Posts Categorized: Lawyer for the Day

LAR Series Continues With Housing Court Training

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BBA member Christopher Saccardi and First Justice of the Boston Housing Court Hon. Jeffrey Winik go way back. They go back to Saccardi’s days in law school, volunteering at the Lawyer for a Day program in Boston Housing Court.

Through that program, Saccardi took on his first Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) cases. He helped clients through a specific piece of their case, such as an individual motion or filing.

“LAR is a wonderful training ground for new lawyers who want courtroom experience,” Saccardi told attendees at a recent training on representing litigants in Housing Court.

Not only is LAR beneficial to new attorneys looking for experience, it can be a vital service to litigants who can’t afford legal representation. The vast majority of people who come before Judge Winik are unrepresented, he said. This is a huge disadvantage to the litigant, who may not have the knowledge to represent their own interest effectively. It also ties up the court system, as an attorney helps to move a case more efficiently forward.
During the training, the two panelists explained how to become certified online to practice LAR. They also gave tips on common obstacles in LAR cases, including how to facilitate communication with non-native English speakers, to drafting clear, specific fee agreements.

“The bedrock of LAR is informed consent,” Judge Winik said. “You, the lawyer, must understand what you have agreed to do, and most importantly, the client must understand what you’ve agreed to do – or not to do.”

Of the importance of LAR in his court, Judge Winik said, “It is always better to have a litigant represented than not.”

Don’t miss the rest of the LAR Practical Skills series. Sign up for one of the upcoming sessions on how to use LAR in particular courts:

LAR Practical Skills: Probate & Family Court
March 22nd 12-1:30 pm

LAR Practical Skills: Boston Municipal Court & District Court
April 28th 12-1:30 pm

LAR Practical Skills: Land Court
May 24th 12-1:30 pm

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

Attorneys teach Boston public school students about a law-related topic every year through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

Attorneys teach Boston public school students about a law-related topic every year through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program. From April 27th through June 3rd, attorneys will head out across the city to teach Boston public school students about Miranda Rights. Do you know a Boston public school teacher who may be interested in participating? The program is open to students kindergarten through 12th grade.

Please contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] if you know a teacher who may be interested in getting his or her students involved.

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

VLP Announces August and September Honor Roll

Volunteers serve as the backbone of programs like Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court.

Volunteers serve as the backbone of programs like Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation during August and September.

Alvaro Aguirre
Sam Ames
Thomas Beauvais
Mark N. Berman
Sarah Boonin
Robert Burdick
Taurean Cox
Katherine Crossman
Jose F. Demedeiros
Vikas Dhar
Jennifer DiCarlo
Mary Donahue
Meredith Douglas
James T. Downes
Sultan Durzi
Magdalena Ellis
Gavin Fishman
Andres Garron
James George
Michael Giarrusso
Richard Gruenberger
Sharon Jones
Veronica Kane
Tyler R. Keyser
Steven Kornstein
Laura Lerner
Renee Mahoney
Joseph Molina Flynn
Evelyn Venables Moreno
Madelyn Morris
Joanne Moses
Pavan Nagavelli
Kate E. Nicholson
Nathalie O’Callaghan
Kenneth Reisman
Jonathon Roth
Ryan Sakoda
Cara Sgobba
Cody Thornton
Margaret S. Travers
Jeffri Uber
William Valletta
Jessica Wilson

State Rep. Chris Walsh Visits Housing Court

State Rep. Chris Walsh visited the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program this morning and met with the BBA's partners for the program, including Joanna Allison for the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

State Rep. Chris Walsh visited the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program this morning and met with the BBA’s partners for the program, including Joanna Allison from the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Standing outside Courtroom 15 at Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, State Rep. Chris Walsh said he is concerned about his constituents in Framingham who may be embroiled in a legal dispute between landlord and tenant, but can’t afford an attorney.

Rep. Walsh stopped by the BBA’s Lawyer for the Day Program on September 17 to learn more about the volunteer attorneys who represent such clients. Every Wednesday and Thursday and one Monday a month, law students and lawyers give their time to clients with a case in Housing Court and no legal representation.

“I am very interested in the access to justice issue,” Rep. Walsh said after he sat in the courtroom and listened to the beginning of the day’s proceedings. “I think that housing issues are complex. Housing Court addresses those issues quickly and with an evenhanded approach.”

Rep. Walsh went on to say that he “looked forward to bringing the issue back to the Statehouse” in hopes of expanding access to Housing Court to the residents of the Commonwealth who don’t have it. He estimated that encompassed about 1/3 of the population of Massachusetts.

Through a partnership between the BBA, the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, Greater Boston Legal Services, WilmerHale Legal Services Center and Boston Housing Court, the program gives attorneys and law students the chance to complete pro bono work with a steady stream of clients.

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 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.

“For lawyers who are not litigators, Housing Court represents an opportunity to do pro bono work without having to stand up in front of a courtroom, which can be intimidating,” Rob Skinner, a partner at Ropes & Gray said.

He and Amy Roy, counsel in the securities litigation group at the firm, began volunteering with the Lawyer for the Day program because of the buzz the program generated among their colleagues.

“It’s really nice to know that you can help. We know that without us, they’re going to go without representation,” she said.

VLP Announces May, June, and July Honor Roll

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 during May, June, and July.

Sam Ames
Nick Armingon
Kathryn Barry
Ann T. Baum
Thomas Beauvais
Nicholas Bentley
Neil J. Berman
Arlene Bernstein
Stephanie Biggs
Peter Bilowz
Nicole Bluefort
William Brisk
Josh Browing
Angelina Bruce-Flounory
Janet Brussard
Edward Burns
Jerald D. Burwick
Julie Butner
Danielle Callahan
Lisa Callahan
Miryam Cissero
Derek Constantine
Benjamin Cox
Patrick J. Daly
Vikas Dhar
Brenda S. Diana
Michael Diener
Angela DiIenno
Eleanora DiLorenzo
Audrey Donovan
James T. Downes
Nicholas Drew
Andrew S. Dulberg
Sultan Durzi
Shari Dwoskin
Pauline Edmonds
Dahlia S. Fetouh
Julie A. Franklin
Donald N. Freedman
Robert Friedman
Daria Frost
Tammie C. Garner
Andres Garron
Lindsey Getz
Sheila Giglio
Philip R. Gindi
David Goldman
Steven Greenzang
Celia J. Harrison
Dylan Hayre
Karen Hoffman
Alana B. Holly
Natalie Hoppel
Joseph M. Horne
Susan Howards
Jonas Jacobson
Sharon Jones
Edward J. Joyce
Veronica Kane
Alexis Kaplan
Matthew Karambelas
Steven Kornstein
Kathryn Kosinski
Gazion Kotoni
Ryan Krupp
Michael Leuesaul
Patrick Long
Corrine Lusic
Michael MacDonald
Elizabeth March
Cynthia Martin
Evelyn Venables Moreno
Gregory Morin
Joanne Moses
Patrick G.H. Mott
Justin Murphy
Sarah Murphy-Holroyd
Yavor Nechev
Katherine Newman
Donald R. O’Clair
Judy O’Neil
Walter Oney
Allison Orpilla
Darius Pakrooh
William Patton
Lee M. Peterson
Nicholas Planty
Stephen Provazza
Lucinda Rivera
Mark C. Rossi
Rebecca Royer
Alexandra Rueckle Reynolds
Cynthia Runge
Eric Rutt
Lou D. Saban
Jenna Scinicarello
Peter Shapland
Tamara Shepard
Julie Callahan Shields
Jason P. Sinclair
Julianna Smith
Danielle M. Spang
Kerry Spindler
Marybeth H. Stramaglia
Sharon L.Toffler
Jeffri John Uber
IrinaVaglica
William Valletta
Ignacio Walker
Adrienne Walker
Kathy Ward
Neil Warrenbrand
Donald Whitmore
Betsy Whittey
Allyson Wilkinson
Lawrence Wind
Ruthanne Withers
Charles M. Wyzanski
Kevin Michael Yurkerwich
Ajay Zutshi

A Student Perspective: Visiting Boston Housing Court

The BBA interns headed to Housing Court last week to see the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in action.

The BBA interns headed to Housing Court last week to see the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in action.

Guest Post: Elijah Oyenuga is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. He recently graduated from Another Course to College in Brighton and will be attending Lesley University next year.

Imaging the chaos of Boston Housing Court was one thing, but viewing it was a whole different experience. My fellow interns and I paid a visit to the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse last week. We didn’t exactly get a standard tour, but we were able to see what Housing Court is really like for the people involved. There were lots of people crowding around the volunteers participating in the Lawyer for the Day Program, carts filled with filed paperwork and people waiting adamantly for roll call to begin. I have to say that it wasn’t what I expected. The day began with people crowding into the courtroom, squishing themselves in seats or standing against the wall as the court officer ordered everyone to stay clear of the doors.

I believed that we were going to be here for hours as they went through each individual case. Instead, each case went rapidly as they called for the tenant and the landlord and for a lot of the cases; one or both parties were not present. But for those who were, they were asked whether they were willing to go to mediation or go to trial and most chose mediation over trial. In all honesty, it was a tedious process; we probably went through forty different cases, so to say the least, I was glad when we finally transitioned to trial.

The Housing Court trials were a great learning experience and they really opened my eyes to the importance of representation. There was a specific case in which one of the parties, the tenant, was pro se and the landlord was represented by a lawyer. There was a significant difference in the way they were able to articulate themselves. The lawyer, who was more articulate, had too much of an advantage over a woman who clearly spoke English as a second language. In addition to that, she had gotten some awful advice from a lawyer stating that if there was construction being done in the apartment, she wouldn’t have to move out if she missed a payment. I could clearly see the difference between having a lawyer standing up for you and not having one. There were other trials that were very engaging and I am very thankful to the BBA for giving me the opportunity to visit the court.

VLP Announces March and April Honor Roll

VLP relies on dedicated volunteers, such as the attorneys who volunteer at the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program, to carry out its program.

VLP relies on dedicated volunteers, such as the attorneys who volunteer at the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program, to carry out its programs.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation during March and April.

Scott Adams
Sam Ames
Michael  Avitzur
David Bean
Thomas Beauvais
Mark N. Berman
Arlene L. Bernstein
Stephanie Biggs
Sarah Boonin
Edward Burns
Jerald D. Burwick
Lisa Callahan
Christopher  M. Candon
Philip Chan
Michael R. Croteau
Michael Diener
Christine Dieter
Audrey Donovan
Sean Doran
James T. Downes
Nicholas Drew
Dahlia S. Fetouh
Jennifer Fournier
Brendan Furey
R. Andrew Garron
Genevie Gold
David Goldman
Steven Greenzang
Celia Harnson
Celia J. Harrison
Meredith Havard
Karen Hoffman
Alana B. Holly
Susan Howards
Scott Hubbell
Sharon  Jones
Veronica Kane
Panagiotis Konstantilakis
Katie Kosinski
Ryan Krupp
Brian B. Kydd
Michael Lavesque
Laura Lerner
Michael  Levesque
Patrick Long
Corrine Lusic
Michael MacDonald
Paula Mangum
Stephen  Mooney
Joanne Moses
Justin Murphy
Sarah Murphy-Holroyd
Emily Nelson
Katherine Newman
Erik Nordahl
Lynn Norton
Judy O’Neil
Walter Oney
Allison Orpilla
William Patton
Nicholas Planty
Steven D. Pohl
Stephen Provazza
Anita W. Robboy
Victoria C. Rothbaum
Lou D. Saban
Jenna Scinicarello
Lisa Sears
Leah Segal
Peter Shapland
Matthew Shea
Michelle Sideris
Jason P. Sinclair
Anna O. Slyuzberg
Elizabeth Julia Smith
Danielle M. Spang
Kerry Spindler
Emily Unger
Irina Vaglica
Valletta Vaglica
William Valletta
Evelyn Venables
Donald Whitmore
Betsy Whittey
Lawrence  Wind
Ajay Zutshi

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.