Julie Tolek (Think Pink Law) and Danielle Spang (Law Office of Danielle Spang) led a workshop on how to draft a fee agreement when using LAR.
BBA President Lisa Arrowood has focused her presidency on equipping new lawyers with practical skills, including helping lawyers better utilize Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) within their practice. The BBA’s LAR Practical Skills series has aimed to do just that. In the fourth segment offered in the series attendees had a chance to put their new knowledge to work as attorneys Julie Tolek (Think Pink Law) and Danielle Spang (Law Office of Danielle Spang) led a workshop on how to draft a fee agreement.
Here’s what speaker Attorney Tolek had to say about the program:
Why was a workshop on Drafting a Fee Agreement so important for attorneys practicing LAR?
“Talking about how to do something is easy but putting it in practice is where questions often arise. The LAR fee agreement is perhaps the most important component of beginning an attorney-client journey, and to be able to have hands-on time to screen for LAR appropriate situations and craft an agreement and discuss questions at the same time is the best way to learn to do it!”
What is the biggest takeaway that attorneys should remember from the program?
“Communication with your client and making sure they understand their responsibilities and what it means to be working with an attorney on an LAR basis is crucial. In my opinion, it matters less how you do it technically (whether bullet points or check boxes in your agreement) than that you actually DO it in a way that works for you and that the client understands. You could have as many check boxes as you want but if the client does not fully grasp what all of it means, those check boxes don’t mean much.”
Don’t miss the rest of the LAR Practical Skills series. Sign up for one of the upcoming sessions on how to use LAR in particular courts:
LAR Practical Skills: Housing Court
February 29th 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Probate & Family Court
March 22nd 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Boston Municipal Court & District Court
April 28th 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Land Court
May 24th 12-1:30 pm
The PILP program brings together a group of new lawyers committed to serving the community for a yearlong leadership development program.
Last Thursday, the BBA hosted an info session about its Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) at 16 Beacon Street, where attendees heard from four successful PILP alumni about the program. The panelists offered insight into the application process, their personal PILP experience, and how they’ve remained involved at the BBA after completing the program.
Jen Doran – Partner, Hinckley Allen, PILP ‘06-‘07
Jane Harper – Vice President and Council, State Street, PILP ’10-‘11
Katherine Schulte – Staff Attorney, Casa Myrna Vasquez, PILP 13-14
Daniel Dwyer – Shareholder, Murphy & King, PILP ‘03-‘04
The panelists discussed several reasons to apply to the PILP program and we have compiled the top three reasons below:
- PILP is one of the most valuable tools for networking and meeting people in the profession. PILP provides the opportunity to meet and connect with prominent leaders in the legal profession that you otherwise would not encounter. As Katherine Schulte pointed out, it is not only valuable to meet leaders in the legal profession, but at young lawyers it is important to meet people outside of your field of practice as well.
- Members of PILP class are exposed to and integrated into BBA leadership. The program sets the stage for other types of valuable leadership roles, both at the BBA and elsewhere. As a member of PILP you’ll join a powerful alumni network of lawyer leaders who by their actions demonstrate that part of being a successful lawyer is giving back to the community.
- PILP combines leadership and professional development with service to the community. Throughout the program the PILP class designs and implements their own public service project that addresses an issue within the legal community. Past projects have included educational program for Boston Public School students, board service training programs, and contributions to law review articles and publications.
The BBA is accepting applications to the ’16-’17 Public Interest Leadership Program through Friday, February 26th. More information on PILP and the application process is available here. Please email Neha Deshpande, Membership Outreach Assistant, at [email protected] with any questions.