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Annual Society of Fellows Fall Open House Kicks Off the Program Year

Just before Veterans Day, the Society of Fellows and their guests gathered at 16 Beacon Street to kick off the program year at the annual Fall Open House.

Boston Bar Foundation President-Elect and Fellow Diana Lloyd began the evening by sharing the Foundation’s goals for the coming year, including continuing to expand opportunities for Boston’s youth with the Summer Jobs program, making strides in diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and engaging volunteers to help serve our community in ways the only lawyers can.

Peter Moser (Hirsch Roberts Weinstein), C. Max Perlman (Hirsch Roberts Weinstein), Diana Lloyd (Choate, Hall & Stewart) and William Sinnott (Donoghue Barrett & Singal)

The group also heard from former BBA President Jack Regan of WilmerHale and Bill Sinnott of Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C. to speak to the group about their experience on the Active Duty and Military Veterans Committee of the BBA.

Both Jack and Bill were instrumental in starting the committee, which helped to establish the Military & Veterans Legal Helpline within the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service. The helpline connects veterans, military personnel, and their families with reduced fee lawyers and other legal resources. Jack and Bill detailed the process that went into the committee’s formation in 2009 and how it has continued to service a group of people who otherwise do not have easy access to legal services.

Jack Regan (WilmerHale) and Ernest Haddad.

In 2017, the BBF will grant $960,000 to 20 legal services organizations in the greater Boston area including Veterans Legal Services. The various grantee organizations administer legal aid to the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of the population, such as the homeless, domestic violence survivors, at-risk children, and veterans.

Pledges made by the Society of Fellows are dedicated 100% to the permanent endowment, which provides a lasting and stable base of support for all of the BBF’s work.  Today, more than 400 leaders of the Boston legal community are members of this group.  For more information about the Society of Fellows, or if you know someone who may be interested in joining, please contact Carolyn Mitchell at [email protected]  or (617) 778-1932.

Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership Helps Those With Less-Than-Honorable Discharge Status

Over the past few years in the spring and early summer, the BBA hosts a pro bono training to teach attorneys to navigate the complex process of representing a veteran in a case related to the status of his or her discharge from the military.

Hundreds of thousands of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan or during prior eras have been wrongfully separated from the military with less-than-honorable discharges, often preventing them from accessing much needed benefits. To correct these injustices and address the enormous need for legal representation in the discharge upgrade process, in 2015, the BBA Active Duty Military and Veterans Subcommittee supported the creation of the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership.

Through that program, the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School has presented three legal education programs in partnership with the BBA, trained more than 100 attorneys and matched them with veterans in need, and provided ongoing case guidance. We caught up with Veterans Legal Clinic’s Dana Montalto, who directs the Partnership, to see how participation in the clinic is going since the BBA began holding trainings.

“Thanks to the growing number of private attorneys who have chosen to dedicate their time to representing those who served our nation in uniform, many more veterans now have the opportunity to have their honor restored and their service recognized,” she said.

If you would like to access videos or materials from the trainings or if you’re interested in connecting with the Partnership, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

Holland & Knight and “the Privilege to Serve”

Among the attorneys at Holland & Knight, veterans, reservists, and active-duty members of the U.S. military have a prominent place.

Nationally, the firm is deeply committed to internal and external initiatives that serve those who have served our country. Hiring attorneys who are veterans is an important part of the firm’s diversity program. These veterans also play a critical role at the helm of Holland & Knight’s pro bono efforts to assist current and former military members with the unique legal challenges they face.

Nicholas Hasenfus, an associate in Holland & Knight’s Boston office, is vice chair of the firm-wide Veterans Group. In his role, he oversees the firm’s pro bono efforts related to helping veterans – efforts that have engaged more than 140 professionals in contributing over $2.3 million in legal service time in 2017 alone.

Hasenfus is one of eighteen members of Holland & Knight’s Veterans Group from the Boston office, ten of whom are veterans.  Having served in the Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010, he said he feels “very fortunate to be in the position [he’s] in,” and feels privileged to help fellow veterans when it’s “easy to see veterans [his] age who are homeless or jobless.”

“It could have been me or a lot of friends I served with and a lot of these people just need a little help,” he said.

Hasenfus said many older veterans seek help from Holland & Knight attorneys as well, particularly on issues with disability claims, aid and attendance benefits and assistance with getting into and paying for nursing home care. Cases come from a variety of sources – some veterans and families reach out directly, while many find the firm through the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, for which many lawyers at the firm volunteer, or Veterans Legal Services (where former Holland & Knight attorney Tim McLaughlin, now with Shaheen & Gordon, is a past Board Chair).

In Boston, Hasenfus said other common cases involve landlord/tenant disputes, where the tenant is a low-income veteran facing eviction. Hasenfus said in many cases, simply having an attorney present to navigate the process is enough to keep the client in his or her home.

He also said his colleagues are working on two cases where clients who served in Vietnam are seeking benefits based on long-term health complications from exposure to Agent Orange. The infamous herbicide was used by the U.S. military to kill plants in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971, and has been linked with many serious health problems, including some types of heart disease and cancer.

“We’re providing these veterans with legal services first and foremost, but we think, as a firm, it’s really important to welcome these veterans and get them the care they deserve, especially when some of them may not have received the welcome they deserved when they came home,” he said.

In addition to working with veterans on issues related to housing and benefits, the firm represents many veteran-owned businesses.  Hasenfus said he is grateful to Holland & Knight’s leadership, which has enabled the firm’s Veterans Group to have such a robust pro bono practice. In particular, he acknowledged Executive Partner Steven Wright and the Boston Veterans Group Leader Paul Lannon, whose support has given the Boston office an amazing platform for this work.

Nationally, the firm’s efforts involve about 200 attorneys across all 28 Holland & Knight offices.  The Chair of the Veterans Group, Daniel Sylvester, an associate in the firm’s Chicago office, coordinates these efforts throughout the firm, which has received the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Service Award for six straight years.

Sylvester served 11 years in the military. His wife served seven, and now suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As an attorney overseeing Holland & Knight’s effort to help, and the caregiver of a disabled veteran himself, Sylvester said he is proud and grateful to have received so much support from the firm’s leadership.

“It’s the atmosphere and mentality of the firm to do good and take care of people, and it allows us to do so much to take care of veterans across the country. It’s really heartwarming,” he said.

Pro bono work with veterans, active-duty service members, and their families is a large and important part of Holland & Knight’s community commitment. But the firm’s public service projects represent a varied array of causes. The Public and Charitable Service Department of Holland & Knight strives to involve attorneys in many types of cases, and leads firmwide signature efforts in the areas of children and education, civil rights and human rights and social entrepreneurship.

In addition, it encourages its attorneys and professionals to volunteer together, often with clients, family and friends, on non-legal community service projects.  On the firm’s annual 9/11 Day of Service, attorneys are encouraged to get out and volunteer in the community, whether at a soup kitchen, a school or center for youth, or an elderly housing facility.

The 9/11 Day of Service was started on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in memory of Glenn Winuk, a Holland & Knight partner in the New York office and volunteer EMT and firefighter, who was killed on September 11, 2001 assisting New York City firefighters at Ground Zero.  Working with his brother, Jay, the firm started the nation-wide tradition to help harness the spirit of unity and volunteerism that arose on 9/11.

The aim, according to the Boston office’s Public and Charitable Service Partner Brett Carroll, is to engage attorneys in a fulfilling day-long project in hopes that they will become more deeply invested in representing disadvantaged populations.

“What we’re doing has an immediate impact for the groups that need assistance, but the goal is to get people talking to people in Boston community that might inspire them to do a little bit more to help,” Carroll said.

In Boston, there are between ten and sixteen different 9/11 Day of Service projects. The Boston office’s participation translates to well over 5,000 hours of community service since 2011, and has involved organizations like the Greater Boston Food Bank, the New England Homeless Veterans Center, and the Ronald McDonald House and corporate entities like Baupost, Boston Financial, JetBlue and Welch’s. In addition to the homeless and the hungry, attorneys have helped survivors of domestic violence and Paralympic athletes as part of the 9/11 Day of Service. Working together and with these partners, Carroll says the motto in the Boston office is “it is our privilege to serve.”

“One of the leaders of the firm, Holland & Knight founder and ABA President Chesterfield Smith, truly believed in service,” he said. “It all comes down to something he would encourage others to do, ‘Do good and be somebody.’”

Recap: PILP Hosts Symposium on “Constitutional Battlegrounds”

Mark C. Fleming (Partner, WilmerHale), Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal (Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice), Jack M. Beermann (Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law) and moderator Kent Greenfield (Professor of Law, Boston College Law School) discuss constitutional law and the federal government.

On Monday, nearly 100 people packed the Boston Bar Association for the culminating symposium of the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP): Constitutional Battlegrounds: Civil Rights in a Changing Landscape. For the past year PILP has been meeting twice a month to learn about various issue areas ranging from housing discrimination to the opioid crisis and learning ways they can become involved as attorneys and leaders in their community. During the year, the class also had the opportunity to meet with judges to discuss the courts and the judicial perspective, including Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo, Jr. and Judge Eleanor Sinnott (Boston Municipal Court).

As their final project, the class decided to hold a symposium to further the dialogue around the constitutional issues in the national spotlight. Inviting local speakers from the area familiar with constitutional law, PILP divided the event into two panels: one focusing on the recent changes in federal law and policy and the other on how states can and cannot react to changes in federal policy. Each presenter spoke about their issue area of focus, but attendees were encouraged to ask their questions to the expert panel.

PILP member Hannah Joseph (Beck Reed Riden LLP) shared a bit about her experience:

“The most rewarding aspect of being involved in PILP was hosting our end-of-the-year symposium, Constitutional Battlegrounds: Civil Rights in a Changing Landscape. The speakers – representing academia, the Commonwealth, civil rights groups, and the private sector – are experts in the area of constitutional law and shared diverse perspectives regarding key issues in today’s political climate. Similarly, the audience, comprising attorneys representing a wide variety of practice areas, was engaged and actively contributed to the discussion. It had the electricity and excitement of a town hall meeting,” she said.

PILP’s 13th class year has now ended and the 14th class is underway. If you’re an attorney who’s been practicing for less than 10 years or you’d like to recommend the program to a colleague, you can find more program information here.

Rep. Michael S. Day (State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives), Bessie Dewar (State Solicitor, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office), Jessie Rossman (Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts), and moderator Lawrence Friedman (Professor of Law, New England School of Law) speak about the role of state governments in shaping the law of the land.

Society of Fellows Members Celebrate a Successful Year at Summer Receptions

This summer, it has been a delight to host members of the Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows for a series of events to celebrate the positive impact that this group of attorneys has in the Greater Boston community.

In June, the Fellows enjoyed a reception at the Museum of Fine Arts to close out the program year. Attendees enjoyed an exclusive tour of the museum’s exhibits, and the afternoon offered beautiful weather in the MFA’s outdoor courtyard. BBF President Tony Froio thanked the Fellows for their dedication and the good work they have done on behalf of the Foundation’s grantee organizations.

BBF President Tony Froio at the Museum of Fine Arts reception in June

In July, we were honored to have former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, now at Choate, Hall & Stewart, join us for a reception at our building at 16 Beacon Street. The BBF presented Chief Justice Marshall with its Public Service Award at January’s Adams Benefit. Chief Justice Marshall gathered with other Fellows to hear remarks from Ryan Sakoda. Ryan is a staff attorney at Committee for Public Counsel Services, and he spoke firsthand about the BBF’s vital role supporting effective legal aid initiatives such as the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program and the Reentry Education Program.

Chief Justice Marshall and Ryan Sakoda of CPCS

Later that month, Junior Fellows gathered at Battery Park in downtown Boston to relax and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with members of the BBA’s New Lawyers Section. Christopher Somma (PIB Law) delivered a short, energetic speech about the great opportunities he has gotten through the Junior Fellows program and the importance of engaging in meaningful public service as a young attorney.

Shawn Lu and Jesse Boodoo at Battery Park

As September nears, we can’t wait to see what the Fellows accomplish in the year ahead! To learn more about how you can become a part of this core group of BBF supporters, please contact Carolyn Mitchell at [email protected] or (617) 778-1932.

PILP Alumni Meet and Mingle with Incoming PILP Class

Earlier this month, the incoming Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) participants attended an orientation meeting to review the year ahead. Orientation was followed by a reception for PILP alumni to meet the new class and provide advice for the upcoming year.

The incoming class joins a network of over 150 attorneys who’ve pledged their time to promote public service and civic engagement in their communities.

To meet the incoming class, click here.

Summer Jobs Students Learn About Legal Careers; Civic Engagement

Since we last caught up with the Summer Jobs Program, the students participated in a speed networking seminar, meeting attorneys and legal staff from a wide variety of practice areas and fields. This provided the students a chance to ask questions about particular career paths and hear advice for a young person considering law school in the future. Ashley Berger (Student, Suffolk University Law School), Lurleen Gannon (First Deputy General Counsel, MBTA), Michael Kippins (Associate, Prince Lobel Tye LLP), Natasha Lewis (Supervising Staff Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project), Daniel McGarry (Paralegal, Robins Kaplan), and Sammy Nabulsi (Assistant, Corporation Counsel, City of Boston) all spoke to the students about their experiences and reinforced Tidwell’s remarks at the Kickoff that there’s no one clear path to becoming a lawyer or working in law. For many of the students, this is one of their favorite seminars because it exposes them to work they might not see in their office.

This week, the students were introduced to the importance of local government by participating in a mock Boston City Council hearing with past City Council president, Larry DiCara (Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP). DiCara described what it was like being the youngest person appointed to City Council and how much he enjoyed serving his city. For their mock hearing, the students broke into various interest groups to discuss a hypothetical curfew of 9:00 PM for teens 16 years old and younger. After hearing arguments from all sides, the students appointed to the mock council voted to keep the curfew but raise the time it’s implemented each day to 11:00 PM. After the seminar, one student noted that the mock hearing was good practice to participate in local government.

 

Meet the 2017-2018 PILP Class

The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce the members of its 14th Public Interest Leadership Program Class. We look forward to working with these impressive attorneys over the coming year!

Alissa Brill
Volunteer Lawyers Project

Alissa is a staff attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, where she represents and assists low-income clients in the greater Boston area in family law and guardianship matters, as well as leads trainings for pro bono attorneys who take on cases through the VLP. She supervises legal clinics for pro se litigants at the Edward Brooke Courthouse and Middlesex Probate & Family Court. During law school, Alissa had co-op placements clerking for justices of Norfolk Probate & Family Court, appealing Social Security Administration disability cases with the Elder, Health & Disability Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, in-house in the business law department of Takeda Oncology and practicing civil litigation at Lurie Friedman LLP. She also represented clients in 209A abuse prevention order hearings as a student attorney in Northeastern’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Alissa is a proud Big Sister through Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston and volunteers with various non-profits. She received her B.A. from the University of Rochester and J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Marley Ann Brumme
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Marley Ann Brumme represents a wide variety of U.S. and international clients in commercial, securities and health care fraud litigation. Ms. Brumme has represented clients in disputes relating to securities and corporate law matters, contractual issues, class actions, the False Claims Act, mutual fund fees and constitutional issues. These disputes take place in federal and state courts throughout the country and through all phases of litigation, including trial, and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Brumme also assists clients in connection with complex regulatory investigations, including enforcement matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.

Ms. Brumme has an active pro bono practice. Recently, she successfully briefed and argued a motion for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, enjoining the state from enforcing a marriage license restriction that violated the Fourteenth Amendment rights of immigrants. She also has represented clients as part of Clemency Project 2014 and in proceedings before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Early in her career, Ms. Brumme also was involved in a civil rights litigation challenging the termination of public housing voucher benefits — work for which she was recognized with a 2012 Connecticut Legal Services Pro Bono Award.

David A. Chorney
Donoghue Barrett & Singal

David A. Chorney is a health law associate at Donoghue Barrett & Singal where he represents hospitals, managed care organizations, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, physician groups, assisted living residences, and ambulatory surgery centers. His representative matters include hospital and corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and affiliations, advising clients on medical peer review issues, taxable and tax-exempt financing, hospital operations, policies and procedures, Board of Registration in Medicine investigations, Medicare and Medicaid, and medical education.  David also provides general business and corporate legal services on a wide range of issues, such as day-to-day business strategy, regulatory and corporate compliance, vendor contracting, HIPAA, medical staff credentialing, healthcare fraud and abuse, contracting, and employment law.

While in law school, at Suffolk University Law School, David was a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the Office of the Governor’s Legal Counsel and served as the co-Lead Articles editor of the Journal of Health & Biomedical Law. David attended Muhlenberg College, where he received a B.A. in International Studies and Russian Studies.  David received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Lauren Corbett
Beck Reed Riden LLP

Lauren is an associate in the litigation group of Beck Reed Riden LLP. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on trade secret and noncompete disputes. Lauren also advises both individuals and corporations on noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements, as well as employee mobility.

Lauren is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, where she serves on the Practical Skills Committee of the New Lawyers Section. She also a member of the Boston Attorneys’ Networking Group.

Lauren received her JD from Boston University School of Law. During law school, Lauren co-founded the Entrepreneurship and Finance Club and represented indigent clients through the Employment Rights Clinic. Lauren was also a published member of the International Law Journal

Joshua M. Daniels

Josh Daniels is an appellate attorney with experience litigating cases in a wide variety of legal areas, including constitutional law, environmental law, criminal cases, and class actions. He was recently a member of Goodwin Procter’s Boston office, where he practiced for more than 7 years and devoted many hours to various pro bono and public interest litigation matters, including successful First Amendment challenges to anti-panhandling ordinances enacted by the cities of Worcester, MA and Portland, ME, postconviction challenges to criminal convictions, and authoring amicus briefs and other work in support of the recent challenges to the legality of the Trump administration’s “travel ban” executive orders.  Josh is a member of the Steering Committee of the BBA’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section and a regular volunteer with the Massachusetts Appeals Court’s Civil Appeals Clinic.

Gregory Dorchak
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts

Gregory Dorchak is a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Rights Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. He was previously a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Greg earned a Ph.D. in rhetorical theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught courses on critical rhetorical theory and public policy. Greg currently still teaches a course on public policy in the University of Massachusetts University Without Walls program. Greg also graduated from Syracuse University, where he studied journalism, rhetorical theory, and history, and Northeastern University, where he earned his J.D.

Justin Kesselman
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP

Justin is an Associate in Posternak’s Litigation Department and Bankruptcy Group.  Justin’s practice is focused on finding practical, efficient, and creative solutions to business problems.  He has represented clients in resolving disputes over commercial contracts, fiduciary duties, fraudulent transfers, security interests, taxation, trademark rights, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  A significant portion of his time is devoted to the representation of debtors, creditors, and estate fiduciaries both in bankruptcy court and out-of-court insolvency situations.  Justin has experience investigating causes of insolvency, selling distressed assets, negotiating with creditors, administering assignments for the benefit of creditors, and assisting other affected parties in navigating the bankruptcy process.

Justin serves as co-chair of the BBA’s New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee and has volunteered his time for a number of educational outreach programs, including the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, Read to a Child, Law Day in the Schools, and Discovering Justice: Stand Up For Your Rights.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Justin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and New England School of Law.  Prior to attending law school, he managed a large regional restaurant and brewery for several years.

Michael Kippins
Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Michael A. Kippins is a litigation associate at Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where he represents individuals and businesses in state and federal courts.  He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, and his practice encompasses a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including business torts, contract and employment disputes, and insurance defense.

In addition to being a member of the Boston Bar Association, Michael is a Co-Chair of the Student Support Committee for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Friends Council.

Prior to joining Prince Lobel, Michael served as a judicial clerk to Justice Margot Botsford of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice R. Malcolm Graham of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Michael earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Michael Licker
Foley Hoag LLP

Michael is an associate in Foley Hoag’s Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on white collar crime and government investigations, securities litigation and other complex civil litigation. He has represented clients at trial and argued in both state and federal court and successfully presented oral argument on behalf of a client to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, resulting in the lower court’s decision being overturned. He has also represented companies, and their executives, in government and internal investigations relating to health care, accounting, insider trading and obstruction of justice. His civil litigation practice includes representing clients in state and federal courts in matters involving RICO, the False Claims Act, the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, breach of fiduciary claims and other complex litigation matters.  Michael also served four months as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County.

Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Michael served as a law clerk to the Hon. James E. Duggan of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. During law school, he worked as a law clerk for Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Honorable Paul Higginbotham of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Jessica Lisak
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Jessica Lisak is a Senior Associate in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  She represents public companies and financial institutions in connection with government investigations and securities litigation in state and federal courts.  Jessica maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented clients in a range of matters, including asylum, housing, public benefits, sealing criminal records, and resolving outstanding warrants.  She is a member of WilmerHale’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and also serves as coordinator of WilmerHale’s Biannual Legal Clinics, which are organized in partnership with the Massachusetts Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Jessica interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston.  Jessica is a graduate of Boston College, where she received her B.A. in Philosophy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  She also received her M.S. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and her J.D. from Boston University, where she graduated cum laude.

Sammy Nabulsi
City of Boston Law Department

After graduating from Suffolk University Law School in May 2014, Sammy served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  During his time as a law clerk, Sammy rotated between the Superior Courthouses in Suffolk County, Norfolk County and Bristol County, clerking for several Justices.

In August 2015, Sammy joined the City of Boston’s Law Department as Assistant Corporation Counsel.  Sammy provides legal counsel to several cabinet members of the Walsh Administration and their departments, including Environment, Immigrant Advancement, Fair Housing, Women’s Advancement, Inspectional Services Department, Arts & Culture, Tourism, Sports & Entertainment, and the Licensing Board.  Sammy also represents the City in environmental, historical preservation, and zoning litigation.

Prior to graduating from Suffolk Law, Sammy interned in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts with Judge Timothy Hillman and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit with Judge Juan Torruella.  After his second year of law school, Sammy was a Summer Associate with the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough and was a legal interaction intern for the legal startup, Mootus, Inc.

In addition to his practice, Sammy is currently the Clerk for the New England Muslim Bar Association and is an active member of the Boston Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section and Government Lawyers Forum. He has also presented before the Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association.

Sammy currently resides in Roxbury with his wife, Fatima, and newborn son, Naji.

Kimberly Parr
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Administrative Law Division

Kim is an Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division of the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey.  She primarily represents the Commonwealth, its officers and agencies in cases challenging state laws, regulations, and agency actions.  Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Kim was an associate in the litigation department of Mintz Levin, where she worked on commercial and business litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.  While at Mintz Levin, Kim also maintained an active pro bono practice and assisted in creating the Commonwealth’s first pro bono program and clinic devoted to appellate issues, which continues to operate at the Appeals Court each week.  Shortly after graduating from BU Law, Kim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy (ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Boston University and currently lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

Carla Reeves
Goulston & Storrs PC

Carla Reeves is a litigation associate at Goulston & Storrs PC, where her practice is focused on employment litigation and counseling.  Carla represents employers in state and federal court, administrative proceedings, and mediations involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, employee misclassification, tortious interference, and breach of non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.  She also provides counseling to employers of all sizes in a broad range of employment matters.

Carla has devoted substantial time to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations in need.  Her pro bono work includes providing employment advice and representation to non-profit organizations, and representing low-income domestic violence survivors in divorce proceedings through the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project for Battered Women.

Carla received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Language and Literature from Union College (NY) and her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

Anne Sheldon
DOVE, Inc.

Anne Sheldon is a Staff Attorney at DOVE, Inc. (Domestic Violence Ended) where she represents survivors of domestic violence in family law and restraining order matters.  DOVE is a nonprofit that provides comprehensive domestic violence services in Norfolk County. Anne loves providing legal services in a multiservice setting where she know her clients can access the holistic services they need to find peace and safety in their lives. Before law school, Anne worked in public policy at a few nonprofit organizations in both Massachusetts and Maine. As a community organizer for the Maine Women’s Lobby, she worked on issues such as paid sick time, abortion rights and public benefits. She also worked for two years as a public policy assistant at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston, where she engaged clients and staff on policy issues affecting poor and homeless women at the legislature. Anne attended Northeastern University School of Law and Bates College.


Rachel Smit
Fair Work, P.C.

Rachel is an associate at Fair Work, P.C., where she represents plaintiffs in wage & hour class actions and in individual cases of discrimination and retaliation. Prior to joining Fair Work, Rachel worked at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she represented primarily immigrant employees and provided legal support to community-based organizations and coalitions advocating for immigrant worker rights.  Rachel’s work at GBLS was funded by the Skadden Fellowship Program (sometimes referred to as the “Legal Peace Corps”).

Rachel is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she was awarded the Warren S. Gilford Humanity and Law Prize for her commitment to public service.  Prior to law school, Rachel worked on state health policy and in local government.  She holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, where she concentrated in economics and public policy, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College.

Having grown up in the heartland, Rachel is happy to discuss “What’s the Matter with Kansas” with just about anyone.

Nicholas Stabile
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Nick is an associate in Nutter’s Private Client Department. Clients rely on Nick for counsel on a wide range of estate planning matters, including straightforward estate planning for young individuals and families to sophisticated plans focusing on minimizing estate and gift taxes. Fiduciaries and family members frequently engage Nick to represent them in probate courts across Massachusetts, administer estates and trusts, and appoint guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated persons, and persons with disabilities. As a member of Nutter’s Diversity Action Committee, Nick leads the firm’s efforts to create a more inclusive and dynamic community and workplace. Nick serves as chair of the Leadership Council of Playworks New England, an organization harnessing the impact of play and physical activity to improve learning, decrease conflicts, and help young students develop leadership skills. Nick is a graduate of Bucknell University and Boston College Law School, where he was an executive editor of The Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest, provided community legal services with the Legal Assistance Bureau, and received the John D. O’Reilly, Jr. Award for contribution to the law school community through service to its students.

Alexis P. Theriault
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Alexis is a litigation associate at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, where she has a diverse civil and commercial litigation practice. She concentrates her practice in the areas of complex business litigation, professional liability, and employment law. Alexis also frequently represents and advises insurance companies in cases involving bad faith claims, high-exposure losses, and losses that present unusual or challenging coverage issues. In her pro bono work, Alexis successfully represented the mother of two minor children in a hotly contested custody dispute through the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project. She also volunteers her time judging Boston-area high school students competing in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project’s Moot Court Competition and helping to coach Suffolk University Law School’s National Moot Court Team.

Alexis is very active within the Boston legal community, serving as the liaison from the Boston Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section to the Business and Commercial Litigation Section and as a member of the steering committee for the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers Division. In her capacity as a Junior Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows, she has served on several steering committees for BBF events and co-chaired the 2017 Casino Night event. Alexis is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and Suffolk University Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was an editor of the Suffolk University Law Review.

Jessica Wall
Anderson & Kreiger LLP

Jessica Wall is an associate at Anderson & Kreiger LLP, where she advises clients on environmental, litigation, airport, and municipal issues.  She has represented public and private sector clients in matters involving permitting, regulatory compliance, land use, and other complex commercial and regulatory issues.  Jessica also maintains an active pro bono practice.  She is the former liaison between the BBA’s Environmental Law and New Lawyers Committees, and has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star for multiple years.

Jessica received her B.A. in History from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.  At BU Law, Jessica was an Executive Editor for the Public Interest Law Journal.  She also served as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section, and interned for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

John Weaver
McLane Middleton Professional Association

John Frank Weaver is an attorney with McLane Middleton Professional Association, based in Woburn and Boston, Massachusetts. He has a diverse practice that focuses on real estate, telecommunications, and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, and drones. In his real estate practice, John assists clients to navigate land use permitting, draft leases, sell and acquire real estate, obtain financing, and negotiate title insurance policies. John has devoted substantial time to pro bono clients who need assistance with real estate matters, including fighting foreclosures, negotiating disputes with landlords, and securing affordable housing. In the telecommunications field, John has extensive experience working with carriers and tower companies to permit and lease wireless facilities, while also advising on relevant local, state, and federal regulations. As an emerging technologies lawyer, John has advised a wide range of companies – from startups to international corporations – on regulatory and legal issues unique to those technologies, including data privacy concerns, regulations governing drones, internet of things infrastructure deployment, and state legislation affecting self-driving cars.

John is the author of Robots Are People Too, released by Praeger Publishing, which explores legal issues implicated by autonomous technology and artificial intelligence, and a contributing writer at Slate magazine, where his articles focus on similar issues. John is also a sought after speaker on topics related to law and emerging technologies, and has been interviewed by The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the Boston Business Journal, among other media outlets.

Mark Zglobicki
Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General

Mark is an Associate General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General. As a member of the Legal Division, he assists with matters related to employment, ethics, and internal policies and procedures. He also assists with investigations into fraud, waste and abuse in the expenditure of public funds. Prior to joining the Inspector General’s Office, Mark served as a volunteer attorney for the Court Service Center within the Boston Municipal Court. Mark is a graduate of Binghamton University and Suffolk University Law School.

Catching up with the Summer Jobs Program

Over the past three weeks, over 50 Boston Public School students have been working at law firms, courts, government agencies, and legal services organizations across the city as a part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program. Monday, July 10th kicked off the official start of the Boston Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, which is a partnership with Boston Public Schools, the Boston Private Industry Council, and dozens of organizations throughout the city. At the BBA, our students started their morning on the 10th hearing advice and encouragement before they travelled with their supervisors for the summer back to their respective offices. Keynote speaker Natashia Tidwell (Collora LLP) spoke about her experience growing up in the area and joining the Cambridge Police Department after high school. Tidwell was the first officer assigned to work within Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and she built unity between students, their community, and the police department. While working at the Cambridge Police Department, Tidwell worked through undergrad and then law school taking evening classes while rising to the rank of lieutenant. After graduating law school, she worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as a professor at New England Law, and she helped provide input on policies for police departments around the country prior to joining Collora.

 

Tidwell used her experiences to show the students that there’s no one path to any goal. While some in the room may graduate high school and immediately enter college and then law school, others may not attend college right away or end up in the career they expect. She also reminded students to not measure themselves against others noting to not “compare someone else’s outside to your inside” because everyone has their own struggles. While the students are working this summer, Tidwell encouraged them to make the most of the experience and learn from those around them.

 

 

Throughout the summer, the students also participate in weekly Enrichment Seminars through the BBA, which are designed to enhance the students’ understanding of working in the legal field. First, the students all received a Law 101 crash course. Attorneys Carla Reeves and Priya Amar (Goulston & Storrs) walked the students through the requirements for becoming an attorney, including completing undergrad and law school and the all-important bar exam. Students also learned the difference between federal and state courts and criminal and civil cases. By learning the basics and some simple vocabulary, the students are more prepared to converse within their offices and understand how their work compares to what they’ve seen on TV.

 

For many of the students in the program, this is their first paid job and with that comes their first paycheck. In the second week of the program, students met with Chris Condon (Murphy & King) for a financial literacy overview. The topics of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program were condensed for the students with particular emphasis on budgeting and banking. Students asked many questions about bank fees and the importance of a good credit score. Later in the summer, the students will visit the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to learn about the consequences of poor budgeting and filing for bankruptcy.

 

 

Most recently, the students visited the John Adams Courthouse for a tour of the exhibits and courtrooms. Two of the courthouse’s permanent exhibits introduced the students to Boston’s rich legal history: the Sacco and Vanzetti trial and John Adams, whose regular meetings with attorneys in Boston are the origin of the BBA. Students also visited two courtrooms where they learned the literal meaning of “passing the bar” and were able to experience sitting on the bench in the Supreme Judicial Court’s main courtroom. Through exposure to the courtroom and hearing about the history of the building and the judicial system, the students create a fuller picture of the legal system in Massachusetts.

With four weeks left in the program, the students are nearly halfway through their internship. Coming up, they’ll be learning about student loans and meeting attorneys across many fields of law. We’re also grateful for the organizations that have hired students this summer and are providing the students with essential workplace skills and experiences.

 

Pro Bono Training: Tools for Immigrant Families to Insure Emergency Preparedness

For immigrant families living in a time of increased enforcement, deportation can be a pervasive fear. While planning for an unanticipated emergency is challenging, there are tools that immigrant families can use to protect their children from an uncertain outcome if a parent or guardian were to be detained or deported.

This week at the BBA, Nancy J. Kelly (GBLS), Emily Leung (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute), William C. Newman (ACLU) and Jamie Sabino (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute) came to speak to attorneys about helping their clients prepare.

The first step, they said, is for families to have conversations that include their children about what would happen in the event of an immigration-related emergency. It helps to get families and alternative caregivers on the same page about a childcare plan in advance, either informally or through a written legal agreement. They also advised families to prepare important documents ahead of time and keep them in a safe location known to all members of the family.

“Know Your Rights” trainings are also a good resource for families, they said. The attorneys also provided a list of free legal services providers that might be able to help families in a dire situation.