The theme of this year’s festivities was “Wicked Proud,” evidenced by the city draped in rainbow flags.
This past Saturday, the BBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) joined thousands of participants and spectators at the 45th Annual Boston Pride Parade to support the LGBTQ community.
The festival is part of “Pride Week,” 10 days of events, parades and live performances organized by the nonprofit, Boston Pride. More than 200 companies, schools and other institutions participated.
A number of public officials took part in the festivities, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Attorney General Maura Healey.
BBA staff set up their booth at City Hall Plaza to reach out to Boston’s diverse community, informing attendees how to obtain legal assistance through the LRS. The LRS attends outreach events throughout Boston year round to spread the word about the services offered to public.
BBA employees set up shop at Government Center’s City Hall Plaza.
For more information on the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, please contact Solana Goss, LRS Intake Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year the BBA brings in a bright group of Boston public school students who are eager to experience working in the legal field.
We have a great group of Summer Jobs students who will be heading out to their legal internships at various offices on July 1st. You’ll get the chance to meet our students throughout the summer as we feature them on the blog, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at our interns. Take a look below to learn more about this impressive group of students:
Stay tuned to learn more about our students throughout the summer!
The Access to Justice Fellows program seeks to reduce the impact funding cutbacks have had on legal services by engaging retired lawyers who wish to remain active through pro bono work.
Last Friday, a group of senior lawyers got together with a panel of current and former Access to Justice Fellows (ATJF), as well as a representative from one of the host organizations, to discuss their experiences with the program. The ATJF program pairs lawyers who are retired or transitioning to retirement with non-profit and legal services organizations to provide critical assistance to underserved individuals. The panelists Samantha Morton (Medical Legal Partnership), Martha Koster (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.), William Patton, and Jordan P. Krasnow (Goulston & Storrs PC) shared some advice about how to get involved with the program.
Here’s what panelist Bill Patton had to say about why he believes it is important to get involved:
“The Access to Justice Fellows program is an opportunity for lawyers in retirement or in transition to continue to use their skills and experience in helping people or non-profit organizations that would otherwise have no access to legal advice or representation. One of the best things about the program is the monthly lunches with other fellows to learn about what others are doing and to share ideas.”
Lawyers and judges from all over the city visit Boston public school classes to share their passion for the law with students.
Last week, you read about our successful Law Day in the Schools Program in this article. Our program wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our volunteers who helped draft the curriculum and teach the sessions to 1,000+ Boston public school students. Beyond the Billable would like to thank the following individuals for donating their time to this program:
Jeremy Eisemann, Liberty Mutual Group
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Anuj Khetarpal, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Matthew Welnicki, Melick & Porter, LLP
Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
Thomas Ahmadifar, Sullivan & Worcester
Stephen Brake, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Heidi Brewster, Biogen
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
Alison Casey, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Stephen M. Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Rebecca De Chellis
Ty Edmondson, Biogen
Nathan Edwards, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
David Ferrera, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Tammie Garner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Emily Gianetta, Jones Day
Galen Gilbert, Gilbert & O’Bryan, PC.
Daniel Gleason, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Marcia Gookin, Biogen
Alexandra Gorman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Richard Goulding, Sullivan & Worcester
Jeffery Habenicht, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Yomarie Habenicht, Ernst & Young LLP
Brenda Hansen, Biogen
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Emily Hodge, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Yalonda Howze, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Elizabeth Kayatta, Arrowood Peters LLP
Bethany Keating, Biogen
Sarah Kelly, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Justin Kesselman, Supreme Judicial Court
Lindsay Kosan, Supreme Judicial Court
Nathaniel Koslof, Sullivan & Worcester
Anthony Low, Shapiro Law Group, PC
Stephanie Macholtz, Biogen
Andrew McArdell, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Rakel Meir, Tufts Health Plan
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Laura Miller, Sullivan & Worcester
Rebecca Morton, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Maxine Norgard, Biogen
Elianna Nuzum, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Wadner Oge, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Alexa O’Keefe, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Shirley Paley, Sonus Networks, Inc.
Michael Parran, Biogen
Nency Salamoun, The Victim Rights Law Center, Inc.
Jordan Scott, Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP
Gregory Shiferman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Jennifer Sieczkiewicz, Biogen
Alex Sugerman-Brozan, Segal Roitman LLP
Shagha Tousi, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Stephen Vander Stoep, Biogen
Attorney Stephen Brake shares his knowledge of the law with middle school students at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School.
Seventy-seven attorneys are heading out to teach over one thousand Boston public school students of all ages about the Magna Carta through this year’s Law Day in the Schools Program. The Program, which aims to introduce students to the role of attorneys and the legal system, offers lawyers a way to engage with Boston public school students and share their passion for the law. While students in middle and high school drafted their own charters, elementary school students played a game and participated in a small group activity to learn about the importance of rules.
Attorney Emily Hodge teaches Bradley Elementary School students about why the Magna Carta is important.
If you want to see a closer look at the program, check out this WBUR piece on one of our volunteers, Emily Hodge’s (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP) session in a fourth grade class at Manassah E Bradley School in East Boston.
The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program places Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program has done it again! Last year, the program reached a record-high 64 summer jobs positions. This past week we secured another 64 summer jobs positions for Boston public schools students. Take a look below for the full list of employers signed on to the program this year:
Don’t worry, it’s not too late! There’s still time to get involved. If your office is interested in hiring or sponsoring a Boston public high school student please click here to learn more and contact Katie D’Angelo at email@example.com.
This year the BBF will be funding 15 positions in legal service and government agencies.
As you may remember, the Boston Bar Foundation funds positions for Boston public high school students in government and legal service agencies each summer through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. This year, the BBF will be funding 15 positions—the highest number yet thanks to the help of a number of Boston-based law offices:
Arrowood Peters LLP*
Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP*
* Partial sponsorship
In addition to supporting Boston public high school students, these sponsored positions will also support legal service organizations and government agencies by providing additional help in a busy office environment.
So where will these student be working this summer? Take a look below at some of the placement organizations:
Committee for Public Counsel Services**
Legal Advocacy and Resource Center**
Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards
Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Massachusetts Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
U.S. District Court**
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association**
**Hosting two students
Stay tuned throughout the summer as we update you on the students’ experiences.
Teresa (Terry) Alleyne highlighted the work of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC).
Last Thursday, members of the Society of Fellows joined together and celebrated the end to Boston’s snowiest winter at the Fellows’ Spring Reception. After remarks by BBF President Lisa Goodheart, guest speaker Teresa (Terry) Alleyne, introduced the crowd to the work of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), where she is a senior career counselor. As our long-time readers know, the BBA and PIC have worked together to place over 700 Boston public high school students in paid legal internships through the BBA Summer Jobs Program over the past 22 years. The PIC career specialists in each Boston public high school work tirelessly to select the best candidates for the program, help students with applications, and provide workshops to prepare students for their jobs.
Terry described her job as the best job in the world. She works with a new group of smart, quirky, funny, awkward students each year and gets to see them grow and develop, especially through their summer job. Terry talked about how the students will learn from everything single thing the lawyers do. They have so much to learn, that just by being around lawyers and professionals, they learn simply how to act in a world they have never been a part of before.
This summer the BBF will be funding internship positions for 15 students who will gain valuable paid work experience at non-profit community organizations, government offices and the courts. The support of the Society of Fellows paves the way for the BBF’s sustained funding of important public service initiatives, which not only benefit our community, but help to foster innovative and lasting partnerships between organizations like PIC and the BBA.
The many new faces at the reception highlight the tremendous growth of the Society of Fellows this year, which has welcomed 48 new members since September. These 48 new members join a community of over 400 attorneys who are committed to expanding access to justice, supporting legal aid, and enhancing our community through public service work.
Check out more photos from the event here:
Former BBA President J.D. Smeallie (Holland & Knight), BBF President Lisa Goodheart, and Michael Bogdanow (Meehan, Boyle, Blake & Bogdanow)
Members of the Society of Fellows at this year’s Spring reception.
Tom Gallitano (Conn Kavanaugh), Christine Netski (Sugarman Rogers), and Fellows Committee Co-Chair Jane Willis (Ropes & Gray)
Members of the Society of Fellows enjoy Hor d’Ourves and talk Summer Jobs at their Spring reception.
Thanks to our sponsors, ticket holders and our silent auction winners the BBF raised nearly $35,000 last night to support the BBA Summer Jobs Program, and put 13 students to work this summer! Click here to see a full list of the 2015 Casino Night sponsors.
This year’s event featured a raffle, snacks and drinks, and authentic casino games that gave the 200 attendees a chance to test out their gambling skills. As always, the famed silent auction table got heated as bidding wars broke out over prize packages including luxury box seats to the Celtics, hotel stays on the cape, and various Boston adventures. The most sought after package included a private butchering lesson at The Butcher Shop, a hand crafted cutting board from Birch Barn Designs and a gift certificate to the South End Formaggio that went for a winning bid of $450.
So who were the big winners of the evening? Rob Lashway (Floyd Advisory, LLC), Andy Caffrey (Birnbaum & Godkin, LLP), and Jen Lynn (Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP) “cashed in” the most chips at the end of the evening. However, the real winners are the Boston teens who get the opportunity to earn money and gain professional experience by interning in a legal office this summer.
The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program may be the perfect fit for you. After completing this training, volunteers go into high schools and educate students about the importance of making smart financial decisions.
If you’re searching for a new pro bono opportunity, look no further! The Volunteer Lawyers Project is seeking volunteers to represent debtors in collection suits. Seasoned debt collection defense practitioners, Thomas Beauvais and Danielle Spang, will discuss their strategies and insights for discovery in debt defense cases.
Don’t miss the Environmental Law Public Service Committee’s upcoming brown bag where practitioners Lisa Goodheart and Gene Benson share their perspective on the SJC’s decision in City of Brockton v. EFSB. The program will cover the environmental justice implications of the decision and the role of pro bono representation in environmental justice issues.
Serving on a charitable board is an opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause or mission. You will also gain meaningful experience, broaden your career horizons, and use your skills to serve your community in an area of your interest. This program will address what you need to know in order to be an effective member of a charitable board, as well as how to find the right board for you.
Join our friends at the Victim Rights Law Center for a training that will address the realities and dynamics of sexual assault, how to effectively and sensitively work with a victim of sexual assault, and the best practices applicable to our most common pro bono cases. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to Walk to the Hill? Join the New Lawyers and the Solo & Small Firms Sections for a networking breakfast before walking over to the State House as a group. Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid is one of the largest lobbying events held at the Massachusetts State House. This annual event is critical to obtaining funding for civil legal services. Following “Investing in Justice,” the report of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts, we now know more about the justice gap than ever before.
We couldn’t leave out the premier charity event in the legal field, the John & Abigail Adam’s Benefit. As you may know, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will be used for direct grants to organizations that serve thousands of individuals and families struggling with issues such as homelessness and domestic violence. This year’s event will feature a new twist– Late Night at the Museum — a dessert and dancing event starting at 9:00 p.m. for young lawyers and law students. There will be a variety of live entertainment throughout the museum, an abundance of gourmet food and beverages and beautiful galleries and exhibits to explore.