Mintz Levin – MLP pro bono for the long haul

‘Partnership’ is the word that I am hearing over and over again wherever I travel and discuss Medical-Legal Partnership.

But people aren’t using it in a glib or clichéd way – it is emphatic. ‘True partnership means that all of the constituents in the team get it, we share the load to get funding and work through inevitable hiccups and miscommunications together,’ is a typical response.

Mintz Levin is a pro bono partner that ‘gets it’ – being one of the early adopters of MLP practice, a collaborator with other pro bono firms, a MLP champion to its corporate clients and lobbying strategist for the National Center’s Federal MLP for Health Act campaign.

A lot could be written about this record but here’s a few quick points:

  • 12 years ago, Mintz Levin was the first firm to support the Family Advocacy Program in Boston (an MLP).
  • 2 years ago, Mintz Levin responded to interest by general counsel at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to establish a MLP for cancer patients and provided a secondee to the project, giving it critical capacity during its establishment phase.
  • In 2011, subsidiary Mintz Levin Strategies (a government relations consulting group) assisted the National Center for MLP to promote its campaign for the MLP for Health Act, ultimately securing bi-partisan support for the introduction of the Bill.
  • In the fall of 2012 (so here’s the scoop) Biogen Idec and Mintz Levin will co-sponsor a two-year Equal Justice Works fellow at MLP | Boston. The focus will be on working with patients with sickle-cell disease.  Beyond the fellowship, Biogen’s own in-house legal department and Mintz Levin lawyers will also assist patients directly and undertake other on pro bono projects.

MLP takes real partnership if it is to succeed. Mintz Levin get’s it and they are in for the long haul.


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