Monthly Archives: September 2013

Training Lawyers to Serve Veterans and Military Personnel

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Coast Guard Honor Guard stands in formation before the beginning of the Coast Guard's Veteran's Day wreathlaying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary.  USCG photo by PA1 Adam Eggers

With the recent move of the Military Legal Help Line to the BBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS), the BBA will be offering a four-part CLE series to prepare attorneys to address the unique legal needs of veterans and military personnel. The trainings will cover the key areas of need—family law and domestic relations, bankruptcy and consumer finance, estate planning, employment law, landlord/tenant law, and veterans benefits.

Registration for any or all of these seminars is free for volunteers who serve on one of the military panels for the BBA Lawyer Referral Service.

Beyond the Billable reached out to Dan Nagin, the Director of Community Lawyering Clinics at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School, to learn more about what to expect at the trainings.

Here’s what he had to say:

“The BBA’s trainings will provide a comprehensive introduction to some of the most common legal issues service members and veterans encounter.  The trainings are designed not only to cover the substantive topics most relevant to the military community, but also to give attorneys a practical tool kit for lawyering on behalf of service members and veterans in these key areas of law.  The presenters are experts in their field who will focus on advocacy tips, common pitfalls, and practice resources.  Attendees will leave armed with the basic knowledge and skills to represent service members and veterans effectively and to respond to their unique legal needs.  Overall, our goal is simple, but important:  to connect more trained lawyers to the service members and veterans who need access to justice.”

Click on the links below for more information and to RSVP:

September 26th: Family Law and Domestic Relations

October 17th:  Bankruptcy and Consumer Finance

November 7th: Estate Planning, Employment Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law

November 21st: Veterans Benefits

Stay tuned for a closer look at each of the trainings in the upcoming months.

September Shines with Public Service Opportunities

The Boston Debate League judges' training is one of the many public service-related events taking place at the BBA this month.

The Boston Debate League judges training is one of the many public service-related events taking place at the BBA this month.

If you are interested in diving into public service this fall, Beyond the Billable has you covered. The month of September offers a number of occasions to receive specialized training and information on opportunities to get more involved in the community.

Here is a look at the upcoming events:

• Calling all new lawyers— join the New Lawyers Section for a Pro Bono Kick Off Meeting and Info Session on September 11th from 5:30-7:30 to learn how you can get more involved in public service activities through the BBA. Click here to register.

• Are you looking for a new pro bono opportunity? Attend to the CORI Training on September 16th from 3-6 pm. The training will prepare you to help clients from Roxbury, Dorchester and other low-income Boston communities to seal their records and break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. Click here to sign up.

• Learn how to be an effective volunteer judge for the Boston Debate League (BDL) at the training on September 24th from 4:30-6 pm. BDL offers busy attorneys low-commitment and meaningful volunteer opportunities. Attorneys can use their unique skills to help Boston Public High School students improve their critical thinking, public speaking, and argumentation skills. Click here to sign up for the training.

Stay tuned for more public service opportunities coming up later this fall. With Pro Bono Month fast approaching in October, the calendar will continue to fill up.

Military Legal Help Line Moves to BBA Lawyer Referral Service

Veterans Initiative PhotoAs of September 1st, the Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is the new home of the Military Legal Help Line. This line will connect veterans, military personnel, and their families with lawyers and other legal resources. The service will refer callers to qualified attorneys offering reduced fee and pro bono legal assistance or the appropriate government or non-profit agency.

Beyond the Billable checked in with Solana Goss, the LRS intake coordinator, to hear what she has to say about line:

“As the intake coordinator of the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, I am excited and proud to help this deserving population connect with the legal resources they need. The BBA LRS is happy to support the needs of the community and those who served our country, by expanding the availability of legal assistance to active duty military, veterans and their families.”

If you are seeking legal assistance, please call the Military Legal Help Line at 617-742-0625 or 1-800-552-7046. You can also fill out an online request at

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming trainings to prepare additional attorneys to take these types of cases.

BBA President Advises First Year BC Law Students on Legal Ethics

BBA President Paul Dacier spoke to first year law students at the Boston College Law School Legal Ethics Orientation.

BBA President Paul Dacier spoke to first year law students at the Boston College Law School Legal Ethics Orientation last Thursday.

Last Thursday, BBA President Paul Dacier welcomed first-year law students at Boston College Law School to the legal field and stressed the importance of thinking thoughtfully and carefully about legal ethics at the Boston College Law School Legal Ethics Orientation. The program is a joint initiative of Boston College Law School, the Boston Bar Association, and the Board of Bar Examiners designed to teach students about professional responsibility as they begin the process of becoming an attorney.  Following the introductory remarks by the BBA President and the Board of Bar Examiners, the students watched a role play of a potential ethical dilemma an attorney may face and participated in small group discussions and a question and answer session.