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].

BBA Shows Pride in Boston

This past Saturday, thousands marched in the 43rd annual Boston Pride Festival. This year’s theme, “Moving Forward…Proud, Strong, United” comes just weeks before the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

BBA staff set up their booth at City Hall Plaza, and reached out to the community by providing information on how to obtain a lawyer from the BBA Lawyer Referral Service.

Notable Pride attendees included Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

This year marked the 43rd year of Boston Pride, which over the decades has celebrated and promoted equal rights for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

BBA employees Katie D’Angelo and Solana Goss helped to staff the BBA LRS Booth.

Pride Festival attendees celebrate their inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston.

Approximately 35,000 people attended Pride Parade as participants and spectators in support of the cause.

For more information on the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, please contact Solana Goss, LRS Intake Coordinator, at [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.

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].