Monthly Archives: January 2016

Four Takeaways from PILP’s Discusses Charitable Board Services

Lisa Goodheart, President of the Boston Bar Foundation; Allison Bauer, Senior Director of Health and Wellness for the Boston Foundation; and Stacy Malone, Executive Director of the Victim’s Rights Law Center, spoke with PILP about getting involved with charitable board service.

Lisa Goodheart, President of the Boston Bar Foundation; Allison Bauer, Senior Director of Health and Wellness for the Boston Foundation; and Stacy Malone, Executive Director of the Victim’s Rights Law Center, spoke with PILP about getting involved with charitable board service.

Lawyers have the ability to provide their services in several different ways, and last Wednesday the PILP class learned about the value of charitable board service. The discussion was led by Lisa Goodheart, President of the Boston Bar Foundation; Allison Bauer, Senior Director of Health and Wellness for the Boston Foundation; and Stacy Malone, Executive Director of the Victim’s Rights Law Center.

The speakers began with a discussion of how they got involved with charitable board service, and then transitioned to providing practical advice and considerations to make when choosing non-profit boards to serve on. Below are the four most important points that came out of the discussion:

  1. Volunteer or work with the organization before making the commitment to serving on their board. This will provide the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the work the organization does and see if you truly connect with both the organization’s mission as well as their staff.
  2. Do your research, and make sure you understand the organization’s expectations of its board members. Every organization is different so it is important to be aware of term lengths, fundraising requirements, time commitments, etc. before signing on to be a board member. Don’t be shy about reaching out to existing board members to find the information you are looking for!
  3. Serving on a non-profit board is a donation of your time and efforts. It is important that you are not taking on more responsibilities than you are capable of, and that you are enjoying the work you are doing! Find an organization that you are both passionate to be a part of, but also utilizes your skills. Many organizations have fundraising requirements for their board members – if you are uncomfortable reaching out to people for donations, serving on that organization’s board might not be the best fit for you. Just because you don’t serve on the board does not mean you can’t help the organization in other ways!
  4. Don’t be afraid to shop around! Again, serving on a non-profit board is a donation of your time and efforts. Be sure that you are enjoying the work you are doing, and the people you are working with!

The BBA would like to thank by Lisa Goodheart, Allison Bauer, and Stacy Malone for speaking to the PILP class. If you’re interested in learning more about charitable board service, save the date of April 28th for our CLE regarding charitable board service! More details are forthcoming!

Interested in applying for the 16-17 PILP class? Click here to learn about the program and the application process!

Annual Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Pro Bono Training Draws Crowd

Hsindy Chen (Volunteer Lawyers Project), Jesse Redlener (Dalton & Finegold, LLP), Warren Agin (Swiggart & Agin, LLC), Kate Nicholson (Nicholson Shepard LLC), and Keri Wintle (Duane Morris LLP) led a training on taking Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases pro bono.

Hsindy Chen (Volunteer Lawyers Project), Jesse Redlener (Dalton & Finegold, LLP), Warren Agin (Swiggart & Agin, LLC), Kate Nicholson (Nicholson Shepard LLC), and Keri Wintle (Duane Morris LLP) to prepare attorneys to take pro bono Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.

Last week, the BBA’s Bankruptcy Public Service Committee teamed up with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) for the annual Representing a Pro Bono Debtor in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy training. The training aims to recruit attorneys to participate in the Fresh Start Bankruptcy Legal Clinic at VLP and to take pro bono bankruptcy cases.

Beyond the Billable caught up with BBA Bankruptcy Public Service Committee Co-Chair Keri Wintle (Duane Morris LLP) to learn more. Here’s what she had to say about the training:

 What do you hope attorneys learned from the training?

 “I hope that the training demystified the process of filing a consumer chapter 7 bankruptcy case a bit and that we were able to convey just how important the volunteer attorneys are to the program.”

 Why should attorneys volunteer for VLP’s Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic?

“The Clinic provides an important and necessary service to those who need it the most, while also providing a practical and gratifying experience to the volunteer.”

Are you interested in getting involved in pro bono work? Check out these two upcoming pro bono trainings: Pro Bono Training: CORI Matters— Learn How to Help Low Income Clients Seal Criminal Records and Pro Bono Training: Family Law Court Clinic

Sign Up for Job Shadow Day

 

 

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Don’t miss the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)’s annual Job Shadow Day. As you may know, the PIC is one of our partners for the BBA Summer Jobs Program. With nearly 1,000 Boston public high school students participating each year, Job Shadow Day is a great place for employers to meet high school students who are eager to explore legal careers. This event, which serves as a precursor to Mayor Walsh’s citywide Summer Jobs Program, allows students to shadow professionals for a morning to give them a firsthand look into the skills and education needed to pursue a career in the legal field.

In the past, many of our Summer Jobs employers have identified eager students through this program to work in their offices through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Interested in getting involved? This half day program will take place on Friday, March 11th. Click here to learn more.

BBA Summer Jobs Recruitment Off to a Strong Start

 

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After a successful 2015 summer with 65 all-star Boston public high school students, we are prepping for another great summer. Thanks to the ongoing support of many of our employers who have participated for a number of years, we are already off to a strong start. So far, we’ve secured 39 positions for Boston public high school students in legal offices throughout Boston, including 10 positions funded by the Boston Bar Foundation at legal service and government agencies.

This year, we are also are extremely excited to offer increased recognition for our participating employers. In an effort to publicize your organization’s generous support of the BBA Summer Jobs Program, all employers will be recognized as a leading sponsor of the BBF’s annual Casino Night Fundraiser for Summer Jobs on March 31, 2016.

Is your office interested in providing a Boston public high school student with a meaningful professional experience, please contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] for additional information.

Eight Takeaways from Environmental Law Public Service Brown Bag

Last week's Environmental Law brown bag focused on how and why to get involved in your local conservation commission.

Last week’s Environmental Law brown bag focused on how and why to get involved in your local conservation commission.

Last week, the Environmental Law Public Service Committee hosted an interactive brown bag program called “Getting to Know Conservation Commissions: Their Role as a Local Environmental Agency and How to Get Involved in Your Local Commission.”

So what can attorneys do to support their local conservation commission? They can help draft orders and other regulatory documents for the commission, help the commission understand regulations, and keep the commission consistent with the Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law.

Here are eight reasons why Eugene Benson, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, thinks you should get involved in your local commission:

  1. Help your city or town protect wetlands and open space
  2. Add your expertise and knowledge to a local regulatory body implementing state law
  3. Gain experience in administering an environmental statute and regulations
  4. Gain visibility in your community
  5. Meet and work with the wonderful people on your local commission
  6. Meet others in town/city government
  7. It can be fun and challenging
  8. Make a positive difference

Society of Fellows Rings in the New Year

Boston Bar Foundation Fellows Joan Lukey, Hon. Nonnie S. Burnes (Ret.), and past Boston Bar Association President Paul Dacier.

Boston Bar Foundation Executive Fellows Joan Lukey, Hon. Nonnie S. Burnes (Ret.), and past Boston Bar Association President Paul Dacier.

Last Thursday, the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows held its annual winter reception at 16 Beacon Street to celebrate the achievements and growth of the Society in 2015 and look towards the year ahead.

In 2015, the Society hit a major milestone: it grew to more than 400 members! These 400 attorneys are leaders of Boston’s legal profession and the BBF’s most dedicated supporters. They come together as a community several times throughout the year to mingle with friends and colleagues while learning more about what they’ve been supporting from inspirational speakers. Click here to see photos from last Thursday’s reception.

As the community of Fellows has grown, they have been able to make tremendous progress towards the BBF’s goal of a $5 million endowment, creating a stable and lasting foundation for the BBF’s work and freeing up other monies – such as 100 percent of the proceeds of the annual Adams Benefit – for the legal aid grants that increase access to justice for Greater Boston’s underserved. Last year alone, the BBF’s funding helped more than 37,000 underserved children, adults and families with essential legal aid in Greater Boston.

This year, the BBF is granting $950,000 to 23 local legal services organizations, including Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLSMA), which promotes the safe, humane and lawful treatment of Massachusetts prisoners.

At the reception, Leslie Walker, Executive Director of PLSMA, was able to communicate why PLSMA’s work – which the BBF helps to support – is so fundamentally important to our community.  Leslie has spent the past 30 years increasing access to justice for Greater Boston’s underserved, the last 15 of which at PLSMA.

She informed the crowd that PLSMA focuses the funds it receives from the BBF on its current top priorities: access to healthcare and prevention of excessive force. She was able to share some heartrending stories about PLSMA’s clients, and impart the poignant message that while much of society writes off individuals who have committed crimes, lawyers have a unique understanding of how crucial it is to protect their rights. That’s why the BBF has supported PLSMA for more than 15 years!

Learn more about joining the Society of Fellows here, or contact Tara Trask at [email protected] or (617) 778-1984.

Looking for an Internship This Summer? Apply now for The BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Internship Program

The Judicial Internship Program offers law students valuable work experience. The 2015 Judicial Interns worked at nine courts in Greater Boston for a total of over 4,100 hours throughout the summer.

The Judicial Internship Program offers law students valuable work experience. The 2015 Judicial Interns worked at nine courts in Greater Boston for a total of over 4,100 hours throughout the summer.

Are you – or do you know – a law student looking to spend their 1L or 2L summer gaining professional legal experience? The BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Internship Program is an unpaid, non-credit internship in which students work directly with a judge or public agency legal team during their 1L or 2L summer. The program provides law students with the valuable mentoring and professional experience needed to succeed after graduation.  The program also has a long-term goal: to bolster efforts to retain a diverse and inclusive population of young lawyers here in Boston. Throughout the course of the summer, interns observe courtroom proceedings and enhance their legal research and writing skills. In addition to their work, they engage with BBA Members and one another at professional development seminars and career exploration programs held at the BBA.

The Diversity & Inclusion Section launched the Judicial Internship Program in 2010, and for six years has facilitated this unique opportunity for Boston area law students to gain access to internships in the Boston Municipal Courts, Massachusetts State District Courts, the Massachusetts Superior Court, the Probate and Family Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit. More than 100 law students have participated in this program since 2010.

This year we are expanding the program to include placements in state government. Interns may apply for the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Internship Program, with placements in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Roxbury and Quincy offices of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).

To apply, students must have completed the 1L or 2L year (or the equivalent) and must be able to work a minimum of 15 hours per week for a total of 8 weeks for most placements. There are specific guidelines and requirements for each placement. Students are encouraged to carefully read the application requirements and specifications for each position sought before submitting your application.

An information session will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the Boston Bar Association. Click here to register.

Details about the following internship placements for these internships are available on our program website along with instructions for how to apply.

Thank you to these courts for their ongoing participation: The Boston Municipal Courts, the Massachusetts State District Courts, the Massachusetts Superior Court, the Probate and Family Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit.  And a warm welcome to our new internship providers: The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) – Quincy, the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) – Roxbury, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), and the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General.

Law students may contact our program administrator, Joe McKenzie [email protected] with questions or concerns.

We invite government agencies, legal services offices, and courts seeking talented law student interns to connect with us to get involved engaging students through this initiative. Please contact our Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Pipeline and Recruitment Committee Co-Chairs, Sarah  Kim, General Counsel to the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts and Redi Kasollja of Foley & Lardner LLP.

Veterans Meet & Greet Luncheon

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Are you disappointed you missed the BBA’s Veterans Day Reception in November featuring Congressman Seth Moulton? Don’t worry! There’s another opportunity coming up to meet your fellow attorneys who served in the military.

Join the Boston Bar Association’s Veterans Committee, current members of the military, veterans, their families and friends in the legal community for lunch at the BBA on January 29th from 12- 1 pm. Click here to register.

BBA Reentry Education Program Kicks Off 2016 Season

Anuj Khetarpal (Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General) presented on reinstating your driver’s license to participants in the CARE/RESTART program at the Federal Court last Wednesday.

Anuj Khetarpal (Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General) presented on reinstating your driver’s license to participants in the CARE/RESTART program at the Federal Court last Wednesday.

The BBA is once again holding civil legal workshops for probationers in the CARE/RESTART Program at the Federal Court and CHOICE Program at Boston Municipal Court in Roxbury. As you may remember, the PILP class created this initiative with CARE/RESTART in 2012, and last year’s PILP class expanded the program to the CHOICE Program.

Last week, Anuj Khetarpal (Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General) presented on reinstating your driver’s license to participants in the CARE/RESTART program at the Federal Court, while Michael Birch (Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP) and Julie Heinzelman (Prince Lobel Tye LLP) headed to Boston Municipal Court in Roxbury to teach participants in the CHOICE program about employment law.

Michael Birch (Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP) presented on employment law to the CHOICE participants last Friday.

Michael Birch (Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP) presented on employment law to the CHOICE participants last Friday.

Here’s why our presenters think employment law and reinstating your driver’s licenses are important topics for probationers:

Michael Birch: I think obtaining and maintaining steady, productive employment is a critical part of re-entering society.  Hopefully, being educated and aware of their rights and obligations as applicants and employees will help them obtain and maintain such employment.

Anuj Khetarpal: Reinstating your driver’s license is an important topic for probationers because it helps probationers rebuild their lives. It is a helpful, and sometimes necessary, step in order for the probationers to get a job, support themselves and their families, and to build lives for themselves. Resultantly, these steps help probationers stay out the criminal justice system and give them an opportunity to become productive members of the community.

Do you need extra motivation to get involved in the BBA Reentry Education Program? Look below for insight into why you should volunteer for the program:

Michael Birch: A little support, education and knowing that the community cares can make a meaningful difference in probationers’ lives.

Anuj Khetarpal: The BBA Reentry Education Program is a valuable tool for probationers to smoothly transition back in to society. As attorneys, we have a moral obligation to better our communities, and giving probationers a fair chance at reentry is a vital way to do that. The program not only benefits the probationers, but our community as a whole, and is an important step to reduce recidivism and help those who could use an open hand.

If you are interested in reentry efforts, don’t miss the BBF’s upcoming John and Abigail Adam’s Benefit featuring this year’s honoree, Roca. Roca works to reduce recidivism and improve employment among a population of young men at high risk of reoffending in Boston, Chelsea and Springfield. Roca will be honored during the event, and the Foundation will donate $25,000 in support of Roca’s mission. Click here to learn more about the event.

 

Speak Up for Civil Legal Aid at Walk to the Hill with the BBA!

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Join the BBA on Thursday, January 28th as we advocate for state funding of civil legal aid and equal justice for all at Walk to the Hill! Funding is critical to legal aid programs around the state that provide free legal advice and representation to low-income individuals and families that are facing critical, non-criminal legal problems.  At Walk to the Hill, after a short speaking program, attorneys and law students visit the offices of their representatives and senators and voice their support for civil legal aid.

We invite you to join us to show your support! BBA members Ben Anderson and Taureen Green will be captaining the BBA teams, and hope that you will be able to join us!

Schedule of Events:

10:00AM – Meet at Boston Bar Association for Breakfast and Discourse;

11:00AM to 11:30AM – Walk over to State House and Check-In;

11:30AM to 12:00PM – Speaking Program at State House, featuring

  • Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants
  • Attorney General Maura Healey
  • Boston Bar Association President Lisa Arrowood
  • Equal Justice Coalition Chair John Carroll
  • Massachusetts Bar Association President Robert Harnais
  • Client speaker
  • Greater Boston Legal Services Executive Director Jacquelynne Bowman

12:00          Conclusion of speaking program; beginning of legislative visits

12:30          Lunch and return of legislative response sheets

The BBA will be hosting a breakfast for all those participating on January 28, 2016, at 10:00AM here at 16 Beacon Street, then take the short walk to the State House together at 11:00AM. Register here!

If you are interested in signing up, please email Katie D’Angelo at [email protected].