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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.

Financial Literacy Fan Mail

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Look what our partners near Springfield just received in the mail!

The Hampden and Hampshire County Bar Associations shared a few thank you notes they received from students who participated in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program this fall. Under the leadership of Financial Literacy Co-Chairs Elizabeth Katz (Rescia & Katz, LLP) and John Davis (Cooley Shrair) and Judge Henry Boroff, volunteers teach roughly 100 students at Holyoke, Easthampton, and Northampton High Schools how to make sound financial decisions through the program every year.

We want to pass on some thanks of our own! Thank you to the following volunteers for donating their time to the program:

Co-Chairs:
John Davis, Cooley Shrair
Elizabeth Katz, Rescia & Katz, LLP

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge:
Hon. Henry Boroff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Volunteer Teachers:
Karen Adamski, O’Brien & Adamski
Jennifer Butler, Weiner Law Firm, PC
Henry Geberth Jr., Hendel & Collins, PC
Nicholas Grimaldi, Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg, LLP
Lisa Halbert, Bacon Wilson, PC
Michael Katz, Bacon Wilson, PC
Eric Kornblum
Peter Lane
Joseph Lange, Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP
Karen Murphy, Pioneer Valley Legal Associates, LLP
Andrea O’Connor, Hendel & Collins, PC
Kara Rescia, Rescia & Katz, LLP
Denise Shear, Ostrander Law Office
Spencer Stone, Bacon Wilson PC
Christina Turgeon
Mikal Weiss, Burrows, Weiss Mintz & Lippiello LLP
Thomas Wilson, Dunn & Wilson

The program is administered by the Hampden County Bar Association with the help of Executive Director Noreen Nardi and the Hampshire County Bar Association with the help of Executive Director Rebecca Ryan. Read more about the BBA’s partnerships in Western Massachusetts in an upcoming edition of Beyond the Billable.

Thank You to Our Financial Literacy Classroom Volunteers

Fin Lit Volunteers

Volunteer Jeanette DeMasi and Megan Fein from Liberty Mutual talk students at Boston Latin High School about financing a car.

It’s no surprise that the never-ending snow this winter caused a few hiccups in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program . Nevertheless, our dedicated volunteers braved the elements (and the trains!) to travel to high schools throughout the state to teach students about the importance of making sound financial decisions. We want to extend a special shout out to Liberty Mutual, the Security and Exchange Commission, and Sun Life Financial for adopting classrooms through the program. In this model, the legal offices committed to providing 3-6 volunteers to cover each of the three classroom-based sessions.

Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering this year:

Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
Judy Arnost
Stephanie Babin, Parker & Associates
Joe Baldiga, Mirick O’Connell
Elizabeth Barrett, Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court
Joshua Beiser, Liberty Mutual Group
Scott Bell, Liberty Mutual Group
Christopher Brine, Culik Law P.C.
Danielle Byrdsong, New England Law Boston
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green- NH
Jennifer Cardello, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Fred Chase, Liberty Mutual Group
John Cohan, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Stephen M. Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Tara Colby, Liberty Mutual Group
Michele Collins, MetLife
Christopher Condon, Murphy & King, Professional Corporation
Sean Cronin
Scott Davis, Sun Life Financial
Jeanette Demasi, Liberty Mutual Group
Mark DiOrio, Bulfinch Companies, Inc.
Deborah Dong
Elizabeth Duffy, State Street Corporation
Anne Farina, Sun Life Financial
Megan Fein, Liberty Mutual Group
Kate Foley, Mirick O’Connell
Brendan Furey, American Student Assistance
Lane Goldberg, Goldberg Law
Michelle Greco, Sun Life Financial
Nancy Gregory, BlumShapiro
Joshua Grinspoon, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
William Harrington, Office of the U.S. Trustee
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Rebecca Israel
John Kacoyannakis, Law Offices of John Kacoyannakis
Shiva Karimi, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Geraldine Karonis, U.S. Department of Justice-NH
Elizabeth Kayatta, Arrowood Peters LLP
Justin Kesselman, Supreme Judicial Court
Lindsay Kosan, Supreme Judicial Court
Kimberly Kroha, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Deborah Levine
Charles Liu
Andrew Lizotte, Murphy & King, Professional Corporation
David London
John Loughnane, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Cornelio Lozada
Lauren McCarthy, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Michele McCormick, Liberty Mutual Group
Kathleen McGrath, Liberty Mutual Group
Stephen Meunier
Richard Mikels, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Sarah Montgomery
Peter Moores, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
David Moynihan, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Sean Nehill
Helen O’Rourke, Liberty Mutual Group
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Ian Pinta, Todd & Weld LLP
Steven Pohl, Brown Rudnick LLP
Jaimeson Porter, KJC Law Firm LLC
Ray Ripple
Adam Ruttenberg, Looney & Grossman LLP
Cathy Schmidt, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Mary Sharon, Pro Se Debtors Bankruptcy Clinic
Barry Smith, Liberty Mutual Group
Huu Son
DeBorah Sonnenschein
Danielle Spang, Law Office of Danielle Spang
Michael Sugar
Mark Svalina
Sean To
David Travers, Todd & Weld LLP
Jethro Trenteetun, Liberty Mutual Group
Adrienne Walker, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Jacob Walker, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Natasha Walwyn
Keri Wintle, Murtha Cullina LLP
Jingliang Wu

Please note: this list does not include everyone who offered to help. A number of other individuals stepped up to volunteer as well, but unfortunately due to snow days and changes in the school calendar, their sessions were cancelled. Additionally, the program’s still underway. Students begin heading to the Boston and Worcester Bankruptcy Courts next week to learn about the consequences of making poor financial decisions. Stay tuned for more.

Volunteers Trained for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

 Adrienne Walker (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) and Doug Rosner (Goulston & Storrs PC) prepped the volunteers for their upcoming Financial Literacy sessions at Tuesday's training.

Adrienne Walker (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) and Doug Rosner (Goulston & Storrs PC) prepped the volunteers for their upcoming Financial Literacy sessions at Tuesday’s training.

“Beware of little expenses. A small leak can sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

 A good way to help people get – and stay – on solid financial footing is to teach them the basics before they start making the big purchases in life. On Tuesday night volunteers gathered at 16 Beacon to get the inside scoop on teaching high school students how to make smart financial decisions through this year’s M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

Financial Literacy Committee Co-Chair Doug Rosner (Goulston & Storrs PC) and Veteran Volunteer Adrienne Walker (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) walked volunteers through each of the classroom sessions and gave the group tips on activities to engage the students. This year, volunteers will be heading out to 11 high schools in Eastern Massachusetts to teach on topics including personal finance and budgeting, using credit, and buying a car.

Did you miss the training but still want to get involved? Please contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] for a video of the training session.  Volunteer sessions are filling up at lightning speed. Click here to sign up.

Looking Ahead in Public Service

The Annual Charitable Board Training, which always draws a big crowd, is one of the many public service events coming up in January.

The Annual Charitable Board Service Program, which always draws a big crowd, is one of the many public service events coming up in January.

Happy 2015! If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution, here’s one: commit to getting more involved in the BBA’s public service efforts. Take a look below at upcoming trainings and events:

M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Program Training
Tuesday, January 13th 4:30-6:00 pm

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program may be the perfect fit for you. After completing this training, volunteers go into high schools and educate students about the importance of making smart financial decisions.

Representing Debtors in Debt Collection Suits: Making Creditors Prove Ownership of Debts
Thursday, January 15th 4:00-6:00 pm

If you’re searching for a new pro bono opportunity, look no further! The Volunteer Lawyers Project is seeking volunteers to represent debtors in collection suits. Seasoned debt collection defense practitioners, Thomas Beauvais and Danielle Spang, will discuss their strategies and insights for discovery in debt defense cases.

Learning From City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Board: Environmental Justice Strategies and Collaboration
Friday, January 16th 12:00-1:00 pm

Don’t miss the Environmental Law Public Service Committee’s upcoming brown bag where practitioners Lisa Goodheart and Gene Benson share their perspective on the SJC’s decision in City of Brockton v. EFSB. The program will cover the environmental justice implications of the decision and the role of pro bono representation in environmental justice issues.

Building Your Practice Through Pro Bono
Wednesday, January 21st 4:00-6:00 pm

Learn how other solo and small firm attorneys have successfully incorporated volunteer service into their law practices and share your own successes as well.

4th Annual Charitable Board Service Program (Free)
Thursday, January 22nd 8:00 -11:30 am

Serving on a charitable board is an opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause or mission. You will also gain meaningful experience, broaden your career horizons, and use your skills to serve your community in an area of your interest. This program will address what you need to know in order to be an effective member of a charitable board, as well as how to find the right board for you.

Victim Rights Law Center’s Rape Survivors’ Law Project
Wednesday, January 14th 9:30-11:30 am
Proskauer Rose, One International Place, Boston, MA

Join our friends at the Victim Rights Law Center for a training that will address the realities and dynamics of sexual assault, how to effectively and sensitively work with a victim of sexual assault, and the best practices applicable to our most common pro bono cases. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected].

Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid Meet Up
Thursday, January 29th 10:00-11:00 am

Want to Walk to the Hill? Join the New Lawyers and the Solo & Small Firms Sections for a networking breakfast before walking over to the State House as a group. Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid is one of the largest lobbying events held at the Massachusetts State House. This annual event is critical to obtaining funding for civil legal services. Following “Investing in Justice,” the report of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts, we now know more about the justice gap than ever before.

John & Abigail Adam’s Benefit
Saturday, January 31st 6:30 pm
Museum of Fines Arts, Boston, MA

We couldn’t leave out the premier charity event in the legal field, the John & Abigail Adam’s Benefit. As you may know, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will be used for direct grants to organizations that serve thousands of individuals and families struggling with issues such as homelessness and domestic violence. This year’s event will feature a new twist– Late Night at the Museum — a dessert and dancing event starting at 9:00 p.m. for young lawyers and law students. There will be a variety of live entertainment throughout the museum, an abundance of gourmet food and beverages and beautiful galleries and exhibits to explore.

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.

 

Summer Jobs Students Get Consequences Lesson from Behind the Bench

Judge Feeney showed the BBA Summer Jobs students how the court's computer system worked during their fieldtrip to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Judge Feeney showed the BBA Summer Jobs students how the court’s computer system worked during their fieldtrip to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

This summer, the BBA Summer Jobs students and the Nelson Fellows of the U.S. Federal District Court took yet another field trip to visit Chief Judge Bailey and Judge Feeney’s courtrooms at the Boston Bankruptcy Court. The trip to Bankruptcy Court was the final portion of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, which was folded in to the students’ weekly enrichment seminars.  Through the Financial Literacy program, students were primed on how to budget, use credit wisely, and finance a car, and this final session gave them a glimpse of what happens if they make poor financial decisions from inside the courtroom.

This fieldtrip marked the end of the BBA Summer Jobs weekly enrichment seminar series, which included a mock City Council meeting in Boston City Council chambers, a “speed dating” session where they heard from lawyers of three different backgrounds, a trip to the John Adams Courthouse, and much more.

Take a look below for more images from the fieldtrips:

  The Nelson Fellows participated in the Consequences session with Chief Judge Frank Bailey.

The Nelson Fellows participated in the Consequences session with Chief Judge Frank Bailey.

 The BBA Summer Jobs students visited Judge Joan Feeney's courtroom at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the final session of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

The BBA Summer Jobs students visited Judge Joan Feeney’s courtroom at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the final session of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

 

Not Your Standard Summer Job – Students Get Crash Course on Credit & Budgeting

The BBA’s Summer Jobs Students excitedly answered participated in their first Financial Literacy Program.

Our loyal Beyond the Billable readers are well aware of the plethora of long-term benefits of offering Boston public high school students professional experience. The short-term benefit (and a major plus for the students) is, of course, the opportunity to earn a paycheck. Now that the students have already earned their first summer paycheck, they are beginning to make decisions about how to spend it. Should they buy new clothes, see a movie, or save for their first semester of college? The BBA Summer Jobs Program enrichment seminars are offering the students guidance on educated decisions about their money via the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. So far, the students have learned how to create a budget, the importance of paying yourself first, how interest on credit cards work, and the difference between a debit and credit card. Over the next few weeks, the students will continue to acquire tools through additional sessions on buying a car and learning about the consequences of making poor financial decision at Bankruptcy Court.

Beyond the Billable checked in with two BBF-funded students working at the Volunteer Lawyers Project this summer to hear what they’ve learned so far. Here’s what they had to say:

Liraniz Colon

“I thought the sessions were pretty good because I already have a debit card. I tell myself all of the time now that I shouldn’t go over a certain amount on my debit card because I want to save money. If I know I have enough money in my account, I’ll save my paycheck for something like school. [The volunteers] really taught me to budget.”

Liraniz Colon, a rising senior at John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science

“In [the Using Credit and Credit Cards] seminar, I learned that you have to be really careful with your credit and how you spend your money and what company you choose. You have to choose wisely and you have to make good decisions about what you spend. You have to ask yourself do I need this or not; can I wait or can I not. You have to be very responsible.”

Mackaila Garcia, a rising senior at Charlestown High School

Pairing Public Service with Gourmet Food and Drinks

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Don’t miss out on the Boston Bar Foundation’s newest event, Passport to Pairings, next Thursday! Not only will the event be fun and delicious, but 100% of the proceeds are going to a great cause all of the—BBA public service programs!

It goes without saying (as the BBA’s Public Service Blog) that Beyond the Billable is pretty excited about this event. Here’s a sneak peek at what guests can expect on June 26th:

  • The event will feature gourmet food and beverage pairing stations celebrating the BBF’s partnership with the BBA.
  • Some of the Pairings stations include sushi & Saki, craft beer & gourmet hot dogs, artisanal donuts & specialty coffee, and much more.
  • Each ticket gets you access to deluxe food & beverage stations, beer & wine, live music and our raffle, so don’t miss out on all of the fun!

BBF Events like Passport to Pairings make it possible for the BBA to continue to strengthen and expand our public service efforts, including the Marathon Assistance Project, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program,  the BBA Summer Jobs Program, and the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. Thanks in large part to the support of the BBF (our partner in public service) this year marked a very successful year for the BBA’s programs. The numbers below are all the proof you need:

  • 23 pro bono trainings trained nearly 600 attorneys to take cases ranging from special education appeals to veterans benefits.
  • 64 Boston public high school students were placed in summer internships in local Boston law firms and offices through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.
  • 1,300 Boston public school students learned about the importance of voting through our annual Law Day in Schools program.
  • 18 schools state wide received Financial Literacy Training in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program’s 10th year.
  • 275 calls were fielded from active duty military members and veterans since the BBA began hosting the Veterans helpline in September.
  • Continued to assist individuals and businesses that were affected by the tragic events on Marathon Monday in areas, including employment and tax issues. Since the program began last year, 84 attorneys have helped over 70 individuals and small businesses owners.

Convinced? The event will take place on Thursday, June 26th at 6pm at 16 Beacon Street. Buy your ticket today to the maiden voyage of this event and help us continue to grow our public service programs!

Thank You to Our Financial Literacy Volunteers

The Greater Boston Program wrapped up yesterday with the Consequences module with the help of a number of our dedicated volunteers.

The Greater Boston Program wrapped up yesterday with the Consequences module with the help of a number of our dedicated volunteers.

In its 10th year, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program taught students from 15 Greater Boston schools about the importance of making informed financial decisions. However, none of this would be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Thanks in large part to our dedicated volunteers; the Financial Literacy Program was able to reach more classrooms than ever before! Beyond the Billable would like to acknowledge the 142 attorneys, legal staff, and law students who volunteer their time to teach students how to make sound financial decisions.

You may also remember this post about the Financial Literacy Program, which ran in Western Massachusetts this fall. Are you interested in getting involved? Please watch for opportunities to volunteer for the Financial Literacy Program this summer as part of the enrichment seminars for the BBA’s Summer Jobs students.

Thank you to the following volunteers:

Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
James Alexander
Eriel Anchondo
Susan Anderson, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Honorable Frank Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Joseph Baldiga, Mirick O’Connell – Westborough Office
Andrea Balsamo, Liberty Mutual Group
Sarah Barr
Scott Bell, Liberty Mutual Group
Mark Berman, Nixon Peabody LLP
Susan Bernstein
Amanda Blaskey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Honorable Henry Boroff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Janet Bostwick
Ann Brennan
Christopher Brine, Culik Law P.C.
Jennifer Butler
Andrew Cahill
Jordan Call
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
Joanne Carleton, Liberty Mutual Group
Jennifer Catenacci, Liberty Mutual Group
Pamela Cates, New England Law Boston
Allison Chamberlin, Liberty Mutual Group
Fred Chase, Liberty Mutual Group
Stephen M Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Tara Colby, Liberty Mutual Group
Michele Collins, MetLife
Christopher Condon, Murphy & King, P.C.
Jaime D’Almeida, Duff & Phelps
Jeanne Darcey, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Caryn Daum, Liberty Mutual Group
Scott Davis, Sun Life Financial
Alycia DeAngelis
Joel DeFelice
Patrick Dinardo, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Mark DiOrio, Bulfinch Companies, Inc.
Andy Doherty
Deborah Dong
Adrienne Drew, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Elizabeth Duffy, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Lisa Evangelista, Liberty Mutual Group
Andrew Fagenholz, Liberty Mutual Group
Anne Farina, Sun Life Financial
Honorable Joan Feeney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Megan Felter, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Julianne Fitzpatrick
Eric Forni, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Toni Frain, Liberty Mutual Group
Brendan Furey, American Student Assistance
Jesse Garfinkle, Brown Rudnick LLP
Matthew Gendron, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Sean Gilligan, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Barbara Gilmore, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Lane Goldberg
Sarah Grandfield, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Michelle Greco, Sun Life Financial
Nancy Gregory, BlumShapiro
Juliette Guillemot
Ross Hamlin, Dalton & Finegold, LLP
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
William Harrington, Office of the U.S. Trustee
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Christine Heshion, Liberty Mutual Group
Honorable Melvin Hoffman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Sofia Hussain, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Nicole Jackson, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
John Kacoyannakis, Liberty Mutual Group
Anne Kaczmarek, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Geraldine Karonis, U.S. Department of Justice-NH
Elizabeth Katz, Ostrander Law Office
Michael Katz, Bacon & Wilson, PC
Justin Kesselman, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Jeffrey Kitaeff

Keith Kollmeyer, Jones Day
Kimberly Kroha
Joseph Lange
Donald Lassman
Deborah Levine
Rebecca Levy
Amy Lipman-White
Marques Lipton
Andrew Lizotte, Murphy & King, P.C.
John Loughnane, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Benjamin Loveland, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Cornelio Lozada
Bill Lynch, Liberty Mutual Group
Joyce Mahoney, Liberty Mutual Group
Lauren McCarthy, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Leigh McCloskey
Kristin McDonough, Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Kevin McGee, Seder & Chandler, LLP
Kathleen McGrath, Liberty Mutual Group
Ryan McKenna
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Richard Mikels, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Rose Miller, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
John Morrier, Casner & Edwards, LLP
Maura Murphy, Sun Life Financial
Thomas Murray , Sun Life Financial
Rebecca Neale
Patrick Noone, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Carolyn O’Brien, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Kim O’Connell, Liberty Mutual Group
Catherine O’Donnell, Liberty Mutual Group
Helen O’Rourke, Liberty Mutual Group
Laura Otenti, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Amy Palmer, Sun Life Financial
Steven Pohl, Brown Rudnick LLP
James Pugh, Liberty Mutual Group
Jesse Redlener, Dalton & Finegold, LLP
Erika Reis, Office of the Corporation Counsel City of Boston
Lynne Riley, Casner & Edwards, LLP
Michael Riley, Goulston & Storrs, PC
Alex Rodolakis, Gilman McLaughlin & Hanrahan LLP
Douglas Rosner, Goulston & Storrs, PC
Jonathon Roth, Jones Day
David Rozenson
Adam Ruttenberg, Looney & Grossman LLP
Patricia Saint James, Looney & Grossman LLP
A. Hugh Scott, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Carrie Seligman
Naomi Sevilla, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Mary Sharon, Pro Se Debtors Bankruptcy Clinic
Mackenzie Shea, K&L Gates LLP
Richard Sheils, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP – Worcester Office
DeBorah Sonnenschein
Danielle Spang
Jennifer Spavins
Spencer Stone
Leslie Su
Michael Sugar
Anthony Taylor
Kiersten Taylor, Brown Rudnick LLP
Eric Teasdale, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Lisa Tingue, Office of the U.S. Trustee-Worcester
Macken Toussaint, Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Janice Townsend, Liberty Mutual Group
David Travers,Todd & Weld LLP
Joseph Vlacovsky
Scott Waldman
Jacob Walker, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Adrienne Walker, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Ann Walsh, Liberty Mutual Group
Natasha Walwyn
Karen Wright, Liberty Mutual Group