Daily Archives: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lawyers Learn the Ropes Before Law Day in the Schools Experience

Emily Hodge (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP), pictured above volunteering for the 2012 Law Day in the Schools Program,  led the training and helped prepare volunteers for their upcoming visit with students as part of the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

Emily Hodge (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP), pictured above volunteering for the 2012 Law Day in the Schools Program, led the training and helped prepare volunteers for their upcoming visit with students as part of the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

What’s the best technique to get five year olds to quiet down? How do you get a group of 16 year olds to understand the difference between restrictive and expansive voter requirements? If you’re surprised to hear these types of questions coming from a program at 16 Beacon Street — don’t be — our lawyers were learning the ins and outs of conducting an effective Law Day in the Schools presentation to Boston public school students. The training, led by program vet Emily Hodge (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP), walked volunteers through the curriculum and offered helpful tips and hints on keeping students focused and engaged with this year’s theme – “Why Every Vote Matters.” As part of the program, which begins today, more than 75 volunteers will present to more than 1,300 elementary, middle and high school classrooms across Boston – an all-time high.

Stay tuned for more.

MassProBono is Live!

 Al Wallis (Brown Rudnick LLP), Barbara Siegel (Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association), and Michele Garvin (Ropes & Gray LLP), talked about their roles in redefining pro bono work and improving access to legal services at the Delivery of Legal Services’ Hot Topics in Pro Bono program on Monday.

Al Wallis (Brown Rudnick LLP), Barbara Siegel (Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association), and Michele Garvin (Ropes & Gray LLP) talked about their roles in redefining pro bono work and improving access to legal services at the Delivery of Legal Services’ Hot Topics in Pro Bono program on Monday.

Are you an attorney curious about how you can get involved with pro bono work or are you a legal service organization looking for volunteers? Check out the new MassProBono website, deemed the “Match.com” of pro bono services. The new website creates an all-encompassing legal resource and allows volunteer attorneys to search using many different criteria to find a project, case, or organization.

Attorneys had an opportunity to catch a sneak peek of the new website during the Delivery of Legal Services’ Hot Topics in Pro Bono program on Monday. Barbara Siegel (Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association) gave participants a virtual tour of the brand new MassProBono website and demonstrated how this new resource can provide matching services between organizations, projects and volunteers. Legal service organizations can post specialty projects, cases, and other opportunities, while interested volunteers can find cases and projects that meet their interests.

Fore more information on MassProBono, read the press release here.