About Us | Pro Bono
Rothwell Figg encourages its lawyers to give back to the community in cases that address matters of significant societal importance and by representing those who cannot afford legal representation. Some of our recent pro bono cases include:
- Representing Chabad in its long-running lawsuit against the Russian Federation to recover the archives and library of the Lubavitche rebbes. Those documents were stolen by the Soviet Union, and the government of Vladimir Putin refuses to return them, despite a ruling from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia imposing sanctions of $50,000 a day on the Russian Federation for each day that it continues to wrongfully withhold Chabad’s sacred books. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered judgment in favor of Chabad in the amount of $43,700,000, representing the contempt sanctions that have accrued under the Court’s 2013 order.
- Challenging the constitutionality of the actions of the District of Columbia Board of Elections which had scheduled an election on the eighth day of Passover – a day when observant Jewish voters could not go to the polls.
- Obtaining a reversal of the revocation of a security clearance of an employee of the Office of Naval Intelligence because, inter alia, he had spent a summer in Israel while in college.
- Assisting in the drafting of legislation now pending before the D.C. City Council that would grant a private cause of action to individuals whose former spouses attempt to interfere with their efforts to remarry (a critical approach to dealing with the problem of “agunot” – or chained women – Orthodox Jewish women who are prevented from remarrying because their former husbands refuse to give them a “get” (a Jewish divorce).
- Representing veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in appeals challenging the denial of their veterans’ benefits.
- Suing to stop the desecration of mass graves at the Belzec death camp in Poland.
- Assisting Flare Jewelry, a Harvard Business School startup, in developing novel technologically enhanced jewelry to help defend against sexual assault. The wearable tech will include a modular component that discreetly fits into bracelets or necklaces. The design features an audible alarm, automatic texts to emergency contacts specifying a GPS location, and a recording device to capture audio evidence. Other potential user demographics include people with disabilities, children, and the elderly.