Posts Categorized: Boston Housing Court

Attorneys Learn Basics of Landlord/Tenant Law and Discover Volunteer Opportunities

This week, over 20 attorneys and law students attended the Boston Bar Association’s Pro Bono Training on Landlord/Tenant Law Basics. Attendees heard from Hon.  Jeffrey M. Winik of the Boston Housing Court, Joanna Allison, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers Project, Dick Bauer, Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center, and Felicia Higginbottom, Law Office of Vesper Gibbs Barnes & Associates. The training covered the basics of summary process and after the training, attendees were invited to volunteer with Volunteer Lawyers Project and Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Volunteer Lawyers Project hosts Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court on Wednesdays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Attorneys and 3:03 certified law students are able to advise and represent low-income tenants and landlords in the Boston Housing Court. For more information on how to become involved, please contact Milton Wong at [email protected].

Lawyers Clearinghouse runs a Legal Clinic for the Homeless at various area homeless shelters and welcomes attorneys wishing to do pro bono work. Please contact their Program Director, Mia Friedman, [email protected], for more information.

VLP Announces December, January, and February Honor Roll

Volunteers are crucial to many of VLP's programs, including the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program pictured above.

Volunteers are crucial to many of VLP’s programs, including the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program pictured above.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation December, January, and February:

Samuel Ames
Steven Ballard
Hans Banitt
Thomas Beauvais
Elaine Benkoski
Stephanie Biggs
Sarah Boonin
Maja Bozic
Alissa Brill
Rob Buchholz
Robert Burdick
Edward Burns
Jerald Burwick
Lisa Callahan
Vikas Dhar
Jessica Doucette
Meredith R. Douglas
James Downes
Jasmine Elatab
Peter Fellman
Dahlia Fetouh
Julie Franklin
Brendan Furey
Andres Garron
Nashwa Gewaily
Michael Giarrusso
David Goldman
Richard Goulding
Taurean Green
Steven Greenzang
David Haffner
Craig Herman
Karen Hoffman
Sharon Jones
Noor Kazmi
Susan Khurshudyan
Jeff Kiesling
Ilene Klein
Daniel Koh
Candace Labbe
Esther Laine
Maude Laroche-St. Fleur
Gregory Lee
Jacqueline Levy
Michelle Lewis
Amy Lipman-White
Corrine Lusic
Michael MacDonald
Cameron McGinn
Rosanna Molinaro
William Moore
Evelyn Venables Moreno
Madelyn Morris
Kristofer Munroe
Justin Murphy
Katherine Newman
Kate Nicholson
Judy O’Neil
Walter Oney
Seth Orkand
Allison Orpilla
William Patton
Nicholas Planty
Thomas Polito
John Polley
Camala Richardson
Patricia Ridge
Timothy Robertson
David Rome
Rebecca Royer
Lou Saban
Robert Sable
Ryan Takeo Sakoda
Evan Segal
Elizabeth Julia Smith
Danielle Spang
Kerry Spindler
Marsha Springette
Kathryn Terrell
Sharon Toffler
Jeffri Uber
William Valletta
Judith Vassilovski
Adrienne Walker
Brendan Ward
Heather Ward
Neil Warrenbrand
Amanda Whelan
Ajay Zutshi

Public Service: A Year in Photos

Blizzards and slow public transportation didn’t stop our volunteers from getting out in the community and giving back during 2015. Take a look below for highlights from the BBA’s 2015 public service efforts:

Lawyers braved the snow and marched to the Massachusetts State House for the annual Walk to the Hill. The 2015 Walk to the Hill was more important than ever. As you may remember, the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report in November called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding. The Legislature appropriated $17 million to fund civil legal aid, a satisfying increase in a year marked largely by level funding.

Lawyers braved the snow and marched to the Massachusetts State House for the annual Walk to the Hill. The 2015 Walk to the Hill was more important than ever. As you may remember, the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report in November called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding. The Legislature appropriated $17 million to fund civil legal aid, a satisfying increase in a year marked largely by level funding.

In January 2014, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $650,000 to help to fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas such as immigration, domestic violence and homelessness.

In January 2014, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $650,000 to help to fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas such as immigration, domestic violence and homelessness.

With the help of PILP 11, the BBA Reentry Education Program expanded to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury. Overall, volunteers led 12 sessions with a total of 103 participants to prepare participants to address civil legal issues they may face upon reentry.

With the help of PILP 11, the BBA Reentry Education Program expanded to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury. Overall, volunteers led 12 sessions with a total of 103 participants to prepare participants to address civil legal issues they may face upon reentry.

In 2015, over 160 volunteers taught 570 high school students in 12 schools about personal finance and budgeting, credit cards, and buying a car through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. As you may remember, the BBA partners with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to run the program throughout the state.

In 2015, over 160 volunteers taught 570 high school students in 12 schools about personal finance and budgeting, credit cards, and buying a car through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. As you may remember, the BBA partners with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to run the program throughout the state.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night once again drew a large crowd. The event, which supports the BBA Summer Jobs Program by funding paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program, raised more than $34,000.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night once again drew a large crowd. The event, which supports the BBA Summer Jobs Program by funding paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program, raised more than $34,000.

The Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program didn’t slow down this year! With the help of 350 volunteers, the program assisted over 1,213 landlords and tenants in the Boston Housing Court.

The Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program didn’t slow down this year! With the help of 350 volunteers, the program assisted over 1,213 landlords and tenants in the Boston Housing Court.

This spring, 77 volunteer taught over 1,000 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about the importance of laws through the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program.

This spring, 77 volunteer taught over 1,000 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about the importance of laws through the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program.

The BBA presented three public service awards to deserving recipients at the annual Law Day Dinner. Barbara Mitchell, the former Executive Director of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, received the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award to honor her leadership and commitment to legal services; Al Wallis, the Executive Director of Brown Rudnick Center for Public Interest, received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his leadership in public interest and corporate social responsibility; and Jack Ward, the former Associate Director for Finance & Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, received the President’s Award for this leadership and guidance at Greater Boston Legal Services.

The BBA presented three public service awards to deserving recipients at the annual Law Day Dinner. Barbara Mitchell, the former Executive Director of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, received the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award to honor her leadership and commitment to legal services; Al Wallis, the Executive Director of Brown Rudnick Center for Public Interest, received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his leadership in public interest and corporate social responsibility; and Jack Ward, the former Associate Director for Finance & Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, received the President’s Award for this leadership and guidance at Greater Boston Legal Services.

The BBF held the second annual Passports to Pairings event, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $34,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

The BBF held the second annual Passports to Pairings event, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $34,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 65 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 15 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 65 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 15 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

While October is officially Pro Bono Month, the BBA celebrated pro bono all year-round. Since January 2015, the BBA has trained over 400 attorneys to take pro bono cases in a range of areas, including landlord tenant law, veterans discharge appeals, and debt collections.

While October is officially Pro Bono Month, the BBA celebrated pro bono all year-round. Since January 2015, the BBA has trained over 400 attorneys to take pro bono cases in a range of areas, including landlord tenant law, veterans discharge appeals, and debt collections.

The BBF held an inaugural Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast at the Liberty Hotel in Boston this November. The Breakfast was an opportunity to recognize members of the Society for their support of the BBF and to celebrate what their generosity has allowed the BBF to accomplish in the last year.

The BBF held an inaugural Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast at the Liberty Hotel in Boston this November. The Breakfast was an opportunity to recognize members of the Society for their support of the BBF and to celebrate what their generosity has allowed the BBF to accomplish in the last year.

The Claflin Center was packed on November 12th for the Veterans Day Reception, which featured a lively speech and Q & A with Congressman Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps Captain who served four tours in Iraq. This event aimed to build a community for servicemembers in the legal field to share common experiences and challenges.

The Claflin Center was packed on November 12th for the Veterans Day Reception, which featured a lively speech and Q & A with Congressman Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps Captain who served four tours in Iraq. This event aimed to build a community for servicemembers in the legal field to share common experiences and challenges.

BBA President Lisa Arrowood spent the morning observing a humanities teacher meeting, greeting students, and visiting classrooms at the Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program.

BBA President Lisa Arrowood spent the morning observing a humanities teacher meeting, greeting students, and visiting classrooms at the Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000. These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,700 calls last year.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000. These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,700 calls last year.

VLP Announces October and November Honor Roll

The Program relies on dedicated volunteers, such as Rob Skinner (Ropes & Gray) and Amy Roy (Ropes & Gray) pictured above, who provide legal assistance to landlords and tenants each week.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project relies on dedicated volunteers, such as Rob Skinner (Ropes & Gray) and Amy Roy (Ropes & Gray) pictured above, who provide legal assistance to landlords and tenants each week through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program.

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

Sam Ames
Mark E. Archer
Robert Burdick
Julie Callahan
Lisa Callahan
Stephen T. Connolly
Derek Constantine
Lusic Corrine
Kt Crossman
Milton D. D’Andrea
Anna R. DiMaria
Mara Dolan
Sean Doran
Meredith Douglas
Nicholas Drew
Jasmine Elatab
Dahlia Fetouh
Kellie W. Fisher
Eric French
Daria Frost
Andres Garron
Genevie Gold
Steven Greenzang
Richard Gruenberger
Celia J. Harrison
Mark Higgins
Scott Hubbell
Katherine Insogna
Sharon V. Jones
Matthew Karambelas
Susan Khurshudyan
Candace Labbe
Esther Laine
Peter V. Lawlor
Julia Lindsey
Jennifer L. Manning-Zoll
Evelyn Venables Moreno
Madelyn Morris
Matthew Morris
Patrick G.H. Mott
Kristofer C. Munroe
Justin Murphy
Oren N. Nimni
Donald R. O’Clair
Walter Oney
Nicholas Pantly
Nina Parker
Steven D. Pohl
John Polley
Stephen Provazza
Jesse Redlener
Margaret A. Reilly
Kenneth Reisman
Ethan Rittershaus
Michael Rossi
Soraya Sadeghi
Ryan Takeo Sakoda
Leah Segal
Cara Sgobba
Sharyn T. Sooho
Chetan Tiwari
Jeffri Uber
Irina Vaglica
William Valletta
Leann Walsh
Katie Ward
Neil Warrenbrand
Jennifer Williams
Kevin Yurkerwich
Ajay Zutshi

Calling All Law Students and New Lawyers: Give Back this Fall

Last year, a group of volunteers headed to the Prison Book Project to help sort books. Don't miss the opportunity to volunteer at this event this year.

Last year, a group of volunteers headed to the Prison Book Project to help sort books. Don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer at this event.

If you’re a law student or New Lawyer looking to give back to the community and meet other legal professionals don’t miss these upcoming opportunities:

Volunteer with the Prison Book Project
Saturday, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 4 PM
United First Parish Church – 1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA

Volunteers will be split into three groups: tasks are either to read the prisoner’s request and find the appropriate book for each prisoner, to make sure the books are appropriate and fill out an invoice, or to prepare the books for mailing.

Volunteer with The Greater Boston Food Bank
Saturday, October 3, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Greater Boston Food Bank – 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA

Come join members of the Public Interest Leadership Program as we partner with other volunteers to help ‘End Hunger Here.’ Most volunteers work in the GBFB warehouse, inspecting, sorting, and packing food and grocery products.

What You Need to Know About Naturalization: Pro Bono Preparation for Boston’s Citizenship Day
Monday, September 21, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Get trained to volunteer at the second annual Citizenship Day in Boston on September 26, 2015. This training will teach law students and attorneys to prepare the citizenship application for attendees.

Justice for Trafficking Victims: Civil Litigation, Vacatur, Criminal Restitution and the Pro Bono Bar
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Attendees will gain insight into all remedies available to trafficking survivors in the United States, including many legal rights overlooked for nearly a decade.

Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House
Monday, October 19, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Suffolk Law School (1st Floor Function Room) – 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

This event, sponsored by the BBA and Suffolk Law School, provides attorneys and law students with the chance to explore pro bono opportunities.

If you’re a barred attorney or 3:03 certified law student, you may also be interested in these trainings:

Lawyer for the Day Training: Fair Debt Collection
Thursday, October 8, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

The BBA is teaming up with the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Senior Partners for Justice to train attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to debtors and creditors through the Fair Debt Collection program.

Pro Bono Training: Landlord Tenant Law & Practice
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Each Thursday, more than 150 eviction cases are scheduled at Boston Housing Court. More than 90% of the tenants are pro se. This training will prepare you to assist landlords and tenants through the Lawyer for the Day Program of the Boston Bar Association.

Questions? Contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected].

BBA Hosts Annual Trying a Case in Housing Court Training

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) walked attendees through the steps of trying a case in the Boston Housing Court on Tuesday evening.

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) walked attendees through the steps of trying a case in the Boston Housing Court on Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday night, attorneys interested in getting involved with the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program came to 16 Beacon for the popular “Trying a Case in the Housing Court Pro Bono Training.” The all-star panel featured First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School).

Beyond the Billable checked in with attendee John Hanify (Jones Day) to hear why he chose to attend the training and why his firm plans to get involved in the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. Here’s what he had to say:

Hanify, John 02112005“I attended the Housing Court Program because my responsibilities at Jones Day include helping young lawyers gain experience in trial law and coordinating our pro bono service. A pro bono commitment in the Housing Court provides critical representation to fellow citizens in need of counsel but also opportunities for young lawyers to develop their skills in trial settings and before very gifted trial judges. Jones Day has a long history of pro bono work, public service and community involvement across the nation- a tradition which we have continued here since the Jones Day Boston office was opened in 2011.”

VLP Announces Honor Roll for January and February

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representation to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court.

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representation to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in January and February:

Sam Ames
David Bean
Lisa Callahan
Michael Diener, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Dahlia Fetouh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Eric Fox, Goodwin Procter LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Shira Furman, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Bonnie Heiple, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Joseph Horne, Goodwin Procter LLP
Jeffrey Jones, Williams College
Sharon V. Jones
Martsyl Joseph
Patrick Long
Corrine Lusic, Goodwin Procter LLP
Keith McCarthy
Justin Murphy, Law Office of Justin M. Murphy
Emily Nelson, Burns & Levinson LLP
Andres O’Laughlin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Allison Orpilla, Goodwin Procter LLP
Nicholas Planty, Goodwin Procter LLP
Stephen Provazza, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Alexandra Reynolds, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Christopher Saccardi, The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi
Leah Segal, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Sarah Solomon, Goodwin Procter LLP
Irina Vaglica
Leann Walsh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Carry Wind
Lawrence Wind

VLP Announces Honor Roll for November and December

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program.

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in November and December:

Sam Ames
David Bean
Gary Bloom
Renee Burgher
Lisa Callahan
Esther Cho
Chloe Coravos
Michael Diener, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
James Fauci, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Bonnie Heiple, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Sharon Jones
Stephanie Lin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Patrick Long
Erica Mastrangelo, Burns & Levinson LLP
Keith McCarthy
Marc Migliazzo, Ropes & Gray LLP
Jansulu Nurpeisova
Irina Oberman
Christopher Pavlow, McCarter & English, LLP
John Polley, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
John Prendergast
Thomas Reith, Burns & Levinson LLP
Gretchen Roin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Christopher Schmitt, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
David Schnock
Kelly Soltis
Katy Ward, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Lawrence Wind
Kevin Yurkerwich, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

A Year in Photos: BBA Public Service

The BBA had another year full of public service. For a look back at our members’ work in the community, take a look at the photos below:

The John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $640,000 last January to help fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas, such as domestic violence and homelessness.

The John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $640,000 last January to help fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas, such as domestic violence and homelessness. The BBF honored Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino with the Public Service Award for his commitment to the City of Boston, including his efforts to find employment for thousands of Boston teens each summer.

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program celebrated its 10th anniversary this past year by providing financial education to students in 18 high schools statewide.

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program celebrated its 10th anniversary this past year by providing financial education to students in 18 high schools statewide.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night had a new twist this year—100 percent of the proceeds supported the BBA Summer Jobs Program. As you may remember, the BBF funds paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program. The event raised more than $35,000 for the M. Ellen Carpenter Fund to benefit the Summer Jobs Program.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night had a new twist this year—100 percent of the proceeds supported the BBA Summer Jobs Program. As you may remember, the BBF funds paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program. The event raised more than $35,000 for the M. Ellen Carpenter Fund to benefit the Summer Jobs Program.

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The BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program celebrated its 15th year anniversary of providing legal assistance to pro se landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court. Since the program began, over 12,000 volunteers have helped more than 15,000 landlords and tenants navigate complicated legal issues.

In April, Boston commemorated the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The following month, the BBA honored the volunteers who stepped up to offer pro bono legal assistance to over 80 small businesses and individuals affected by the bombings at the Law Day Dinner through the BBA’s Marathon Assistance Project.

In April, Boston commemorated the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The following month, the BBA honored the volunteers who stepped up to offer pro bono legal assistance to over 80 small businesses and individuals affected by the bombings at the Law Day Dinner through the BBA’s Marathon Assistance Project.

The BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program took off this year. Ninety-four attorneys taught over 1,300 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about voting rights.

The BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program took off this year. Ninety-four attorneys taught over 1,300 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about voting rights.

In addition to honoring the volunteers for the Marathon Assistance Project, the BBA honored the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) at the Law Day Dinner. The BBA and PIC have partnered for the past 21 years to place more than 700 Boston public high school students in paid legal internships each summer.

In addition to honoring the volunteers for the Marathon Assistance Project, the BBA honored the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) at the Law Day Dinner. The BBA and PIC have partnered for the past 21 years to place more than 700 Boston public high school students in paid legal internships each summer through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

In June, the BBF unveiled its newest fundraising event, called Passports to Pairings, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $37,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

In June, the BBF unveiled its newest fundraising event, called Passports to Pairings, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $37,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 64 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 14 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 64 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 14 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

On September 1, 2014, the BBA celebrated the one year anniversary of the Military & Veterans Help Line’s move to the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, connecting 161%more servicemembers to legal assistance. Later in the fall, the BBA announced that four firms—Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, and Nutter McClellen & Fish LLP—had stepped up to offer pro bono assistance to servicemembers who do not qualify for traditional free legal services, but cannot afford the fees of attorneys.

On September 1, 2014, the BBA celebrated the one year anniversary of the Military & Veterans Help Line’s move to the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, connecting 161% more servicemembers to legal assistance. Later in the fall, the BBA announced that four firms—Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, and Nutter McClellen & Fish LLP—had stepped up to offer pro bono assistance to servicemembers who do not qualify for traditional free legal services, but cannot afford the fees of attorneys.

The BBA welcomed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who discussed her work and commitment to combating military sexual trauma. This program is part of the BBA’s ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of military personnel, veterans, and their family members.

The BBA welcomed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who discussed her work and commitment to combating military sexual trauma. This program is part of the BBA’s ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of military personnel, veterans, and their family members.

October, proclaimed Pro Bono Month, once again brought a flurry of trainings and events to 16 Beacon. The lineup included the annual Landlord Tenant Law and Practice Training, the CORI Training, the Pro Bono Recruitment Fair, and the Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Introduction for Attorneys Program.

October, proclaimed Pro Bono Month, once again brought a flurry of trainings and events to 16 Beacon. The lineup included the annual Landlord Tenant Law and Practice Training, the CORI Training, the Pro Bono Recruitment Fair, and the Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Introduction for Attorneys Program.

The BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding.

The BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding.

The BBA kicked off the Community Reentry Readiness Program once again this November. The program, which was originally started by PILP 9, aims to reduce the risk of recidivism by sending volunteer attorneys to deliver civil legal education workshops to federal probations in the CARE/RESTART Program on issues that they may face upon reentry.  The pilot program was such a success that the BBA and Federal Court once again teamed up to continue the program.

The BBA kicked off the Community Reentry Readiness Program once again this November. The program, which was originally started by PILP 9, aims to reduce the risk of recidivism by sending volunteer attorneys to deliver civil legal education workshops to federal probations in the CARE/RESTART Program on issues that they may face upon reentry. The pilot program was such a success that the BBA and Federal Court once again teamed up to continue the program.

In November, BBA President Julia Huston spent the morning shadowing the headmaster of Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Brighton through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program. As a former teacher in special education, Julia found the program particularly interesting because every single class at the Mary Lyon Pilot High School is fully inclusive, incorporating both general education and students with emotional and behavioral impairments.

In November, BBA President Julia Huston spent the morning shadowing the headmaster of Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Brighton through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program. As a former teacher in special education, Julia found the program particularly interesting because every single class at the Mary Lyon Pilot High School is fully inclusive, incorporating both general education and students with emotional and behavioral impairments.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000.  These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,900 calls last year.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000. These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,900 calls last year.

In December, the BBA geared up to kick off an exciting new pilot program in the Land Court with a training on assisting homeowners facing tax foreclosure.  . Now that a number of attorneys are up to speed on the issue, they can volunteer to be on call to assist homeowners at the Land Court’s Thursday Tax Title Sessions and help homeowners hold onto their property.

In December, the BBA geared up to kick off an exciting new pilot program in the Land Court with a training on assisting homeowners facing tax foreclosure. Now that a number of attorneys are up to speed on the issue, they can volunteer to be on call to assist homeowners at the Land Court’s Thursday Tax Title Sessions and help homeowners hold onto their property.

 

BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program Celebrates 15 Years of Helping Pro Se Litigants

Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), BBA President Paul T. Dacier (EMC Corporation), Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V.  Jones), First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Mike Neville (Boston Housing Court), Alex Valderrama(Boston Housing Court), and Catarina Andrade (Boston Housing Court)

Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), BBA President Paul T. Dacier (EMC Corporation), Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones), First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Mike Neville (Boston Housing Court), Alex Valderrama(Boston Housing Court), and Catarina Andrade (Boston Housing Court)

Last Thursday, volunteers, court employees, and program leadership gathered at 16 Beacon to celebrate the success of the Lawyer for the Day Program in the Boston Housing Court Program at the 15th anniversary celebration of the Program.  Since the Program’s inception in 1999, over 12,000 volunteers have helped more than 15,000 landlords and tenants navigate through the Boston Housing Court.  In addition to the opportunity to network and enjoy food and drink, the evening was filled with a number of volunteer appreciation awards to longtime volunteers who are essential to its longevity. First Justice of the Boston Housing Court Jeffrey Winik presented awards to Sharon Jones (The Law Office of Sharon V. Jones), Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), and Housing Court Specialists Michael Neville, Alex Valderrama, Hector Jenkins, Delia Mathes, and Catarina Andrade.

Check out more highlights from the evening below:

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) recognized Mike Neville, Chief Housing Specialist, Alex Valderrama, Assistant Chief Housing Specialist, and Catarina Andrade, Housing Specialist, for their dedication to ensuring that landlords and tenants have access to justice in the Boston Housing Court.

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) recognized Mike Neville, Chief Housing Specialist, Alex Valderrama, Assistant Chief Housing Specialist, and Catarina Andrade, Housing Specialist, for their dedication to ensuring that landlords and tenants have access to justice in the Boston Housing Court.

 

Katie D’Angelo (BBA) presented volunteer Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones) with a volunteer appreciation award for her unparalleled dedicated to the Lawyer for the Day Program.  Sharon has volunteered at the Boston Housing Court almost every Thursday for the past 10 years, and when the Program expanded to include Monday Landlord Advice Day, Sharon immediately volunteered and has staffed that advice day more than any other lawyer.

Katie D’Angelo (BBA) presented volunteer Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones) with a volunteer appreciation award for her unparalleled dedicated to the Lawyer for the Day Program. Sharon has volunteered at the Boston Housing Court almost every Thursday for the past 10 years, and when the Program expanded to include Monday Landlord Advice Day, Sharon immediately volunteered and has staffed that advice day more than any other lawyer.

 

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) spoke of Andy Cohn’s (WilmerHale) long-time commitment to the Program. Andy has recruited volunteers at his firm and taken numerous cases through the Program.

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) spoke of Andy Cohn’s (WilmerHale) long-time commitment to the Program. Andy has recruited volunteers at his firm and taken numerous cases through the Program since it began.

 

Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project) offered closing remarks at the celebration, thanking everyone for their efforts and encouraging those to stay committed to the Program.

Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project) offered closing remarks at the celebration, thanking everyone for their efforts and encouraging those to stay committed to the Program.

The program is a collaboration between the Boston Housing Court, Boston Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, Greater Boston Legal Services and Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, and is supported by the Wiley Vaughan Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation.