A Year in Photos – Public Service in 2016

From teaching over 1,500 students their Miranda Rights to instituting a Bar Exam Coaching Program, 2016 was a successful year at the BBA. For highlights and our favorite photos from the year, read on to see how you and your colleagues contributed to our public services initiatives in 2016.

Over 1,000 guests attended the 2016 John and Abigail Adams Benefit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Each year, our premier fundraiser provides support for the legal services organizations in our community. We're grateful for the over $600,000 raised in 2016.

Over 1,000 guests attended the 2016 John and Abigail Adams Benefit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Each year, our premier fundraiser provides support for the legal services organizations in our community. We’re grateful for the over $600,000 raised in 2016.

Molly Baldwin, Executive Director of Roca, accepts the 2016 Public Service Award on behalf of the organization. Roca was recognized for their work reducing recidivism and improving employment rates for young men in Massachusetts.

Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, addresses the crowd at Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. Each year, hundreds of private attorneys and civil legal aid advocates converge on the Massachusetts State House to demonstrate their support for state funding of civil legal aid.

Anuj Kheterpal, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, leads a session of the Reentry Education Program at the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Presenting on topics ranging from family law, affordable housing, and CORI sealing, the Reentry Education Program provides useful information and resources to probationers in our community.

The BBA’s Military and Veterans Committee works throughout the year to both address the legal needs of our veterans community and also provide a space for attorneys who have served or are serving in the military the chance to connect. Luncheons held throughout the year provide an informal, conversational means for veteran attorneys to connect.

One of the most anticipated events of the year is always the BBA’s Casino Night for Summer Jobs. Inside the BBA, the rooms are transformed into a functioning casino spaces for guests to enjoy throughout the building. All proceeds from the event support our Summer Jobs program. Specifically, donations allow high school students the opportunity to work at legal services organizations, courts, and government agencies that may not otherwise have the resources to hire a student.

For over ten years, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy program has taught high school students financial responsibility. Above, students from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School visit Judge Joan N. Feeney’s courtroom to learn the consequences of filing for bankruptcy.

Members of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows gaze at an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts last spring. The Society of Fellows is a group of over 400 attorneys who’ve pledged their support for the BBA’s public service initiatives.

An active group within the BBA, the New Lawyers Public Service Committee plans nearly monthly volunteer events for attorneys to give back to their community through direct service. Here, BBA volunteers are working with the Charles River Watershed Association to clean-up the banks of the Charles River.

As part of the annual Law Day activities each spring, the BBA hosts its Law Day in the Schools program through which attorney volunteers introduce students in kindergarten to 12th grade to the legal profession and legal issues. In 2016, Law Day in the Schools focused on Miranda Rights, which seemed especially to resonate with students during a year marked by discussion of the balance of power between law enforcement and citizens.

At the 2016 Law Day Dinner, former BBA President Jack Regan, WilmerHale, was presented the Thurgood Marshall Award for his commitment to public service. Regan has tirelessly worked to support pro bono services for military personnel, veterans, and their families.

The John G. Brooks Legal Services Award was presented at Law Day Dinner to Daniel Nagin, founder of the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Nagin also helped start the Low Income Tax Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

Pairings: A Gourmet Evening for Public Service supports all of the public service programs of the BBA. Guests of the event are treated to delicious dishes from area restaurants while learning about the programs their contribution supports.

Throughout the year, the BBA hosts numerous pro bono trainings on a range of practice areas. We partner with many legal services organizations to connect our members to their pro bono opportunities. Above, attorneys lead a training on how to volunteer for the Family Law Court Clinic at the Court Service Center.

Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge addresses the audience at the BBA’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Program. The symposium focused on restorative justice initiatives in the Commonwealth as particularly related to the state’s youth. This event was the culmination of the 12th Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) class’ 14-month program. PILP promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership roles of new lawyers. Throughout the program, the class examines various issues facing our community and concludes with a symposium of entirely their design.

Summer is a beloved time at the BBA because it means that law firms, courts, government agencies, and legal services organizations across the city will host high school student interns as part of our Summer Jobs Program. Students gain valuable insight into the legal profession and office work experience as they intern during their summer break. Students are also provided Enrichment Seminars, which enhance their experience and provide exposure to various legal careers, the workings of the Supreme Judicial Court, and more.

Janet Bostwick, Janet E. Bostwick, PC, was acknowledged this past year for her devotion to the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. Bostwick was appointed head of the Financial Literacy Committee by her dear and late friend, M. Ellen Carpenter in 2004 and has since grown the program to teach over 500 students a year. Bostwick stepped down from the Committee after 12 years and we’re thankful for her service.

Law students and attorneys met with various legal services organizations and government agencies as they browsed the Pro Bono Fair & Open House in October. The event draws scores of people each year and provides organizations the chance to attract new volunteers.

BBA President Carol Starkey, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, meets with Katy Buckland, principal of UP Academy Boston. The BBA President participates in Principal for a Day each year to gain insight into the day-to-day activities of the students many of our public service programs impact.

 

Thank you for a wonderful year, we can’t wait to kickoff 2017 with you!

Addressing Human Trafficking in Massachusetts

Recent comments by Attorney General Maura Healey on Boston Public Radio demonstrate the extent of human trafficking in the Commonwealth. Often unseen, the AG’s Office reports that 1 in 5 men in the state have tried buying sex online. Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Boston, a network of organizations devoted to ending human trafficking, is trying to stop the demand by targeting buyers. Through their strategy, they hope to hold sex buyers accountable and provide educational insight into the additional effects of human trafficking. On Monday, January 23rd at 12:30 PM, the BBA will host a program with speakers from CEASE Boston to further discuss the program’s objectives and strategies. We hope you’ll join us to hear more on this pervasive issue.

Click here to read more on the reports from the AG’s Office. To RSVP for the BBA program, No Buyers, No Business. Combatting Human Trafficking by Targeting the Demand, please click here or email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

BBA Recognized in BBJ as Top 2016 Summer Jobs Employer

The Boston Bar Association was thrilled upon opening a recent edition of the Boston Business Journal and seeing our name alongside other top Summer Jobs employers. The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) is a crucial and cherished partner for our Summer Jobs Program, identifying the exceptional Boston Public School students we accept into our program each year. In 2016, thanks to the work of the PIC and all of our employer partners, we placed 58 students in paying jobs throughout the city. For 2017, we hope you’ll support the program and help us hire even more students in the summer. We thank those who have already pledged to hire one or more students in 2017:

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Collora LLP

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP  **hiring 2 students

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Shaevel & Krems, LLP

Verrill Dana LLP

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

If you’d like information about how to hire or sponsor a student, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

PILP Introduced to Veterans Initiatives in Massachusetts

Veterans Treatment Court Judge Eleanor Sinnott during a session.

Coinciding with Veterans Day in November, the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) heard from two prominent veterans’ advocates in the Commonwealth. First, the group met with Judge Eleanor C. Sinnott who presides over Boston’s Veterans Treatment Court. The court, which began in 2014 under her guidance, is one of five in the state and like the others, seeks to help veterans who’ve found themselves in the court system. Through the voluntary program, which accepts 15-20 cases at a time, veterans are matched with a volunteer peer veteran mentor that helps guide them through the 12-24 months. Those mentors support the veteran as they complete extensive counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, needs assessments, court hearings, and more. At this time, none of the participants have been court-involved since graduating the program. Judge Sinnott, a veteran herself, is very aware of the special needs of our veterans community. She noted the difference between military and civilian culture and the strong support system that exists amongst veterans. The mentorship component of Veterans Treatment Court is perhaps its biggest key to success. For those interested in learning more about the Veterans Treatment Court or who would like to refer a case to the court, please click here.

PILP also heard from Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services. Secretary Ureña discussed their programs related to financial assistance, Soldiers’ Homes and state cemeteries, and advocacy and outreach. The department works closely with Veterans Legal Services and the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, connecting veterans to their pro bono services. Additionally, Secretary Ureña identified homelessness as one of the department’s top focus areas, as well as general outreach to the veterans population of Massachusetts to alert them of their services. The Secretary urged PILP to learn more about how they can assist veterans through pro bono work.

If you would like information on how to perform veterans pro bono work, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected]

VLP Announces September – November Honor Roll

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation in September, October and November:

Samuel Ames
Nicolette Anagnos
Tristan Axelrod
Dick Bauer
Thomas Beauvais
Elaine M. Benkoski
Stephanie Biggs
Christina Bitter
Sarah Boonin
Larry Booz
Rebecca Brodie
Lisa Brown
Robert Burdick
Edward Burns
Rachel Bussey
Lisa Callahan
Michael Campinell
Philip Chan
Christopher Clark
Rosemarie Clinch
Rosemarie Clinch
Ian D. Coghill
Patrick J. Daly
Maureen Jones Devine
Vikas Dhar
Brenda S. Diana
Julie Dick
Eleanora DiLorenzo
Audrey Donovan
Jessica Doucette
Pauline Edmonds
Ashly Wayne Eikelberg
Kellie W. Fisher
Lois Galluzzo
Andres Garron
Michael G. Giarrusso
Philip R. Gindi
David Goldman
Emmanuel Gonzalez
Richard Gruenberger
Bonnie Leigh Heiple
Meredith Hendrix
Karen Hoffman
Nicholas Horan
Robin I. Houston
Scott Hubbell
David P. Hunt
Maegan Hurley
Katherine Insogna
Kerline Jean-Louis
Sharon V. Jones
Haskell A. Kassler
Ilene S. Klein
Lindsay Kosan
Ian Lane
Peter V. Lawlor
Christine Lee
Helen Lee
Yvonne Lee
Michael Levesque
Jacqueline Levy
Julia Lindsey
Michael Lopes
Elizabeth Loranth
Michael MacDonald
Marc Migliazzo
Caryn Mitchell-Munevar
Joseph Molina Flynn
William Moore
Joanna Morris
Madelyn Morris
John Morrissey
Greg Moscatel
Joanne Moses
Ryann Morgan Muir
Justin Murphy
Sarah Murphy-Holroyd
Lynne Myhre
Fernanda H. Naspolini
J.P. Nealon
Yavor Nechev
Kait O’Connor
Kaitlyn Michaud O’Connor
Judy O’Neil
Walter Oney
Holly Ovington
Diane Patrick
William Patton
Julia C. Peyton
Katuscia Pierre-Charles
Nicholas Planty
Steven D. Pohl
John C. Polley
Stephen Provazza
Lei Reilley
Kenneth Reisman
Lola Remy
Hayley Ryan
Lou D. Saban
Erika Schutzman
David Schwartz
Arthur Shum
Joshua Silverstein
Belinda Teye
Sharon L. Toffler
James M. Tourkistas
Olivia Uitto
William Valletta
Judith Vassilovski
Leann Walsh
Heather M. Ward
Neil Warrenbrand
Kristin Weberg
Richard Harris Wheeler
Emily Whelan
Jennifer Williams
Lawrence A. Wind
Charles M. Wyzanski
Catherine Zhang
Ajay Zutshi

Principal for a Day: BBA President Carol Starkey Visits UP Academy

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The following is a guest blog from BBA President Carol Starkey on her experience participating in the Boston Plan for Excellence Principal for a Day program:

Promoting civic education is one of the values I hold dear in my role of public service as President of the Boston Bar Association.  I believe it is our responsibility as lawyers to engage in the mentorship and civic education of our inner city youth, helping them to understand the foundational principles of what it means to be a citizen in our American democracy.  So when I was invited to participate in the Boston Plan for Excellence Principal for a Day Program, an annual initiative to promote Boston’s inner city schools through the engagement of business and civic leaders, I jumped at the chance.

On November 17, 2016, one week after the Presidential election, I visited a school in South Boston known as UP Academy Boston,  where I shadowed Principal Katy Buckland for an entire morning. Principal Buckland is a 30 year old professional who deeply impressed me with her enthusiasm, intellectual leadership and compassion while she gave me a tour of the school under her care of first through eighth graders.  On a daily basis, Principal Buckland overcomes challenges of providing a safe environment for all of her students, while assisting her teachers and colleagues in providing a quality education to children distracted by surviving on low incomes, witnessing violence in the streets and sometimes in their homes, or understanding – and not in a good way – what it means to identify as a minority.

But I left that school feeling invigorated and hopeful, not only because of the dedication and wisdom of the Principal I shadowed that day, but because I saw the hope and excitement in the faces of all of the children under her care, embracing their class room lessons and teachers with trust and enthusiasm.  It takes the innocence of our youth to remind us that we are all grappling with what it means to fit into society – to obtain and retain our rights as citizens – to achieve and develop dreams while overcoming challenges.  And isn’t that at the heart of what it means to be a lawyer – to help others through challenges – to advance the principles from which we can all live and work together?

I wish all of our members at the bar could have shadowed a Principal for a day in our great city of Boston.  It was an important reminder that as lawyers, we can and must be mentors for our youth, and perhaps more importantly, we must be educators as well.

BBA Summer Jobs Recruitment Begins This Week

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Boston Municipal Court Judge Hon. Serge Georges with 2016 Summer Jobs Students (from left) Fatima Adam, Alicia Zhang and Shirley Muscade at the BBA’s Summer Jobs Celebration earlier this year.

While it may be getting colder outside, the BBA is gearing up for next summer and our much loved Summer Jobs Program. The Program is an integral part of Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative to hire over 10,000 Boston teens each summer. With the help of over 40 law offices to secure jobs for nearly 60 teens last summer, we are one of the top ten largest private sector employers in the city. The Program is a long-time partnership between the BBA, City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), and provides students who attend public high schools in the city of Boston the chance to gain professional experience and earn a paycheck.

Earlier this month, The Boston Globe reported that a study completed by the UMass Donahue Institute for the Boston PIC found that while the unemployment rate in Massachusetts is at a 15-year low, these numbers do not reflect the unemployment levels of the Commonwealth’s youth.  Compared to 2008 when over 50% of 16-24 year olds were employed, just over 46% of the same population was employed in 2015. The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Initiative is working to raise youth employment rates in Boston and recognizes the importance of gaining work experience early in life in order to maintain gainful employment in adulthood. The Boston Bar Association is proud to support these efforts and thanks all of our employer partners that have hired a student in the past.

Our Summer Jobs Students have had a successful record helping with many tasks in a busy professional environment. For more information on the program, please click here. If your office is interested in providing a Boston public high school student with a meaningful professional experience in 2017, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] for additional information.

Attorneys Learn Basics of Landlord/Tenant Law and Discover Volunteer Opportunities

This week, over 20 attorneys and law students attended the Boston Bar Association’s Pro Bono Training on Landlord/Tenant Law Basics. Attendees heard from Hon.  Jeffrey M. Winik of the Boston Housing Court, Joanna Allison, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers Project, Dick Bauer, Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center, and Felicia Higginbottom, Law Office of Vesper Gibbs Barnes & Associates. The training covered the basics of summary process and after the training, attendees were invited to volunteer with Volunteer Lawyers Project and Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Volunteer Lawyers Project hosts Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court on Wednesdays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Attorneys and 3:03 certified law students are able to advise and represent low-income tenants and landlords in the Boston Housing Court. For more information on how to become involved, please contact Milton Wong at [email protected].

Lawyers Clearinghouse runs a Legal Clinic for the Homeless at various area homeless shelters and welcomes attorneys wishing to do pro bono work. Please contact their Program Director, Mia Friedman, [email protected], for more information.

Greater Boston Food Bank Volunteers Make Over 17000 Meals Possible

Over the weekend, BBA members volunteered their time at The Greater Boston Food Bank helping sort donated food for distribution. During the 2.5 hour shift, the BBA members and other volunteers sorted 23,567 pounds of food, making 17,675 meals possible for those in need in the Greater Boston Area. If you couldn’t make it out on Saturday or would like to participate in a similar volunteer opportunity in the future, the New Lawyers Public Service Committee is planning events throughout 2016 and 2017. Keep an eye out for a second event at The Greater Boston Food Bank over the next few months.

Nine volunteers donated their time to The Greater Boston Food Bank

Nine volunteers donated their time to The Greater Boston Food Bank

Bar Exam Coaching Program – Call for Law School Grads and Attorney Volunteers

As we approach 2017, many recent law school graduates are preparing to take the February Bar Exam. The Boston Bar Association wants to help those studying manage their mental, emotional, and practical preparation through our Bar Exam Coaching Program. We’re currently recruiting for both law school graduates taking the February exam and attorneys to act as coaches. See below for specific information and to sign-up!


Law School Grads:
Are you taking the Massachusetts Bar Exam in February 2017?

We know you’ve got the academic part of your bar prep under control, but let us help out with the rest. We are ready to connect you with attorney-coaches from diverse personal and professional backgrounds to offer guidance on:

  • time management
  • effective study techniques
  • stress management
  • dealing with anxiety

If you are taking the February exam and would like to be connected with a coach, please complete the online information form.


Attorneys:
Could you offer a helping hand to an applicant sitting for the February 2017 Bar Exam?

We are seeking attorneys to serve as coaches to bar exam applicants sitting for the Massachusetts Bar Exam this February. This is a short term commitment with a big impact. Coaches are not expected to answer substantive law questions, but will be trained to offer guidance on mental preparation, confidence, study tips, time & stress management, and dealing with anxiety. Coaches will communicate with their applicant by e-mail, by phone, or in person.

A training video and coaching guidelines will be provided.

If you would like to volunteer to be a coach, please complete our online information form before Friday, November 11th.


Finally, while not required, you’re invited to join us for our Bar Coaching Kick Off Reception – Monday, November 14th, from 5:30 – 7:30PM!

Meet with applicants, coaches, judges, and bar leaders over pizza. We’ll talk with recent exam-takers about strategies that worked from them.  We’ll also hear from successful attorneys and judges who struggled in their first attempt at taking the exam.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] or at 617-778-1918.