From teaching a record 1,700 students through Law Day in the Schools to releasing a compelling report on criminal justice reform, 2017 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 service initiatives over the past year.
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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!
On Thursday, October 6th, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts held its Fourth Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony. The Bankruptcy Judges presented the Pro Bono Publico Awards, which are given for exceptional devotion to pro bono work in each of the state’s regions. The Boston Bar Association congratulates all of the awardees and distinguishes Janet Bostwick for receiving the District of Massachusetts Award.
While presenting the award to Bostwick, Judge Joan Feeney noted that the District of Massachusetts Award is not given every year, but Bostwick’s dedication to pro bono and the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program are deserving of the award. Bostwick was also recently honored at the Boston Bar Association for her work on the Financial Literacy program after she stepped down as Co-Chair of the Financial Literacy Committee after 12 years of service. You can read more on that honor here.
Following the Pro Bono Publico Awards, the 2016 Pro Bono Honor Roll certificates were presented to attorneys meeting the Honor Roll criteria outlined by the Court’s Pro Bono Legal Services Advisory Committee. The Boston Bar Association congratulates those awardees and thanks them for their service to the community.
Pro Bono Publico Awards:
Western Division Award – Henry E. Geberth, Jr.
Central Division Award – Judith Vassilovski
South Coast/Cape & Islands Division Award – David B. Madoff
Eastern Division Award – Neil D. Warrenbrand
District of Massachusetts Award – Janet E. Bostwick
Kermine S. Akoglu
William R. Baldiga
Joseph H. Baldiga
Elaine M. Benkoski
Janet E. Bostwick
Christopher M. Candon
David R. Chenelle
Michelle L. Cote
N. Lee Darst
John W. Davis
Michael P. Dube
Kellie W. Fisher
Jesse N. Garfinkle
Henry E. Geberth, Jr.
Jonathan R. Goldsmith
Maegan L. Hurley
Jeffrey L. Jonas
Elizabeth D. Katz
Sarah J. Long
John G. Loughnane
Heather J. Lynham
Jonathan D. Marshall
Wendy M. Mead
Richard E. Mikels
Kate E. Nicholson
Andrea M. O’Connor
Gina Barbieri O’Neil
William J. O’Neil
David W. Ostrander
Nina M. Parker
Steven D. Pohl
David G. Prentiss
Richard S. Ravosa
Alex M. Rodolakis
Deborah G. Roher
Adam J. Ruttenberg
Denise M. Shear
Mary Jeanne Stone
Andrew P. Strehle
Christina M. Turgeon
Adrienne K. Walker
Kevin J. Walsh
Neil D. Warrenbrand
Thomas N. Wilson
Keri L. Wintle
With the end of the BBA Summer Jobs Program comes the end of another successful year for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. Because of the attorneys who volunteer their time to this unique educational experience, students all over Massachusetts are able to better understand how to manage their finances.
Thank you to Chief Judge Melvin S. Hoffman, Hon. Frank J. Bailey, Hon. Henry J. Boroff (Ret.), Hon. Joan N. Feeney, and Hon. Christopher J. Panos for their support of this program.
We would also like to thank our partners at the Hampden County Bar Association and Hampshire County Bar Association for bringing the Carpenter Financial Literacy Program to students throughout the Commonwealth.
Thank you to all of this year’s volunteers!
Amane Abdel Jaben
Karen Adamski, O’Brien & Adamski
Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
Jesse Angeley, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Joseph Baldiga, Mirick O’Connell – Westborough Office
Janet Bostwick, Janet E. Bostwick, PC
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green- NH
Jeffrey Cedrone, Sun Life Financial
Stephen M Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Michele Collins, MetLife
Christopher Condon, Murphy & King
Jaime D’Almeida, Duff & Phelps
Jeanne Darcey, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
John Davis, Cooley Shrair, P.C.
Mark DiOrio, Bulfinch Companies, Inc.
Danielle D’Onfro, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Max Ferullo, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Kellie Fisher, Brown Rudnick LLP
Kate Foley, Mirick O’Connell – Westborough Office
David Gabor, Wagner Law Group, PC
Henry Geberth, Hendel & Collins, PC
Lane Goldberg, Goldberg Law
Jonathan Goldsmith, Law Office of Jonathan R. Goldsmith
Michelle Greco, Sun Life Financial
Nancy Gregory, BlumShapiro
Nicholas Grimaldi, Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg, LLP
Lisa Halbert, Bacon & Wilson, PC
David Hansen, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
William Harrington, U.S. Department of Justice – Office of the U.S. Trustee
Lee Harrington, Nixon Peabody LLP
Benjamin Higgins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
D. Ethan Jeffery, Murphy & King
Kevin Kam, Mirick O’Connell – Worcester Office
Geraldine Karonis, U.S. Department of Justice – Office of the U.S. Trustee
Elizabeth Katz, Rescia & Katz, LLP
Michael Katz, Bacon & Wilson, PC
Ryan Kelley, Pierce Atwood, LLP
Justin Kesselman, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Amy Lipman-White, Lipman & White
Andrew Lizotte, Murphy & King
John Loughnane, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
David Madoff, Madoff & Khoury LLP
Wendy Mead, Kressler & Ehrhard PC
Dragica Mijailovic, Sun Life Financial
Rose Miller, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Rebecca Mitchell, Brown Rudnick LLP
Vanessa Moody, Goulston & Storrs PC
John Morrier, Casner & Edwards, LLP
Karen Murphy, Pioneer Valley Legal Associates, LLP
Sean Nehill, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Andrea O’Connor, Hendel & Collins, PC
Laura Otenti, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Jessica Pettit, Sun Life Financial
Steven Pohl, Brown Rudnick LLP
Jesse Redlener, Dalton & Finegold, LLP
Douglas Rosner, Goulston & Storrs PC
Adam Ruttenberg, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Patricia Saint James, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PC
Mary Sharon, Pro Se Debtors Bankruptcy Clinic
Denise Shear, Ostrander Law Office
Richard Sheils, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP – Worcester Office
Danielle Spang, Law Office of Danielle Spang
Jennifer Spavins Holme
Leslie Su, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Ryan Swartz, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Lisa Tingue, U.S. Department of Justice – Office of the U.S. Trustee
Tali Tomsic, Feinman Law Offices
Jacob Walker, Block & Leviton LLP
Adrienne Walker, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Gary Weiner, Weiner Law Firm, PC
Thomas Wilson, Dunn & Wilson
Keri Wintle, Duane Morris LLP
Amy Zuccarello, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
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:
“Beware of little expenses. A small leak can sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin
A good way to help people get – and stay – on solid financial footing is to teach them the basics before they start making the big purchases in life. On Tuesday night volunteers gathered at 16 Beacon to get the inside scoop on teaching high school students how to make smart financial decisions through this year’s M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.
Financial Literacy Committee Co-Chair Doug Rosner (Goulston & Storrs PC) and Veteran Volunteer Adrienne Walker (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) walked volunteers through each of the classroom sessions and gave the group tips on activities to engage the students. This year, volunteers will be heading out to 11 high schools in Eastern Massachusetts to teach on topics including personal finance and budgeting, using credit, and buying a car.
Did you miss the training but still want to get involved? Please contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] for a video of the training session. Volunteer sessions are filling up at lightning speed. Click here to sign up.
Happy 2015! If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution, here’s one: commit to getting more involved in the BBA’s public service efforts. Take a look below at upcoming trainings and events:
M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Program Training
Tuesday, January 13th 4:30-6:00 pm
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.
Representing Debtors in Debt Collection Suits: Making Creditors Prove Ownership of Debts
Thursday, January 15th 4:00-6:00 pm
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.
Learning From City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Board: Environmental Justice Strategies and Collaboration
Friday, January 16th 12:00-1:00 pm
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.
Building Your Practice Through Pro Bono
Wednesday, January 21st 4:00-6:00 pm
Learn how other solo and small firm attorneys have successfully incorporated volunteer service into their law practices and share your own successes as well.
4th Annual Charitable Board Service Program (Free)
Thursday, January 22nd 8:00 -11:30 am
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.
Victim Rights Law Center’s Rape Survivors’ Law Project
Wednesday, January 14th 9:30-11:30 am
Proskauer Rose, One International Place, Boston, MA
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 [email protected].
Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid Meet Up
Thursday, January 29th 10:00-11:00 am
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.
John & Abigail Adam’s Benefit
Saturday, January 31st 6:30 pm
Museum of Fines Arts, Boston, MA
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.
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:
Our dedicated readers know about our partnership with the Boston Public Schools through a number of our public service initiatives, including the BBA Summer Jobs Program, Law Day in the Schools, and the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. However, you may not know that our support for Boston youth precedes these longstanding initiatives. If you were one of the 1,200 attorneys who attended our Annual Meeting Luncheon on Friday, you know BBA President Julia Huston referenced the BBA’s involvement in the City of Boston’s efforts to desegregate schools through busing in the 1970’s in her remarks about the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Ed Barshak. Here’s what happened: under then President Ed Barshak’s leadership, the BBA worked to educate the public about desegregation and the busing movement—a movement which fundamentally changed the structure and makeup of the Boston public schools we work with today. If you want more specifics about the BBA’s role in this issue, our friends at Issue Spot, the BBA’s Public Policy blog, offer a full rundown of events in their post, A Retrospective – The BBA and Busing, 40 Years Later.
This summer, the BBA Summer Jobs students and the Nelson Fellows of the U.S. Federal District Court took yet another field trip to visit Chief Judge Bailey and Judge Feeney’s courtrooms at the Boston Bankruptcy Court. The trip to Bankruptcy Court was the final portion of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, which was folded in to the students’ weekly enrichment seminars. Through the Financial Literacy program, students were primed on how to budget, use credit wisely, and finance a car, and this final session gave them a glimpse of what happens if they make poor financial decisions from inside the courtroom.
This fieldtrip marked the end of the BBA Summer Jobs weekly enrichment seminar series, which included a mock City Council meeting in Boston City Council chambers, a “speed dating” session where they heard from lawyers of three different backgrounds, a trip to the John Adams Courthouse, and much more.
Take a look below for more images from the fieldtrips:
The Nelson Fellows participated in the Consequences session with Chief Judge Frank Bailey.
The BBA Summer Jobs students visited Judge Joan Feeney’s courtroom at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the final session of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.