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Counsel Who Care: How Attys Are Helping During A Crisis

An article published by Law360 highlighted law firms, including Mintz, providing pro bono legal assistance to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A selection of Mintz’s COVID-19-related pro bono efforts include:

  • Mintz joined a group of law firms, nonprofits, and government agencies in Massachusetts to launch the COVID Relief Coalition for Small Businesses and Nonprofits, which will provide vulnerable businesses and mission-driven organizations with pro bono legal support.
  • Mintz Member and Chair of the Government Law Practice Elissa Flynn-Poppey advised Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker, One8 Foundation, Eastern Bank and other organizations on the launch of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will help support those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, including frontline healthcare professionals and first responders, immigrants and undocumented residents, individuals with disabilities, the homeless population, and many others.
  • Mintz advised Boston-based global health nonprofit Partners in Health (PIH) on the Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC), an initiative to accelerate the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and dramatically increase the state’s capacity for contact tracing. The CTC is a partnership of four groups including the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and PIH.
  • Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee Susan M. Finegan is Chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (AJC)’s COVID-19 Task Force, a committee of 60-70 lawyers, judges, social service advocates, law school representatives, and bar leaders focused on increasing statewide access to justice during the pandemic. This work includes interacting with court leadership to provide better access to the courts; developing a statewide, collaborative website for remote pro bono opportunities; and developing materials and a communications plan for non-lawyer advocates and self-represented litigants. It also includes an innovative project with Suffolk Law School to have all emergency court forms put into a fillable, mobile-friendly format so that self-represented litigants can access the courts remotely for such matters as restraining orders. Through Ms. Finegan’s leadership role, and the firm’s pro bono partnership with the AJC, Mintz is at the forefront of these efforts.

Learn more about the firm’s pro bono program here.