Mintz is pleased to congratulate Lavinia M. Weizel on being awarded the 2018 Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award. The annual award is presented by the firm’s Pro Bono Committee to the attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment in the area of pro bono.
Ms. Weizel, an associate in the firm’s Boston office, was recognized for her tireless dedication to helping a pregnant mother with nine children avoid eviction and find a new home. She also played a key role as a member of a team that advocated for new Massachusetts legislation that provides sex trafficking survivors with a streamlined process for vacating certain criminal convictions.
“The firm has an unwavering commitment to providing outstanding legal services to our pro bono clients and we are tremendously proud of Lavinia’s pro bono efforts,” said Susan M. Finegan, Mintz’s Firmwide Pro Bono Partner. “Lavinia has dedicated herself to important matters that are positively impacting the lives of those in need of trusted counsel and she is deserving of this great honor.”
Ms. Weizel’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including securities litigation, shareholder suits and insurance disputes in both state and federal court. Outside the office, Ms. Weizel is Co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Sub-Committee and a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee.
Before joining Mintz as an Associate, Ms. Weizel was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and before that clerked for the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to law school, Ms. Weizel worked first as the community education and youth violence prevention program coordinator and later as the development director for WISE, a nonprofit serving victims of domestic and sexual violence.
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