New York Legal Assistance Group The New York Legal Assistance Group provides free legal services to low-income New Yorkers. This year, Peter Zlotnick, Noah Shaw, and Krishna Patel represented a disabled client with a crippling back injury in an appeal of an administrative decision that denied him all disability benefits. After an evidentiary hearing, Peter, Noah, and Krishna were successful in obtaining retroactive benefits for their client. Painted Rock Foundation PaintedRockFoundationisanonprofitorganizationdedicated to raising funds for a public elementary school. Andrew Skale assisted with contract review and provided legal advice regarding the foundation’s yearly auction fundraiser. Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is the primary provider of legal services to low- income asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Massachusetts. PAIR has provided direct legal services and consultations to more than 8,000 clients, and has trained and mentored over 1,500 volunteer attorneys in the state to assist clients from all over the world. Mintz Levin regularly represents asylum seekers referred by PAIR, and this year we successfully represented asylum seekers from many countries. Additionally, in 2011, Mintz Levin attorneys Nate McConarty, Bret Leone-Quick, Anthony Hubbard, and Cynthia Larose assisted PAIR in reviewing its updated governance policies and ensuring compliance with IRS regulations for nonprofit organizations. RESPOND, Inc. Mintz Levin attorneys provided day-to-day legal advice to RESPOND, Inc.­ —New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation—on matters involving employment, real estate, intellectual property, and corporate governance. In particular, Noah Shaw, Meryl Epstein, Anthony Hubbard, Drew Matzkin, Maura Pelham, and Stefanie Abhar have contributed significant amounts of time to various different issues for RESPOND. Right Question Institute The Right Question Institute is a nonprofit educational organization offering what many people consider to be the simplest, most powerful strategy available for helping people in low- and moderate-income communities learn to advocate for themselves, participate in decisions that affect them, and partner with service providers and public officials. Mintz Levin and the institute worked together on a number of intellectual property issues relating to its Question Formulation Technique. Geri Haight and Joe DiCioccio provided the Right Question Institute with guidance and advice on intellectual property issues, ranging from trademarks and copyrights to publication agreements and licensing. San Diego Better Business Bureau The San Diego Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization,supportedbylocalbusinesses,thatseekstofoster an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other. Andrew Skale serves as a certified and trained arbitrator for the organization, helping to resolve disputes by listening to both sides, weighing the evidence, and issuing a decision. Seaside Giving Seaside Giving is a nonprofit organization committed to improving lives in the San Diego community by donating medical, surgical, and obstetrical services to underprivileged, underinsured, or uninsured women. In return for receiving medical services, these women are asked to give back to their communities by donating their time to community service– based projects. Jake Romero, Edye Bauer, and Fred Hernandez provide corporate and intellectual property advice to the client.