housing unit attorney Stefanie Balandis on a very contentious housing matter. The clients, a low-income family of five with young children, were living in an apartment with Sanitary Code violations and Lead Law violations. The Board of Health and Quincy District Court had ordered the landlord to bring the apartment into compliance. Instead of attempting to comply, the landlord sent the family an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent, which they were not obligated to pay due to the serious Sanitary Code violations. After a series of empty promises from the landlord, the family moved and Jessica and Natalie were brought onto the trial team. Mintz Levin organized the case and materials, met with the clients, corresponded with the Registry of Deeds and with the Board of Health, researched the Lead Law and Sanitary Code, and conferred with lead inspectors.The first court appearance led to a settlement agreement, which ultimately fell through due to the failure of the landlord to comply. The second court appearance led to a daylong mediation. In the end, judgment was entered for our clients who were defendants and plaintiffs-in-counterclaim in this matter, and they were awarded $10,000. Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Corps Hatzalah is the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States, with 16 local chapters in the New York metropolitan area. It has over 1,000 New York State–certified emergency medical technicians and 180 paramedics, all of whom are volunteers. Jeffrey Moerdler, who is a Hatzalah EMT and a coordinator of his local chapter, goes on 150 to 200 emergency calls per year. Jeffrey has coordinated a pilot program with the New York State Department of Health to allow EMTs to be recertified through a year-round program of continuing medical education in lieu of an exam once every three years. Hatzalah’s state-of-the-art private dispatch system currently receives caller identification information from landline phones, and Russell Fox and Jeffrey are working to expand that program so that Hatzalah receives the same information from cellular phone companies, enabling a faster and more accurate response to calls. Jeffrey also represented Hatzalah in a license agreement with the tallest building in his area to allow a Hatzalah repeater antenna to be placed on the building, improving radio transmissions in his neighborhood. Carrie Kreifels, Mike Lieberman, and Jeffrey are currently assisting Hatzalah in an agreement to allow Hatzalah to pay for the training of new paramedics. Human Rights Campaign As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide—all committed to making Human Rights Campaign’s vision a reality. Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues. The organization envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community. Mintz Levin has served as pro bono counsel to the Human Rights Campaign since 1995. Since 1998, Geri Haight has supervised Mintz Levin’s work on behalf of the organization and has provided the organization with advice and assistance on a wide range of issues. This past year, she provided trademark and copyright advice, and coordinated a wide variety of state and federal law research projects on topics ranging from immigration to health law. In addition, Dean Atkins acted as real estate counsel in the negotiation of the Human Rights Campaign’s office and store in San Francisco. Mintz Levin Summer Associates also assisted on a variety of matters. Traveling Companions