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Mintz Attorney Melissa Brayman Honored with Pro Bono Publico Award from Casa Cornelia Law Center

Mintz attorney Melissa J. Brayman, PhD has been named a 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awardee by the Casa Cornelia Law Center, a California nonprofit law firm providing pro bono legal services to San Diego’s immigrant community, in recognition of her extensive pro bono immigration work.

In particular, the award recognizes Ms. Brayman’s work with Casa Cornelia to help immigrant survivors of violence and human trafficking who are seeking special humanitarian visas. In the past few years, she has handled several cases for Casa Cornelia clients on a pro bono basis. Ms. Brayman also facilitates the organization’s pro bono partnership with Mintz, encouraging other firm attorneys to assist on these matters.

“We were so pleased that Casa Cornelia has recognized Melissa with this well-deserved honor for her pro bono work,” said Susan Finegan, Chair of Mintz’s Pro Bono Committee. “Her work to facilitate a strong partnership with Casa Cornelia is also a terrific example of how we as a firm can collaborate with nonprofit organizations to expand access to justice in our communities,” she added.

Each year, through its La Mancha Awards, Casa Cornelia honors persons and organizations that have made outstanding contributions in meeting the needs of victims of human and civil rights violations from around the world. 

“These individuals represent the finest of San Diego’s legal community who give of their services at no cost to support indigent victims who are seeking humanitarian protection under our country’s immigration laws,” said Carmen Chavez, Casa Cornelia’s Executive Director.

Ms. Brayman was honored alongside other awardees at Casa Cornelia's 12th Annual La Mancha Awards ceremony held on Saturday, October 19 at Shiley Theater, University of San Diego.   

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