Posts Tagged: Lawyer for the Day

A Student Perspective: Visiting Boston Housing Court

The BBA interns headed to Housing Court last week to see the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in action.

The BBA interns headed to Housing Court last week to see the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in action.

Guest Post: Elijah Oyenuga is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. He recently graduated from Another Course to College in Brighton and will be attending Lesley University next year.

Imaging the chaos of Boston Housing Court was one thing, but viewing it was a whole different experience. My fellow interns and I paid a visit to the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse last week. We didn’t exactly get a standard tour, but we were able to see what Housing Court is really like for the people involved. There were lots of people crowding around the volunteers participating in the Lawyer for the Day Program, carts filled with filed paperwork and people waiting adamantly for roll call to begin. I have to say that it wasn’t what I expected. The day began with people crowding into the courtroom, squishing themselves in seats or standing against the wall as the court officer ordered everyone to stay clear of the doors.

I believed that we were going to be here for hours as they went through each individual case. Instead, each case went rapidly as they called for the tenant and the landlord and for a lot of the cases; one or both parties were not present. But for those who were, they were asked whether they were willing to go to mediation or go to trial and most chose mediation over trial. In all honesty, it was a tedious process; we probably went through forty different cases, so to say the least, I was glad when we finally transitioned to trial.

The Housing Court trials were a great learning experience and they really opened my eyes to the importance of representation. There was a specific case in which one of the parties, the tenant, was pro se and the landlord was represented by a lawyer. There was a significant difference in the way they were able to articulate themselves. The lawyer, who was more articulate, had too much of an advantage over a woman who clearly spoke English as a second language. In addition to that, she had gotten some awful advice from a lawyer stating that if there was construction being done in the apartment, she wouldn’t have to move out if she missed a payment. I could clearly see the difference between having a lawyer standing up for you and not having one. There were other trials that were very engaging and I am very thankful to the BBA for giving me the opportunity to visit the court.

BBA Hosts Annual Trying a Case in Housing Court Training

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) walked attendees through the steps of trying a case in the Boston Housing Court on Tuesday evening.

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) walked attendees through the steps of trying a case in the Boston Housing Court on Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday night, attorneys interested in getting involved with the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program came to 16 Beacon for the popular “Trying a Case in the Housing Court Pro Bono Training.” The all-star panel featured First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Larry Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Maureen MacDonagh (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School).

Beyond the Billable checked in with attendee John Hanify (Jones Day) to hear why he chose to attend the training and why his firm plans to get involved in the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. Here’s what he had to say:

Hanify, John 02112005“I attended the Housing Court Program because my responsibilities at Jones Day include helping young lawyers gain experience in trial law and coordinating our pro bono service. A pro bono commitment in the Housing Court provides critical representation to fellow citizens in need of counsel but also opportunities for young lawyers to develop their skills in trial settings and before very gifted trial judges. Jones Day has a long history of pro bono work, public service and community involvement across the nation- a tradition which we have continued here since the Jones Day Boston office was opened in 2011.”

VLP Announces Honor Roll for January and February

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representation to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court.

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representation to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in January and February:

Sam Ames
David Bean
Lisa Callahan
Michael Diener, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Dahlia Fetouh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Eric Fox, Goodwin Procter LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Shira Furman, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Bonnie Heiple, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Joseph Horne, Goodwin Procter LLP
Jeffrey Jones, Williams College
Sharon V. Jones
Martsyl Joseph
Patrick Long
Corrine Lusic, Goodwin Procter LLP
Keith McCarthy
Justin Murphy, Law Office of Justin M. Murphy
Emily Nelson, Burns & Levinson LLP
Andres O’Laughlin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Allison Orpilla, Goodwin Procter LLP
Nicholas Planty, Goodwin Procter LLP
Stephen Provazza, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Alexandra Reynolds, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Christopher Saccardi, The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi
Leah Segal, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Sarah Solomon, Goodwin Procter LLP
Irina Vaglica
Leann Walsh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Carry Wind
Lawrence Wind

VLP Announces Honor Roll for November and December

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program.

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in November and December:

Sam Ames
David Bean
Gary Bloom
Renee Burgher
Lisa Callahan
Esther Cho
Chloe Coravos
Michael Diener, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
James Fauci, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Bonnie Heiple, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Sharon Jones
Stephanie Lin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Patrick Long
Erica Mastrangelo, Burns & Levinson LLP
Keith McCarthy
Marc Migliazzo, Ropes & Gray LLP
Jansulu Nurpeisova
Irina Oberman
Christopher Pavlow, McCarter & English, LLP
John Polley, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
John Prendergast
Thomas Reith, Burns & Levinson LLP
Gretchen Roin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Christopher Schmitt, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
David Schnock
Kelly Soltis
Katy Ward, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Lawrence Wind
Kevin Yurkerwich, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

A Year in Photos: BBA Public Service

The BBA had another year full of public service. For a look back at our members’ work in the community, take a look at the photos below:

The John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $640,000 last January to help fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas, such as domestic violence and homelessness.

The John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $640,000 last January to help fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas, such as domestic violence and homelessness. The BBF honored Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino with the Public Service Award for his commitment to the City of Boston, including his efforts to find employment for thousands of Boston teens each summer.

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program celebrated its 10th anniversary this past year by providing financial education to students in 18 high schools statewide.

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program celebrated its 10th anniversary this past year by providing financial education to students in 18 high schools statewide.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night had a new twist this year—100 percent of the proceeds supported the BBA Summer Jobs Program. As you may remember, the BBF funds paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program. The event raised more than $35,000 for the M. Ellen Carpenter Fund to benefit the Summer Jobs Program.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night had a new twist this year—100 percent of the proceeds supported the BBA Summer Jobs Program. As you may remember, the BBF funds paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program. The event raised more than $35,000 for the M. Ellen Carpenter Fund to benefit the Summer Jobs Program.

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The BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program celebrated its 15th year anniversary of providing legal assistance to pro se landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court. Since the program began, over 12,000 volunteers have helped more than 15,000 landlords and tenants navigate complicated legal issues.

In April, Boston commemorated the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The following month, the BBA honored the volunteers who stepped up to offer pro bono legal assistance to over 80 small businesses and individuals affected by the bombings at the Law Day Dinner through the BBA’s Marathon Assistance Project.

In April, Boston commemorated the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The following month, the BBA honored the volunteers who stepped up to offer pro bono legal assistance to over 80 small businesses and individuals affected by the bombings at the Law Day Dinner through the BBA’s Marathon Assistance Project.

The BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program took off this year. Ninety-four attorneys taught over 1,300 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about voting rights.

The BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program took off this year. Ninety-four attorneys taught over 1,300 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about voting rights.

In addition to honoring the volunteers for the Marathon Assistance Project, the BBA honored the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) at the Law Day Dinner. The BBA and PIC have partnered for the past 21 years to place more than 700 Boston public high school students in paid legal internships each summer.

In addition to honoring the volunteers for the Marathon Assistance Project, the BBA honored the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) at the Law Day Dinner. The BBA and PIC have partnered for the past 21 years to place more than 700 Boston public high school students in paid legal internships each summer through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

In June, the BBF unveiled its newest fundraising event, called Passports to Pairings, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $37,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

In June, the BBF unveiled its newest fundraising event, called Passports to Pairings, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $37,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 64 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 14 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 64 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 14 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

On September 1, 2014, the BBA celebrated the one year anniversary of the Military & Veterans Help Line’s move to the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, connecting 161%more servicemembers to legal assistance. Later in the fall, the BBA announced that four firms—Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, and Nutter McClellen & Fish LLP—had stepped up to offer pro bono assistance to servicemembers who do not qualify for traditional free legal services, but cannot afford the fees of attorneys.

On September 1, 2014, the BBA celebrated the one year anniversary of the Military & Veterans Help Line’s move to the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, connecting 161% more servicemembers to legal assistance. Later in the fall, the BBA announced that four firms—Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, and Nutter McClellen & Fish LLP—had stepped up to offer pro bono assistance to servicemembers who do not qualify for traditional free legal services, but cannot afford the fees of attorneys.

The BBA welcomed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who discussed her work and commitment to combating military sexual trauma. This program is part of the BBA’s ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of military personnel, veterans, and their family members.

The BBA welcomed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who discussed her work and commitment to combating military sexual trauma. This program is part of the BBA’s ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of military personnel, veterans, and their family members.

October, proclaimed Pro Bono Month, once again brought a flurry of trainings and events to 16 Beacon. The lineup included the annual Landlord Tenant Law and Practice Training, the CORI Training, the Pro Bono Recruitment Fair, and the Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Introduction for Attorneys Program.

October, proclaimed Pro Bono Month, once again brought a flurry of trainings and events to 16 Beacon. The lineup included the annual Landlord Tenant Law and Practice Training, the CORI Training, the Pro Bono Recruitment Fair, and the Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Introduction for Attorneys Program.

The BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding.

The BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding.

The BBA kicked off the Community Reentry Readiness Program once again this November. The program, which was originally started by PILP 9, aims to reduce the risk of recidivism by sending volunteer attorneys to deliver civil legal education workshops to federal probations in the CARE/RESTART Program on issues that they may face upon reentry.  The pilot program was such a success that the BBA and Federal Court once again teamed up to continue the program.

The BBA kicked off the Community Reentry Readiness Program once again this November. The program, which was originally started by PILP 9, aims to reduce the risk of recidivism by sending volunteer attorneys to deliver civil legal education workshops to federal probations in the CARE/RESTART Program on issues that they may face upon reentry. The pilot program was such a success that the BBA and Federal Court once again teamed up to continue the program.

In November, BBA President Julia Huston spent the morning shadowing the headmaster of Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Brighton through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program. As a former teacher in special education, Julia found the program particularly interesting because every single class at the Mary Lyon Pilot High School is fully inclusive, incorporating both general education and students with emotional and behavioral impairments.

In November, BBA President Julia Huston spent the morning shadowing the headmaster of Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Brighton through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program. As a former teacher in special education, Julia found the program particularly interesting because every single class at the Mary Lyon Pilot High School is fully inclusive, incorporating both general education and students with emotional and behavioral impairments.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000.  These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,900 calls last year.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000. These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,900 calls last year.

In December, the BBA geared up to kick off an exciting new pilot program in the Land Court with a training on assisting homeowners facing tax foreclosure.  . Now that a number of attorneys are up to speed on the issue, they can volunteer to be on call to assist homeowners at the Land Court’s Thursday Tax Title Sessions and help homeowners hold onto their property.

In December, the BBA geared up to kick off an exciting new pilot program in the Land Court with a training on assisting homeowners facing tax foreclosure. Now that a number of attorneys are up to speed on the issue, they can volunteer to be on call to assist homeowners at the Land Court’s Thursday Tax Title Sessions and help homeowners hold onto their property.

 

VLP Announces Honor Roll for September and October

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representations in the crowded halls of the Boston Housing Court.

Every Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance and representation to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in September and October:

Lawyer for the Day Volunteers

Sam Ames
David Bean
Nicholas Bentley
Gary Bloom
Jason Campbell
Michael Diener, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Nicole Dooley, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Sean Doran, Goodwin Procter LLP
Milton D’Andres
Andres Garron, Ropes & Gray LLP
Geraldine Gruvis
Sharon Jones
Mike Leusaul, Goodwin Procter LLP
Michael MacDonald
Marc Migliazzo, Goodwin Procter LLP
Allison Orpilla, Goodwin Procter LLP
Sarah Solomon, Goodwin Procter LLP
Christopher Pavlow, McCarter & English, LLP
Gretchen Roin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Allison Roso
Jordana Roubicek Greenman
Regina Sam, Goodwin Procter LLP
Christopher Schmitt, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
George Schneider, Goodwin Procter LLP
Kelly Soltis
Leann Walsh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Rebecca Whitfield, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Lawrence Wind
Kevin Yurkerwich, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Irina Vaglica

Gearing Up for Pro Bono Month with Housing Court GAL Training

Joe Ann Smith (Boston Housing Court), Hon. Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), and Catherine Downing (Law Office of Catherine F. Downing and Associates) walked attendees through everything they need to know to become a GAL in the Boston Housing Court.

Joe Ann Smith (Boston Housing Court), Hon. Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), and Catherine Downing (Law Office of Catherine F. Downing and Associates) walked attendees through everything they need to know to become a GAL in the Boston Housing Court.

You’re probably familiar with the BBA’s work with the Boston Housing Court (see this post and this post), but we hosted a new training on Monday evening on what you need to know to become a Guardian-ad-Litem (GAL) in the Housing Court. If you’re wondering what a GAL does, we have you covered. As a certified GAL for the Housing Court, judges appoint you to assist clients who have cognitive or mental health issues that make it difficult for them to navigate the court system.

Beyond the Billable checked in with one of the panelists, Catherine Downing (Law Office of Catherine F. Downing and Associates), to learn more about the training. Here’s what she had to say:

What do you hope attendees learned at the training

“The real human perspective of the value of serving in this role, including the fact that you have the awesome power and responsibility of making decisions that will impact another’s life, including the decision whether they can remain in their homes.  I hoped that I encouraged prospective Guardians to try to think creatively in order to help persons in desperate straits, helping them to locate resources and reconnect with their formal and informal support network, including family members and friends who may have become estranged.  By suggesting best practices for them, I wanted to give them a structure in which to do this good work. “

Why should attorneys volunteer as GALs in the Housing Court? 

When I am asked why I take appointments as a GAL, I always return to what I was taught when I was younger: for those to whom much has been given, much is expected to be returned.  Serving as a Guardian ad Litem allows attorneys to take the skills that we would normally use to litigate and allows us to use them to benefit those most in need: the people with mental challenges that are easily overwhelmed by the court system.  Knowing that I have helped some of these people reconnect with their estranged families, helped them to obtain resources to address their sometimes multi-layered issues so that they can either stay in their current home or they can find better alternative housing.  At the end of the day, having done this work, those attorneys who serve in this role will learn, from the heart, that they have served justice, and that they have served it well.”

Making Sense of the New NY Bar Pro Bono Requirement

The BBA Judicial Internship provides law students with an opportunity to work directly with a judge and hone legal skills, while working towards the 50 hours pro bono requirement for the New York Bar.

The BBA Judicial Internship provides law students with an opportunity to work directly with a judge and hone legal skills, while working towards the 50 hours pro bono requirement for the New York Bar.

If you’re a law student or recent law school graduate who is looking to practice in New York, you’ve probably  heard of the new pro bono requirement for bar applicants. If you haven’t, here’s the deal: the new requirement mandates that attorneys admitted to the New York Bar after January 1, 2015 must complete 50 hours of law-related pro bono work before filing their application (this includes those of you who took the July 2014 bar exam). Worried? Don’t be, the BBA is here to help. We’ve got two programs that could help you get closer to the 50 hour requirement.

Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court: If you’re 3:03 certified, you can volunteer to provide legal assistance to landlords and tenants on Thursday mornings at the Boston Housing Court. If you’re looking to get involved soon, you’re in luck! We have a training scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th at the BBA. Click here for more information.

Judicial Internship Program: Law students looking to work directly with a judge, observe courtroom proceedings and enhance their legal research and writing skills should check out the BBA’s Judicial Internship Program. The program runs year-round and the next round of applications for Spring 2015 are due on December 13th. Click here for more information about this opportunity.

Are you looking for additional opportunities? Stop by the Suffolk Pro Bono Fair on October 20th to learn about pro bono opportunities in Massachusetts for law students and new lawyers. Click here for more information.

If you have questions about what is eligible, be sure to contact the New York State Court of Appeals at ProBonoRule@nycourts.gov.

If you have any questions about BBA programs, you can contact Katie D’Angelo @ kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

VLP Announces Honor Roll for July and August

The BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program relies on dedicated volunteers who donate their time to assistant landlords and tenants.

The BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program relies on dedicated volunteers who donate their time to assistant landlords and tenants.

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

Lawyer for the Day Volunteers

 Rachelle Abrahami
Sam Ames
Chloe Coravos
Milton D’Andres
Brent Davis, Roger Williams School of Law
Jessamyn Edra, Goodwin Procter LLP
Dahlia Fetouh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Paul Formella, Goodwin Procter LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Joseph Horne, Goodwin Procter LLP
Sharon Jones
Martsyl Joseph, Committee for Public Counsel Services – Roxbury
Jennifer Kent, Goodwin Procter LLP
Mike Leusaul, Goodwin Procter LLP
Michael MacDonald
Emily Nelson, Burns & Levinson LLP
Allison Orpilla, Goodwin Procter LLP
Christopher Pavlow, McCarter & English, LLP
Nicolas Planty, Goodwin Procter LLP
Michael Rispin
Jordana Roubicek Greenman
George Schneider, Goodwin Procter LLP
Leann Walsh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Lawrence Wind

NY Times Says Eviction Rates Are On the Rise – Here’s How You Can Help

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Housing Court, volunteers offer legal assistance to pro se landlords and tenants.

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Housing Court, volunteers offer legal assistance to a packed hallway of pro se landlords and tenants.

We hope our readers saw this New York Times article featured in last week’s issue of BBA Week. While we appreciate the shout out to a 2012 study by the Boston Bar Association (thanks, NYT!), the article included some sobering statistics that shed light on the impact of a booming real estate market on tenants.

Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Massachusetts experienced an 11 percent increase in evictions between 2010 and 2013.
  • The majority of people facing evictions are people of color, people with disabilities, people who have suffered extreme health crises or a long-term chronic illness.

So, what can be done? Is there any way we can help reverse this startling trend? Well, we wouldn’t be Beyond the Billable if we didn’t offer our readers some way help solve the problem. The BBA’s Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program allows lawyers to give back and directly affect rising eviction rates by assisting unrepresented tenants and landlords directly on site at the Boston Housing Court on eviction day. Consider the following when reading the statistics below – the BBA’s 2012 study on Civil Right to Counsel found that renters with lawyers were two times as likely to avoid eviction than those without. So, what type of difference are we making? Since the program’s inception in 1999, volunteers have assisted more than 15,500 landlords and tenants. This year alone, volunteers assisted over 1,000 individuals.

Impressive numbers aside, there’s always more to do — and we need your help. If you are interested in helping tenants who are facing eviction, and landlords dealing with housing issues, click here to learn more or contact BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator Katie D’Angelo at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.