Daily Archives: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thinking of Going Pro (Bono)? The BBA Can Help

Agapi Koulouris (Department of Criminal Justice Information Services) and Pauline Quirion (Greater Boston Legal Services) led a training to prepare attorneys to volunteer with GBLS's CORI Program.

Agapi Koulouris (Department of Criminal Justice Information Services) and Pauline Quirion (Greater Boston Legal Services) led a training to prepare attorneys to volunteer with GBLS’s CORI Program.

So far this year, the BBA has teamed up with our legal service partners to prepare over 200 attorneys to take pro bono cases. The last two weeks serve as a perfect example of the ongoing pro bono educational opportunities at 16 Beacon Street. Last week, the BBA partnered with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) for the annual CORI Training; and this week, the BBA is working with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) to hold a training aimed at recruiting more volunteers for Family Law Clinic Program at the Court Service Center.

However, it’s not too late to get involved in pro bono work! Here’s a sampling of the upcoming pro bono trainings offered at the BBA this winter and spring (and keep an eye on the calendar for new additions):

Representing Low-Income Taxpayers When the IRS and/or DOR Audits Their Return: Part Three
Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Pro Bono Training: Immigration Basics — What You Need to Know to Assist Low-Income Immigrants Complete Their Applications
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Representing Veterans in Discharge Upgrades: Advanced Training
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Pro Bono Training: Trying a Case in Housing Court
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Cradles, Crayons, and Kitchens: Volunteer Spots Fill Up in February

A group of attorneys volunteered at Cradles to Crayons on Saturday.

A group of attorneys volunteered at Cradles to Crayons on Saturday.

The New Lawyers Public Service Committee’s annual Cradles to Crayons volunteer event is always popular, but this year it filled up in record time. Fifteen attorneys spent last Saturday processing and packaging donations that will be distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through Cradles to Crayons.  In case you’re not familiar with the organization, Cradles to Crayons provide homeless or low-income children with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play.

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So what’s next for the New Lawyers Public Service Committee? Attorneys are heading to the Pine Street Inn on Saturday, February 20th to help prepare meals for the homeless at the Pine Street Inn and to learn about the problem of homelessness in Boston. This even also filled up quickly (which goes to show how dedicated our members are to volunteering in the community). However, keep an eye on the calendar for more weekend volunteer opportunities later this spring!

Lawyers, Veterans Build Community of Peers

Judge Daniel Driscoll spoke to attorneys at the Veterans Meet & Greet Luncheon about administrative law judge opportunities for attorneys with military backgrounds.

Judge Daniel Driscoll spoke to attorneys at the Veterans Meet & Greet Luncheon about administrative law judge opportunities.

On January 29th, attorneys who served in the military once again gathered in the Claflin Center (You may remember the BBA’s Veterans Day Reception, featuring Congressman Seth Moulton, in November). This event, called the Veterans Meet & Greet Luncheon, was the first of a series of lunchtime events scheduled this year aimed at bringing attorneys who served in the military and their allies together to build a community within the BBA.

The Veterans Meet & Greet gives attorneys with military backgrounds an opportunity to connect in an informal, relaxed setting.

The Veterans Meet & Greet gives attorneys with military backgrounds an opportunity to connect in an informal, relaxed setting.

Here’s what BBA Military & Veterans Committee Co-Chair Dan Nagin (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) had to same about the events:

“The luncheons provide a wonderful opportunity for veterans to come together at the BBA in an informal setting, but where much can be accomplished.  The luncheons are intended to help strengthen the sense of community for veterans within the legal profession, to promote mentorship relationships, and to provide a conduit for information about resources for veterans and the BBA’s many pro bono initiatives for local veterans and servicemembers with unmet legal needs.”

If you’re interested in attending an upcoming luncheon, check out the dates below and click on the links below for more information:

Friday, April 8, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Friday, October 14, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM