Monthly Archives: September 2020

BBA Announces the New Veterans and Servicemembers Law Forum

The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce our “Active Duty Military and Veterans Forum” has changed to the “Veterans and Servicemembers Law Forum”. We believe this name change more accurately describes its membership. 

The co-chairs highlighted the need to replace “active duty military” with “servicemembers” because the term servicemembers is both more inclusive and accurate for the forum. Servicemembers was selected because it is defined in the Servicemember Civil Release Act (SCRA) as including, but not limited to, all Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard forces. This includes reservists and national guard who are often active but may not have been recalled to full-time duty.  

The Forum was formed in 2014 in order to, “further pro bono and public service initiatives that support [servicemembers]…, spotlight legal needs, serve as a network for current and former servicemembers in the legal profession and their families, and advise the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service on its Military & Veterans Legal Help Line.” There are currently over two hundred active members of the Forum and the group annually hosts networking lunches and trainings on legal issues specific to Veterans and Servicemembers. The proposed name change would help clarify the inclusion of all servicemembers and those that support them, which upholds the goals and practices of the Forum. 

If you are interested in learning more about this forum, please contact Doug Newton at dnewton@bostonbar.org. 

BBA Announces the Establishment of the Committee for New Lawyer Employment

The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce the establishment of a Committee for New Lawyer Employment. This committee was formed to bring together diverse perspectives and leverage the knowledge and experience of seasoned practitioners to help 2020 law school graduates enter the legal profession in this challenging time. The committee is chaired by Chris Strang, founding Partner at Strang, Scott, Giroux, & Young. Attorney Strang articulated the goals of the committee as such: “[G]iven the unique challenges during the global health crisis, our goal is to help 2020 graduates launch their careers in a virtual world and difficult job market.” By focusing on the unique needs of this year’s graduates, the committee will help plan extensive programming with the BBA to help those entering the legal job market attain their first post-graduate positions and succeed once they start their legal careers.

The first in this series of programming will be a Virtual Happy Hour Kickoff Event on Wednesday, September 9th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. Attendees will join committee members and other recent graduates for a conversation about what the needs of recent graduates are moving forward and learn about the programs currently being planned. Whether you are job seeking, or just got your first job offer, this program is for you! Committee Chair Chris Strang will give a keynote address followed by mixing and mingling in randomized breakout rooms. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask the committee their questions about the program and make suggestions on the types of programming they would like to see. This program is part of the BBA’s 2020 Law School Graduate Mentoring Program, but is open to all. If you would like to learn more about the mentoring program, or become a mentor/mentee, you can do so here. You can register to attend this happy hour here.

 If you are interested in learning more about this committee, as well as mentoring and other opportunities for new lawyers, please contact Ariana Gebauer at agebauer@bostonbar.org.