Posts Categorized: Public Interest Leadership Program

Inaugural Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast a Great Success!

Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) spoke about the impact of the Boston Bar Foundation's support for the BBA Summer Jobs Program at this morning's Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast.

Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) spoke about the impact of the Boston Bar Foundation’s support for the BBA Summer Jobs Program at this morning’s Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast.

This morning, the Boston Bar Foundation held its inaugural Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. 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.

Nearly 75 members of the Society of Fellows joined 20 representatives from legal services organizations receiving BBF grants in the coming year to mingle and discuss the essential funding provided by the Society of Fellows program.

BBF President Lisa Goodheart expressed her gratitude for the commitment of the Fellows and introduced speaker Teresa Alleyne, Senior Career Specialist at the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). In her role at the PIC, Teresa counsels high school students on professionalism and connects them with paid summer internships. She has worked closely with the BBA on one of its public service initiatives, the Summer Jobs Program.

The Boston Bar Foundation funds all of the pro bono and public service initiatives of the BBA, including the administrative coordination for all 65 jobs in the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program as well as the complete funding for 15 nonprofit and public sector positions for teens.

Teresa shared with the Fellows the positive impact of the program on the diverse group of young people she supports.

“You are at this breakfast because of your generosity and dedication to expanding access to justice and improving our community,” Teresa said. “You provide such invaluable training, and it means so very much in their life. They learn way more than you can possibly imagine.”

As Senior Career Specialist, she teaches young people about how to find success in a professional setting.

“But from my office, it is mostly theory,” she remarked. “It is because of the generosity of the Boston Bar Foundation that Boston public school students – my students – get a chance to put their skills to the test.”

She contrasted the decreasing availability of jobs for young people with the BBF’s increasing support of the Summer Jobs Program.

“I appreciate the BBA and BBF stepping up and providing increasing opportunity for young people over the years,” she emphasized, “When as a nation, the only thing increasing for young people was unemployment.”

Teresa’s poignant and lively remarks about just one of many, many programs the BBF is able to support with the help of the Society of Fellows were truly inspiring.

Fellows are invited to social and networking events throughout the year and recognized in BBF publications, on the BBF website and at BBF fundraising events. To learn more about joining Boston’s leading attorneys in the Society of Fellows, click here or contact Tara Trask at [email protected] or (617) 778-1984.

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PILP Hears from CPCS and FAMM

Lisa Hewitt, the General Counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and Barbara Dougan, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), spoke with PILP 12 about sentencing reform and mandatory minimum reform initiatives in Massachusetts.

Lisa Hewitt, the General Counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and Barbara Dougan, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), spoke with PILP 12 about sentencing reform and mandatory minimum reform initiatives in Massachusetts.

Last week, Lisa Hewitt, the General Counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and Barbara Dougan, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), led a roundtable discussion with the PILP 12 class about current sentencing reform and mandatory minimum reform initiatives in the Commonwealth.

After an informative and energetic discussion, Beyond the Billable checked in with members of PILP 12 to get their perspective on the talk:

Dunn_Chelsea“It was extremely surprising to learn how Massachusetts compares to the rest of the nation—for a state considered so liberal, our sentencing laws are quite punitive.  Lisa and Barbara’s discussion was an inspiration to educate my colleagues and peers and to reach out to legislators in support of eliminating mandatory minimums and eradicating the three strikes law.”– Chelsea Dunn, CPCS | Children and Family Law Division

 

 

Homer_Michael“Lisa Hewitt met with the PILP group to discuss the evolution of sentencing policies at the state and federal level, and the current need for sentencing reform, particularly for non-violent drug offenders.  As CPCS’s primary liaison to the state legislature, Lisa was able to provide unique insight into her agency’s efforts to advance sentencing reform here in Massachusetts.”– Mike Homer, Ropes & Gray LLP

 

 

Hartnagel_David“The speakers noted the trickle-down effect on defendants who receive mandatory minimum sentences, and what services and treatment might be available to them in jail or prison. This is notable because many people don’t appreciate that these punishments encompass much more than simply the length of time that an individual may serve and help perpetuate a cycle where such criminal defendants find it much more difficult to rehabilitate into productive members of society.”– David Hartnagel, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

PILP 12 explores pathways to end domestic violence

During a recent meeting, PILP 12 learned about changes to legislation pertaining to domestic violence from Jennifer Bolton, the Senior Manager Prevention & Education at DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), Inc., and Sarah Ellis, Deputy General Counsel of the District Court.

During a recent meeting, PILP 12 learned about changes to legislation pertaining to domestic violence from Jennifer Bolton (DOVE, Inc.,) and Sarah Ellis (Administrative Office of the District Court)

As our Beyond the Billable readers know, the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) not only brings the best and brightest young attorneys together for leadership training and public service initiatives, it hosts Boston legal and community leaders as guest speakers. Each year, PILPers reach out to leaders based on the class’s topics of interest. Past topics included: running for local politics, the state of legal services, and how to serve on a charitable board.

The 2015-2016 PILP class, fondly known as PILP 12, kicked off its year of guest speakers in August. At its meetings, PILP 12 learned about changes to legislation pertaining to domestic violence from Jennifer Bolton, the Senior Manager Prevention & Education at DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), Inc., and Sarah Ellis, Deputy General Counsel of the District Court.

Beyond the Billable caught up with two PILPers to hear about the meetings:

“Jennifer Bolton, DOVE Inc.’s Senior Manager of Outreach and Education met with PILP to discuss the cycle of domestic and how trauma impacts survivors abilities to navigate systems including the Court. Jen’s insights were invaluable to the group and provided an understanding of  the various obstacles survivors of domestic violence face in achieving safety.”

  • Jessica Katz, DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), Inc.

“Sarah Ellis, Deputy General Counsel of the District Court, met with the PILP group to discuss the current status of the law concerning domestic violence in Massachusetts. Sarah provided an accessible and interesting overview to how the courts, District Attorney’s offices, and police departments are attempting to battle domestic violence in an increasingly holistic manner while weighing the needs of victims and the rights of defendants.”

  • Betsy Barrett, Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court

Stay tuned for more on this year’s PILP speakers.

Thank You to This Year’s PILP Speakers

PILP Dinner Group Photo

PILP 11 wrapped up its program year with a dinner at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.

This week, the BBA’s PILP 11 class held its final meeting. This group of 16 exemplified the mission of the Public Interest Leadership Program: to promote civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession, and the Commonwealth. To do so, PILP 11 invited leaders from the legal community and beyond to discuss current legal needs and trends, leadership fundamentals, and how to be involved within the community.

The PILP 11 class and Beyond the Billable would like to thank all of the guest speakers for their time, support, and insight. Our slate of amazing speakers included:

  • Leadership and management consultant Glenn Mangurian
  • Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston Eugene L. O’Flaherty
  • BBA Reentry Education Standing Committee members
    • Eric Haskell, Middlesex District Attorney’s Office
    • Brendan St. Amant, Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP
  • District Court
    • Mark Wolf
    • Denise Casper
    • Leo Sorokin
  • Jeffrey Rudman, WilmerHale and Boston Public Library Trustee
  • Richard Page, Executive Director, BBA and BBF
  • Local Politicians
    • Barry Finegold, former State Senator for Second Essex and Middlesex District, Massachusetts;
    • John Connolly, Boston mayoral candidate in 2014 and founder of the non-profit 1647; and
    • Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large
  • Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo
  • Caroline Robinson, Director, MassLegalHelp
  • Lonnie Powers, Executive Director, MLAC
  • Mentors
    • Lisa Tittemore, Partner, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
    • Joel Buenaventura, Deputy General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    • Jack Regan, Partner, WilmerHale and Past BBA President

As you can see, PILP 11 had quite the year. Stay tuned for news on the new PILP 12 class!

Celebrating a New PILP Chapter

PILP Class 2015-2016

PILP Class 12

As our beyond the Billable readers know, the BBA recently announced the class for our twelfth iteration of the Public Interest Leadership Program. The BBA is pleased to welcome 16 attorneys into our Public Interest Leadership community!

On Tuesday, the new PILP class, a.k.a. PILP 12, held its first meeting at the BBA and discussed plans and goals for the upcoming year. Afterwards, PILP 12 met and mingled with the outgoing PILP 11 class and celebrated the achievements of the current class. For those of you needing a refresher ,the PILP 11 class spent the past year partnering with the BBA Reentry Education Program to deliver civil legal education workshops to probationer’s ages 18-24 participating the CHOICE program at the Boston Municipal Court in Roxbury.  Take a look below for more images from the evening:

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PILP alums discussed the program

 

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PILP 12 gets to know each other

 

To learn more about PILP, contact Galen Byrne at [email protected].

“There’s More Beyond the Billable Hour”: PILP Meets with Chief Justice Ronquillo

Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo

Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo talks judicial responsibility with PILPers.

The PILP class welcomed Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) to its meeting last week. There’s no doubt about it, Chief Justice Ronquillo is incredibly impressive. Appointed in January 2014, Chief Justice Ronquillo oversees the eight divisions of the BMC, 30 judges, and over 500 employees. The BMC houses a variety of specialty courts, including four drug courts, three mental health courts, Veterans’ treatment court, and homeless court.

Chief Justice Ronquillo earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice at the University of Texas at El Paso and moved to Boston to attend New England School of Law | Boston. After graduating from NESL, Chief Justice Ronquillo served as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County and then ran his own law firm. In 2001, he was appointed to the bench, and in 2007, Chief Justice Ronquillo was named First Justice.

The PILPers used this meeting to ask questions ranging from how Chief Justice Ronquillo balances his judicial and administrative responsibilities to what the Chief’s sentencing philosophy is and everything in between. Throughout his Q&A and stories, Chief Justice Ronquillo emphasized the important role of specialty courts within the BMC. He believes that the specialty courts show a change in how we approach the legal process. Within the specialty courts, there is a particular focus on how to serve and support a community with stability, encouragement, and respect.

After meeting with Chief Justice Ronquillo, Elianna Nuzum, PILP class member and Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, said:

“Chief Justice Ronquillo was particularly inspiring when he spoke about the individuals whose lives were changed, and put back on track, after addressing their challenges — and their criminal cases — through the specialty courts such as homeless court, drug court, and veterans’ court.  He pressed the importance of respect for each individual, and coming up with creative ways to help get people out of situations that are likely to cause recidivism.”

 Chief Justice Ronquillo concluded the meeting by reminding the PILPers that lawyers have a tremendous responsibility to their clients, that clients deserve your respect and time, and that “there’s more beyond the billable hour.”

PILP, Local Politics, and Breakfast

John Connolly, Michelle Wu, and Barry Finegold talk politics with PILPers.

John Connolly, Michelle Wu, and Barry Finegold talk politics with PILPers.

 

Last week, the PILP 11 class talked local politics over breakfast with Barry Finegold, former State Senator for Second Essex and Middlesex District, Massachusetts; John Connolly, Boston mayoral candidate in 2014 and founder of the non-profit 1647; and Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large.

Our guest speakers covered a variety of topics and fielded a range of questions from the BBA’s PILP class. Here’s what Barry, John, and Michelle had to say to those interested in public office:

  • Establish roots within your community. Get involved in whatever community activity or initiative that interests you.
  • Get experience – work on a campaign, learn the ins and outs of running a political campaign, and build your network.
  • Contribute to the conversation about your community’s needs. How can you help facilitate the dialogue between legislative work and your neighborhood?
  • Be bold, no one has monopoly on a political role.
  • The strongest campaign foundation is a concise and meaningful message.

Thank you to Barry, John, and Michelle for making time to chat with the PILP 11 class!

PILP 11 Talks Benefits with CHOICE Program

PILPers present an overview of public benefits at the BMC in Roxbury.

PILPers present an overview of public benefits at the BMC in Roxbury.

Last Friday, PILP 11 visited the BMC-Roxbury CHOICE program for this month’s civil legal education workshop. Lizbeth Ginsburg (Greater Boston Legal Services) and Nency Salamoun (The Victim Rights Law Center) provided an overview of public benefits to CHOICE participants, with help from Donna McCormick (GLBS). The presentation featured an overview of the following benefits:

–  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
–  Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC),
–  Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC),
–  MassHealth and Connector Care, and
–  SSI/SSDI

Beyond the Billable caught up with Nency Salamoun after the presentation. Here’s what she had to say about Friday’s session:

“I was impressed with the level of engagement and commitment by every participant in the program. It was amazing to watch a whole community of people surround these participants and help them reclaim their lives.  From the Judge to the probation officer- every person in the courtroom was fully invested.”

Keep a look out for next month’s update on PILP’s family law presentation!

PILP 11 Discusses Affordable Housing with CHOICE probationers

PILP 11 is partnering with the BBA’s Reentry Education Program to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at the Boston Municipal Courthouse in Roxbury.

PILP 11 is partnering with the BBA’s Reentry Education Program to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at the Boston Municipal Courthouse in Roxbury.

While it’s only the middle of March, it has already been a busy month for PILP 11. On Friday, March 6th, Katy Ward (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) and Rory Pheiffer (Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP) led a civil legal education workshop on Affordable Housing for the participants in the BMC-Roxbury CHOICE program.

For our readers who may need a refresher, the current PILP class created a series of civil legal education modules on topics such as financial responsibility, public benefits, and affordable housing for state probationers in the BMC-Roxbury CHOICE program. Ward and Pheiffer outlined affordable housing for the attendees, including private and public rental options, shelter information, and the steps to take if facing eviction.

After the presentation, Beyond the Billable caught up with Ward about the importance of this topic for the CHOICE participants:

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“As low-income probationers, the CHOICE participants face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to finding affordable housing.  Many want to turn their lives around but that can be hard without a place to live.  Our goal was to lay out the best strategies and resources for this specific age group and population, and we hope the CHOICE participants walked away with a road map for how to best secure affordable housing and the best practices for when they do finally become a tenant.”

Pheiffer elaborated by noting:

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“Judge Dashiell was in attendance and took a vested interest in the presentation.  For the benefit of the probationers in attendance, she asked us questions about how probationers should handle CORI requests when applying for housing.  It was clear that she understood many of the difficulties probationers face when applying for housing, and wanted to make sure those in attendance left with a good level of understanding of ways to address these difficulties. ”

The PILP 11 class is scheduled to present to the CHOICE program on public benefits in April…Stay tuned!

PILP 11 Supports BMC – Roxbury CHOICE Program

PILP 11 is partnering with the BBA’s Reentry Education Program to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at the Boston Municipal Courthouse in Roxbury.

PILP 11 is partnering with the BBA’s Reentry Education Program to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at the Boston Municipal Courthouse in Roxbury.

This year, the Boston Bar Association is proud to work with its eleventh Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP 11) class. Throughout the fall, PILP 11 met with members of the legal community to learn about the legal needs in Boston and how they could make a difference. After several meetings, PILP 11 decided to partner with the BBA Reentry Education Program, in which volunteer attorneys deliver civil legal education workshops to federal probationers in the CARE/RESTART Program on issues that they may face upon reentry in an effort to reduce the risk of recidivism. With support from the Reentry Education Committee, PILP 11 adapted the committee’s modules to fit the needs of probationers in state court.

As Beyond the Billable readers may know, the PILP 9 class developed what is now the Reentry Education Program. In an effort to expand the work of previous PILP classes, PILP 11 will give monthly presentations to participants in the CHOICE program at the Boston Municipal Courthouse in Roxbury. Formed in 2009, the CHOICE program utilizes a court-supervised programmatic approach to help young probationers get their lives on track through a rigorous four-pronged approach:

  1.  intensive probation supervision with an in-court component;
  2. education and tutorial services;
  3. job training and placement; and
  4. mentorship

PILP 11 is honored to do its part to provide education programs on important civil legal education topics like employment rights, driver’s license reinstatement, financial literacy and responsibility, CORI sealing, and affordable housing.

On Friday, February 6, 2015, three PILPers made their way to Roxbury in the cold to discuss Financial Literacy and Responsibility with CHOICE participants. David Lieberman (Day Pitney LLP), Carrie Benedon (Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General), and Jenevieve Maerker (Foley Hoag LLP) covered topics from how to open a bank account to how to manage credit. Attendees asked questions and provided feedback for next month’s program.

After the presentation, Beyond the Billable caught up with PILP 11 presenter David Lieberman (Day Pitney LLP). Here’s what he had to say about presenting to the CHOICE participants:

“Presenting on Financial Literacy for the Roxbury CHOICE program was a great experience.  We spoke with a number of noted experts about the topic to refine our presentation and addressed the CHOICE participants before the court session.  It was a great opportunity to present an important topic in front of a group that I do not get many opportunities to address.  The presentation was well received and I look forward to working with the CHOICE participants and program management going forward.”

Stay tuned for next month’s update when PILP 11 discusses housing rights and affordable housing.

Questions about PILP? Please contact Galen Byrne, Member Relationship Coordinator, at [email protected].