Daily Archives: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Partnering with BBF Grantee to Train Lawyers on Handling Juvenile Immigrant Cases

The BBA and Lutheran Social Services teamed up to train attorneys to take special immigrant juvenile status cases.

The BBA and Lutheran Social Services teamed up to train attorneys to take special immigrant juvenile status cases.

The BBA continued the trend of hosting pro bono trainings with BBF grantees by partnering with Lutheran Social Services for a training on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. While it was the first time we hosted the training at the BBA, it was a hit among attendees. Beyond the Billable reached out to Christina M. Borysthen-Tkacz (Lutheran Social Services), who ran the training with Tilman Jacobs (Lutheran Social Services), to hear more about the training.

Take a look at what she had to say:

What do you hope attendees learned from the training?

“We hope that our training provided a good introduction to pro bono opportunities in immigration law, and to the challenges that unaccompanied immigrant children face, as well as the legal relief available to them.”

Why should attorneys volunteer to take these types of cases?

“All of our cases, and Special Immigrant Juvenile cases especially, offer attorneys an opportunity to gain valuable litigation experience. Most importantly, attorneys should take these types of cases pro bono because they are a great opportunity to make a lasting impact on a child’s life and to give that child a chance at a successful and happy life in the United States.”

Keeping Kids in School: Another Benefit of Summer Jobs

Summer jobs in Boston have helped contribute to a decline in high school dropout rates in the city.

Summer jobs in Boston have helped contribute to a decline in high school dropout rates in the city.

If you’re an avid Beyond the Billable reader, you’ve certainly heard a lot about the impact the BBA Summer Jobs Program has on Boston Public High School during their two months of paid summer internships. But what about after the internship is over? Since we’re thinking about Summer Jobs 24/7, we caught a great Boston Globe article that breaks down the statistical impact of students with summer jobs and programs in the city as a whole.

Some quick stats – in Boston, the high school dropout rate has decreased from 9.9 percent during the 2005-2006 school year to 5.9 percent — about 969 students out of 16,293 students — during the 2012-2013 school year. Not surprisingly, one of the key factors contributing to the declining rates is summer jobs. Click here to read the full Boston Globe article which discusses the decline in Boston and the entire state.