At the BBA, one of our public service initiatives focuses on helping probationers to understand the complex world of legal and financial obligations they’ll be met with when their sentence is up. Two longtime volunteers with the BBA’s Reentry Education program, David W.S. Lieberman and Brian McLaughlin, caught up with Beyond the Billable to talk about their most recent educational sessions.
Liberman, a former PILP member and Associate at Day Pitney LLP, led a session on financial literacy and responsibility for participants of the CHOICE program in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court.
CHOICE is an intensive probation supervision program in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. CHOICE offers young adult probationers the opportunity to pursue either educational or vocational goals as an alternative to incarceration.
Lieberman spoke on a range of topics, from including how to open a bank account, track your spending, and understand credit reports and ratings.
“It’s really important to help people understand the building blocks to achieving financial stability particularly how credit ratings are used to make decisions about things like housing and employment. These concepts are very rarely taught in school and it is vital that people understand them especially as they are trying to get their lives back on track,” Lieberman said. “I am always energized by the level of engagement during these sessions and I am grateful for the opportunity to present to the CHOICE participants.”
The session was part of the BBA’s Reentry Education Program, which aims to help probationers successfully undergo a new beginning.
Our volunteer attorneys also work with probationers in the Federal District Court’s CARE/RESTART program, and McLaughlin, a former PILP member of Brian McLaughlin, Esq. LLC, recently led a presentation on family law. He spoke to a group about navigating complex issues like child support, paternity and custody issues.
“I honestly look forward to this event every year. I always learn something from the audience that I would’ve never thought of. Each year that I do the presentation, I come away with a renewed perspective of family law,” McLaughlin said. “This year’s presentation was among the most interactive and I cannot wait to see what next year’s group brings.”
Not everyone can say that her summer boss is the Massachusetts Attorney General, but this year, three local law students will be able to do just that: Vaishali Goyal of Boston College Law School, Holly Haynes of Boston University School of Law, and Courtney Person, New England Law | Boston.
The internships are part of a larger effort of the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section to support and retain diverse young lawyers here in Boston. This year, the program has expanded beyond the courts to include placements in government law offices, like the Attorney General’s.
In this unique opportunity, law students receive substantive and meaningful work – coupled with skill development, mentorship and networking – in an office committed to serving the needs of the Commonwealth’s communities.
Vaishali Goyal is originally from South Florida and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College. Prior to law school, Vaishali gained professional experience working at Boston College, at Teach for America in Houston, Texas, and in a law practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Vaishali attends Boston College Law School.
Holly Haynes is originally from New Brunswick, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Vanderbilt, Holly focused her studies on Medicine, Health and Society, with minors in Spanish and Human and Organizational Development. In 2015, Holly co-founded and oversaw a school garden initiative program for two Nashville elementary schools called Kids & Kale to promote healthy child nutrition. Some of her other employment experiences prior to law school include working as a tutor, as an undergraduate research assistant studying childhood obesity and injury, and special events at the White House. Holly attends Boston University School of Law.
Courtney Person is originally from Columbia, South Carolina and attended Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she majored in Politics and Justice Studies and minored in Psychology and English. While at Claflin University, Courtney received a number of accolades as she played on and captained the Women’s Volleyball Team. She tutored fellow classmates at the Claflin University Writing Center, tutored at risk high school students, and was involved in a number of student organizations and on-campus activities. Prior to starting law school, she interned at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia, South Carolina. Courtney attends New England Law | Boston.
Congratulations to Vaishali, Holly, and Courtney! We look forward to getting to know you this summer!