Established in 2015, the Veterans
Justice Pro Bono Partnership at the Veterans Legal Clinic at the
Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School assists veterans seeking discharge
upgrades. The partnership connects veterans to private attorneys and provides
ongoing support and expert resources to those attorneys throughout the case.
For the past four years, the BBA has hosted an annual training to introduce
interested attorneys to this opportunity and bolster the skillset and knowledge
of existing pro bono volunteers. The next training will provide attendees the chance
to hear perspectives from the military board of directors for the Air Force,
Army, and Navy. They will discuss how the boards operate and how pro bono
attorneys can best advocate for their veteran clients. The pro bono training
will also include an update about recent changes in the law. You’re invited to
attend on Thursday, April 25th from 2:30 – 5:00 PM at the BBA. A
networking reception with the Active Duty Military and Veterans Forum will
immediately follow the training. Read more and register to attend here.
Note that this training will build on those from 2015-2018. Convenient
videos and materials from past trainings are available through our Learn Online
library’s dedicated pro bono and
public interest page. Easily watch the videos and review the
materials whenever your schedule permits and wherever works for you, whether at
your office or on the go!
Earlier this week, the BBA hosted an information session and alumni reception for its Public Interest Leadership Program. The program, which now includes nearly 200 alumni, is currently seeking applicants for its 16th class. At the information session, Rich Baldwin (PILP 2016-2017, Foley Hoag) described his experience in the program as both inwardly and outwardly fulfilling. Participants in the program meet twice a month and hear from guest speakers across a variety of public interest issue areas. These presentations and conversations enrich the PILP members’ understanding of their community and introduce them to new ways to volunteer and engage with service providers in the Greater Boston area. Additionally, PILP members are each responsible for planning and executing two meetings for the class, as well as working together toward a culminating project for the year. Baldwin spoke about how this project is a significant outward facing element of the program. Each class has the opportunity to dive into a public interest issue area and educate and support their peers and the public through the project. During Baldwin’s PILP year, his class organized and held a symposium at the Boston Bar Association focusing on Constitutional Battlegrounds: Civil Rights in a Changing Landscape. After hearing from Baldwin and BBA Staff, prospective applicants were able to mingle with PILP alumni and hear their perspectives on the program.
The application for the 2019-2020 class is available to download here and is due on March 29th. Applicants must be attorneys within their first 10 years of practice, public interest minded, and able to commit to the 14-month program, beginning in June 2019. Questions about the program or application can be directed to Cassandra Shavney at firstname.lastname@example.org