Benjamin L. Wagner '05 (JD) to Receive San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program Pro Bono Publico Award

San Diego (June 25, 2013) – Benjamin L. Wagner, '05 (JD), an attorney in the San Diego office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has been selected to receive the Pro Bono Publico Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program (SDVLP).

Wagner and other SDVLP award recipients will be honored at the organization’s SDVLP’s annual Justice for All Celebration on September 19 at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

The SDVLP Pro Bono Publico Award honors a San Diego attorney who has selflessly provided legal services on behalf of SDVLP. Wagner was selected for his pro bono work on behalf of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Ben, who has been a tireless advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence," said Susan M. Finegan, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Pro Bono Committee and a Member of the firm’s Litigation Practice. "His work has made a real and lasting difference."

Wagner and other attorneys in the San Diego office have worked at restraining order clinics, represented victims at hearing for permanent injunctions and successfully completed a number of appeals on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

About the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc, founded in 1983, serves more than 5,000 individuals annually, providing a wide-ranging array of pro bono services in San Diego County. Lawyers from large firms to sole practitioners, with all types of legal expertise, volunteer their time by providing pro bono legal services to abused women, children, the homeless, veterans, immigrants, the seriously ill and many others who otherwise would go without legal representation.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.