Daily Archives: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Student Loans: A Summer Job Student’s Reality Check

The Summer Jobs students learned about student loans from Dan Forster, the Assistant Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid at Simmons College, yesterday morning.

The Summer Jobs students learned about student loans from Dan Forster, the Assistant Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Services at Simmons College, yesterday morning.

Guest Post: Elijah Oyenuga is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. He recently graduated from Another Course to College in Brighton and will be attending Lesley University next year.

Yesterday’s enrichment seminar on Student Loans, taught by Daniel Forster, Assistant Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Services at Simmons College, was very memorable. After eating bagels and sipping orange juice, we all settled in for an interesting discussion on student loans.

The most important thing that I learned was the importance of access to information on student loans. At first, I wasn’t sure why we needed to have an entire seminar pertaining to this topic. In my high school experience, we routinely learned about the FASFA and different methods of paying for our college education. But the minute Mr. Forster asked “who knows what the FASFA is?” and only a handful of students, including myself, thought to raise our hands, I understood.

At the end of the seminar, something quite evident yet shocking dawned on me. Despite being seventeen years old, within the course of this year, I accumulated a pending debt of over twenty five thousand dollars, all of which I retained in my name. For me it was a necessary evil. My education was and is important to me, and at the time, it felt as if I was investing in my future, and I was. However, the majority of this debt could have all been avoided if I had listened and applied what I knew when applying for colleges and filling out my FASFA.

Most twelfth grade students are too busy to sit down and genuinely think of the cost that goes into getting a college education. We have to make sure our grades are up to par and to keep up with the course load that comes with being a twelfth grade student. That is why a seminar on student loans, such as the one we had today, is an absolute necessity. Yet despite having programs like uAspire, many still don’t have access to this information. I would like to express my gratitude to Daniel Forster for coming in this Wednesday and teaching the BBA Summer Program participants and me about student loans. I think that the best thing to keep in mind is that student debt doesn’t have to be overwhelming, but it is something that we must routinely be aware of.

Sneak Peek at Public Service this September

The Delivery of Legal Service Section's Human Trafficking Subcommittee is planning another pro bono training to rally pro bono attorneys to assist survivors. This program is one of three large pro bono trainings taking place at the BBA in September.

The Delivery of Legal Service Section’s Human Trafficking Subcommittee is planning another pro bono training to rally pro bono attorneys to assist survivors. This program is one of three large pro bono trainings taking place at the BBA in September.

The BBA’s public service department is kicking off the start of the program year with a bang. With the help our sections, we have a number of fascinating pro bono trainings lined up for September. Take a look below for more information:

What You Need to Know About Naturalization: Pro Bono Preparation for Boston’s Citizenship Day
Monday, September 21, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

September 26, 2015 will be “Citizenship Day in Boston 2015″ with a goal of 250 citizenship applications.  This training will prepare law students and attorneys to complete the 21 page citizenship application for applicants.  The training will include an overview of citizenship, eligibility, the impact of a criminal history for an applicant, as well as important issues and red flags.

Representing Low-Income Taxpayers in Tax Court Training: Part One
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the inaugural pro bono panel of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services and the Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School.  Each year the United States Tax Court sees over 20,000 pro se taxpayers seeking relief from proposed or existing tax assessments. In this seminar, representatives from the IRS Counsel’s Office, the Office of Appeals, and the Court will demystify court procedures and prepare attorneys to provide pro bono representation to the 70 % of Tax Court petitioners who are unrepresented. Attendees will also hear from representatives from the IRS concerning how best to work with the agency, and from clinicians familiar with representing clients in these cases.

Justice for Trafficking Victims: Civil Litigation, Vacatur, Criminal Restitution and the Pro Bono Bar
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

In the United States, trafficking survivors rarely have access to justice. Trafficked persons have significant rights under U.S. law, but they cannot exercise these rights without competent legal counsel. Pro bono attorneys can change the game, allowing trafficking survivors to participate fully in criminal cases against traffickers, and in launching civil suits against the perpetrators. Martina Vandenberg, President and Founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, will lead a training on using federal law to obtain justice for trafficking survivors. The training will cover crime victims’ rights in federal criminal matters, criminal restitution orders for victims, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and civil litigation against traffickers in federal courts.

Keep an eye on our calendar because we have a number of other trainings in the pipeline for October and beyond!