The firm has a very deep commitment to progressive civil rights work. We regularly represent individuals and entities who have been the victim of harassment, coercion, intimidation, physical violence or discrimination based upon age, disability, medical condition, national origin, sex, race, ethnicity, or religion, as well as those whose constitutional rights have been violated by the government, the police, employers or others. We pride ourselves on serving the needs of our clients by providing the highest quality legal services, while at the same time promoting social justice through the vigorous enforcement of our federal and state constitution and civil rights laws.
In addition to the firm’s full service Employment Litigation and Counseling practice, our civil rights practice includes representation of clients in cases involving:
Some of our representative cases:
Together with lawyers in our firm's Criminal Defense practice group, our commitment to constitutional and civil rights also includes the representation of wrongfully convicted individuals in post-conviction litigation, including motions for new trial, federal habeas corpus proceedings, and death penalty cases. David Meier, formerly the Chief of Homicide in the Suffolk County (Boston) District Attorney's Office, has been nationally recognized for his work in the area of wrongful convictions and his commitment to the rights of crime victims and their families. Mr. Meier is the Co-Chair of the BBA Task Force to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, which published “Getting it Right – Improving the Accuracy and Reliability of the Criminal Justice System in Massachusetts.” He sits on the Board of Trustees of the New England Innocence Project, a litigation and public policy organization dedicated to the exoneration of wrongfully convicted defendants and the reformation of the criminal justice system.
Todd & Weld lawyers regularly participate on panels and speak in the area of civil rights. Howard M. Cooper gave the Keynote Address, “Can Muslims Build Mosques in Post 9/11 America?” at the 2007 Boston Regional Meeting of the National Lawyers Guild at Suffolk Law School. David Meier recently appeared on WBZ radio to discuss the BBA’s report on proposed reforms to the criminal justice system. He frequently lectures and participates in panels on the topic of wrongful convictions.
Our lawyers have also been recognized consistently for their commitment to and success in civil rights work. For example, Howard Cooper was named 2019 Civil Rights Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Boston by Best Lawyers in America. The National Lawyers Guild honored Mr. Cooper as a one of its 2010 honorees as Lawyer of the Year, recognizing his “long and proud record of outstanding legal and activist work in the fight for political, social and economic justice.”
David Meier received the “Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award,” from the Massachusetts Office of Victim/Witness Assistance in 2008 for his unwavering commitment to advancing the rights of crime victims and their families. He was named one of the ten “Lawyers of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2007, which cited him for “working behind the scenes to seek justice for victims and their families as well as those who have been wrongfully convicted.”