Monthly Archives: March 2015

60 Jobs Secured- Why You Should Hire a Summer Job Student

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Summer may seem a long way off, but in the City of Boston, we’re already gearing up to provide employment opportunities for Boston youth. Not only has Mayor Marty Walsh started making calls to encourage employers to hire a student over the summer, but also the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program officially hit 60 jobs last week, with 43 employers participating.

We congratulate and thank the firms that have signed on already for their support and commitment to developing the future of Boston’s work force. Studies have shown that early employment can have a measurable impact on an individual’s professional career, and that a persistent lack of a paying job can lead to prolonged joblessness. We have also learned that gainful summer employment can reduce the risk of violent and delinquent behaviors in youth.

So the benefits to the teens themselves are fully understood; but what about the firms and companies themselves? What do they gain by employing teenagers?

A recently released report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlines some compelling reasons why it is to a company’s advantage to hire a student. Here are just a few of the arguments they cite from their research:

  • Hiring students holds the key to developing and opening up a valuable pipeline of talent.
  • Young adults can frequently offer critical skills in the workplace that fill in gaps and can take on projects that might otherwise be overlooked.
  • The practice of hiring teenagers and young adults can help to increase workplace diversity.
  • In a constantly changing, technology-driven world, younger employees can often offer insight into the latest trends and bring in new ideas to reinvigorate innovation.

Need more evidence? Read last year’s student profiles here to find out what they contributed to the firms that hired them and personal testimonials from their supervisors.

If you’re interested in hiring a Boston public high school student through the BBA’s Summer Jobs program, contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected]

New Lawyers Help Fight Hunger at the Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of New Lawyers spent last Saturday volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

A group of New Lawyers spent last Saturday volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

This past weekend, a group of the BBA’s New Lawyers Section Committee spent their Saturday volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank. The volunteers helped out the GBFB by inspecting, sorting, and packaging food and other grocery products to be distributed to local food pantries, shelters, and various local hunger relief programs. The GBFB aims to help end hunger by providing at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts. In 2014, the Greater Boston Food Bank distributed over 50 million pounds of food which is enough to provide over 40 million healthy meals to those in need.

Check out the photos below to see a glimpse of the volunteer’s day at the Food Bank:

Volunteers were briefed about procedures and food safety before heading into the warehouse to begin sorting.

Volunteers were briefed about procedures and food safety before heading into the warehouse to begin sorting.

Volunteers sorted grocery items at the GBFB’s Yawkey Distribution Center.

Volunteers sorted grocery items at the GBFB’s Yawkey Distribution Center.

If you’re looking to get involved in other volunteer opportunities check out the following link for information about the upcoming public service event Charles River Clean Up on April 25th.

BBA Hosts Annual Trying a Case in Housing Court Training

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) walked attendees through the steps of trying a case in the Boston Housing Court on Tuesday evening.

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) walked attendees through the steps of trying a case in the Boston Housing Court on Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday night, attorneys interested in getting involved with the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program came to 16 Beacon for the popular “Trying a Case in the Housing Court Pro Bono Training.” The all-star panel featured First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School).

Beyond the Billable checked in with attendee John Hanify (Jones Day) to hear why he chose to attend the training and why his firm plans to get involved in the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. Here’s what he had to say:

Hanify, John 02112005“I attended the Housing Court Program because my responsibilities at Jones Day include helping young lawyers gain experience in trial law and coordinating our pro bono service. A pro bono commitment in the Housing Court provides critical representation to fellow citizens in need of counsel but also opportunities for young lawyers to develop their skills in trial settings and before very gifted trial judges. Jones Day has a long history of pro bono work, public service and community involvement across the nation- a tradition which we have continued here since the Jones Day Boston office was opened in 2011.”

Job Shadow Day: Firms Welcome Boston Teens

The BBA's partner, the Boston Private Industry Council, holds a Job Shadow Day each year. This event is a precursor to  the organization's summer teen employment efforts, which include the BBA Summer Jobs Program featured above.

The BBA’s partner, the Boston Private Industry Council, holds a Job Shadow Day each year. This event is a precursor to the organization’s summer teen employment efforts, which include the BBA Summer Jobs Program featured above.

Five Boston law firms welcomed students from Boston public high schools on March 13th for the PIC’s Annual Job Shadow Day.  In case you missed this post, Job Shadow Day, which serves as a precursor to the citywide teen employment efforts, allows students to shadow professionals during a normal day of work to give them a firsthand look into the skills and education needed to pursue a number of different careers.

Thank you to the following firms for participating in the program:

Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

And the best part—all five of these firms have already signed on to the 2015 BBA Summer Jobs Program!

Did your office miss the opportunity to participate in Job Shadow Day but still wants to support Boston teens? Click here to learn more about the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

PILP 11 Discusses Affordable Housing with CHOICE probationers

PILP 11 is partnering with the BBA’s Reentry Education Program to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at the Boston Municipal Courthouse in Roxbury.

PILP 11 is partnering with the BBA’s Reentry Education Program to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at the Boston Municipal Courthouse in Roxbury.

While it’s only the middle of March, it has already been a busy month for PILP 11. On Friday, March 6th, Katy Ward (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) and Rory Pheiffer (Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP) led a civil legal education workshop on Affordable Housing for the participants in the BMC-Roxbury CHOICE program.

For our readers who may need a refresher, the current PILP class created a series of civil legal education modules on topics such as financial responsibility, public benefits, and affordable housing for state probationers in the BMC-Roxbury CHOICE program. Ward and Pheiffer outlined affordable housing for the attendees, including private and public rental options, shelter information, and the steps to take if facing eviction.

After the presentation, Beyond the Billable caught up with Ward about the importance of this topic for the CHOICE participants:

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“As low-income probationers, the CHOICE participants face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to finding affordable housing.  Many want to turn their lives around but that can be hard without a place to live.  Our goal was to lay out the best strategies and resources for this specific age group and population, and we hope the CHOICE participants walked away with a road map for how to best secure affordable housing and the best practices for when they do finally become a tenant.”

Pheiffer elaborated by noting:

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“Judge Dashiell was in attendance and took a vested interest in the presentation.  For the benefit of the probationers in attendance, she asked us questions about how probationers should handle CORI requests when applying for housing.  It was clear that she understood many of the difficulties probationers face when applying for housing, and wanted to make sure those in attendance left with a good level of understanding of ways to address these difficulties. ”

The PILP 11 class is scheduled to present to the CHOICE program on public benefits in April…Stay tuned!

Attorneys Bet the House on BBA Summer Jobs Program

200 attorneys came out to test out their gambling skills and to support the BBA Summer Jobs Program at the 6th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser last Thursday night.

200 attorneys came out to test out their gambling skills and to support the BBA Summer Jobs Program at the 6th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser last Thursday night.

Last Thursday night, the BBA replaced its meeting room tables with craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker tables for the Boston Bar Foundation’s 6th Annual Casino Night for Summer Jobs. As we mentioned in this post, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event support the M. Ellen Carpenter Fund to pay for summer jobs for Boston teens in government and nonprofit organizations each summer.

Thanks to our sponsors, ticket holders and our silent auction winners the BBF raised nearly $35,000 last night to support the BBA Summer Jobs Program, and put 13 students to work this summer! Click here to see a full list of the 2015 Casino Night sponsors.

This year’s event featured a raffle, snacks and drinks, and authentic casino games that gave the 200 attendees a chance to test out their gambling skills. As always, the famed silent auction table got heated as bidding wars broke out over prize packages including luxury box seats to the Celtics, hotel stays on the cape, and various Boston adventures. The most sought after package included a private butchering lesson at The Butcher Shop, a hand crafted cutting board from Birch Barn Designs and a gift certificate to the South End Formaggio that went for a winning bid of $450.

So who were the big winners of the evening? Rob Lashway (Floyd Advisory, LLC), Andy Caffrey (Birnbaum & Godkin, LLP), and Jen Lynn (Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP) “cashed in” the most chips at the end of the evening. However, the real winners are the Boston teens who get the opportunity to earn money and gain professional experience by interning in a legal office this summer.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Public Service Spotlight: Harvard Law School’s Low Income Tax Clinic

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With less than 30 days until April 15th, most people have taxes on our mind. They’re pulling out our W2s, firing up their e-filing software and booking time with their accountants. But what happens when tax complications arise that are beyond your resources to manage?

Low-income taxpayer clinics have been described as a “life preserver,” often keeping households afloat when faced with tax issues that could devastate them financially. The Boston Bar Foundation is proud to support the new Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

“Low-income taxpayers face tax problems as frequently as wealthier taxpayers,” said Daniel Nagin, Faculty Director of the Legal Services Center. “However, low-income taxpayers frequently lack information and resources to respond effectively to tax problems.”

Adding to this is the fact that, given the specialized nature of tax practice, there are too few pro bono tax law programs to meet the enormous need for representation in low-income communities.

The result, says Nagin, is that too often taxpayers must fend for themselves. In doing so, they may fail to raise available defenses to IRS claims, and can feel overwhelmed by a complex and intimidating system.

Nagin also noted that while tax problems affect many low-income populations, certain subgroups are particularly in need.

“Since opening our Veterans Legal Clinic in 2012, we have been contacted by significant numbers of low-income veterans who face tax problems, and we have been encouraged by veterans’ service providers to expand resources in this area.  Veterans who need legal representation on tax matters will continue to be a population we prioritize in the LITC.”

Once fully staffed with a director on board this summer, the LITC will help fill these critical access to justice gaps, providing direct representation to low-income taxpayers in IRS controversies at the agency level and before the Tax Court. Representing taxpayers in such cases will not only provide much-needed financial relief, but also provide peace of mind to those who would otherwise have the daunting task of responding to the IRS pro se.

Don’t Miss This Phone Call: Mayor Walsh Dials for Summer Jobs

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Mayor Marty Walsh is at it again! You may remember this video of the Mayor making calls to companies last year in an effort to secure more summer jobs for Boston teens. According to this Boston Globe article, the Mayor and his Cabinet chiefs called more than 160 local businesses—including a few legal offices—last Friday to get them onboard for the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program. Just as a reminder, the BBA Summer Jobs Program is an integral part of the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, which aims to secure summer jobs for over 10,000 Boston teens each year. In fact, we are one of the top ten largest private sector employers in the city.

Are you looking to get ahead of the game by signing on before the Mayor calls your office? Click here to learn more about the program.

Thank You to Our Financial Literacy Classroom Volunteers

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Volunteer Jeanette DeMasi and Megan Fein from Liberty Mutual talk students at Boston Latin High School about financing a car.

It’s no surprise that the never-ending snow this winter caused a few hiccups in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program . Nevertheless, our dedicated volunteers braved the elements (and the trains!) to travel to high schools throughout the state to teach students about the importance of making sound financial decisions. We want to extend a special shout out to Liberty Mutual, the Security and Exchange Commission, and Sun Life Financial for adopting classrooms through the program. In this model, the legal offices committed to providing 3-6 volunteers to cover each of the three classroom-based sessions.

Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering this year:

Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
Judy Arnost
Stephanie Babin, Parker & Associates
Joe Baldiga, Mirick O’Connell
Elizabeth Barrett, Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court
Joshua Beiser, Liberty Mutual Group
Scott Bell, Liberty Mutual Group
Christopher Brine, Culik Law P.C.
Danielle Byrdsong, New England Law Boston
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green- NH
Jennifer Cardello, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Fred Chase, Liberty Mutual Group
John Cohan, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Stephen M. Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Tara Colby, Liberty Mutual Group
Michele Collins, MetLife
Christopher Condon, Murphy & King, Professional Corporation
Sean Cronin
Scott Davis, Sun Life Financial
Jeanette Demasi, Liberty Mutual Group
Mark DiOrio, Bulfinch Companies, Inc.
Deborah Dong
Elizabeth Duffy, State Street Corporation
Anne Farina, Sun Life Financial
Megan Fein, Liberty Mutual Group
Kate Foley, Mirick O’Connell
Brendan Furey, American Student Assistance
Lane Goldberg, Goldberg Law
Michelle Greco, Sun Life Financial
Nancy Gregory, BlumShapiro
Joshua Grinspoon, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
William Harrington, Office of the U.S. Trustee
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Rebecca Israel
John Kacoyannakis, Law Offices of John Kacoyannakis
Shiva Karimi, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Geraldine Karonis, U.S. Department of Justice-NH
Elizabeth Kayatta, Arrowood Peters LLP
Justin Kesselman, Supreme Judicial Court
Lindsay Kosan, Supreme Judicial Court
Kimberly Kroha, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Deborah Levine
Charles Liu
Andrew Lizotte, Murphy & King, Professional Corporation
David London
John Loughnane, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Cornelio Lozada
Lauren McCarthy, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Michele McCormick, Liberty Mutual Group
Kathleen McGrath, Liberty Mutual Group
Stephen Meunier
Richard Mikels, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Sarah Montgomery
Peter Moores, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
David Moynihan, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Sean Nehill
Helen O’Rourke, Liberty Mutual Group
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Ian Pinta, Todd & Weld LLP
Steven Pohl, Brown Rudnick LLP
Jaimeson Porter, KJC Law Firm LLC
Ray Ripple
Adam Ruttenberg, Looney & Grossman LLP
Cathy Schmidt, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Mary Sharon, Pro Se Debtors Bankruptcy Clinic
Barry Smith, Liberty Mutual Group
Huu Son
DeBorah Sonnenschein
Danielle Spang, Law Office of Danielle Spang
Michael Sugar
Mark Svalina
Sean To
David Travers, Todd & Weld LLP
Jethro Trenteetun, Liberty Mutual Group
Adrienne Walker, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Jacob Walker, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Natasha Walwyn
Keri Wintle, Murtha Cullina LLP
Jingliang Wu

Please note: this list does not include everyone who offered to help. A number of other individuals stepped up to volunteer as well, but unfortunately due to snow days and changes in the school calendar, their sessions were cancelled. Additionally, the program’s still underway. Students begin heading to the Boston and Worcester Bankruptcy Courts next week to learn about the consequences of making poor financial decisions. Stay tuned for more.

VLP Announces Honor Roll for January and February

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representation to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court.

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representation to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in January and February:

Sam Ames
David Bean
Lisa Callahan
Michael Diener, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Dahlia Fetouh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Eric Fox, Goodwin Procter LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Shira Furman, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Bonnie Heiple, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Joseph Horne, Goodwin Procter LLP
Jeffrey Jones, Williams College
Sharon V. Jones
Martsyl Joseph
Patrick Long
Corrine Lusic, Goodwin Procter LLP
Keith McCarthy
Justin Murphy, Law Office of Justin M. Murphy
Emily Nelson, Burns & Levinson LLP
Andres O’Laughlin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Allison Orpilla, Goodwin Procter LLP
Nicholas Planty, Goodwin Procter LLP
Stephen Provazza, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Alexandra Reynolds, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Christopher Saccardi, The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi
Leah Segal, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Sarah Solomon, Goodwin Procter LLP
Irina Vaglica
Leann Walsh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Carry Wind
Lawrence Wind