Pro Bono Projects
Pro bono is a firm-wide priority: attorneys and staff from every office take part in serving our communities and the people in them who need our help.
Mintz Levin works on over 400 cases a year in our eight offices, supported by several hundred attorneys and staff. Each year, the firm’s Pro Bono Committee selects new projects and continues to provide support for long-term initiatives, such as the Domestic Violence Project and political asylum cases. These two representative projects of our extensive pro bono work are described in more detail below.
Domestic Violence Project
The Domestic Violence Project is Mintz Levin’s signature pro bono initiative. Its mission is to represent and advocate for policies supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since 1989, Mintz Levin attorneys have provided legal services to survivors in communities from Boston to San Diego. Our representation in corporate, employment, real estate, immigration, tax, and governance matters has helped dozens of nonprofit organizations to assist individuals and combat domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, the firm’s attorneys and senior professionals have helped to draft laws and lobby at the state and federal levels for reforms that are making a profound difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children. For two decades, Mintz Levin attorneys have also drafted federal and state court amicus and appellate briefs to the US Supreme Court and other state appellate courts arguing for expanded legal protection for survivors and their children.
- 1989: Year the Domestic Violence Project was established.
- 700+ attorneys, paraprofessionals, and other Mintz Levin staff have represented individual victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who sought protective orders and other legal remedies.
- 25+ nonprofits devoted to combating domestic violence have received legal assistance in corporate, employment, real estate, immigration, tax, and governance matters.
- Mintz Levin has assisted with a number of important legislative efforts to protect victims of domestic violence. For example, the firm was instrumental in advocating for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which extended important protections in this area. Mintz Levin also worked with advocates from across Massachusetts to draft legislation that would enable victims to seek criminally enforceable restraining orders against perpetrators of sexual assault, stalking, and harassment. The legislation was enacted in 2010, and for our work on its passage and our Domestic Violence Project generally, Mintz Levin received the American Bar Association’s prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award.
In many of the firm’s offices, Mintz Levin attorneys have represented political asylum seekers throughout the past two decades. Over time, 375 attorneys, paraprofessionals, and other Mintz Levin staff have represented over 100 low-income asylum seekers seeking refuge in the United States.
One long-standing example of this work is our pro bono referrals from the Boston-based Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR). PAIR is the primary provider of legal services to low-income asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Massachusetts. The nonprofit was originally established in 1989 as a coalition of legal service agencies, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, and bar associations. Mintz Levin was one of the first law firms to partner with PAIR in 1992, and has since been a major contributor to the PAIR Project, providing legal services to clients from all over the world as well as pro bono immigration trainings for volunteers. Several of the firm’s attorneys have served on its board in leadership roles, and over the years, Mintz Levin attorneys have won numerous pro bono awards from PAIR for their outstanding advocacy and mentorship on asylum matters.