At the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s recent Annual Meeting, Attorney Susan M. Finegan, who as chair of Mintz’s Pro Bono Committee leads groundbreaking cases and manages pro bono matters for the firm, was honored with the Great Friend of Justice Award. Over 140 MBF Fellows, grantees and friends attended the event, held on March 5, at the Federal Reserve Building in Boston.
The MBF’s Great Friend of Justice Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to justice, consistent with the MBF’s values and mission of increasing access to justice in the state. Sue Finegan’s commitment and dedication to access to justice exemplifies the spirit of this award.
Finegan is a nationally recognized pro bono pioneer with a passion for helping underserved. She helped to defeat President Trump’s first immigration travel ban in early 2017, to engineer the passage of a Massachusetts restraining order law for sexual assault survivors, and to create several innovative statewide model pro bono programs in Massachusetts.
As member and current co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission for several years, Sue has been a tireless and innovative advocate for low income people in Massachusetts and beyond. She has spearheaded creative funding mechanisms to support legal aid organizations and developed the statewide civil appellate pro bono program for self-represented litigants. Five years ago, she co-founded the Access to Justice Fellows program, in which over 100 retired and retiring lawyers have devoted over 70,000 pro bono hours at legal services organizations, nonprofits, and the courts.
Also at the event, the MBF honored fifteen lawyers and judges who recently completed philanthropic pledges to the MBF Society of Fellows, and listened to remarks by MBF grant recipient Alexandra Peredo Carroll, interim managing attorney for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), who shared about her work assisting unaccompanied immigrant children.
Elections were held for the coming year, and the MBF elected the following officers and trustees:
• President Harvey Weiner, Peabody & Arnold, LLP, Boston
• Vice President Richard J. Grahn, Law Office of Richard J. Grahn, Mattapoisett
• Treasurer Angela C. McConney Scheepers, Division of Administrative Law Appeals, Boston
• Secretary David C. Henderson, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
• Corey M. Carvalho, Hampshire Probate & Family Court, Northampton
• John T. Lynch, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine PC, Boston
• Hon. Scott D. Peterson, Mass. District Court, Hingham
• Kimberly E. Winter, McLaughlin, Richards, Biller, Schindel & Winter LLP, Natick
• G. Perry Wu, Law Office of G. Perry Wu, Wellesley
• Iris Taymore Schnitzer, Law Office of Iris Taymore Schnitzer, Boston