Monthly Archives: December 2016

BBA Recognized in BBJ as Top 2016 Summer Jobs Employer

The Boston Bar Association was thrilled upon opening a recent edition of the Boston Business Journal and seeing our name alongside other top Summer Jobs employers. The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) is a crucial and cherished partner for our Summer Jobs Program, identifying the exceptional Boston Public School students we accept into our program each year. In 2016, thanks to the work of the PIC and all of our employer partners, we placed 58 students in paying jobs throughout the city. For 2017, we hope you’ll support the program and help us hire even more students in the summer. We thank those who have already pledged to hire one or more students in 2017:

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Collora LLP

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP  **hiring 2 students

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Shaevel & Krems, LLP

Verrill Dana LLP

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

If you’d like information about how to hire or sponsor a student, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

PILP Introduced to Veterans Initiatives in Massachusetts

Veterans Treatment Court Judge Eleanor Sinnott during a session.

Coinciding with Veterans Day in November, the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) heard from two prominent veterans’ advocates in the Commonwealth. First, the group met with Judge Eleanor C. Sinnott who presides over Boston’s Veterans Treatment Court. The court, which began in 2014 under her guidance, is one of five in the state and like the others, seeks to help veterans who’ve found themselves in the court system. Through the voluntary program, which accepts 15-20 cases at a time, veterans are matched with a volunteer peer veteran mentor that helps guide them through the 12-24 months. Those mentors support the veteran as they complete extensive counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, needs assessments, court hearings, and more. At this time, none of the participants have been court-involved since graduating the program. Judge Sinnott, a veteran herself, is very aware of the special needs of our veterans community. She noted the difference between military and civilian culture and the strong support system that exists amongst veterans. The mentorship component of Veterans Treatment Court is perhaps its biggest key to success. For those interested in learning more about the Veterans Treatment Court or who would like to refer a case to the court, please click here.

PILP also heard from Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services. Secretary Ureña discussed their programs related to financial assistance, Soldiers’ Homes and state cemeteries, and advocacy and outreach. The department works closely with Veterans Legal Services and the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, connecting veterans to their pro bono services. Additionally, Secretary Ureña identified homelessness as one of the department’s top focus areas, as well as general outreach to the veterans population of Massachusetts to alert them of their services. The Secretary urged PILP to learn more about how they can assist veterans through pro bono work.

If you would like information on how to perform veterans pro bono work, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected]

VLP Announces September – November Honor Roll

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation in September, October and November:

Samuel Ames
Nicolette Anagnos
Tristan Axelrod
Dick Bauer
Thomas Beauvais
Elaine M. Benkoski
Stephanie Biggs
Christina Bitter
Sarah Boonin
Larry Booz
Rebecca Brodie
Lisa Brown
Robert Burdick
Edward Burns
Rachel Bussey
Lisa Callahan
Michael Campinell
Philip Chan
Christopher Clark
Rosemarie Clinch
Rosemarie Clinch
Ian D. Coghill
Patrick J. Daly
Maureen Jones Devine
Vikas Dhar
Brenda S. Diana
Julie Dick
Eleanora DiLorenzo
Audrey Donovan
Jessica Doucette
Pauline Edmonds
Ashly Wayne Eikelberg
Kellie W. Fisher
Lois Galluzzo
Andres Garron
Michael G. Giarrusso
Philip R. Gindi
David Goldman
Emmanuel Gonzalez
Richard Gruenberger
Bonnie Leigh Heiple
Meredith Hendrix
Karen Hoffman
Nicholas Horan
Robin I. Houston
Scott Hubbell
David P. Hunt
Maegan Hurley
Katherine Insogna
Kerline Jean-Louis
Sharon V. Jones
Haskell A. Kassler
Ilene S. Klein
Lindsay Kosan
Ian Lane
Peter V. Lawlor
Christine Lee
Helen Lee
Yvonne Lee
Michael Levesque
Jacqueline Levy
Julia Lindsey
Michael Lopes
Elizabeth Loranth
Michael MacDonald
Marc Migliazzo
Caryn Mitchell-Munevar
Joseph Molina Flynn
William Moore
Joanna Morris
Madelyn Morris
John Morrissey
Greg Moscatel
Joanne Moses
Ryann Morgan Muir
Justin Murphy
Sarah Murphy-Holroyd
Lynne Myhre
Fernanda H. Naspolini
J.P. Nealon
Yavor Nechev
Kait O’Connor
Kaitlyn Michaud O’Connor
Judy O’Neil
Walter Oney
Holly Ovington
Diane Patrick
William Patton
Julia C. Peyton
Katuscia Pierre-Charles
Nicholas Planty
Steven D. Pohl
John C. Polley
Stephen Provazza
Lei Reilley
Kenneth Reisman
Lola Remy
Hayley Ryan
Lou D. Saban
Erika Schutzman
David Schwartz
Arthur Shum
Joshua Silverstein
Belinda Teye
Sharon L. Toffler
James M. Tourkistas
Olivia Uitto
William Valletta
Judith Vassilovski
Leann Walsh
Heather M. Ward
Neil Warrenbrand
Kristin Weberg
Richard Harris Wheeler
Emily Whelan
Jennifer Williams
Lawrence A. Wind
Charles M. Wyzanski
Catherine Zhang
Ajay Zutshi

Principal for a Day: BBA President Carol Starkey Visits UP Academy

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The following is a guest blog from BBA President Carol Starkey on her experience participating in the Boston Plan for Excellence Principal for a Day program:

Promoting civic education is one of the values I hold dear in my role of public service as President of the Boston Bar Association.  I believe it is our responsibility as lawyers to engage in the mentorship and civic education of our inner city youth, helping them to understand the foundational principles of what it means to be a citizen in our American democracy.  So when I was invited to participate in the Boston Plan for Excellence Principal for a Day Program, an annual initiative to promote Boston’s inner city schools through the engagement of business and civic leaders, I jumped at the chance.

On November 17, 2016, one week after the Presidential election, I visited a school in South Boston known as UP Academy Boston,  where I shadowed Principal Katy Buckland for an entire morning. Principal Buckland is a 30 year old professional who deeply impressed me with her enthusiasm, intellectual leadership and compassion while she gave me a tour of the school under her care of first through eighth graders.  On a daily basis, Principal Buckland overcomes challenges of providing a safe environment for all of her students, while assisting her teachers and colleagues in providing a quality education to children distracted by surviving on low incomes, witnessing violence in the streets and sometimes in their homes, or understanding – and not in a good way – what it means to identify as a minority.

But I left that school feeling invigorated and hopeful, not only because of the dedication and wisdom of the Principal I shadowed that day, but because I saw the hope and excitement in the faces of all of the children under her care, embracing their class room lessons and teachers with trust and enthusiasm.  It takes the innocence of our youth to remind us that we are all grappling with what it means to fit into society – to obtain and retain our rights as citizens – to achieve and develop dreams while overcoming challenges.  And isn’t that at the heart of what it means to be a lawyer – to help others through challenges – to advance the principles from which we can all live and work together?

I wish all of our members at the bar could have shadowed a Principal for a day in our great city of Boston.  It was an important reminder that as lawyers, we can and must be mentors for our youth, and perhaps more importantly, we must be educators as well.