Daily Archives: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

From Farm to Table…to Briefcase

A group of attorneys volunteered at the Food Project last month.

A group of attorneys volunteered at the Food Project last month and helped to harvest and cultivate the land.

BBA members have been taking advantage of this fall’s beautiful weather by spending weekends outside and giving back. During October, the Environmental Law Public Service Committee, New Lawyers Public Service Committee, and Bankruptcy Public Service Committee participated in the Franklin Park Clean Up and Food Project. These events give attorneys an opportunity to give back, while meeting other attorneys in a more informal, relaxed setting.

If you’re committed to helping the environment but you want to get involved in a legal-related volunteer opportunity, check out the Conservation Law Center’s Legal Services Food Hub Program. Here’s more information on the opportunity:

Because many farmers and food entrepreneurs in New England struggle to overcome the high legal fees associated with doing business, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has established the Legal Services Food Hub (Hub), which is designed to connect eligible lower-income farmers, food entrepreneurs and food related organizations/groups with experienced attorneys from a growing network who work on the farmers’ legal issues on a pro bono basis.  Participation in the Hub program is based on an income cap for the farmers, and the initial focus is on cases involving transactional issues, such as land acquisition/transfer, estate issues, taxes, contracts and incorporation.  The Hub has already provided pro bono legal services to numerous clients, including a group of farmers seeking to form an agricultural cooperative in New Hampshire, and a fruit-based ice cream company in Massachusetts seeking trademark advice.  For more information, check out the Hub website at:  http://www.legalservicesfoodhub.org.