On Thursday, May 12, 2016, MHSA will celebrate three outstanding honorees at our 13th Annual Spring Fundraising Event, Home for Good: Solutions Start Here. Today, our Spotlight on the Honorees blog series highlights honoree Goulston & Storrs with an interview with Peter D. Corbett, Director at Goulston & Storrs.
About Goulston & Storrs
Goulston & Storrs is an Am Law 200 law firm, with offices in Boston, New York, Washington, DC and Beijing. With nearly 200 lawyers across multiple disciplines, Goulston & Storrs is a real estate powerhouse with leading-edge corporate, capital markets and finance, litigation and trust and estate practices. Our lawyers employ a proven team approach that values client outcomes over individual recognition. Goulston & Storrs is a modern, vibrant firm where the practice of law is pursued with deep expertise and diligence. It is a place where serious business is conducted with genuine camaraderie. It is a place where mutual respect drives open discussion, fresh ideas and optimal solutions for our clients. At Goulston & Storrs, our award-winning dedication to making a difference through pro bono work sets us apart. A commitment to pro bono is an important part of our history and identity which reflects the firm’s core values. For more information, visit www.goulstonstorrs.com, follow us on Twitter @goulstonstorrs and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook, or see us on YouTube.
MHSA will honor Goulston & Storrs, along with Jerry Ray of Mental Health Association, Inc. and Santander Bank, N.A., on May 12 at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Tickets and sponsorships are available – join us!
What motivates your dedication to ending homelessness?
All of us in America have been given a great privilege, and we should help those of our fellows who fall on hard times. Lawyers and law firms have been granted a special role in bridging the gap between law as mere words in a book and law as a source of improvement in the day-to-day circumstances of people’s lives. For people experiencing homelessness, that gap can be immense. Those of us at Goulston & Storrs want to do our part to help narrow that gap and harness the protections and the power of the law in the cause of ending homelessness.
Why are pro bono legal work and public service important to your firm?
Goulston & Storrs has a long history of pro bono and public service. At least as far back as the Sacco and Vanzetti trial, when our partner Herbert Erhman worked on the team appealing their conviction, pro bono service has been a central part of being a lawyer at Goulston & Storrs. In more recent times, the firm, which has one of the largest real estate practices in the country, has used that expertise to offer pro bono support to many affordable housing and neighborhood development organizations.
What role do you see for the private sector in efforts to end homelessness?
I think the most important role for the private sector is to be a strong advocate for good public policy. The Pay for Success effort in Massachusetts, which in my view promises to bring an evidence-based focus to homelessness programs, is an innovative component of a broader public policy to eliminate homelessness.
What does this award mean to Goulston & Storrs?
Goulston & Storrs is honored to receive this award, and the firm feels fortunate to have been able to help MHSA in this important work.