Finding a Way 31 Full Circle Education Full Circle Education was established by a group of professional tutors who noticed that many smart and deserving kids in NewYork City public schools could not apply to four-year colleges due to their low SAT scores. Its program identifies, enrolls, and trains promising New York City public school students in a groundbreaking, student-driven tutoring program to increase SAT scores to above 1,000. Mintz Levin and Full Circle have worked together to amend its bylaws and create a comprehensive conflict of interest policy. Garrett Johnston has worked closely with Full Circle to guide it through these documents and to provide other guidance along the way, particularly regarding fundraising materials. Full Circle currently operates in five New York City public schools, and hopes to continue to expand to more than 30 public schools over the next few years. The Greater Boston Food Bank In an effort to help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Food Bank feeds more than 320,000 people annually in nine counties. Overseen by Robert Gault, many Mintz Levin attorneys—including Nancy Adams, Linda Bentley, Kelley Burwood, Thomas Greene, William Hill, Anthony Hubbard, Cynthia Larose, Andrew Matzkin, Patricia Moran, Joel Nolan, Maura Pelham, and Carol Peters—assisted the food bank this past year with numerous legal issues, ranging from employment and benefits to real estate, trademark, construction, insurance, FDA, and corporate matters. Greater Boston Legal Services Mintz Levin has worked on many cases with Greater Boston Legal Services, and in one of these cases, Jessica Sergi, with the assistance of Project Analyst Natalie Young and fellow attorney Robert Sheridan, served as co-counsel with This year, for example, Charlotte, Tavis, and Vita worked with a low-income designer who provides printing, graphic design, and branding services to other small businesses in his community.They counseled the client on potential issues with a proposed expansion of services. The Mintz Levin team also worked closely with the client to tailor a customer contract that addresses some of the unique concerns of his business, and to provide for, among other things, alternative fee structures designed to accommodate the needs of potential customers in the underserved communities in which the designer works. The Elizabeth Stone House Mintz Levin has had a corporate relationship with and has provided pro bono services in a variety of areas to the Elizabeth Stone House for over 25 years. The Elizabeth Stone House provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and who often suffer from trauma and substance abuse issues. Three Mintz Levin attorneys currently serve on the organization’s board: Maryann Civitello (board president), Susan Phillips, and Martha Zackin. After a fire destroyed much of the agency’s emergency shelter in August 2007, Maryann negotiated the sale of the remaining building and land to a developer. The sale was completed in early 2010 by Mintz Levin real estate attorney Andrew Dean and legal assistant Michelle Morgan. The proceeds will be used to help the agency acquire land and construct a new building to provide emergency shelter and transitional and permanent housing. In addition, litigator Steven Torres worked on revisions to the waiver forms used for the hikers for Wilderness Heals, a pledge hike sponsored every July by the Elizabeth Stone House. Mintz Levin’s folks use their hearts, their heads, and their energies to produce such important results. ~ Richard Mintz