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Mintz Levin’s Pro Bono Practice Secures Important Domestic Violence Appellate Victory

Friday, June 21, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has secured an important pro bono victory on behalf of a California woman who was the victim of violent sexual attacks by her husband, who was convicted and is serving a six year prison sentence. A California appeals court this week reversed the trial court’s decision that the couple’s children be instantly reunited with their father upon his release from jail in 2014 without any preconditions. The trial court also ordered the victim to pay her husband’s alimony, as well as his attorney’s fees in connection with the divorce proceedings.

With a long history of providing pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence, Mintz Levin handled the appeal at the request of DV Leap, a domestic violence prevention advocacy and referral organization. The case, highlighted in a recent Dateline television program, also prompted the California legislature to pass a general ban on alimony and fee awards in divorce proceedings for spouses convicted of raping or violent sexual attacks on their spouse.

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