Posts Categorized: Law Day in the Schools

Thank You to all Law Day in the Schools Volunteers!

Nathaniel Koslof and Ryan Rosenblatt (Sullivan) with fifth grade students from Samuel Adams Elementary School

As we head into summer, we’re grateful for the commitment made this spring by 120 lawyers and law students to introduce Boston’s youth to the law and legal profession. The Boston Bar Association’s Law Day in the Schools Program reached over 1,700 Boston Public School students in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms in 18 schools. The volunteers worked with the students to help them understand the importance of the First Amendment and their ability to speak out against injustice. Elementary students learned about the bravery of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist working to ensure educational opportunities for all girls, and the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize. Middle and high school students engaged in discussion and debate through mock City Council hearings that addressed the question of Confederate monuments. Students impressed the attorneys with their thoughtfulness, questions, and engagement.

Please click here to see pictures from the program.

Thank you to all of those who helped the students understand the importance of free speech and the First Amendment and who answered students’ questions about what it’s like to be a lawyer!

Jonathan Albano, Morgan Lewis
Nieve Anjomi, Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Alijah Arah, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Leslie Arsenault, Law Office of Leslie J. Arsenault
Angela Atchue , Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Cathleen Augusto, Arrowood LLP
Heather Baer, Fitch Law Partners LLP
Paula Bagger, Law Office of Paula M. Bagger, LLC
Allison Belanger, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Ritika Bhakri, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Mitali Biswas, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
William Boesch, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Jordan Bowne , Burns & Levinson LLP
Jill Brenner, Meixel Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
David Brody, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Betsy Byra, Boston University School of Law
Brendan Carter, AGCMA – Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts
Kate Carter, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Alison Casey, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Alexandra Clionsky, Boston University School of Law
Brandon Clippinger, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Megan Coneeny, McLane Middleton
Kathleen Cruickshank, Murphy & King
Bernardo Cuadra, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Allen David, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Emma Days, Ropes & Gray LLP
Joan Densberger, Boston University
Andrew Farrington, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Edward Ferrante, D’Ambrosio Brown LLP
David Ferrera, Nutter McClennen & Fish
John Fiske, Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew, LLP
John Fitzpatrick, Laredo & Smith, LLP
Ben Franklin, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Heather Gamache, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Lindsey Gil, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Caitlin Glynn, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Cortney Godin , Peabody & Arnold LLP
Maria Granik, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Peter Haley, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Adam Hamel, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Eric Haskell, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Dorothy Heebner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Jennifer Henricks, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Rachel Hershfang, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Lillian Hirales , Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Andra Hutchins, Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP
Matt Iler, Law Office of W. Matthew Iler, Esq.
Ethan Jeffrey, Murphy & King
Daniel Johnston, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Hannah Joseph, Beck Reed Riden LLP
Matthew Kane , Laredo & Smith, LLP
Kristyn Kelley, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Erica Kim, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Brian Killoy, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Kelly Kirby, Burns & Levinson LLP
Nathaniel Koslof, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Caroline Kupiec, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Mark Larsen, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Brian Lee, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Chris Lindstrom, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Lisa Locher, Greater Boston Legal Services
Ann Lowery, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Victoria Lu, Boston University School of Law
Carolyn Marcotte, Barclay Damon, LLP
Stephanie Mariani, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Mary Martin, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Julie Martin, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Sa’adiyah Masoud, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Katy Mezaros, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Michael McDermott, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Louis Mercedes, Jones Day
David Michel, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Christina Miller, Suffolk University Law School
Michael Millett, Marsh, Inc.
Laura Mittelman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Patricia Natale , Rockland Trust Company
Sean Nehill, Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)
Joseph Nevins , Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Emily Notini, Goodwin Procter LLP
Wadner Oge, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Alexa O’Keefe, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Barbara O’Toole, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Greg Pakhladzhyan
Gregory Paonessa, Burns & Levinson LLP
Andrea Peraner, Sweet Fitch Law Partners LLP
Cassandra Prince, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Susanne Reardon, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Timothy Rennie, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Lauren Reznick, Massachusetts Land Court
Margaret Hoyt Rupert, Nutter McClennen & Fish
Ryan Rosenblatt, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Michael Rossi, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Payal Salsburg , Laredo & Smith, LLP
Glenn Schley, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Leanne Scott, Baker Newman Noyes
Christina Simpson, The Law Office of Christina Simpson
Gary Smith
Mariel Smith, Nutter, McClennen & Fish
Amy Spector, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Samantha Spellman, Nutter, McClennen & Fish
Jared Spinell, Rubin and Rudman, LLP
Carol Starkey, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Danielle Starr, Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
Aaron Staudinger, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Margaret Strauss, Arrowood LLP
Xiaoxue Sun, Boston University School of Law
Glen Tagliamonte, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Viktor Theiss, Casner & Edwards, LLP
Alexis Theriault, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Erika Todd, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Sudeshna Trivedi, Public Health Advocacy Institute
Chelsea Tryder, Locke Lord LLP
Marilyn Wellington, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Brian Whiteley, Barclay Damon, LLP
Edward Whitesell, Jr., Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Connie Wong, Boston Fire Department
Kristin Youkana, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Liuyang Yu, Boston University School of Law

If you’re interested in volunteering for this program next year, please email Hannah Poor at [email protected]

Law Day in the Schools Starts Next Week!

Over the next month, volunteer attorneys and law students will visit Boston Public School classrooms to celebrate Law Day. This annual celebration highlights the foundations of law and justice in the United States and reminds the public and legal professionals how the law interacts with everyday life. This year, the Boston Bar Association is joining the American Bar Association in teaching youth about free speech. Our Law Day in the Schools volunteers will guide students through a lesson demonstrating the importance of free speech rights in creating an equitable society.

We’re very thankful to the below BBA Sponsor Organizations that have pledged volunteers and Adopted-a-Classroom this spring.

Arrowood LLP
Barclay Damon
Beck Reed Riden LLP
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Planning & Development Agency
Burns & Levinson
Casner & Edwards
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Conn Kavanaugh
Fitch Law Partners LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein
Laredo & Smith, LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Mintz
Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Peabody & Arnold
Prince Lobel
Ropes & Gray
Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Sherin and Lodgen
Sullivan & Worcester

There are still a few spots available for BBA Members to volunteer next month. View the open spots and sign-up here.

Payal Salsburg and Jessica Conklin (Laredo & Smith, LLP) answer student questions at Samuel Adams Elementary in East Boston last year.

Lead Students Through Interactive Lessons on Free Speech

Our popular Law Day in the Schools Program kicks off in May in Boston Public School classrooms across the city. Over 70 classrooms will be visited by volunteer lawyers and law students where youth in kindergarten through 12th grade will learn about free speech rights. This year’s lesson will introduce those rights and will demonstrate their importance in creating an equitable society. The younger students will learn about Malala Yousafzai’s mission to promote education for all, while the older students will participate in a mock city council meeting regarding Confederate monuments. For many of the students, this program offers the only opportunity for them to meet and talk with a lawyer.

As a volunteer, you’ll sign-up for the 1-hour slot that works for your schedule and location preferences. Each class has space for two volunteers, so you’re also able to sign-up with a friend or colleague (all volunteers must be BBA Members). The BBA provides a step-by-step lesson plan to all volunteers, as well as detailed information about the class you’ll be visiting. Ahead of the first session in May, volunteers are also invited to attend an optional training session to review the lesson plans and meet with two Boston Public School teachers.

Spots are filling quickly! Sign-up today to secure your volunteer slot. View all available slots and sign-up here.

Attorneys and law students with Spanish or Mandarin language skills are especially encouraged to sign-up.


Thank You to all Law Day in the Schools Volunteers!

As we head into summer, we’re grateful for the commitment made this spring by over 130 lawyers and law students to introduce Boston’s youth to the law and legal profession. The Boston Bar Association’s Law Day in the Schools Program reached over 1650 Boston Public School students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade classrooms in 16 schools. The volunteers worked with the students to help them identify issues in the community that resonated with them and to develop supporting arguments around those issues. Countless students voiced their support for longer recess and even more wanted to be more proactive against bullying, increase measures to slow climate change, and find solutions to make students feel safe in school. When this year’s program kicked off, we caught up with Jill Brenner Meixel and Allison Belanger of Krokidas & Bluestein to hear about why they volunteer for the program. For a peek into a high school class and to read their story, click here.

Thank you to all of those who helped the students identify what changes they want to see in their communities and for answering students questions about what it’s like to be a lawyer!

Haritha Ambros, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
Daryl Andrews, Andrews DeValerio LLP
Nieve Anjomi, Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Justin Ansel, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Azure Aronsson, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Cathleen Augusto, Arrowood LLP
Heather Baer, Fitch Law Partners LLP
Paula Bagger, Law Office of Paula M. Bagger, LLC
Kathryn Barry
Allison Belanger, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
William Boesch, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Stephanie Bougas, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Jordan Bowne, Burns & Levinson LLP
Stephen Brake, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Jill Brenner Meixel, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Julie Bryan, Casner & Edwards, LLP
Natalie Cappellazzo, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Joshua Carroll, Ropes & Gray LLP
Jillian Carson, Beck Reed Riden LLP
Brendan Carter, AGCMA – Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts
Cameron Casey, Ropes & Gray LLP
Michael Cavoto
Smriti Choudhury, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Brandon Clippinger, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Carol Coakley
Ian Coghill, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Stephen Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Jessica Conklin, Laredo & Smith, LLP
Emily Crowley, Boyle, Shaughnessy, & Campo, PC
Allen David, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Emma Days, Ropes & Gray LLP
Joan Densberger, Boston University School of Public Health
Jennifer Durand, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Rebecca Edmondson, Levine-Piro Law
Isi Ehikhamhen
Edward Ferrante
John Fiske, Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew, LLP
Colin Forbes, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Katherine Galle, Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Ayla Geller, EF Education First
Galen Gilbert, Gilbert & O’Bryan, PC.
Maya Ginga, Washington & Lee University
Maria Granik, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Haley Grissom
Adam Hamel, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Julianna Hanlon, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Bryce Helfer, Burns & Levinson LLP
Jennifer Henricks, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Rachel Hershfang, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Sheila Hubbard, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Christopher Huntsman, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Securities Division
Andra Hutchins, Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP
Valerie Jackson, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Daniel Johnston, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Marc Jones, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Robert Kaitz, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
Stephanie Kao, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Sarah Kelly, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Kelly Kirby, Burns & Levinson LLP
Michael Koehler, Keegan Werlin, LLP
Nathaniel Koslof, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Eric Labbe, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Mark Larsen, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Brian Lee, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Paul Levenson, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Sarah Lewis, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Christopher Lindstrom, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Ann Lowery, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Tony Lu, Dentons US LLP
Brian MacDonough, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Stephanie Mariani, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Laura Martin
Justin Masterman, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Michael McDermott, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Louis Mercedes, Jones Day
Christina Miller, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
R. Scott Miller, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Michael Millett, Marsh, Inc.
Laura Mittelman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Peter Moores, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Cheron Morris, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Joshua Nadreau, Fisher Phillips
Sean Nehill, Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)
Joseph Nevins, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Wadner Oge, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Alexa O’Keefe, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Julia Ong, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Barbara O’Toole, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Gregory Paonessa, Burns & Levinson LLP
Nina Pelc-Faszcza, Jones Day
Andrea Peraner-Sweet, Fitch Law Partners LLP
Charles Pierre, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Cassandra Prince
Susanne Reardon, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Lauren Reznick, Massachusetts Land Court
Michael Riley, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Michael Rossi, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Payal Salsburg, Laredo & Smith, LLP
Armand Santaniello
Lauren Schaefer, Beck Reed Riden LLP
Glenn Schley, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Susan Schorr, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Catherine Scott, Peabody & Arnold LLP
Leanne Scott, John Hancock Financial Services
Courtney Scrubbs, Sanofi, US
Priya Selvam, Jones Day
Jacob Simon, Simon Law
Christina Simpson, The Law Office of Christina Simpson
Lynne Sollis, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Jared Spinelli, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Lorraine Stark, Burns & Levinson LLP
Carol Starkey, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Susan Stenger, Burns & Levinson LLP
Margaret Strauss, Arrowood LLP
Pamela Swanson, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Glen Tagliamonte, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Miosotti Tenecora
Alexis Theriault, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Erika Todd, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Sudeshna Trivedi, Public Health Advocacy Institute
Chelsea Tryder, Locke Lord LLP
Amanda Varrichione
Bradford Vezina, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Sara Walker, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Joseph Wang, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Ying Wang, State Street Corporation
Marilyn Wellington, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Kristin Youkana, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Alexandra Youngblood, Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Jill Ziter, Massachusetts Land Court

If you’re interested in volunteering for this program next year, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected]

Law Day in the Schools Challenges Teens to Think Outside the Box

Allison Belanger and Jill Brenner Meixel (Krokidas & Bluestein) speak to William J. Ostiguy High School students.

When Krokidas & Bluestein attorneys Jill Brenner Meixel and Allison Belanger began to explain a mock city council exercise to a class of students at William J. Ostiguy High School in Boston, some students were skeptical. They were split into groups and asked to argue either in favor of or against a made-up ordinance that would require teenagers under the age of 17 to remain inside after a 9 p.m. curfew.

Some asked if this would ever really be considered by the Boston City Council. Some commented that since most students in the room were over 16, they wouldn’t be impacted, so they wouldn’t care. Yet all of the students tasked with arguing in favor of the fictitious proposal protested that they didn’t want to pretend to support an unfair rule.

“It’s an exercise, so just like lawyers, you might have to put your personal feelings aside and concentrate on presenting a compelling argument,” Belanger said.

But in fact, the day’s real lesson was to teach students how to empower themselves to express their personal opinions to effect change. The mock city council hearing was part of this year’s Law Day in the Schools Program, and the theme is “Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.”

While brainstorming the points they would make in support of their given position, the students became increasingly engaged with the topic they originally were reluctant to address. Some students even observed that it was actually easier to craft arguments around the side they felt less passionately about, since they could easily imagine what problems adults might have with teenagers on the streets at night.

Articulating why they, as teenagers, deserved freedoms was harder. After speaking to Meixel and Belanger, one group struggling with the concept decided to frame their argument around the unfairness of restricting one population of people, but not others.

The idea of the exercise was to introduce the students to a forum where their ideas would be heard. Although the ordinance was not real, the format of the mock hearing was similar to real sessions at City Hall. Students assigned the role of mock city councilors had to weigh the arguments they heard and cast a vote.

The Law Day in the Schools program has a different focus every year, which lawyers go into classrooms to present to students. The lessons often involve a hands-on activity, and the program also provides an opportunity for students to interact with someone in the legal profession and ask them questions about what they do.

Meixel and Belanger teamed up for the second year in a row. In 2017, they were in an elementary school classroom, and both attorneys said it was fascinating to spend time with both groups of students and see the different ways they learn.

“These students are almost at an age where they will be able to vote in elections, which will allow their voices to have even more impact.  However, regardless of whether they are of voting age, they should feel empowered to speak up and speak out about issues for which they are passionate, because they can make a difference,”  Meixel added.

“If they take anything away, I hope it’s that there is somewhere they can go where someone will listen to them,” Belanger said. “I think we wanted to express to them that there is almost always an appropriate forum for them to voice their opinion and address changes they’d like to see, whether it’s the principal’s office, a local official, or someone in government at the state or national level.”

To see photos from our Law Day in the Schools sessions so far, please click here.

A Year in Photos – Public Service in 2017

From teaching a record 1,700 students through Law Day in the Schools to releasing a compelling report on criminal justice reform, 2017 was a successful year at the BBA. For highlights and our favorite photos from the year, read on to see how you and your colleagues contributed to our public service initiatives over the past year.

The 2017 Public Service Award presented at the Boston Bar Foundation’s annual John & Abigail Adams Benefit Ball honored Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall in January. Chief Justice Marshall addresses the crowd at the Museum of Fine Arts, reminding every one of the importance of being good and just in their work.

MIT Bhangra, an award-winning dance group, entertained the crowd at the Adams Benefit. 2017’s Ball raised over $650,000 in support for local legal services organizations providing civil legal services to those in need. In June, the Foundation granted $960,000 to 20 such organizations.

Each January, hundreds of attorneys travel to the State House to Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. The Equal Justice Coalition coordinates this annual event to call on our legislators to adequately fund the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation through the state budget. Carol Starkey, 2016-2017 BBA President, highlights the importance of civil legal aid as noted in the BBA’s Investing in Justice report, which details that 2 out of 3 income eligible clients are turned away from legal services due to a lack of resources.

In response to President Trump’s Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, then BBA President Carol Starkey reaffirmed the BBA’s aim to “support the rule of law, as well as the core values of access to justice and diversity and inclusion, which help keep the fundamental promise that all of us will enjoy due process and equal protection under the law.” Over the course of the year, the BBA worked with many legal services organizations to connect attorneys to volunteer opportunities. Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project presented a number of Know Your Rights trainings for attorneys wishing to present to community groups about their immigration rights. Here, attorneys William Graves (Graves & Doyle) and Seth Purcell (PAIR Project) welcome over 60 attorneys to the first training at the BBA.

Paulette Brown (left, Locke Lord) accepts the Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion for her work as president of the American Bar Association convening the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission. One result of the Commission’s work was the passage at the ABA of Resolution 113, an initiative designed to increase diversity in the legal profession. In November of 2016, the BBA announced its strong support for the Resolution and is working with other partners in Boston on its implementation.

Raquel Webster (right, National Grid) introduces presenter Brian McLaughlin (McLaughlin Law) to a group of probationers at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The BBA’s Reentry Education Program, which was developed by the Public Interest Leadership Program, engages with dozens of probationers annually on useful topics related to community reentry, including family law, reinstating a driver’s license, public benefits, and more.

Secretary Francisco A. Ureña (Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services) addresses the crowd at a Memorial Day reception hosted by the BBA’s Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum. The reception was held after the annual pro bono training for attorneys representing veterans in discharge upgrade cases. Since 2015, the BBA has worked with the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School to hose these trainings to support their Veterans Legal Clinic.

One night a year, the BBA is transformed from a meeting space to a casino floor. Seventeen organizations sponsored this year’s Casino Night for Summer Jobs, the proceeds of which support the Summer Jobs Program and support internships for high school students at legal services organizations, government agencies, and courts. Attendees at Casino Night celebrate beating the house and eagerly await the mystifying reveal of a magic trick.

Law Day in the Schools, one of the BBA’s most popular volunteer opportunities, introduces Boston Public School students to the legal profession and particular areas of the law. This year, volunteers including Jill Brenner Meixel (left) and Allison Belanger (right) of Krokidas & Bluestein introduced students to due process and the importance of having fair rules and laws for all. There were a record 15 schools and over 1700 students in the program this year.

Throughout the year, the New Lawyers Section’s Public Service Committee coordinates volunteer events with organizations throughout the city. In addition to serving food at the Pine Street Inn, attorneys also helped sort donations at Cradles to Crayons, keep the esplanade clear at the Charles River Clean-up, and other important volunteer initiatives in the area.

High school students convene with Chief Justice Melvin S. Hoffman (U.S. Bankruptcy Court) after listing to a mock hearing in bankruptcy court. This session, which teaches students about the consequences of filing for bankruptcy is part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, which began in 2005. Since it began, over 5800 students statewide have been introduced to the importance of budgeting, understanding credit, and financing a large purchase.

Over 1,000 attorneys came together for this year’s Law Day Dinner in Back Bay. Congressman Seth Moulton provided keynote remarks and highlighted the importance of lawyers and upholding the rule of law now more than ever.

This year’s Thurgood Marshall Award, honoring an attorney in private practice in Greater Boston for their extraordinary efforts in enhancing the human dignity of others by providing legal services to Massachusetts’ low income population, went to Elaine Blais (Goodwin). Blais volunteers with both the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) representing both children and adults in various immigration cases.

Anne Mackin (Greater Boston Legal Services) accepts the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award, an award presented to professional legal services attorneys for their outstanding work on behalf of indigent people in the Boston area. Mackin has worked in legal services for nearly 30 years, and joined GBLS’s Immigration Unit in 2013. Since then, she has helped people from all over the world who have witnessed or experienced unspeakable tragedies and faced severe persecutions. Her efforts have ensured that many who are fleeing extreme discrimination and danger are able to seek justice and safe harbor.

Members of the Society of Fellows experience a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts’ summer exhibit, Matisse in the Studio. Each Fellows pledge supports the work of the Boston Bar Foundation’s many public service initiatives. The growing number of Fellows, now over 400, learn about the work their gifts support, including programs supporting Boston’s youth and grants to legal services organizations, at events throughout the year.

Boston Public High School students stand with Natashia Tidwell (center left, Collora) and Mark Smith (center right, BBA President, Laredo & Smith) on the morning of the first day of work with the Summer Jobs Program. The program, a partnership with the City of Boston and the Boston Private Industry Council, employs students in internships at legal offices across the city. In 2017, 52 students gained valuable office experience and were given insight into the legal profession.

Attorneys network surrounding the chocolate fountain, a staple at this year’s Boston Bar Foundation Summer Fundraiser. Guests at the event are treated to delicious dishes from area restaurants while learning about the public service programs their contribution supports.

The Public Interest Leadership Program’s class of 2016-2017 hosted their symposium, Constitutional Battlegrounds: Civil Rights in a Changing Landscape, earlier this year. The event’s speakers addressed a number of issues recently in the national spotlight, both in the media and the courts. Nearly 100 attorneys and interested members of the community packed the BBA to hear insights from the panels of experts.

This fall, the 14th Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) started their term. Twenty attorneys were selected for the program based on their experience and dedication to public service and civic engagement. The program now includes nearly 200 alumni who’ve gone on to serve the BBA in other capacities and carry their passion for serving the public interest into the community.

Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, addressed the audience at the BBA’s Annual Meeting. Kerman, a former prisoner, discussed her work bringing prison issues to the forefront of national conversation. She also acknowledged the BBA’s report No Time to Wait: Recommendations for a Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System, which was released this fall. The report commends the reforms proposed earlier this year by Massachusetts leaders based on research by the Council of State Governments (CSG), but strongly urges lawmakers to enact broader reforms designed to further reduce recidivism, and make the criminal justice system fairer and more cost-efficient.

Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) staff attend the Massachusetts Conference for Women to introduce the public to the services it offers. Thousands of requests come through each year and referrals are made out to experienced attorneys practicing nearly 350 areas of law. The LRS also houses a dedicated Military Legal Help Line, which connects veterans, military personnel, and their families with lawyers and other legal resources appropriate to their needs.

The three award recipients at November’s Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion stand with members of the Beacon Award Selection Committee. Brent Henry received the Voice of Change Award for his work recruiting and retaining diverse legal talent while at Partners Healthcare. The Empowerment Award went to Iván Espinoza-Madrigal for his work on civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrant rights, and LGBT/HIV equality, as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. Susan Alexander accepted the Corporate Champion Award on behalf of Biogen. Biogen’s legal department has developed a system of diversity metrics which the legal team uses when choosing outside counsel.
Above, left to right: Brent Henry (Mintz Levin), Iván Espinoza-Madrigal (Lawyers’ Committee), Susan Alexander (Biogen), Sarah Kim (Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts), Kate Cook (Sugarman Rogers), Stephen Hall (Holland & Knight), and Damon Hart (Liberty Mutual).

Hosted at Suffolk University Law School, the annual Pro Bono Recruitment Fair and Open House connects law students and attorneys to volunteer opportunities across the state. Over 25 organizations recruited at the fair this year.

BBA President Mark Smith (right) met with Principal Danladi Bobbitt of the John D. Philbrick Elementary School in Roslindale. As a participant in the Principal Partners event, hosted by Boston Public Schools, Boston Plan for Excellence, and Bank of America, the BBA President has the opportunity to visit a school and engage in meaningful conversations about the role of education in our society.

Thank You to Our Law Day in the Schools Volunteers

 

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
Kabrina Chang
Smriti Choudhury
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.
Peter McElhinney
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.

Thank You to Our Law Day in the Schools Sponsors

Today begins the first day of our annual Law Day in the Schools Program and we’re so thankful for all the volunteers that make this program possible. Attorneys are visiting Boston Public Schools across the city to teach students about due process and the importance of having fair rules for all. We’d like to thank all of the BBA’s Sponsor Organizations that have pledged volunteers for this program.

Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Barclay Damon, LLP
Beck Reed Riden LLP
Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)
Burns & Levinson LLP
Collora LLP
Committee for Public Counsel Services – Children and Family Law Division
Committee for Public Counsel Services – Roxbury
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
Dell EMC
Goulston & Storrs PC
Holland & Knight LLP
Jones Day
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Verrill Dana LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
If you’re interested in volunteering, there are still open spots for 2017. Please sign up here.

Do You Know a BPS Teacher Interested in Law Day in the Schools?

The BBA’s Law Day in the Schools program is now signing up classrooms for the spring. From April 26th through June 2nd, attorneys will head out across the city to teach Boston public school students about due process. Do you know a Boston public school teacher who may be interested in participating? The program is open to students kindergarten through 12th grade.

If you know a teacher interested in participating or would like to get your child’s school involved, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

Anthony Scibelli and Carolyn Marcotte (Barclay Damon LLP) volunteered in 2016 with a 5th grade classroom at Josiah Quincy Upper School.

A Year in Photos – Public Service in 2016

From teaching over 1,500 students their Miranda Rights to instituting a Bar Exam Coaching Program, 2016 was a successful year at the BBA. For highlights and our favorite photos from the year, read on to see how you and your colleagues contributed to our public services initiatives in 2016.

Over 1,000 guests attended the 2016 John and Abigail Adams Benefit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Each year, our premier fundraiser provides support for the legal services organizations in our community. We're grateful for the over $600,000 raised in 2016.

Over 1,000 guests attended the 2016 John and Abigail Adams Benefit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Each year, our premier fundraiser provides support for the legal services organizations in our community. We’re grateful for the over $600,000 raised in 2016.

Molly Baldwin, Executive Director of Roca, accepts the 2016 Public Service Award on behalf of the organization. Roca was recognized for their work reducing recidivism and improving employment rates for young men in Massachusetts.

Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, addresses the crowd at Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. Each year, hundreds of private attorneys and civil legal aid advocates converge on the Massachusetts State House to demonstrate their support for state funding of civil legal aid.

Anuj Kheterpal, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, leads a session of the Reentry Education Program at the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Presenting on topics ranging from family law, affordable housing, and CORI sealing, the Reentry Education Program provides useful information and resources to probationers in our community.

The BBA’s Military and Veterans Committee works throughout the year to both address the legal needs of our veterans community and also provide a space for attorneys who have served or are serving in the military the chance to connect. Luncheons held throughout the year provide an informal, conversational means for veteran attorneys to connect.

One of the most anticipated events of the year is always the BBA’s Casino Night for Summer Jobs. Inside the BBA, the rooms are transformed into a functioning casino spaces for guests to enjoy throughout the building. All proceeds from the event support our Summer Jobs program. Specifically, donations allow high school students the opportunity to work at legal services organizations, courts, and government agencies that may not otherwise have the resources to hire a student.

For over ten years, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy program has taught high school students financial responsibility. Above, students from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School visit Judge Joan N. Feeney’s courtroom to learn the consequences of filing for bankruptcy.

Members of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows gaze at an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts last spring. The Society of Fellows is a group of over 400 attorneys who’ve pledged their support for the BBA’s public service initiatives.

An active group within the BBA, the New Lawyers Public Service Committee plans nearly monthly volunteer events for attorneys to give back to their community through direct service. Here, BBA volunteers are working with the Charles River Watershed Association to clean-up the banks of the Charles River.

As part of the annual Law Day activities each spring, the BBA hosts its Law Day in the Schools program through which attorney volunteers introduce students in kindergarten to 12th grade to the legal profession and legal issues. In 2016, Law Day in the Schools focused on Miranda Rights, which seemed especially to resonate with students during a year marked by discussion of the balance of power between law enforcement and citizens.

At the 2016 Law Day Dinner, former BBA President Jack Regan, WilmerHale, was presented the Thurgood Marshall Award for his commitment to public service. Regan has tirelessly worked to support pro bono services for military personnel, veterans, and their families.

The John G. Brooks Legal Services Award was presented at Law Day Dinner to Daniel Nagin, founder of the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Nagin also helped start the Low Income Tax Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

Pairings: A Gourmet Evening for Public Service supports all of the public service programs of the BBA. Guests of the event are treated to delicious dishes from area restaurants while learning about the programs their contribution supports.

Throughout the year, the BBA hosts numerous pro bono trainings on a range of practice areas. We partner with many legal services organizations to connect our members to their pro bono opportunities. Above, attorneys lead a training on how to volunteer for the Family Law Court Clinic at the Court Service Center.

Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge addresses the audience at the BBA’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Program. The symposium focused on restorative justice initiatives in the Commonwealth as particularly related to the state’s youth. This event was the culmination of the 12th Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) class’ 14-month program. PILP promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership roles of new lawyers. Throughout the program, the class examines various issues facing our community and concludes with a symposium of entirely their design.

Summer is a beloved time at the BBA because it means that law firms, courts, government agencies, and legal services organizations across the city will host high school student interns as part of our Summer Jobs Program. Students gain valuable insight into the legal profession and office work experience as they intern during their summer break. Students are also provided Enrichment Seminars, which enhance their experience and provide exposure to various legal careers, the workings of the Supreme Judicial Court, and more.

Janet Bostwick, Janet E. Bostwick, PC, was acknowledged this past year for her devotion to the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. Bostwick was appointed head of the Financial Literacy Committee by her dear and late friend, M. Ellen Carpenter in 2004 and has since grown the program to teach over 500 students a year. Bostwick stepped down from the Committee after 12 years and we’re thankful for her service.

Law students and attorneys met with various legal services organizations and government agencies as they browsed the Pro Bono Fair & Open House in October. The event draws scores of people each year and provides organizations the chance to attract new volunteers.

BBA President Carol Starkey, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, meets with Katy Buckland, principal of UP Academy Boston. The BBA President participates in Principal for a Day each year to gain insight into the day-to-day activities of the students many of our public service programs impact.

 

Thank you for a wonderful year, we can’t wait to kickoff 2017 with you!