The Boston Bar
Association will honor Liberty Mutual's legal department with the Thurgood
Marshall Award at its Annual Meeting
Luncheon on September 27, 2013. The award is designed to highlight
extraordinary pro bono work by members of the private bar.
Mutual's legal department is known as the preeminent in-house department in pro
bono work, sending the message that Liberty Mutual takes access to justice
seriously. Additionally, the Liberty Mutual legal department has followed up on
their pro bono work with committed community engagement and numerous public
Here are some of the facts about Liberty Mutual's pro
bono efforts and community initiatives…
• The legal department at
Liberty Mutual was one of the first in Massachusetts to develop a formal pro
bono program, and Liberty Mutual attorneys are now engaged in a broad array of
pro bono matters, handling cases related to housing, unemployment compensation,
Social Security, and domestic violence. The pro bono program has more than 50
• Kathleen McGrath, Senior Counsel of Liberty
Mutual and winner of the 2010 Adams Pro Bono
Publico Award, oversees Liberty Mutual's pro bono work in the Boston office.
She emphasizes the importance of creating a firm-wide policy, encouraging all
levels of the legal department to pursue pro bono work, and offering a variety
of programs to align with their interests. She is a member of the SJC Pro Bono
Committee and also advises other in-house departments about getting involved
with pro bono.
• Partnering with Mintz, the company's attorneys also
participate in a legal clinic for the homeless run by the Lawyers Clearinghouse. The
program has been in operation 20 years and has served over 2,600 homeless and
low-income clients. Liberty Mutual lawyers have participated in 8 legal clinics
since 2009 and have helped to serve 107 clients of Pine Street Inn and St.
• Starting in November 2002,
Liberty Mutual made a commitment to send volunteers to the BBA
Lawyer for the Day in Boston Housing Court to staff its information table
for all the Thursdays in a month every quarter, for a total of 16-17 weeks. In
2010, they switched their role and began to take cases referred through the
• Liberty Mutual works with Citizen Schools, a
Boston-based nonprofit organization that creates meaningful after-school
activities for Boston school children by helping them learn real-world skills, and Discovering Justice, a
civic and justice education nonprofit that teaches elementary and
middle school students, to implement an afterschool program that educates Boston
school children about the legal system.
Mutual attorneys have been involved in the M.
Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, a collaborative effort of the
BBA and U.S. Bankruptcy Court, over the past several years. In 2013, Liberty
Mutual adopted a classroom at Boston Community Leadership Academy, where they
taught the financial literacy program to about 22 seniors through three separate