Daily Archives: Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Ins and Outs of Serving on a Charitable Board

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The BBA Tax Exempt Organizations Section’s annual Charitable Board Service Workshop always draws a crowd, and this year was no exception.

The day was broken into two panels, the first of which discussed different types of board membership and traits that are desirable in a board member. The heads of three local nonprofits shared insights about the importance of an organization’s mission, how various boards are composed and what the role of a charitable board typically entails.

After lunch, attorneys who serve on boards of local charitable organizations spoke about their responsibilities. Nora Mann, Deputy Division Chief of the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Attorney General’s Office, spoke about compliance issues, including appropriate documentation and filing tax forms.

Attendees were urged to check out the 17th Annual Board Connection hosted by the United Way on May 12 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

BBA Volunteers Clean That Dirty Water

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The BBA is all about giving members an opportunity to give back to the community as attorneys, using their expertise in the legal profession to benefit those who need it. But we also love to see them give back simply as Bostonians, like this group of attorneys did at the Annual Charles River Cleanup.

Kate Swartz, Co-Chair of the New Lawyer’s Section Public Service Committee, said the turnout was great and all of the attorneys had a great time clearing trash and debris from the banks of the Charles.

Volunteers from the BBA New Lawyers Section and Environmental Law Section, as well as the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston made up the team. Over 3,000 volunteers participated in all, from organizations based all over the city.

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If you are interested in upcoming volunteer opportunities, check out these events:

Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow
Saturday, May 7, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

 Spring Woodland Restoration Event at Roslindale Urban Wild
Friday, May 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Law Day in the Schools Attorneys in Action

During 30 years of Law Day in the Schools, our volunteers have had so many wonderful opportunities to enter classrooms in Boston and interact with students from kindergarten all the way up through high school.

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Anthony Scibelli (Barclay Damon) oversees a mock trial in a fifth grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School

This year’s topic of Miranda rights seemed especially to resonate with students. In elementary school classrooms, students were asked to determine whether the so-called “big, bad wolf” made infamous by the story of the three little pigs was truly guilty of a crime. They discussed the book “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, with remarkable maturity. Some classes even ended up with a hung jury, our volunteers have reported.

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Saqib Hossain (Burns & Levinson)shows preschoolers at the Nathan Hale School what a courtroom looks like.

Meanwhile, high school students had pithy discussions about the history and case law surrounding Miranda rights. Some students were able to relate the lessons from the attorneys to their own lives, or to recent events in the news.

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Heather Gamache (Prince Lobel) and BBA President-Elect Carol Starkey (Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford) read to second graders at Mozart Elementary School.

More than 30 BBA sponsor firms have adopted a classroom this year. Over 1,500 students will be served by the program, which continues through the month of May. Click here to check out more photos from Law Day in the Schools!

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Dusty Hecker and Nancy Puleo (Posternak Blankstein & Lund) in a first grade class at Samuel Adam Elementary School.