Pro Bono Polsinelli Wins Asylum For Child Immigrants With Big Dreams After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse in Honduras, two teenage sisters with big dreams to help others in their new lives were recently granted asylum in the U.S., following three years of pro bono advocacy by a team of attorneys at Polsinelli. The team of attorneys, led by partner Mary McKelvey, say they worked for three years, gaining the girls’ trust, helping them tell their harrowing story to a court, and witnessing them glow with happiness and confidence after being granted asylum last July. [...]
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Pro Bono A Passion for Pro Bono From Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles archives April 2015 by Mary McKelvey When was the last time that you, as a lawyer, felt the deep satisfaction that comes from applying the principles of justice to right a wrong or been moved to tears by emotional gratification that flows from successfully advocating for a worthy individual who lacks a voice? If nothing comes to mind immediately, it may be time to consider taking on a pro bono project. When I made the decision to leave a successful career in finance [...]
Congrats from Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles Mary McKelvey, the incoming secretary of the WLALA Executive Committee, was recently named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Top Litigators in Los Angeles. She is only one out of seven women to be honored out of 50 litigators named. Mary is a fierce and highly respected trial attorney who is influential in every aspect of her career, i.e. in litigating difficult cases for national and global clients, in handling high stakes pro bono cases, in successfully assuming leadership positions at the state and local bar [...]
Trial Work WLALA-Sponsored Resolution Signed into Law Have you ever thought, "this law should be changed or amended,” or "it should not exist at all?” Have you ever thought, "this law should be changed or amended,” or "it should not exist at all?” Have you ever thought "there ought to be a law about this” but when you researched the appropriate legal authorities, you found no law existed that addressed the topic you researched? Do you enjoy debating policy and the law as well as meeting interesting people from across the state? WLALA’s delegation to the Conference [...]
Rachel and Angela M.: A Rare Glimpse Into the Lives of Two Girls Who Fled Danger and Abuse In Search of a Country That Could Provide a Safe Haven
Pro Bono Angela & Rachel Rachel and Angela M.: A Rare Glimpse Into the Lives of Two Girls Who Fled Danger and Abuse In Search of a Country That Could Provide a Safe Haven I was privileged to serve on a team of attorneys from my firm who were able to obtain two rare asylum victories, in a pro bono matter, for two young girls from Honduras who fled horrific abuse and an unbearable existence. The girls will say asylum saved their lives and gave them an opportunity at living the lives they had previously only dreamt [...]