When a respected colleague at my in-house legal department told me he was unaware there was a professional conduct rule that said lawyers should either do pro bono work or donate to a legal services organization, I thought, “This rule needs a press agent!”
Massachusetts Professional Conduct Rule 6.1 doesn’t really ask a lot of lawyers – it says we must either do 25 hours per year of volunteer work for people who cannot afford a lawyer, or contribute from $250 to 1% of your professional income to organizations that provide free legal services to people of limited means.
Maybe my colleague wasn’t aware of Rule 6.1 because he has been a lawyer a long time, and so hasn’t been through Massachusetts’ new lawyer orientation that emphasizes this professional obligation. Maybe he’s not aware of the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding pro bono effort or the Pro Bono Honor Roll that is maintained by the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono to recognize lawyers and law students who help the poor. Maybe some of us who work in-house don’t see as many opportunities to do pro bono work as lawyers who work at large firms.
The BBA In-House Forum is determined to change that! Next Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the BBA is a panel discussion and then a reception titled “Pro Bono for the In-House Lawyer.” The panel will feature representatives of four pro bono organizations who will describe the many ways in-house lawyers can get involved in pro bono work. Each organization has invited an in-house lawyer who has volunteered, and can attest that it is possible to find meaningful and manageable opportunities, get the training and mentoring you need, still keep your day job, and make a difference to someone who would not otherwise get legal help.
Following the panel will be a reception where other organizations will be available for in-house lawyers to meet and make connections for future pro bono work. Still think you’re too busy to fit in volunteering but want to fulfill your professional obligation under Rule 6.1? That’s okay – because there is a Plan B under Rule 6.1 — donating to legal services organizations. We’ll have a handout that tells you how. Hope to see you Wednesday night.
Tomorrow, the Boston Bar Association’s Law Day in the Schools program will wrap up for this year. BBA volunteers spent time in 15 different Boston Public Schools teaching over 1,700 students about due process and the importance of fair and equal rules. Engaging with volunteers through a game, elementary students experienced firsthand the injustice created by unequal rules. By then creating their own rules that applied to everyone, students understood how implementing the rules equally gives everyone the same chance. At the middle and high school level, students were introduced to the requirements for due process as outlined by Judge Henry Friendly in 1975 and then examined real-world scenarios through that lens.
This program would not be possible without the dedication and participation of our volunteers. We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the 113 BBA members who volunteered this year.
Jeffrey Adams, PIB Law
Delal Aktas, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
Priya Amar, Goulston & Storrs PC
Nieve Anjomi, Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Azure Aronsson, Collora LLP
Amara Azubuike, Boston Children’s Hospital
Paula Bagger, Cooke Clancy & Gruenthal LLP
Wendy Ballard, Jones Day
Diane Barry, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Courtney Batliner, Holland & Knight LLP
Kevin Batt, Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Allison Belanger, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Jordan Bowne, Burns & Levinson LLP
Jill Brenner Meixel, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Jean-Phillip Brigno,l Holland & Knight LLP
Ann Hether Cahill, Burns & Levinson LLP
Erica Carroll, Boston Children’s Hospital
Brendan Carter, Navigant Consulting
Kate Carter, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Patrick Cento, Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Ian Coghill, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Jessica Conklin, Laredo & Smith, LLP
Meghan Cooper, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Kelly Cruz, Dell EMC
Bernardo Cuadra, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Allen David, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Emma Days, Ropes & Gray LLP
Joan Densberger, Boston University School of Law
Mirna Diaz Diaz, Law Group
Jennifer Durand, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Andrea Eichman, Holland & Knight LLP
Natalie Feigenbaum, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
John Fiske, Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew, LLP
Joseph Flynn Molina, Flynn Law Offices/Latino Law Center
David Fried, David J. Fried & Associates
James Gallagher, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
Patrick Gallagher, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Katherine Galle, Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Heather Gamache, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Ezra Geggel, Ropes & Gray LLP
Sheila Gholkar, United States Department of Labor – Office of the Solicitor
Lindsey Gil, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Cortney Godin, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Lauren Graber, Collora LLP
Maria Granik, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Leigh Ellen, Gray Peabody & Arnold LLP
Anna Gurevich, Archstone Law Group P.C.
Adam Hamel, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
David Hansen, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Kelly Haynes, Boston Children’s Hospital
Deirdre Heatwole, University of Massachusetts Boston – Office of General Counsel
Bryce Helfer, Burns & Levinson LLP
Jennifer Henricks, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Rachel Hershfang, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Hannah Joseph, Beck Reed Riden LLP
Melissa Juarez, Department of Correction – Massachusetts Treatment Center
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Anna Klimas, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
D. Paul Koch, Jr., Finard Properties LLC
Michael Koehler, Keegan Werlin, LLP
Nathaniel Koslof, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Eric Labbe, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Kathryn Leary, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Marissa Leonce, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Ann Lowery, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Laury Lucien, Holland & Knight LLP
Brian MacDonough, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Carolyn Marcotte, Barclay Damon, LLP
Stephanie Mariani, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Justin Masterman, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Michael McDermott, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Laura Mittelman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Sammy Nabulsi, Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Migdalia Nalls, Committee for Public Counsel Services – Roxbury
Sean Nehill, Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)
Mary Kaitlin O’Connor, Boston Children’s Hospital
Wadner Oge, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Sean O’Neill, Ropes & Gray LLP
Susanne Reardon, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Carla Reeves, Goulston & Storrs PC
Stephen Riden, Beck Reed Riden LLP
Michael Riley, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Michael Rossi, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Payal Salsburg, Laredo & Smith, LLP
Anthony Santoriello, PIB Law
Glenn Schley Schmidt, & Federico, P.C.
Christopher Schmitt, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Nora Schmitt, Verrill,Dana LLP
Anthony Scibelli Barclay Damon, LLP
Catherine Scott, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Leanne Scott, John Hancock Financial Services
Courtney Scrubbs, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
Priya Selvam, Jones Day
Bethany Serota, Committee for Public Counsel Services – Children and Family Law Division
Jared Shwartz, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Julianna Smith, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Jared Spinelli, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Carol Starkey, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Alex Sugerman-Brozan, Segal Roitman LLP
Glen Tagliamonte, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Nigel Tamton, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Alexis Theriault, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Erika Todd, Arrowood Peters LLP
Joseph Wang, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Brian Whiteley, Barclay Damon, LLP
Christopher York, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Kristin Youkana, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.