Mintz Highlighted in Law360 as “Counsel Who Care: How Attorneys Are Helping During A Crisis”

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SAN DIEGO (May 26, 2020) – Law Firm Challenge participant Mintz, has 14 University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumni in its San Diego office. Founded in Boston more than 85 years ago, Mintz is an Am Law 100 firm with 500 attorneys and a global reach with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, and Stamford.

Mintz Law Firm Challenge Captain Jason Miller, ’18 (JD), said “I am proud to be part of a firm that is eager to advocate for our communities with the same zeal we bring to our client matters, especially during this time of crisis.”

An April article published by Law360 highlighted law firms, including Mintz, providing pro bono legal assistance to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A selection of Mintz’s COVID-19-related pro bono efforts include:

  • Mintz joined a group of law firms, nonprofits, and government agencies in Massachusetts to launch the COVID Relief Coalition for Small Businesses and Nonprofits, which will provide vulnerable businesses and mission-driven organizations with pro bono legal support.
  • Mintz Member and Chair of the Government Law Practice Elissa Flynn-Poppey advised Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker, One8 Foundation, Eastern Bank and other organizations on the launch of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will help support those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, including frontline healthcare professionals and first responders, immigrants and undocumented residents, individuals with disabilities, the homeless population, and many others.
  • Mintz advised Boston-based global health nonprofit Partners in Health (PIH) on the Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC), an initiative to accelerate the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and dramatically increase the state’s capacity for contact tracing. The CTC is a partnership of four groups including the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and PIH.
  • Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee Susan M. Finegan is Chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (AJC)’s COVID-19 Task Force, a committee of 60-70 lawyers, judges, social service advocates, law school representatives, and bar leaders focused on increasing statewide access to justice during the pandemic. This work includes interacting with court leadership to provide better access to the courts; developing a statewide, collaborative website for remote pro bono opportunities; and developing materials and a communications plan for non-lawyer advocates and self-represented litigants. It also includes an innovative project with Suffolk Law School to have all emergency court forms put into a fillable, mobile-friendly format so that self-represented litigants can access the courts remotely for such matters as restraining orders. Through Finegan’s leadership role, and the firm’s pro bono partnership with the AJC, Mintz is at the forefront of these efforts.

Mintz and USD have a history of working together. In 2013, Mintz hosted both the School of Law’s North County Alumni Reception and a LinkedIn training through the School of Business. In 2016, Mintz hosted law school Milestone Reunion planning meetings at the firm. And, in 2020, was scheduled to host a Torero Networking in Carmel Valley reception and panel featuring Sebastian Lucier, ’05, (JD), preceded by a private reception with Mintz USD law alumni and Dean and Professor of Law Stephen C. Ferruolo on March 19–the day before California’s stay-at-home order went into effect.

Mintz alumni actively participate in USD School of Law’s annual programming including Careers in the Law and Campus Visit Day Luncheons, and the firm is a future host of the law school’s annual Incoming Students Diversity Reception. Many of Mintz and USD’s partnerships can be attributed to David P. Salisbury, ’95 (BA), Director of Business Development and Strategic Marketing, at Mintz.

“It’s always great to work with USD–the law school is the backbone of the legal community here in San Diego, and Mintz isn’t alone in having a significant number of USD alumni among its ranks,” said Lucier. “As a firm, we are committed to participating in our communities, whether through our pro bono efforts or through maintaining strong ties with institutions like USD.”   

Mintz’s participation in the Law Firm Challenge strengthens connections between alumni, law firms, and USD School of Law. Challenge participants strive to achieve 100% alumni giving in their respective organizations, providing critical support to the law school and supporting our students and programs.

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About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 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 law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 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 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year 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, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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