Mintz Levin Partner Receives Pro Bono Service Award from Boston College Law School

Susan M. Finegan, a Member of the Litigation Practice and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., was awarded the Curtin Center for Public Interest Pro Bono Service Award from Boston College Law School. Sue was honored at the school’s annual Curtin Center for the Public Interest reception on Monday, September 19, 2011. Sue is a member of the Boston Bar Association's Council and is a former Co-Chair of the BBA's Delivery of Legal Services Section.

The Curtin Center for Public Interest Pro Bono Service Award is given each year in honor of John J. and Mary Daly Curtin, founders of the Curtin Center for Public Interest at Boston College Law School.  The Award is given to an attorney who, like the Curtin family, has a proven commitment to pro bono work and whose work embodies the school's mission that includes, training a diverse student body not merely to be good lawyers, but to be lawyers who lead good lives, and who will be prepared to seek and find meaningful work in service to others.

“This award is a fitting tribute to Sue. She personifies the best the legal profession has to offer as an attorney, mentor and tireless advocate for the neediest citizens,” said Joe Hameline, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Litigation Section and a member of its Policy Committee. “Our congratulations to Sue on this well-deserved honor.” 

The Curtin Pro Bono service award is in recognition of Sue's extensive work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  In addition to representing hundreds of individual victims, Sue also led a team of Mintz Levin pro bono attorneys who worked for several years to pass Massachusetts legislation that allows sexual assault, stalking and harassment victims to obtain criminally enforceable protective orders.  She also filed appellate and amicus briefs on issues relating to sexual assault and domestic violence in the U.S. Supreme Court and Massachusetts appellate courts.

From 2004-2007, Sue served as Legal Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, overseeing civil legal services to sexual assault survivors in Massachusetts and providing training to federally funded legal services programs nationwide. She also served as the Center’s Interim Executive Director in 2005.

Upon returning to Mintz Levin in 2007 where she began as an associate and rose to Member, Sue assumed the role of Pro Bono Partner, overseeing over 300 pro bono matters firm wide.  Under her leadership, the firm has received a number of awards for its pro bono work including the 2010 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award and the 2009 Thurgood Marshall Award from the Boston Bar Association.   Her related outside service includes membership on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.   
 
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