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Curtin Center Pro Bono Award Given to Susan Finegan ('91)

2011 news archive

09/20/11

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School’s Curtin Center held its Public Interest and Pro Bono reception last night at Boston College Law School, where Susan M. Finegan (BC Law ’91) received the Center’s annual Pro Bono Service Award.

The award is given to an attorney who has shown commitment to pro bono work and whose work exemplifies the school’s mission to train a diverse student body not purely 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. It is named in honor of John J. and Mary Daly Curtin, founders of the Curtin Center.

“Susan Finegan has shown an exceptional commitment to pro bono service,” said Kate Devlin Joyce, Associate Director for Public Interest Programs. “The majority of Ms. Finegan’s pro bono work has focused on direct representation of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has also led a team of Mintz Levin pro bono lawyers who have successfully worked for numerous years to pass Massachusetts’s legislation that allows sexual assault, harassment and stalking victims to retrieve criminally enforceable protective orders, filling a gap in the existing statute.”

As the Pro Bono Partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC, Finegan’s dedication to pro bono work and community service has been recognized by publications such as The American Lawyer, Corporate Board Member, and The National Law Journal.

BC Law’s Pro Bono Program attempts to integrate pro bono activities and encourage students to explore pro bono opportunities. The program’s mission is to shape law students into lawyers committed to public service. Students in this program contribute at least 50 hours of law-related community service through the pro bono work while at BC Law.

Last year, the 288 students who participated in the Pro Bono Program provided more than 11,150 hours of service to nonprofits, legal services organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental agencies.

For more information on the Pro Bono Program, please visit

www.bc.edu/schools/law/services/academic/programs/probono.