Our Voyage: 2009 Award Winners The Boston Bar Association (BBA) presented Mintz Levin with the Thurgood Marshall Award for extraordinary pro bono service at the BBA’s Annual Meeting in October.The firm was recognized for its Domestic Violence Project, which marks its 20th anniversary in 2010. The San Diego County Bar Association awarded Mintz Levin with the 2009 Award for Public Service by a Law Firm or Agency. The San Diego office was honored for the tremendous pro bono, community service, and charitable contributions its attorneys and staff made on behalf of a local domestic violence prevention organization. My Sisters’ Place, the leading domestic violence advocacy organization in Westchester County, New York, honored Mintz Levin with their “Proclamation of Thanks”Award. The Firm was recognized for its tireless domestic violence-related pro bono efforts throughout the prior year. Over the past year, 18 attorneys and staff, primarily from the firm’s New York office, provided 30 domestic violence clients with immigration counsel in two half-day legal clinics. The Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness recognized Mintz Levin and its three program managers—attorneys Colin Van Dyke and Jehanne Bjornebye and project analyst Nick Payton—for their dedication to the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless at the organiza- tion’s 21st Annual Meeting in June. Mintz Levin was one of the first firms to participate in the on-site homeless shelter legal clinics in 1994 and, over the years, its attorneys and senior professionals have accepted more than 270 cases from the Lawyers Clearinghouse. The Mississippi Center for Justice acknowledged Mintz Levin for advancing recovery and ensuring fairness in the wake of Hurricane Katrina at the Mississippi on the Potomac Reception in May in Washington, D.C. At Bio-Ball in March 2009, Mintz Levin was honored for being a valued partner for over five years. Bio-Ball is a one-day basketball tournament involving 16 local biotech and pharmaceutical com- panies and 16 Special Olympics basketball teams, in which all of the proceeds go to benefit basketball programs and activities at Special Olympics Massachusetts. The Boston Business Journal recognized Mintz Levin for its corporate philanthropy efforts in September. Boston College Law School awarded R. Robert Popeo the second annual Mary Daly Curtin and John J. Curtin Jr.Award for Public Interest for his longtime commitment to civic causes and for Mintz Levin’s strong pro bono program. Bob has served on the boards of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Massachusetts Mental Health Research Corporation, Catholic Charitable Bureau, Glover Memorial Hospital, the American Cancer Society, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Northeastern University, the Board of Advisors of Birmingham (England) Busi- ness School, a Trustee of Boston College, a former Trustee of Newton Country Day School, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. The firm’s extensive pro bono efforts were also highlighted at the award reception, including the firm’s notable contributions in the areas of domestic violence prevention, political asylum, home- lessness, and civil rights. In recognition of Bob’s award, BC Law School named four Mintz-funded “Mintz Levin Public Interest Scholars” last summer in the areas of domestic violence and political asylum through its public interest stipend program.