Posts Categorized: Public Interest Leadership Program

Become Part of the PILP Legacy

Pilp Session PDF

Calling all future leaders!  Beyond the Billable is pleased to announce that the BBA will be accepting applications to its Public Interest Leadership Program through Friday, February 13th for the class beginning in May 2015. In its 12th iteration, PILP is a unique leadership program for new lawyers that promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession and the Commonwealth.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the inside scoop. PILP alums will host an Information Session about the program next week on Thursday, January 22nd at 4 p.m. at the BBA. Hope to see you there!

For more information on PILP and the application process, please check out the PILP webpage or contact Galen Byrne, Member Relationship Coordinator, at [email protected].

PILP 10 Teams Up with the Courts on Court Service Pilot Project

Panelist Tony Doniger outlines the role of the Court Service Center with fellow speakers Judge Dina Fein and Sheriece Perry (right) and moderator Katherine Schulte (left).

Panelist Tony Doniger outlines the role of the Court Service Center with fellow speakers Judge Dina Fein and Sheriece Perry (right) and moderator Katherine Schulte (left).

Each year, the BBA Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) crafts a year-long project to address needs in our community. Last week, attorneys crowded into the BBA’s Adams Room to learn about PILP 10’s project with the new Edward W. Brooke Courthouse Court Service Center (CSC), which opened in June. The Brooke Courthouse CSC is one of two pilot service centers; the other is located in Greenfield, MA. The Trial Court, the Access to Justice Commission, and Rosie’s Place teamed up to make the CSC a reality, and now it’s our job to showcase all that’s happening in Boston and in our Commonwealth.

If you missed the program last week, Beyond the Billable has you covered.  Take a look below for all the details on the program:

Who were the panelists?

  1. Judge Dina Fein – Housing Court, Western Division
  2. Anthony Doniger – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
  3. Sheriece Perry – Manager, Court Service Center

What happens at the CSC?

The CSC provides invaluable resources for visitors to the courthouse. Staff and volunteers help pro se litigants prepare pleadings, court forms and documents, access existing social services, public computers, workstations, and interpreters. While CSC staff and volunteers provide legal information, not legal advice, they meet unaddressed needs among community members.

How many people have visited the CSC?

Since the CSC opened on June 2, 2014, more than 1,530 individuals have visited the CSC for legal information!

How can you get involved?

Attorneys, law students hoping to get acquainted with the Boston legal community, and new lawyers are all welcome to volunteer. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to the Manager of the CSC Sheriece Perry at [email protected].

What’s next?

More Court Service Centers! The impact that the CSC has at the Brooke Courthouse and in Greenfield – both for pro se litigants and court staff – has illustrated their importance for all court visitors. The goal is to open four more service centers within the next year at the busiest courts in the Commonwealth.

The CSC is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more information, please click here.

Gene O’Flaherty Talks Leadership with PILP Class

Gene O’Flaherty, the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, spoke with PILP 11 last week about leadership.

Gene O’Flaherty, the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, spoke with PILP 11 last week about leadership.

Last week, PILP 11 had the privilege to welcome the new Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston Eugene L. O’Flaherty to 16 Beacon Street. Counselor O’Flaherty took time to talk about his career path, professional goals as Corporation Counsel, and career tips.

Counselor O’Flaherty knows a thing or two about being a successful leader. He was appointed to the role of Corporation Counsel by Mayor Martin Walsh in February 2014 after serving 17 years  in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the Second Suffolk District and practicing law for 20 years. He was just 26 years old when he was elected to the House of Representatives, and he was re-elected by his district nine times.

He left the PILP class with a few leadership take-aways:

  1. Take your job seriously, but not necessarily yourself
  2. To succeed, you must be willing to outwork your competition
  3. Be involved in your community

Counselor O’Flaherty ended the meeting by encouraging the PILP class to become involved in our great city.

What is Leadership? PILP 11 Gets Breakdown from Seasoned Pro

Glenn Mangurian spoke with PILP 11 about the key components of leadership.

Glenn Mangurian spoke with PILP 11 about the key components of leadership.

Glenn Mangurian, Chairman of the Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB), recently visited with PILP 11 to discuss what he’s identified as the three main prongs of leadership: collaboration, finding your purpose, and self-awareness. When it comes to leadership, Glenn is a guy who knows what he’s talking about. He is a respected business leader with a 35-year track record in industry and management consulting.  He has worked with Global 500 business executives in North America and Europe on managing large scale change and performance improvement. In addition to his current role as Chairman of the Court Management Advisory Board, he continues to be active in consulting, speaking and coaching to business leaders. Mangurian also teaches leadership at the University of Massachusetts.

After having the opportunity to meet Glenn, Beyond the Billable checked in with the PILPers to hear about their experiences:Kumaraswami, Nita

“Listening to Glenn Mangurian talk is like a Rorschach test.  Each of us had such varied reactions.  It seems this is not at all unintentional.  One of his primary modules, after all, is self-awareness.  Becoming aware that my own responses differed from legitimate responses of my respected peers helped me to learn about them and myself, and ultimately will allow us to work together as a more productive team.”

Nita Kumaraswami, Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Schnedel, Sarah

“I enjoyed the discussions about what leadership traits we admire in others – it caused me to reflect on groups I have been in that have failed or succeed, and encouraged me to think about my own strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Additionally, Glenn’s lesson that purpose isn’t something that’s always easy to attain, but rather is the result of honest searching and the observation of others, was a great reminder.”

Sarah Schendel, Masferrer & Associates

 

To learn more about the Glenn, check out the BBA’s interview with him in our “Tipping the Scales” blog.

PILP 10’s Lasting Impact – the Court Service Center Project

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The PILP ’10 Class worked to develop materials for the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse’s Court Service Center to help bring further access to justice in Massachusetts.

Over the last several months, PILP 10 has been hard at work developing materials for the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse’s Court Service Center (CSC). The culmination of their hard work was a meeting last week with Judge Dina Fein (Massachusetts Housing Court, Western Division) and Access to Justice Coordinator Erika Rickard (the Massachusetts Trial Court) to discuss their project and to hear how the Commonwealth can best serve unrepresented litigants.

Before we get to that meeting, here’s a little background on PILP 10’s project. This class spent the past year drafting materials for the Edward W. Brooke Court Service Center (CSC). The CSC will have a grand opening later this summer. It was created with the hope of being a central court hub for self-represented litigants. Visitors to the Brooke Court can go to the CSC for clarification on forms needed for legal action, connection to existing legal and social services, and language translation assistance. The PILPers put together materials and resources to help the staff and volunteers most effectively serve self-represented litigants.

Additionally, as part of their project, the class will be hosting a brown bag program in September to discuss the workings of the CSC and how BBA members can get involved. Of course, Beyond the Billable will keep you up-to-date on program logistics.

At the meeting, the PILPers participated in a fruitful discussion about how the Commonwealth can best serve unrepresented litigants. Beyond the Billable caught up with a few members of the PILP class after the meeting to see how it went.  Here’s what they had to say:

“It was incredibly rewarding to hear about how our work has been utilized by the Court Services Center so far.  I also thought that Judge Fein and Erika Rickard were fantastic advocates for the CSC program and their enthusiasm made us all the more committed to support the new CSC and serve as a resource in any way we can.” — Caroline Simons, Fish & Richardson P.C.

“When our PILP class first engaged in the idea of assisting the first-ever Court Service Center in MA as our year’s PILP project, I don’t think we really grasped the impact that the CSC would have on people interacting with the court system. The CSC has only been open a few weeks, and it has already helped hundreds of people going through the Brooke Courthouse get answers to their questions. I hope PILP’s small contributions to assist the CSC get up and running will allow them to help even more people, and I hope our PILP class will stay involved with the CSC going forward.” –Merritt Dattel McGowan, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Stay tuned for more on PILP 10’s CSC project.

PILP 11 Gets BBA Breakdown

PILP 11 attended orientation last night and officially kicked off their year.

PILP 11 attended orientation last night and officially kicked off their year.

Last night, the sixteen newest members of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program visited 16 Beacon Street for their program orientation and kick-off reception. Past PILP’ers Chris Morrison (Jones Day) and John McBrine (Nutter McClennen and Fish LLP) walked the new class through the expectations and logistics of the program and elaborated on how to make a difference with their project.

Chris concluded the orientation by telling the group, “Every PILP class is different. The program is an evolving project of the BBA that changes based on prior class’s feedback. This class can shape its leadership experience, both as a group and as individuals.” He encouraged each class member to not be a class member who disappears and to “be present and take advantage of your BBA leadership opportunity.”

Take a look below for highlights from the orientation and reception:

Jonathan Handler (Day Pitney LLP) and PILPer David Lieberman (Day Pitney LLP)

Jonathan Handler (Day Pitney LLP) and PILPer David Lieberman (Day Pitney LLP)

 

PILPER Jenevieve Maerker (Foley Hoag, LLP) with BBA Council Member Paul Cushing (Partners HealthCare)

PILPer Jenevieve Maerker (Foley Hoag, LLP) with BBA Council Member Paul Cushing (Partners HealthCare)

PILPER Rochelle Meddoff (State Street Global Advisors) and PILP Alum Jesse Redlener (Dalton & Finegold, LL)

PILPER Rochelle Meddoff (State Street Global Advisors) and PILP Alum Jesse Redlener (Dalton & Finegold, LLP)

 

To meet our impressive new PILP class, click here!

Summer Jobs Support Youth – But Don’t Just Take it From Us

Edward Wildman Palmer hired four students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program last year and the firm plans to do the same this year as well.

The BBA partners with the City of Boston and the Boston Private Industry Council to run the Summer Jobs Program each year.

While our readers always hear us talking about the benefits of summer employment for local Boston teens, the conversation is much more widespread. Take a look at this article that appeared in the Atlantic that advocates for the importance of summer jobs for high schoolers and highlights our partner for the BBA Summer Jobs Program, the Boston Private Industry Council. While Boston is lucky to have the PIC and its dedicated employers fighting the high teen unemployment rate to secure summer jobs for teens, there is still work to be done to ensure that Boston public high school students have the opportunity to gain professional experience and earn a pay check each summer. The BBA has secured 63 student positions—more than ever before—but we are still working hard to recruit additional firms to hire students. Would you like to support the future workforce of our city? Click here to learn more about the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our partnership with the PIC, come to the BBA’s upcoming Law Day Dinner where we will honor the PIC for the 21 year relationship that has helped place more than 700 Boston public high school students in meaningful legal summer jobs since 1993. Click here for more information.

Looking Ahead with 2014 BBA Public Interest Leaders

The BBA welcome PILP 11, who will work on a public service program this year. PILP 9 coordinated the Community Re-entry Readiness Program with the Federal District Court, as pictured above

The BBA welcome PILP 11, who will work on a public service program this year. PILP 9 coordinated the Community Re-entry Readiness Program with the Federal District Court, as pictured above

While PILP 10 wraps up their Court Service Center Project, the BBA is already planning for the next class of attorneys to participate in the Public Interest Leadership Program. Take a look at the roster for the PILP 11 class here. If you want additional background on this impressive group, take a look at their full bios.

Beyond the Billable reached out to a couple of members of PILP 11 to hear why they chose to participate in the Program. Here’s what they had to say:

Meddoff, Rochelle

“I was motivated to become a lawyer so that I could effectively assist vulnerable populations, and after being siloed in a large corporation for a couple of years I was looking for a way to get back to that mindset. The Public Interest Leadership Program looked like a great opportunity to volunteer in a legal capacity while also developing my leadership and communications skills.”
—Rochelle Meddoff, State Street Corporation

 

Mooney, Elizabeth

“PILP offers younger lawyers the opportunity to improve their leadership skills and engage in a meaningful way with the Boston legal community.  I am excited to work with other PILP members to develop a legacy project that I hope will have a positive impact for years to come.”      —Elizabeth Mooney, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

 

 

 

“A huge incentive for me to participate in PILP was the opportunity to meet and be inspired by Nuzum, Eliannaother attorneys who are making a difference – the attorneys in my PILP class, the PILP alums, and the BBA leadership and other community leaders we will meet through the PILP program.  Additionally, as a prosecutor I feel compelled to take advantage of every opportunity to learn more about the needs of the community we serve and to give back.  I’m excited to do so through work on the PILP 11 service project.” —Elianna Nuzum, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

 

Kumaraswami, Nita

 

“Having recently moved to the Boston area I was looking for a way to get more involved in the community.  PILP seemed like the perfect way not only to get to know my peers, but also to meaningfully give back.  While one-off volunteering is important, I also liked the idea of developing a project over time and bringing it to fruition.” —Nita Kumaraswami – Sullivan & Worcester, LLP

 

 

Stay tuned for more on PILP 11 as they begin their Program next month.

BBA Launches Subcommittee to Improve Delivery of Legal Services to Human Trafficking

Last June lawyers filled the BBA's conference center to learn about human trafficking. In an effort to continue the conversation, the BBA has created a new Human Trafficking Subcommittee.

Last June, lawyers filled the BBA’s conference center to learn about human trafficking. In an effort to continue the conversation, the BBA has created a new Human Trafficking Subcommittee.

Did you know that January has been proclaimed National Human Trafficking Awareness Month?  In acknowledgement of that, we’re calling your attention to a new BBA subcommittee launched this month with an overarching mission of assessing and improving the delivery of legal services to victims of human trafficking in the Greater Boston region.  Over the next few months the subcommittee will work on establishing goals and prioritizing projects, with a specific focus on working in collaboration with, and support of the myriad other efforts in the field.

So why the new subcommittee? As our readers might remember, we published a post last June about the successful Human Trafficking Symposium hosted by the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program. That event, “Human Trafficking: A Call to Action,”  drew a crowd of over 125 professionals to the BBA headquarters where speakers gave a snapshot of the legal, law enforcement, and community-based work being done to combat the crime within the Commonwealth.

The BBA has continued to explore issues surrounding human trafficking in the time since the success of Symposium and strongly believes the BBA, and its qualified and focused Human Trafficking Committee are uniquely positioned to impact the delivery of legal services to human trafficking victims.

Alec Zadek and Erin Albright have been selected to lead the committee as Co-Chairs. Alec is an associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C., where he represents victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking through Mintz Levin’s various pro bono initiatives.  Erin is the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at the International Institute of New England and the Regional Program Director for the private operating foundation Give Way to Freedom.  Her work focuses on coordinating a network of service providers to provide comprehensive services to survivors of trafficking, and working with multidisciplinary teams to improve collaboration.

Stay tuned to Beyond the Billable for information on how you can be involved in supporting survivors of human trafficking.

PILPers talk Public Service with Chief Judge Patti Saris

The 2012-2013 PILP Class met with Judge Patti Saris, Chief Judge for the District of Massachusetts, to discuss public service work in the legal field.

The 2012-2013 PILP Class met with Judge Patti Saris, Chief Judge for the District of Massachusetts, to discuss public service work in the legal field.

Guest Blogger: Jacquelyn Burke, PILP10 Class Member

Last Tuesday, January 21, the 2013-14 PILP class met with Judge Patti Saris, Chief Judge for the District of Massachusetts, in the Judges’ Dining Room at the Moakley Courthouse. The fact that it was one of the coldest and snowiest nights of the winter was no deterrent to Judge Saris, who came early and stayed late, engaging us in a lively discussion of the state of the legal profession for young attorneys, among other challenging topics. BBA President Paul Dacier was in attendance and also provided insights into how young attorneys can give back through legal work.

During the course of the 14-month PILP program, the PILP Fellows spend a lot of time asking questions. We’ve had a series of leaders from the legal community speak to us (including, for example, Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Ralph Ganz and Maura Healey, currently a candidate for Attorney General) and we’ve tried to ferret out from them what they think the unmet needs are in the city and state that the legal community can help to serve. At the dinner with Judge Saris, it was interesting to have the tables turned, as she peppered us with questions about our individual practices and goals, our recently announced Court Service Center Project, and what we thought the pressing issues were for young attorneys today.

Many of us agreed that unemployment among younger attorneys was a constant topic of conversation among our cohort. Even for the employed, career paths can seem uncertain with all the turmoil in the marketplace, and the hands on experience necessary to master important legal skills, particularly courtroom skills, can be elusive. This was true both in private practice and for those who work in the public interest, where budgets change unpredictably from year to year and much of the energy that could be spent on providing legal services is instead spent on fundraising. Judge Saris explained that things were not so different from her perspective on the bench, noting that it had been a full year since she presided over a trial and that cases are now litigated largely on the papers. She and her peers are concerned that young lawyers are not coming through their courtrooms and practicing their skills, and that the bench and the bar will mix less and less if this trend continued. There is also a concern that younger attorneys are not attracted to serving on the bench for various reasons, including salary and lack of exposure to the courtroom. Under Judge Saris’s leadership, the District Court, along with the BBA has begun several initiatives designed to integrate young lawyers into the life of the court, which will be made public as they are finalized.

Judge Saris also spoke about her important work on the United States Sentencing Commission, which is addressing the issue of the length of mandatory minimum sentences for drug commissions, and about other milestones in her long career in public service, including a stint as the Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts. In all, despite the weather outside, we had an inspiring evening hearing about Judge Saris’s commitment to public service, which can serve as a model to PILPers and all young attorneys who would like to give back.

The BBA is currently accepting applications for the PILP class beginning in May 2014. The application deadline is February 14th. More information on PILP and the application process is available here. Please email Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.