Posts Tagged: Housing Court

VLP Announces July & August 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.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation in July & August through Lawyer for the Day at the Boston Housing Court:

John M. Allen
Samuel Ames
Tristan Axelrod
Lisa Bernt
Roger Bertling
Stephanie Biggs
Jared Bishop
Larry Booz
Rebecca Brodie
Alyce Chen
Patrick J. Daly
Seth Davis
Maureen Jones Devine
Vikas Dhar
Julie Dick
Anna R. DiMaria
Sean Donovan
Pauline Edmonds
Michael G. Giarrusso
David Goldman
Sean Grammel
Steven Greenzang
Kelly Neubauer Griffin
James J. Heggie
Patricia Hennigan
Katherine Hughes
David P. Hunt
Maegan Hurley
Katherine Insogna
Jared Iverson
Jonas Jacobson
Sharon V. Jones
Elisia Lau
Helen Lee
Jacqueline Levy
Amy L. Lipman-White
Michael MacDonald
Caryn Mitchell-Munevar
Madelyn Morris
Greg Moscatel
Joanne Moses
Yavor Nechev
Andrew O’Laughlin
Nina Parker
Steven D. Pohl
Stephen Provazza
Jacob Raver
Brittany Rehmer
Lei Reilley
Lola Remy
Zaheer Samee
Kelly Schwartz
Evan R. Segal
Esmeralda Sema
Peter Shapland
Stephen Smith
Sara Suleman
Michael C. Sweet
Kevin Tagliaferri
Samuel E. Thompson
Sharon L. Toffler
William Valletta
Andrew Varshavsky
Teresa Jeanne Walsh
Lawrence A. Wind
Daniel Yuen

 

VLP Announces February – April 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 from February through April:

John M. Allen
Samuel Ames
Leslie J. Arsenault
Shovon Ashraf
Tristan Axelrod
Dick Bauer
Thomas Beauvais
Michael Belair
Elaine M. Benkoski
Neil J. Berman
Lisa Bernt
Pavel Y. Bespalko
Peter Bilowz
Christina Bitter
Sarah Boonin
Larry Booz
Rebecca Brodie
Matt Brooks
Jade Brown
Lisa Brown
Robert Burdick
Edward Burns
Rachel Bussey
Michael Campinell
Joshua Caswell
Jeanne Charn
Alyce Chen
Rosemarie Clinch
Tristan P. Colangelo
Seth Davis
Maureen Jones Devine
Julie Dick
James T. Downes
Stuart V.C. Duncan Smith
Natalie Feigenbaum
Shelah Feiss
Elisha Figdor
Daniel Fogarty
Joel F Gardiner
Andres Garron
Kevin W Gaughen
Roger Geller
Poppi Georges-Massey
Michael G. Giarrusso
David Goldman
Emmanuel Gonzalez
Mindy Green
Steven Greenzang
Jonathan Guest
Karen Hoffman
Scott Hubbell
Katherine Hughes
David P. Hunt
Katherine Insogna
Jared Iverson
Maya Jachimowicz
Ki-Chan Jeon
Sharon V. Jones
Alexis Kaplan
Daniel D. Koh
Raymond Kwasnick
Candace Labbe
Joseph M. Lally
Mitchell Langman
Elisia Lau
Helen Lee
Laura Lerner
Jacqueline Levy
Natasha Lewis
Christopher Liedl
Kirsten Liedl
John Lim
Sarah Lim
Michael MacDonald
Jessica Aurora  Mahon Scoles
Jennifer L. Manning-Zoll
Katherine Maxwell
Alan Minuskin
Caryn R. Mitchell-Munevar
Greg Moscatel
Joanne Moses
Justin Murphy
Fernanda H. Naspolini
Andrew O’Laughlin
Francis X. Olivieri
Judy O’Neil
Amy Parker
Nina Parker
Katuscia Pierre-Charles
Steven D. Pohl
Philip Douglas Poole
Stephen Provazza
Liz Ranks
Jacob Raver
Gregory Rees
Lei Reilley
Lola Remy
James Richards
Jessica Rosenfield
Lou D. Saban
Robert Sable
Terry Schnicker
Iris Taymore Schnitzer
Evan R. Segal
Bryn Sfetsios
Alexis Shapiro
David Shaw
Joseph L. Sheridan
Julie Callahan Shields
Jacob Simon
Brian Snell
Victoria Spetter
Andrew P. Strehle
Tamara Sturges
Kyle Sullivan
Lisa Terrizzi
Sharon L. Toffler
James M. Tourkistas
Kelly Towns
William Valletta
Andrew Varshavsky
Shima Walker
Adrienne Walker
Leann Walsh
Teresa Jeanne Walsh
Michael Wang
Neil Warrenbrand
Lawrence A. Wind
Charles M. Wyzanski
Shawna Hui-Kuang Yen
Nicholas Yiannias

VLP Announces December-January 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 December and January:

Melissa Alden
Wendy Allis
Samuel Ames
Sarah Andries
Dick Bauer
Thomas Beauvais
Lisa Bernt
Roger Bertling
Stephanie Biggs
Peter Bilowz
Christina Bitter
Larry Booz
Dorothy Bourassa
Alissa Brill
Lisa Brown
Angelina Bruce-Flounory
Natalia V. Bukhanova
Robert Burdick
Edward Burns
Rachel Bussey
Nicole Cabrera
Michael Campinell
Daniel J. Carragher
Seunghee Cha
Rosemarie Clinch
Seth Davis
Vikas Dhar
Jennifer DiCarlo
Julie Dick
Eleanora DiLorenzo
Raymond Dougan
Pauline Edmonds
Jinanne S. Elder
Richard Evans
Natalie Feigenbaum
Peter Fellman
Kelly Finn
Kevin Finnegan
Joel F Gardiner
Andres Garron
Roger Geller
Michael G. Giarrusso
Gabriel Martin Gillmeyer
Philip R. Gindi
David Goldman
Mark Gordon
Courtney Greenberg
Steven Greenzang
Michael Harriman
Steve Hassink
III Hatfield
Eric Hight
Karen Hoffman
Rizwanul Huda
David P. Hunt
Sharon V. Jones
Ilene S. Klein
Jonathan Kravetz
Nicole Krea
Donald R. Lassman
Elisia Lau
Matt Jason Lawlor
Michael Levesque
Tyler Lewis
Sarah Lim
Michael MacDonald
Holly Mayfield
Brandon Middleton-Pratt
William Moore
Madelyn Morris
Greg Moscatel
Joanne Moses
Engie Mota
Kevin R. Mulcahy
Kristofer C. Munroe
Justin Murphy
Sarah Murphy-Holroyd
Jessica L. Nagle
Fernanda H. Naspolini
Yavor Nechev
Kate E. Nicholson
Vanessa A. O’Connor
Nnena Odim
Judy O’Neil
Allison Orpilla
William Patton
Katuscia Pierre-Charles
Nicholas Planty
Stephen Provazza
Jacob Raver
Gregory Rees
Lola Remy
Katherine Richardson
Lou D. Saban
Soraya Sadeghi
Ryan Takeo Sakoda
Terry Schnicker
Timothy Shea
Jordan Smith
Carl Studlar
Beibei Sun
Nigel Tamton
Lisa Terrizzi
Kristin Thurbide
Sharon L. Toffler
James M. Tourkistas
William Valletta
Andrew Varshavsky
Christopher Versfelt
Anthony T. Visconti
Adrienne Walker
Leann Walsh
Heather M. Ward
Neil Warrenbrand
Richard Harris Wheeler
Donald Whitmore
Lawrence A. Wind
David Zieja
Ajay Zutshi

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

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.

VLP Announces July and August 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 July and August:

Marjorie A. Adams
Samuel Ames
Dick Bauer
Thomas Beauvais
Neil J. Berman
Stephanie Biggs
Sarah Boonin
Larry Booz
Alissa Brill
Laura Burnett
Rachel Bussey
Christopher M. Candon
Rosemarie Clinch
Heather Cohen
Patrick J. Daly
Mary DiMaiti
Anna R. DiMaria
Sean Donovan
James T. Downes
Matthew C. Ellison
Richard Evans
Deanna Flaherty
Lois Galluzzo
Andres Garron
Michael G. Giarrusso
David Goldman
Steven Greenzang
Maegan Hurley
Maya Jachimowicz
Sharon V. Jones
Veronica Kane
Philip Kolb
Steven Kornstein
Candace Labbe
Joseph M. Lally
Ian Lane
Mitchell Langman
Steve Levine
Jacqueline Levy
Tyler B. Lewis
Corrine Lusic
Michael MacDonald
Stephanie Mandell
James Matthews
Marc Migliazzo
Caryn Mitchell-Munevar
William Moore
Evelyn Venables Moreno
Victoria Moreno-Jackson
Madelyn Morris
Greg Moscatel
Joanne Moses
Dalkis Muir
Ryann Morgan Muir
Kristofer C. Munroe
Lynne Myhre
Fernanda H. Naspolini
Muska Nassery
Yavor Nechev
Vanessa A. O’Connor
Judy O’Neil
Sofia Owen
William Parks
William Patton
Julia C. Peyton
Nicholas Planty
Steven D. Pohl
John C. Polley
Leah Porter
Stephen Provazza
David L. Rubin
Lou D. Saban
Donna Saber
Ryan Takeo Sakoda
David Schwartz
Evan R. Segal
Elizabeth Julia Smith
Jordan Smith
Stephen Smith
Sharyn T. Sooho
Steven R. Striffler
Sharon L. Toffler
Kelly Towns
Olivia Uitto
William Valletta
Andrew Varshavsky
Judith Vassilovski
Tia Wallach
Leann Walsh
Michael Wang
Neil Warrenbrand
Jennifer Williams
Sean Wilson
Lawrence A. Wind
Charles M. Wyzanski
Ajay Zutshi

Common Sense Tips on Trying a Case in Housing Court

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This week, the BBA held its last pro bono training for the program year, which focused on trials in Housing Court. The goal of the training was to recruit volunteers for the BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court program, where attorneys help landlords and tenants who would otherwise be unrepresented resolve disputes.

First Justice of the Housing Court Hon. Jeffrey Winik had many helpful tips that were practical in nature. “Never lose sight of the fact that you are looking to resolve a problem,” he advised.

He went on to say that a resolution that is mutually satisfying to both the landlord and the tenant may not be a “winning” verdict, so to speak. He also elaborated on the key to successfully arguing a case in Housing Court.

“A good trial lawyer has to be as familiar with the other side’s case as they are with their own,” he said.

Judge Winik also advised attorneys to vet information given to them by their clients by seeking out documents from other sources, such as city inspection offices.

We would like to thank those who led and those who participated in Pro Bono Trainings at the BBA this year, with special thanks to those who went on to volunteer their time after the training session.

BBA Housing Court Program Reaches Over 15,000 in 15 Year History

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Busy scene at the Boston Housing Court, where  BBA volunteers have been providing legal assistance to landlords and tenants for 15 years.

Did you know that approximately 90 percent of tenants and 50 percent of landlords in the Boston Housing Court don’t have legal representation? Since 1999, the BBA’s Lawyer for the Day in the Housing Court Program has acted as a lifeline for pro se landlords and tenants, with volunteers providing more than 15,000 pro se litigants with legal assistance.

Attorneys at the Boston Housing Court assisting tenants

Attorneys at the Boston Housing Court on a Thursday morning assisting tenants as part of the BBA’s Lawyer for the Day Program.

This year, the Program has been able provide representation to over 450 tenants and 100 landlords. Last Wednesday, the Program also launched a monthly initiative with Burns & Levinson LLP that will assist Section 8 clients facing eviction. As our members know, a lawyer can make all the difference for families who are facing the loss of their homes and landlords who need to better understand their rights.

At Boston Housing Court, Lawyer for the Day Program volunteers Joanna Allison of the Volunteer Lawyers Project and BBA Real Estate Public Service Committee and Chris Saccardi of The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi.

At Boston Housing Court, Lawyer for the Day Program volunteers Joanna Allison of the Volunteer Lawyers Project and BBA Real Estate Public Service Committee and Chris Saccardi of The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi.

Beyond the Billable checked in with Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project) to learn more about the Program. Here’s what she had to say:

“The Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program gives a voice to so many in need. This Program is a model not only for legal professionals and law firms, but for the nation as a whole. I am proud to be a part of a program that prioritizes increased access to justice and look forward to watching the program grow and expand its reach.”

The Boston Bar Foundation Vaughan Fund covers essential materials needed to run the program, such as updated signage and nametags to allow for volunteer attorneys to be easily identified. This year the BBF has already raised over $5,000 for the Vaughan Fund. Are you interested in supporting this Program? Learn more about making a contribution or how you can volunteer.

Join us in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program, on April 10th at 5:00 p.m. It will be an evening of food and drinks while we acknowledge the hard work of volunteers, Housing Court staff and the many others who make the program possible. R.S.V.P. online here.

The BBF Lends A Helping Hand

As we move into some of the coldest months here in New England, we have been reflecting on some of the bright spots over the past year.  For example, last summer, ten Boston Public high school students had paying jobs at non-profit legal services organizations, government agencies and in the courts.  One student told us about her experience –“I have been exposed to brilliant people who shared their experiences with me, and helped me form an idea of the career path I might want to take.”

US Bankruptcy Judge Joan Feeney talking with students during the final Module of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the US Bankruptcy Court and the Boston Public Schools, we have impressed the importance of prudent financial management upon young minds through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.  This program not only helps teens see how they might be able to save for a car, but hopefully can help them avoid bankruptcy later in life.

And in the Housing Court, BBA volunteers assisted more than 1,000 individuals struggling to navigate a complex, overburdened court system.  This program gives hope and relief to pro se landlords and tenants at a time in their lives when one of their basic needs is at stake.

What do these programs have in common?  They are all run with funding provided by the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the BBA.

The BBF is perhaps most well-known for its role in granting funds to legal services organizations in our community.  These Boston-based programs operate in all areas of need – from giving children access to equal education and life opportunities, providing counseling and advice to homeless and at risk veterans, and helping thousands of families facing foreclosure learn their legal rights and fight displacement.  But what many people don’t know is that the BBF is also providing a helping hand on the community service front, and working with the BBA to improve lives and strengthen neighborhoods.

As the holiday season approaches, the BBF will be launching its Annual Campaign to help support this work.  The tax-deductible donations made to the Annual Campaign help provide a solid base of support as the BBF renews its commitment to increasing access to justice for those who need it most, providing opportunities for young people and engaging lawyers in the kind of projects that improve the lives of those in our community.

Learn more at http://www.bostonbarfoundation.org/Support/annual_appeal.html.