Community and Pro Bono

Harris Beach lawyers engage in a variety of pro bono matters, assisting charitable organizations with pro bono legal services and representing clients who cannot afford an attorney in federal, state and local courts. Many of our lawyers’ efforts have been recognized by federal courts, the New York State Bar Association and local bar associations.

Harris Beach has a long and proud history of serving the communities in which it practices, and places a high value on community service. Our law firm encourages our attorneys and administrative personnel to participate in charitable efforts they feel strongly about.

The law firm provides sponsorships and financial contributions to the many not-for-profit organizations and cultural institutions in each of our communities where individuals contribute their time by serving on boards of community and professional organizations.

Many of the law firm’s attorneys and staff initiate grass-roots campaigns by coaching youth sports teams and organizing fundraisers to support charitable organizations. Our grass-roots campaigns are among our most recognized efforts. Participation enables individuals to take ownership of an activity and allows them to pursue their own interests outside of the office. We organize teams for fundraising walks and rally behind personal causes that may benefit families in need. Each office also selects organizations as “adopted charities” to support through firm contributions and volunteer time by lawyers and administrators.

Our dedication to our clients is reflected in our long and proud history of contributing to our communities. Our attorneys have always been active, serving on the boards of directors for numerous corporations, hospitals, museums, shelters and other charitable organizations.

The vitality of our communities is dependent upon the involvement of its residents and the diversity of its citizens. Our most valuable resource at Harris Beach is our people, and we believe our communities benefit when tapping into that resource.

Harris Beach is proud to be leading a community-based effort to strengthen the support of veterans reintegration in central New York.  The firm formed a not-for-profit organization called Veterans Reintegration Resources of Central New York and developed a website ( to serve as directory of resources that gives veterans and their families a single source of information to the variety of services available in support of successful reintegration. This effort is the result of the Voices Together Summit held at Le Moyne College in the fall of 2009 and sponsored by Harris Beach.  The summit was a first-of-its kind that brought together area veterans and their families, and service providers, with the goal of identifying service needs and gaps for veterans successful reintegration in central New York.  The summit focused on Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families. The summit featured an interactive process to hear first hand from veterans, families, and service providers in the region, identified service needs, and proposed solutions for mobilizing community support.