarship endowment to establish the Robinson & Cole LLP Scholarship Fund to support pro bono and legal aid training. The fund will annually support ten scholarships to MCLE programs for deserving lawyers who serve the public interest, including private practitioners who accept pro bono cases and legal aid staff attorneys who, day in and day out, serve those in need.

Founded in 1845 in Hartford, Connecticut, Robinson & Cole has a notable history of pro bono service. In 1914, Thomas Hewes, an associate at the firm, began to work with the Charity Organization Society, which was organizing legal aid committees nationwide. In the years that followed, he handled hundreds of pro bono cases and ultimately developed the Connecticut Plan for Legal Aid, which led to the establishment of the Hartford Municipal Legal Aid Bureau. Today, Robinson & Cole lawyers continue to follow his example by providing access to the justice system for some of our most vulnerable populations and neediest charitable organizations. The firm's pro bono volunteers are active in each of the communities in which they practice.

MCLE’s Board of Trustees thanks Robinson & Cole LLP and all of the firm’s partners for its leadership gift and for helping MCLE in its efforts to grow its endowment so that all persons have access to the best trained lawyers.


Established with a generous gift from:
Robinson & Cole LLP


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