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.

Former Summer Jobs Student Shares Experience – 12 Years Later

Through the BBA's Summer Jobs Program, Boston Public School students gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field while working in firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Through the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program, Boston Public School students gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field while working in firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

As the public service staff dug through the thick stack of Summer Jobs applications for this year’s program, we stumbled upon a recommendation from a teacher at Urban Science Academy who had participated in the program 12 years ago. Beyond the Billable reached out to Isabel Perez, currently a Humanities and AP Literature teacher at Urban Science Academy, to hear more about her experience. Through our conversation, we learned about the significant impact the program had on her future by giving her the confidence and professional experience to succeed.

Click here to see what Isabel had to say about her Summer Jobs experience.

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.

24 Law Students Are Judicial Interns Thanks to BBA Program

The BBA’s Pipeline & Recruitment Committee of the Diversity & Inclusion Section welcomed 24 diverse law students to the Summer Judicial Internship Program at last night’s orientation meeting. Judge Tochka and Judge Ronquillo, both of the Boston Municipal Court, who have spearheaded this initiative at the BBA offered students tips for working in the court system and making the most of their summer internship. Pipeline & Recruitment Committee Co-Chairs Angela Gomes (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates) and Mia Friedman (Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service Suffolk University Law School) shared information on the Diversity & Inclusion Section and its programming.

These Judicial Interns students will work alongside judges in the Boston Municipal Courts, District Courts and Probate & Family Courts. In addition, interns are invited to engage in weekly professional networking meetings held at the BBA.

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Judicial interns attended an orientation last night at the BBA. The interns will be working in the Boston Municipal Courts, District Courts and Probate & Family Courts this summer.

Contact Susan Helm at [email protected] or 617-778-1984 for more information on the program

BBA Hosts Roundtable on Family Law Pro Bono Work and Opportunities

Honorable Maureen Monks (Middlesex Probate and Family Court), Manisha Bhatt (Greater Boston Legal Services) and Susan Finegan (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) discussed how their commitment to pro bono and public service work has shaped their careers.

Susan Finegan (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.), Honorable Maureen Monks (Middlesex Probate and Family Court), and Manisha Bhatt (Greater Boston Legal Services) discussed how their commitment to pro bono and public service work has shaped their careers.

Last night, the BBA’s Family Law section held a roundtable discussion at the 16 Beacon Street discussing ways pro bono work can shape your legal career. Three pro bono connoisseurs, Honorable Maureen Monks (Middlesex Probate and Family Court), Manisha Bhatt (Greater Boston Legal Services) and Susan Finegan (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) served as panelists and shared their personal experiences with the audience and discussed ways for others to get involved.

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 Co-op Students in the Field—A Visit to the Boston Housing Court

Last Thursday, the BBA’s Northeastern Co-op students visited the Lawyer for the Day at the Boston Housing Court project to see the volunteers in action. Since the programs inception in May 1999, volunteers have assistant more than 15,000 landlords and tenants. Here’s what the co-op students had to say about their experience:

BBA Co-op students Alixandra Powers and Gaciru Matathia visited the Boston Housing Court last Thursday.

BBA Co-op students Alixandra Powers and Gaciru Matathia visited the Boston Housing Court last Thursday.

“Attending proceedings at the housing court was an interesting experience for me. I would have to say that the most fascinating aspect of the visit was the sheer volume of cases that the housing court deals with on a regular basis. During my visit, the clerk announced over 100 cases that were scheduled to be handled on that day alone. With such a huge number of cases, it is no surprise that the courtroom was packed to capacity with landlords, tenants and attorneys waiting patiently for their case number to be called. However, even with all the people in the room, there still managed to be a basic sense of order and structure which allowed for the proceedings to move along relatively quickly.”

Gaciru Matathia is working in the BBA Lawyer Referral Service until the end of June. Gaciru studies International Affairs, and is pursuing a minor in Social Entrepreneurship.

“Going to the housing court as an intern was a really interesting and educational experience. I learned a lot about how high volume legal issues are addressed in a court room setting and enjoyed being able to see court proceedings first hand. It was also nice to see so many lawyers volunteering their time to people in need.”

Alixandra Powers is working in the BBA Membership Department until the end of May. Alixandra is a History major, and is a cadet in the school’s ROTC program. She hopes to attend law school after graduation, and is interested in becoming a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Military.

Volunteers provide legal advice to landlords and tenants as part of the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program.

Volunteers provide legal advice to landlords and tenants as part of the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program.

For more information on the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, at [email protected].

Law Day Volunteers Step Up – Reach Record Number of Students

With the help of 41 volunteers, the Law Day in the Schools Program taught 782 Boston public school students about the issue of equality. Beyond the Billable would like to acknowledge the attorneys who volunteer their time to make this program possible.

Volunteer Attorney Michelle O’Brien (Mackie Shea O'Brien, PC) asks students in Mr. Lyndon’s 5th grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School what lawyers do.

Volunteer Attorney Michelle O’Brien (Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC) asks students in Mr. Lyndon’s 5th grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School what lawyers do.

Daryl Abbas, The Law Office of Daryl Abbas
Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
Laurie Alexander-Krom, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP
Jeffrey Becker, Office of the Corporation Counsel City of Boston
Susan Bernstein, Susan Bernstein Attorney of Law
Peter Berry, Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C.
Kristin Casavant, Jones Day
Kyle Childers, Boston University Law School
Veronica Contreras, Biogen Idec Inc.
Zeke Davisson, Pierce Atwood LLP
Timmery Donahue
Peter Durning, Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC
Jeremy Eisemann, Liberty Mutual Group
Matthew Fitzsimmons, Law Office of Matthew P. Fitzsimmons
Adam Foss, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Jamie Frank, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Patrick Hanley, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Kathleen Henry, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Matt Iler, Law Office of W. Matthew Iler, Jr.
Kate Isley, Pierce Atwood LLP
Anne Kaczmarek, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Michelle Kalas, Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Joe Keeney, Biogen Idec Inc.
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Keith Kollmeyer, Jones Day
Deborah Levine
E. Chouteau Levine, Levine Dispute Resolution Center LLC
Anthony Low
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Igor Novikov, Law Office of Igor Novikov, P.C.
Michelle O’Brien, Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC
Erika Reis, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Staci Rubin, Alternatives for Community & Environment
Kristen Scioli White, Boston Bar Association
Nancy Shilepsky, Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP
Jennifer Sieczkiewicz, Biogen Idec Inc.
Caroline Simons, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP-Boston
Gary Smith
Ilene Sunshine, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Amy Zahler, Biogen Idec Inc.
For more information on the Law Day in the Schools Program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service 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].

BBA’s Marathon Monday Project Update

The BBA is offering legal assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

The BBA is offering pro bono legal assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

As you may have heard, the BBA has taken an active role in moving Boston forward after the tragic events at the Boston Marathon by offering legal assistance to small businesses on Boylston and Newbury street affected by the bombing. Our members responded in force, with over 200 individuals offering assistance when we asked them to help. Nearly a month later, here’s an update:

  • Thanks to the commitment of our members, the BBA has offered legal assistance to 26 small business owners and individuals who were affected by the Boston Marathon attacks.
  • Through a collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance, the BBA is continuing to get the word out about the available legal services and adapting to the needs of the victims and small businesses in order to effectively refer callers.

Do you know a small business owner or a victim in need of assistance? The Boston Bar Association is connecting those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing to lawyers that can provide pro bono legal assistance for issues such as insurance, labor and employment, relocation, health, and other issues. To access these services, please call the Lawyer Referral Service intake line at 617-742-0625, or Toll Free: (800) 552-7046, or submit an online request here.

Stay tuned for more information as the situation continues to develop.

For more information on the Marathon Monday Project, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].