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Pro Bono

Collaborating to Improve Lives and Communities

Pro bono service is at the heart of our culture and identity. For our founders, helping people in need was an essential part of doing business. More than 85 years later, we advise and represent in excess of 300 pro bono clients each year. Attorneys and staff members from every Mintz office participate. Our partners in this work include nonprofits, legal service organizations, in-house legal departments, and other law firms. Together, we provide individuals with life-changing assistance and support the nonprofit organizations that care for our communities.

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There’s more to being an attorney than knowing the law. It’s participating in your community, and, to a large extent, giving back. We need to bring our services to those who can use them most.

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Changing the Narrative

Legal challenges can be life-changing. Having capable legal counsel can make the difference. Our pro bono team has stood with individuals, families, and communities throughout the United States in their pursuit of justice and a better life.

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Quick Teamwork on the Travel Ban

The day after President Trump signed his first travel ban, we learned that incoming travelers had been detained at Logan Airport. Pro Bono Chair Sue Finegan and a Mintz team including Immigration Practice Chair Susan Cohen responded immediately. They worked late into the night with the ACLU and immigrant advocates at Boston’s US District Courthouse to craft arguments for a temporary injunction. At 2 am, the judges ruled in their favor. The seven-day hold on the ban helped many travelers, and the team’s arguments were used across the country to extend restrictions on the ban.

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Pro Bono Katrina

Help for Katrina’s Most Vulnerable Survivors

Congress allotted $5.5 billion in emergency funds to Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. Then the state decided wind-damaged properties, mainly in black low-income neighborhoods, didn’t qualify for assistance. Mintz filed a federal lawsuit against HUD that put pressure on Mississippi and eventually resulted in a settlement of $213 million for 5,253 families.

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Combating Domestic Violence Since 1989

For nearly 30 years, Mintz attorneys have provided legal services to domestic violence survivors in communities from Boston to San Diego. Our representation has helped dozens of nonprofit organizations assist individuals and combat domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, the firm has helped draft laws and lobby at the state and federal levels for reforms that are making a profound difference in the lives of survivors and their children.

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Asylum for a Massacre Survivor

In 1982, Guatemalan forces entered a village and massacred nearly all of its indigenous inhabitants. The atrocity was concealed. But when DNA confirmed that a young boy who’d been spared that day and had since moved to the United States was a survivor, the truth came to light. Working with the Political Asylum / Immigration Research Project (PAIR), we helped the young man and his wife gain asylum. And his story has helped bring the killers to justice.

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Pro Bono Journals

Read our annual pro bono journals for more stories about our pro bono clients.  The courage they display in their pursuit of better lives — for themselves, their families, and our communities — inspires us to do our best on their behalf.

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2017 Journal

Attorneys and professionals across our firm’s eight offices stand with hundreds of pro bono clients each year to help them bridge the distance between often dire circumstances and a better future. 

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2015 – 2016 Journal

We're proud to provide our pro bono clients with legal services that help them open doors and move forward with their lives.  

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Previous Journals

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2013

2012

2011

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2009

Driving Innovative Programs and Solutions

Mintz has been instrumental in creating and promoting new collaborative partnerships to expand access to justice in our communities. These efforts are made possible through the firm’s long-standing pro bono partnerships.

Partnering with Our Clients 

Mintz has partnered with our clients on pro bono projects for over a decade. In one such initiative, Mintz has collaborated with a number of partners to host the Clinic in a Box® pro bono workshops — training in-house lawyers to provide day-of pro bono service to nonprofits.  Our partners have included Corporate Pro Bono, the Association of Corporate Counsel-Northeast Chapter, and Lawyers Clearinghouse. Over the course of eight years, Mintz has hosted almost 300 in-house lawyers during the annual clinic.


Access to Justice Commission and Fellows Program

Mintz has been at the forefront of promoting access to justice in Massachusetts. For several years, Pro Bono Committee Chair Sue Finegan has served as the Co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission with the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The Commission provides leadership and vision on efforts to remove barriers to civil justice for low-income and disadvantaged people. As a notable example, the firm played a key role in launching the Access to Justice Fellows Program. Primarily the brainchild of Mintz’s Martha Koster and Finegan, this innovative program pairs retired lawyers and judges with legal services organizations, nonprofits, and the courts. To date, 94 retired and retiring lawyers have devoted over 75,000 pro bono hours as part of the Fellows Program.


Appellate Assistance & Representation

In 2013, Mintz’s Sue Finegan co-chaired a Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission committee that eventually developed the Civil Appellate Pro Bono Program. Mintz has worked closely with the Volunteer Lawyers Project to manage a weekly clinic for self-represented litigants at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, staffed by Mintz and other law firms. As of February 2018, over 200 attorneys from 20 different law firms have helped over 400 low-income litigants navigate the civil appellate process.