Posts Categorized: Public Interest Leadership Program

Public Interest Leaders Connect with Boston’s Corporation Counsel

Bill Sinnott (Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston) spoke with PILP 10 last Thursday about his own career and offered helpful advice about their own career paths.

Bill Sinnott (Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston) spoke with PILP 10 last Thursday about his own career and offered helpful advice about their own career paths.

Last week, the BBA’s Public Interest Leaders had the pleasure of meeting with the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, William Sinnott. As Corporation Counsel, Bill oversees all lawyers and legal matters for the city. With his previous experience as an Assistant District Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney and a decorated retired Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, Bill was an excellent resource to the PILP’ers and is a prime example of leadership and service to the community. The meeting gave the class the opportunity to both learn more about Bill’s unique career path, as well bounce ideas off of him as they start to brainstorm on their own programming initiatives.

Beyond the Billable asked PILP10 member Andrea Brown, Assistant Corporation Counsel, to comment on the PILP class’ meeting with her boss, Bill Sinnott:

“He encouraged us as attorneys to strive continuously to learn and to evolve in our careers by always having a 10-year plan in mind. He also urged us to stay active with the BBA, where many lasting friendships and networking opportunities are created. It was helpful to be inspired by his example of public service and to get his input on potential project ideas.”

Stay tuned for more updates on PILP and what this class has in store for the year ahead.

Past Public Interest Leaders Reflect: Part 2

As the BBA thanks and congratulates PILP 9 for their service over the past 14 months, Beyond the Billable is reflecting on their experiences in the program.

Here’s what a few of the class members had to say about their time in PILP:

Saccardi, ChrisChristopher Saccardi, The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi
“I enjoyed most of all the opportunity to meet and work with a group of interesting colleagues with whom I may not otherwise have crossed paths. It was gratifying to see that participants came from a wide cross-section of the legal profession, from small to large firms, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. I have made lasting friendships that I know will be of both personal and professional importance to me throughout my legal career. I also found the opportunities to hear from so many interesting and influential speakers to be a very worthwhile and interesting experience.”

Devanthéry, JuliaJulia Devanthéry, Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
“What I appreciate most about PILP is that I got the opportunity to work on a social justice project that truly addresses an unmet need in the community. It was really exciting to be a part of imagining and then implementing a new program, and doing that work alongside a group of like-minded peers (many of whom I may not otherwise have had the chance to work with) was a great experience.”

 

Bodamer, BenBenton Bodamer, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
“PILP was a jolt of amazing access to resources. From the BBA staff and volunteer attorneys, to my PILP colleagues, to the judges and community leaders with whom we met, each meeting was an opportunity to sample the very best of Boston’s incredible public service community.”

 

 

For more information on the Public Interest Leadership Program, please contact Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].

Human Trafficking Symposium Packs the House

As our readers know, last week the BBA’s Public Interest Leaders hosted the much anticipated symposium “Human Trafficking: A Call to Action, which packed the BBA’s headquarters with over 125 attendees and attracted some major national press coverage.

The program provided attendees with an overview of the issue of human trafficking as well as the recently passed Massachusetts legislation on the topic. Through three different panels, speakers provided a snapshot of the legal, law enforcement and community-based work that is being done throughout the Commonwealth to combat human trafficking. Panelists also provided insight into the next steps on the issue, highlighting the need for a comprehensive exit program for victims as well as an anti-human trafficking statute.

The BBA’s packed conference center filled with lawyers and other professionals eager to learn more about the human trafficking issue.

The BBA’s packed conference center filled with lawyers and other professionals eager to learn more about the human trafficking issue.

Take it from panelist Julie Dahlstrom (Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at Boston University School of Law; Immigration Legal Assistance Program of Lutheran Social Services of New England):

“The panelists challenged us, as lawyers, to not only better understand the issue of human trafficking but to call us to act – to better identify legal barriers faced by trafficking survivors and to see how the law can be a force of change in their lives. I was heartened to see such broad support from the Boston bar and to witness so many attorneys stepping forward to volunteer to make a difference to combat trafficking. I applaud the Boston Bar Association for organizing such an inspirational event, and I hope that the momentum from the event will continue to spark further debate and dialogue on this important issue.

Here’s what PILP class member Staci Rubin (Alternatives for Community & Environment) had to say about the event:

“Our panelists did a fabulous job articulating what human trafficking looks like in the Commonwealth and how people can work across disciplines to address the issue. I am delighted with the large turnout, which signals that the legal community cares about the issue of human trafficking. There is a group of individuals who stand ready to take action to support survivors and other experts in their anti-human trafficking work I appreciated the opportunity to work with my PILP colleagues to create, develop, and execute the “Call To Action.”

Panelists Diane L. Rosenfeld (Harvard Law School), Sgt. Detective Donna Gavin, (Boston Police Department Human Trafficking Unit), and Julie Dahlstrom, (Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at Boston University School of Law; Immigration Legal Assistance Program of Lutheran Social Services of New England) concluded the program with an on-the-ground account of responding to human trafficking.

Panelists Diane L. Rosenfeld (Harvard Law School), Sgt. Detective Donna Gavin, (Boston Police Department Human Trafficking Unit), and Julie Dahlstrom, (Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at Boston University School of Law; Immigration Legal Assistance Program of Lutheran Social Services of New England) concluded the program with an on-the-ground account of responding to human trafficking.

Beyond the Billable thanks and congratulates the following PILP members who worked to coordinate this collaborative event: Staci Rubin (Alternatives for Community & Environment), Daniel Routh (Ropes & Gray LLP), Benton Bodamer (Weil, Gotshal & Manges), Jacqueline Anchondo (Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Cambridge), Omar Gonzalez-Pagan (Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General), Meghan D. Hely Walsh (Holland & Knight LLP) and Anjali Waikar (Krokidas & Bluestein LLP).

The Public Interest Leaders who coordinated this program. Staci Rubin, Daniel Routh, Benton Bodamer, Jacqueline Anchondo, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, and Anjali Waikar.

The Public Interest Leaders who coordinated this program. Staci Rubin, Daniel Routh, Benton Bodamer, Jacqueline Anchondo, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, and Anjali Waikar.

For more information about the event or PILP, please contact Susan Helm, [email protected].

Community Reentry Readiness Program Addresses the Topic of Housing

On Wednesday, Public Interest Leader Chris Saccardi (The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi ) led the fourth workshop of the Community Reentry Readiness Program series which covered the topic of housing. With 21 federal probationers in attendance, the session shed light on housing rights and resources available in order to mitigate some of the civil legal issues often encountered by probationers during reentry.

Chris Saccardi (The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi ) delivered the fourth module of the Community Reentry Readiness Program on housing rights and  resources.

Chris Saccardi (The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi ) delivered the fourth module of the Community Reentry Readiness Program on housing rights and resources.

The next session will cover the topic of Financial Literacy. PILP’s Brendan St. Amant (Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP)  will be delivering the lesson on August 7th.

PILP’s Human Trafficking CLE Draws Media Attention

After months of prep work, the BBA’s Public Interest Leaders will be holding a free CLE on Human Trafficking this Thursday from 3 PM-6 PM. Human trafficking has been a hot topic in Massachusetts since the state passed legislation that provides criminal penalties for sexual servitude and enticing a child to engage in prostitution or commercial sexual activity in February 2012.

The PILP class is holding a free CLE on Thursday, June 6th about human trafficking.

The PILP class is holding a free CLE on Thursday, June 6th about human trafficking.

The program, which brings together the key players in law enforcement, legal services, academia, government, and human services, has attracted the attention of our own Boston Globe, Boston Herald and State House News. A few surprises, though, outlets in Columbus, Indiana and San Francisco, California also picked up the story. Check it out below:

http://www.ktvu.com/news/ap/crime/boston-legal-group-to-hold-human-trafficking-forum/nX9P8/

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6de7c4d8beaa4d60a2bdefa43cd73746/MA–Human-Trafficking

For more information on the CLE, please read the press release here. To sign up for this free CLE, click here.

Reflection from 2012-2013 Public Interest Leaders

The months of May and June mark the overlap of the incoming and outgoing PILP classes. We wanted to use this time to reflect on the good work done by the members of PILP class of 2012-2013 and hear what they enjoyed most about the program.

Here’s what they have to say:

Emily Hodge, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Hodge, Emily“Our class had the opportunity to devise and implement a project for participants in the federal reentry programs, CARE and RESTART. From the outset, we received support and encouragement from every professional involved in these programs – from the judges themselves, to the probation officers, AUSAs, public defenders and service providers. To witness this vast network of individuals come together in support of a common goal, in pursuit of success for the program participants, was inspirational, and to do it alongside such dedicated and talented peers was motivating and rewarding.”

 

Jacqueline Silva Anchondo, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Anchondo, Jacqueline

“I most enjoyed getting to know the other members of the Program, both professionally and personally.”

 

 

 

 

Meghan D. Hely Walsh, Holland & Knight LLP

Walsh, Meghan

“The program introduced us to exceptional leaders of Boston and allowed us to meet with them in an intimate setting. We were able to learn from and connect with the Chair of The Boston Foundation, the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston, the Chief Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the CEO of Greater Boston Legal Services, and many other generous pillars of our community.”

 

 

Stay tuned for feedback from other members of the class.

For more information on the Public Interest Leadership Program, please contact Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].

BBA Welcomes 15 New Public Interest Leaders

Last night, the BBA welcomed 15 highly qualified new leaders to the Public Interest Leadership Program class of 2013. This year’s class comes from a variety of backgrounds, including government, law firm, in-house legal departments, academia, and legal services. At the orientation, new class members were introduced to BBA leadership and staff, as well as members of the outgoing PILP class at a roundtable discussion about leadership and public service programming opportunities available through the program.

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The new PILP class attended orientation last night to learn more about what to expect in the upcoming program year.

After the program, past and current “PILP’ers” had a chance to connect with classmates and network with PILP alums. The nine previous PILP classes have produced an alumni network of over 100 leading lawyers.

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The PILP programs brings together a group of lawyers from various backgrounds who share an interest in public service and leadership development.

Stay tuned to hear more about what this PILP class has in store for the year ahead.

For more information on the Public Interest Leadership Program, please contact Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].

PILP Delivers Lesson on Public Benefits to Federal Probationers

As our readers may have heard, our current class of Public Interest Leaders (PILP) is holding a series of workshops as part of the Community Reentry Readiness Program. The most recent session shed light on government benefits for low-income individuals in Massachusetts. Current PILP member Julie Devanthéry (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) and Ellen Shachter (Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services) conducted the session for 24 federal probationers from the CARE and RESTART programs.

Julie Devanthéry (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) and Ellen Shachter (Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services) lead the third module of the Community Reentry Readiness Program on public benefits for federal probationers.

Ellen Shachter (Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services) and Julie Devanthéry (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) led the third module of the Community Reentry Readiness Program on public benefits for federal probationers.

The next session will take place on June 5th and will cover the topic of Housing. PILP’s Chris Saccardi will be delivering the lesson.

For more information on the Public Interest Leadership Program, please contact Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].

Innovative Re-Entry Means Investing in the Individual

Last week the BBA hosted “Cutting Edge Approaches to Re-Entry Innovation” which highlighted three different court re-entry programs with the same goal – reducing recidivism rates. The panelists included US District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin, representing the CARE program, Judge Robert N. Tochka representing the CHOICE program, and former Commissioner of Probation Ron Corbett representing the HOPE program.

Each of the programs are a collaboration of probation officers, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges who work together to provide participants the life skills they need in order to take control of their lives. The courts agree — the key to success for the participants is having someone who consistently believes and invests in them as people. They might be subject tough love or hard sanctions, but many participants who successfully complete the programs often credit the person who was toughest on them with saving their life.

The BBA Public Interest Leaders (PILP) has experienced the courts commitment to participants first hand through the CARE and RESTART programs of the US District Court. After a series of discussions with Judge Sorokin, Judge Hillman and the other stakeholders, the 2012-2013 PILP class is currently in the process of developing and delivering a series of workshops for federal probationers called Community Reentry Readiness.

Eric Haskell discusses Step 1 of getting back a revoked license, "Identifying the Issue"

Eric Haskell discusses Step 1 of getting back a revoked license, “Identifying the Issue”

On March 6th, Eric Haskell of Foley Hoag, LLP delivered the first of these workshops on how to handle common drivers license issues. The workshop was a hit with the probationers and the court:

sorokin,-l_130x151I was very excited to see the BBA Public Interest Leaders (PILP) begin their modules for our CARE/RESTART participants. The PILP class did an excellent job in their first presentation and written materials. After the module, many of the CARE/RESTART participants indicated they found the session helpful. I’m really pleased to see this program start with such enthusiasm and success. On behalf of the Court, I thank the PILP Fellows and the Boston Bar Association. – Judge Leo T. Sorokin

Next week, the Emily Hodge of Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, will deliver the second workshop on how participants can manage issues with their CORI.

For more information about the workshops or PILP, please contact Susan Helm, [email protected]g.

Public Interest Leaders Making Great Strides

As the BBA begins the recruiting process for another class of emerging leaders for the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) class of 2013, we thought it would be nice to check in with three of our PILP alums. Randy Ravitz (PILP class of 2005) is now Chief of Appeals in the Criminal Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Leiha Macauley (PILP class of 2003) is now Managing Partner of Day Pitney’s Boston office, and Samantha Morton (PILP class of 2004) is Executive Director of Medical Legal Partnership | Boston. See more below about how the PILP experience helped these lawyers achieve success:

Ravitz, RandallRandall Ravitz
Chief, Appeals Division
Criminal Bureau
Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

During my year in PILP, I learned from a series of speakers about community organizing and leadership, Boston-area politics, and ensuring access to justice. I also made good friends, and we have continued to support each other. Additionally, all of us in the program were warmly welcomed to become more involved in the BBA after the year concluded. As a result, I have since taken on several positions of responsibility in the Association. Those positions have given me opportunities to build effective teams, and to work with accomplished professionals in analyzing recent legal developments, educating other members of the bar, and mentoring new lawyers.

Randy Ravitz is .is a recipient of his office’s Attorney General Edward W. Brooke Award for Excellence. In the fall of 2010, Randy was a National Association of Attorneys General Supreme Court Fellow in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Randy practiced general litigation at the Boston law firms of Hanify & King, P.C., and Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP. He has also worked for the Massachusetts State Senate and on the staff of Massachusetts political campaigns.

At the BBA, Randy has served as co-chair of the Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section and its Litigation Public Policy Committee, and as a member of its Amicus Committee. Randy has served as a Mentor in the BBA’s Group Mentoring Program since 2010.

Macauley, LeihaLeiha Macauley
Managing Partner the Boston Office, Day Pitney LLP

As for PILP — It was absolutely valuable. I have maintained the good friendships I made, and I truly consider it my launch pad for the very happy career I’ve had this far!

PILP Class 2003 Year End Reception.

PILP Class 2003 Year End Reception. L-R Past BBA President Hugh R. Jones, Jr., Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Leiha Macauley, Colby Brunt and Kevin Currid.

Leiha Macauley practices in the areas of trust and estate administration, estate planning and trust, estate and fiduciary litigation. Leiha is a member of the firm’s Disabilities and Special Needs Planning and Probate Litigation and Controversies practice groups and also advises clients on achieving philanthropic goals through the use of private foundations and charitable trusts. Leiha developed and co-directs the Child Health Advocacy Partnership, a venture of the East Boston Community Health Center, the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, and Day Pitney which teams doctors with attorneys to provide legal information and advocacy to underprivileged families.

Leiha is a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and currently serves on the BBF’s Executive Committee. Leiha is a trustee of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee of the Boston University Law Alumni Association.

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Executive Director
Medical Legal Partnership | Boston

PILP made it possible to connect with like-minded peers early in my career — many of them have become colleagues, collaborators, and friends. I was able to meet and talk with prominent leaders from all sectors of the legal community — rare opportunities indeed. PILP set the stage for other types of valuable BBA involvement — I’m sure that my positive experience with the program helped pave the way for other rewarding BBA leadership roles.

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PILP Alumns Samantha Morton, Randy Ravitz, Philip Graeter, and Thuy Wagner.

Samantha Morton .has focused on sustainability strategies, preventive law orientation, pro bono capacity-building, ethics and confidentiality, and immigration advocacy in the Medical Legal Partnership context. She spearheaded the “adoption” of four Boston-area health clinics by law firm partners; this model is now being replicated by the American Bar Association through the ABA Medical-Legal Partnerships Pro Bono Support Project. Samantha has published and presented extensively on MLP practice.

Samantha currently serves as co-chair of the BBA’s Delivery of Legal Services Section and is a member of the BBA’s Health Law Section Steering Committee. In 2011, Samantha served as a mentor in the BBA’s Group Mentoring Program. Samantha has served as a Lecturer on Law at New England Law | Boston and as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Health Law Section Council. Before joining MLP | Boston in 2003, Ms. Morton was a litigation associate at WilmerHale (formerly Hale and Dorr LLP), and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Morton A. Brody of the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

The BBA is currently accepting applications for the PILP class of 2013. The application deadline is February 15th. More information on PILP and the application process is available here. For more information, please email Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].