Monthly Archives: October 2017

October is Pro Bono Month!

The BBA’s Council has officially recognized October as Pro Bono Month, joining the American Bar Association and Governor Charlie Baker in promoting service and access to justice. We hope you can explore one of these opportunities to connect with a new organization in the month ahead and serve the community in the year beyond.

Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House
Monday, October 23, 2017, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

This event is offered to attorneys of all levels, as well as law students. Attendees are encouraged to drop in and meet representatives from local legal services organizations and to learn more about the pro bono opportunities in our community.

Pro Bono Training: Identifying and Pursuing an Innocent Spouse Claim in Tax Cases
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

This program will help practitioners identify cases in which the innocent spouse defense can be claimed to relieve the client from joint tax liability. This defense is available to taxpayers under the Tax Code and Massachusetts law. Attorneys handling restraining orders and/or divorce cases, as well as advocates of survivors of domestic violence, are most likely to encounter these issues and will benefit from knowing how to identify them.

Pro Bono Training: Representing Limited English Proficient Clients and Working with Interpreters
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA

Sharpen your pro bono skills and attend this training addressing the effects of trauma and its impact on communication with your client, cultivating cultural competency, working with interpreters during court proceedings, and more.

Pro Bono Training: Why Immigration Advocates Should Care About PATH
Monday, November 6, 2017, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

This training will create alert advocates who will know how to spot tax issues and related tax benefits for their immigrant clients, and may be able to prevent clients from missing deadlines for those benefits.

Law Students and attorneys meet with numerous organizations and hear about their work and pro bono opportunities at the 2016 Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House.

Attorneys Learn to Lead Know Your Rights Presentations to Immigrant Communities

On September 27th, the BBA hosted a second training for attorneys and law students to learn how to present to immigrant communities about their rights. Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project’s Anita Sharma (Executive Director) and Courtney Snegroff (Community Engagement Manager) led the training, which provided an overview of the immigration executive orders from the past year, information on resources available to assist immigrants, and an update on DACA. PAIR first started holding Know Your Rights trainings around the community after the 2016 election. Since then, they have coordinated over 400 presentations and they continue to train lawyers to carry out these efforts. Thirty attorneys attended the training at the BBA and are now equipped to sign-up for a presentation through PAIR.

If you are an attorney or law student and would like access to a video recording of the training and to be connected with PAIR for this volunteer opportunity, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

Anita Sharma and Courtney Snegroff (PAIR Project) train attorneys to lead Know Your Rights presentations.