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Stephen Akerley Honored for Volunteer Work by the Bar Association of San Francisco's Justice & Diversity Center

Mintz is pleased to announce that Stephen Akerley, a trial lawyer in the firm’s intellectual property litigation group, was recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer at the Justice & Diversity Center’s annual Outstanding Volunteer Celebration.

The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco works to bring greater diversity to the legal profession through educational programs and other diversity efforts. The Outstanding Volunteer awards recognize the top 15 percent of JDC’s volunteers.

Through the JDC, volunteers have offered legal representation and social services to more than 9,600 low-income and homeless clients each year with support from volunteer lawyers, law students, social workers and other professionals. Volunteers also provided counseling, coaching and mentoring to more than 700 students to increase diversity in the legal profession.

The JDC celebrated the volunteers at its Outstanding Volunteer Celebration on April 30, 2019, with guest of honor Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

As a firm, Mintz places great value on pro bono work.  For the firm’s founders, helping people in need was an essential part of doing business. More than 85 years later, the firm advises and represents in excess of 300 pro bono clients each year.


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