Over the weekend, members from the Boston Bar Association volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank helping to sort and pack food for families across Eastern Massachusetts. The volunteers for the day made 13, 356 meals possible and sorted over 16, 500 lbs of food. Thank you to our BBA members dedicated to giving back to the community!
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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.
Thank you for a wonderful year, we can’t wait to kickoff 2017 with you!
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.
The BBA’s weekend volunteer opportunities have been filling up quickly! Last week a group of attorneys headed to the Pine Street Inn to help prepare meals for the homeless at the Pine Street Inn and learn about the problem of homelessness in Boston.
Are you looking for a similar volunteer opportunity? Don’t miss the Greater Boston Food Bank on March 23rd from 5:30-8:00 pm. Click here to learn more.
Blizzards and slow public transportation didn’t stop our volunteers from getting out in the community and giving back during 2015. Take a look below for highlights from the BBA’s 2015 public service efforts:
If you’re looking to give back this holiday season, look no further! The BBA and BBF have a number of ways for you to support our community:
- Sign up for a pro bono training: Don’t miss the Representing a Pro Bono Debtor in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Pro Bono Training on January 21st with the Volunteer Lawyers Project or CORI Matters— Learn How to Help Low Income Clients Seal Criminal Records Pro Bono Training with Greater Boston Legal Services on February 2nd.
- Donate to the BBF Annual Campaign: Generous community members like you make our essential work in the community possible. Each year, thousands of children, adults and families in Greater Boston are thankful for the access to justice and unique educational opportunities that they receive because of generous donors to the BBF. Contribute today to make an impact.
- Mark your calendars for Walk to the Hill: Join hundreds of private attorneys and civil legal aid advocates at the Massachusetts State House on January 28th to demonstrate your support for state funding of civil legal aid. Be sure to stop by the BBA at 10 am to meet up with other attorneys before heading over to the event. Click here to learn more.
- Use AmazonSmile: AmazonSmile is a way for you to give back to the BBF in a small way as you finish up your holiday shopping. Just go to smile.amazon.com and log in using your normal Amazon account name and password. Then select the Boston Bar Foundation as your charity and shop as you normally would. The BBF will receive a small percentage of the proceeds from your purchase.
- Buy a ticket to Adams Benefit: Join the BBF for the John & Abigail Adams Benefit on January 30th at the Museum of Fine Arts for an unforgettable night of live entertainment, gourmet food and beverages and beautiful galleries and exhibits. 100% of the proceeds from the Adams Benefit will be used for direct grants to organizations that serve thousands of individuals and families struggling with issues such as homelessness, domestic violence and various forms of injustice. Learn more about the event and how you can purchase tickets here.
- Join the BBF’s Society of Fellows: When you join the BBF’s Society of Fellows, you join a community of more than 400 of Boston’s leading attorneys who are committed to investing in our city’s future. Fellows pledge to make contributions to the BBF’s permanent endowment so that the BBF can continue its work in our community. Fellows receive exclusive invitations throughout the year to attend networking events and receptions, and come together to hear from representatives of BBF grantee organizations, public service volunteers and other inspirational speakers. Contact Tara Trask at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBA members have been taking advantage of this fall’s beautiful weather by spending weekends outside and giving back. During October, the Environmental Law Public Service Committee, New Lawyers Public Service Committee, and Bankruptcy Public Service Committee participated in the Franklin Park Clean Up and Food Project. These events give attorneys an opportunity to give back, while meeting other attorneys in a more informal, relaxed setting.
If you’re committed to helping the environment but you want to get involved in a legal-related volunteer opportunity, check out the Conservation Law Center’s Legal Services Food Hub Program. Here’s more information on the opportunity:
Because many farmers and food entrepreneurs in New England struggle to overcome the high legal fees associated with doing business, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has established the Legal Services Food Hub (Hub), which is designed to connect eligible lower-income farmers, food entrepreneurs and food related organizations/groups with experienced attorneys from a growing network who work on the farmers’ legal issues on a pro bono basis. Participation in the Hub program is based on an income cap for the farmers, and the initial focus is on cases involving transactional issues, such as land acquisition/transfer, estate issues, taxes, contracts and incorporation. The Hub has already provided pro bono legal services to numerous clients, including a group of farmers seeking to form an agricultural cooperative in New Hampshire, and a fruit-based ice cream company in Massachusetts seeking trademark advice. For more information, check out the Hub website at: http://www.legalservicesfoodhub.org.
The 22nd BBA Summer Jobs Programs is officially underway. Yesterday, the students headed to 16 Beacon Street for a crash course in business etiquette at the program orientation. This morning, they returned to 16 Beacon to meet their employers at the annual Kickoff Event. This year’s keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall, the Deputy Director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, shared some words of wisdom and encouragement with the students.
Here’s what the BBA‘s own Summer Jobs interns had to say about the event:
It was amazing to attend the Kickoff Event. I really liked Rahsaan Hall’s speech. It was inspirational and motivating. It opened my mind to more possibilities.
Jennifer Le, a recent graduate of Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park
Rahsaan Hall’s speech at today’s Kickoff was very inspiring. I was feeling insecure and uncomfortable when I got here, but his speech about the man who chose the broken down bucket really spoke to me. The idea that we all offer something even if we don’t know what it is motivated me, and I am definitely ready for the rest of the summer.
Elijah Oyenuga, a recent graduate of Another Course to College in Brighton
As you may remember, the BBA Summer Jobs Program is part of the City of Boston’s citywide summer jobs initiative for Boston teens. If you missed this article last month, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the city will be creating 200 more summer job positions for Boston youth in addition to the 10,000 positions already secured, including our 65 positions in the legal field.
Check out the pictures below for some highlights from this year’s Orientation and Kickoff event:
Stay tuned for more updates about the Summer Jobs students throughout the summer.
Guest Post: Jennifer Le is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. Jennifer recently graduated from Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and will be participating in the Foundation Year Program at Northeastern University next year.
Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit John Joseph Moakley Courthouse with the BBA Judicial Interns. The Moakley Courthouse is a beautiful building filled with amazing, interesting architectural design and one of Boston’s historical tourist spot. This courthouse is also known for its famous federal cases, including the Boston Marathon Bomber (United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) and the Whitey Bulger cases (United States of America v. James J. Bulger).
Our tour guide educated us on the architecture of the building. The front of the building is made up of metal that’s nearly indestructible to prevent bombings and injuries of any kind. The courthouse is also designed to emphasize equality amongst criminals, citizens, lawyers, and Judges. For example, the Judge’s seat is at eye level of a lawyer when the lawyer stands up and criminals are not to wear orange jumpsuits at sentencing.
We had the chance to observe three court cases, including a child pornography case, kidnapping case, and an alleged fraudulent workers compensation case. At the end of the kidnapping case, we even spoke with Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton about the court proceeding in greater detail.
It’s astonishing to see how much history is embedded into one building and to realize that it will continue to amaze and motivate people like myself. I can’t wait to see the long and exciting future that the Moakley Courthouse holds, with all the amazing cases, the art and design. The knowledge and experience will be endless! I’ve always wanted to become a lawyer, and I feel even more motivated after visiting the Moakley Courthouse.
This week, the BBA’s PILP 11 class held its final meeting. This group of 16 exemplified the mission of the Public Interest Leadership Program: to promote civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession, and the Commonwealth. To do so, PILP 11 invited leaders from the legal community and beyond to discuss current legal needs and trends, leadership fundamentals, and how to be involved within the community.
The PILP 11 class and Beyond the Billable would like to thank all of the guest speakers for their time, support, and insight. Our slate of amazing speakers included:
- Leadership and management consultant Glenn Mangurian
- Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston Eugene L. O’Flaherty
- BBA Reentry Education Standing Committee members
- Eric Haskell, Middlesex District Attorney’s Office
- Brendan St. Amant, Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP
- District Court
- Mark Wolf
- Denise Casper
- Leo Sorokin
- Jeffrey Rudman, WilmerHale and Boston Public Library Trustee
- Richard Page, Executive Director, BBA and BBF
- Local Politicians
- Barry Finegold, former State Senator for Second Essex and Middlesex District, Massachusetts;
- John Connolly, Boston mayoral candidate in 2014 and founder of the non-profit 1647; and
- Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large
- Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo
- Caroline Robinson, Director, MassLegalHelp
- Lonnie Powers, Executive Director, MLAC
- Lisa Tittemore, Partner, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
- Joel Buenaventura, Deputy General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Jack Regan, Partner, WilmerHale and Past BBA President
As you can see, PILP 11 had quite the year. Stay tuned for news on the new PILP 12 class!