Daily Archives: Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thank You to Our Reentry Education Volunteers


The BBA’s Reentry Education Program has come to a close for the year, and we are proud to announce that we reached 162 probationers during these sessions! As our dedicated readers know, the BBA Reentry Education Program provides monthly workshops on civil legal issues participants in the CHOICE and CARE/RESTART programs may face.

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the attorneys who volunteered their time to lead these sessions this year:

Michael Birch
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP

Lizbeth Ginsburg
Greater Boston Legal Services

Julie Heinzelman
Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Anuj Khetarpal
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

David Lieberman
Day Pitney LLP

Brian McLaughlin
Brian McLaughlin Esq. LLC

Kavya Naini
Harvard Law School

Ryan Sakoda
Committee for Public Counsel Services

Phong Tran
Harvard Law School

We would also like to thank all of our partners in the Boston Municipal Court and federal courts who make our participation in the CHOICE and CARE/RESTART sessions possible. We look forward to working with you again next year!

Common Sense Tips on Trying a Case in Housing Court


This week, the BBA held its last pro bono training for the program year, which focused on trials in Housing Court. The goal of the training was to recruit volunteers for the BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court program, where attorneys help landlords and tenants who would otherwise be unrepresented resolve disputes.

First Justice of the Housing Court Hon. Jeffrey Winik had many helpful tips that were practical in nature. “Never lose sight of the fact that you are looking to resolve a problem,” he advised.

He went on to say that a resolution that is mutually satisfying to both the landlord and the tenant may not be a “winning” verdict, so to speak. He also elaborated on the key to successfully arguing a case in Housing Court.

“A good trial lawyer has to be as familiar with the other side’s case as they are with their own,” he said.

Judge Winik also advised attorneys to vet information given to them by their clients by seeking out documents from other sources, such as city inspection offices.

We would like to thank those who led and those who participated in Pro Bono Trainings at the BBA this year, with special thanks to those who went on to volunteer their time after the training session.