Ropes & Gray
Celebrating 150 Year Anniversary
Celebrating 150 years of service, the attorneys and staff at Ropes & Gray wanted to make a meaningful contribution to our community that could be enjoyed by generations of Bostonians to come. A new connection established between Ropes & Gray and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in early 2015 created an opportunity for both organizations to share in their mutual vision of a greener city for everyone.
Working together, Ropes & Gray and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy have been planting 150 new red oak trees throughout the park system, filling gaps in the canopy and replacing ones that are damaged or in poor health.
Through collaborative efforts, and a gift funded by Ropes & Gray, both organizations have come together to honor Fredrick Law Olmstead’s legacy, which held that “For every thousand dollars judiciously invested in a park, the dividends to the second generation of citizens possessing it will be much larger than to the first; the dividends to the third much larger than to the second.”
The gift has also furthered the legacy of Justine Liff, whose ambitious vision, leadership, and dedication have encouraged continual restoration and enhancement of the historic Olmsted-designed Emerald Necklace parks.
“Justine’s commitment to the Emerald Necklace lives on through all of us who recognize the importance of our parks,” said Newcomb Stillwell, co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Boston office. “We appreciate deeply the Conservancy’s stewardship over these cherished public spaces and its commitment to Justine’s legacy,” added Diane Patrick, also a co-managing partner of the firm’s Boston office.
Since its founding in Boston in 1865, Ropes & Gray has become a global firm, while maintaining its focus in Boston as a committed partner to its innovative New England clients, the region’s community service efforts, non-profit organizations and pro bono legal services. Whether its attorneys and staff are volunteering in Franklin Park to beautify our public spaces, or committing long hours to find solutions to challenging and societal issues in our communities, Ropes & Gray’s longstanding commitment has empowered organizations around New England to make change – for the better.