38 abandoned auto body shop became available within only a few blocks of the agency’s transitional housing building. A team of Mintz Levin professionals from the Real Estate and Environmental Law practices worked to make purchasing the new site possible. For the past several years, and primarily during 2016, the firm has performed significant legal work to prepare for the acquisition and construction of a brand new shelter for victims of domestic violence. This has involved obtaining approval from the community and the Boston Redevelopment Authority as well as a $200,000 grant from the EPA to complete the new site’s environmental remediation. At a ceremony in August 2017, Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh announced that the Elizabeth Stone House would be one of 25 Boston- area construction projects to receive a $10 million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. This covered a significant portion of the project’s $16 million budget. The new building will allow the organization to double the number of apartments for residents, build a day-care center to serve residents and parents in the community, and create a gym and outdoor play space so their children, for the first time, can have a safe place to play. The team also negotiated and executed an asset purchase agreement to sell the old building to another nonprofit, which will also help homeless families. All of the legal work needed to make this project possible was accomplished by attorneys Maryann Civitello, Susan Phillips, and Elissa Flynn-Poppey, along with former Mintz Levin attorney Ray Estes, with support from the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. FREEDOM FOR ALL Mintz Levin has been advising a coalition of LGBTQ organizations regarding the formation of a ballot question committee to oppose the repeal of the transgender accom- modation law passed by the Massachusetts legislature in 2016. Mintz Levin worked with the coalition to create a Massachusetts nonprofit called Freedom for All Massachusetts, Inc. that will run the ballot question committee. The Mintz Levin team, led by attorneys Erica Coray and Elissa Flynn-Poppey, has also assisted with filing for tax exemption status with the IRS, and has advised Freedom for All Massachusetts about compli- ance with laws and regulations governing political organizations in Massachusetts. GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger- relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. The organization distributed over 45 million meals through its network of hunger-relief agencies in 2015 alone. Mintz Levin helped the organization with employment, trademark, and corporate governance matters. In 2016, the Mintz Levin team included attorneys Julie Korostoff, Drew Matzkin, Poonam Patidar, Gauri Punjabi, Daniel Wilcox, Natalie Young, and Alec Zadek, as well as legal specialist Brenda Meyette and former Mintz Levin attorneys Anthony Hubbard and Kahlil Mitchell. HATZALAH VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS Hatzalah is the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States, with 16 local chapters in the New York met- ropolitan area, over 1,000 emergency medical technicians, paramedics, physician assistants, and MDs, and more than 60 ambulances. Mintz Levin provided a variety of Additional Pro Bono Highlights (continued)