Our Community Service programs extend to all the regions where we and our clients work and live. Attorneys, Summer Associates, and administrative staff alike give time and resources, focusing on several areas in particular: domestic violence prevention, education, and political asylum.
Mintz Levin employees have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities — such as the Elizabeth Stone House and Women Empowered Against Domestic Violence — provided school supplies for children and clothes for families, and dedicated countless hours volunteering for these efforts.
Ongoing Community Service Projects
- American Cancer Society Daffodil Day
For more than 15 years, the firm has been a major participant in the American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days in March. Mintz Levin even received an award for its participation and support. Daffodils, teddy bears, and Gifts of Hope are sold within the firm. Volunteers from Mintz Levin also do outside sales at the Prudential Center in Boston, helping to raise even more money for the cause.
- Back-to-School Backpack Project
Since 2003, the firm has provided 2,794 backpacks to children living in shelters. Each child receives a backpack filled with school supplies and a new outfit to wear on the first day of school. The backpacks are tailored to each child so that they are very personal and special. The shelters say this is marvelous for the children’s self-esteem: They go back to school dressed as nicely as their peers, with backpacks filled with supplies. It makes them feel good about themselves, encourages them to look forward to the new school year, and lets them know their community cares about them and about their education.
- Citizen Schools 8th Grade Academy
For more than 10 years, the firm has assisted this Boston-based nonprofit afterschool program. Lawyers and professionals volunteer in its writing apprenticeship program for eighth-grade students from underserved Boston middle schools, working one-on-one with students as writing mentors/tutors throughout the school year and helping them to complete approximately four writing pieces, which are ultimately featured in Bridging, Citizen Schools’ annual magazine. The work Mintz Levin does is, of course, only a small piece of the students’ overall academic development, but it is a critically important one, as it facilitates their transition into high school and beyond.
- Elizabeth Stone House Auction
Since 1996, Mintz Levin has held an annual auction to benefit the Elizabeth Stone House. Hundreds of items are donated and solicited by employees, raising tens of thousands of dollars each year.
- Elizabeth Stone House Christmas Party
Every year, the firm hosts a Christmas party for the children and mothers of Elizabeth Stone House. There are activities for the children, a full meal, and gifts presented by Santa himself.
- Elizabeth Stone House Halloween Spookfest
For years, the firm hosted a Halloween Spookfest for the children of Elizabeth Stone House. The event is now held at Elizabeth Stone House itself, and Mintz Levin is the official sponsor, sending over costumes and candy, along with whatever other items may be needed.
- Holiday Gift Drive for Children
Every holiday season, attorneys and staff buy gifts for over 100 women and children who are victims of domestic violence. As we think about celebrations and our own good fortune, it is a Mintz Levin tradition to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
- Holiday Gift Drive for Veterans
Every year, attorneys and staff purchase gifts of clothing and other needed items for approximately 30 to 35 men and women at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston. Mintz Levin’s gift drive started more than 15 years ago, and now the firm is the largest donator of gifts to veterans in Massachusetts. It’s our way of saying thank you to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us, and especially important at a time when more is needed to prevent those who served from falling into homelessness.
- Jeans Days
At least once a month, the firm holds a "jeans day" to benefit a charity nominated by a Mintz Levin employee. Participants donate at least $5 to the charity to wear jeans on Friday. Since 2004, we have raised over $238,000.
- Legal Apprentice & Mock Trial Program
Mintz Levin has supported this program for many years. The program, which introduces middle school students to the justice system, is a partnership between Citizen Schools and Discovering Justice. Over the course of a semester, firm attorneys work with the students to prepare a mock legal case. At the end of the semester, the students conduct a full trial in federal court, delivering opening and closing statements and examining witnesses in front of an actual state or federal judge. Mintz Levin staff also help to coordinate the trial by recruiting volunteer jurors for the mock trial itself.
- Project Hope Holiday Party
Mintz Levin sponsors Project Hope’s annual holiday party, which takes place at its facility. We provide gifts for the children as well as the holiday dinner.
- United Way Pie in the Sky
Mintz Levin is a proud supporter of Pie in the Sky, an annual campaign sponsored by Community Servings, an organization which prepares more than 2,000 meals each day and delivers them to individuals with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses throughout the metro Boston area. Through Pie in the Sky, Mintz Levin sold 95 pies and raised over $2,500 in 2011.