Monthly Archives: April 2015

Summer Jobs Program Hits 64 Positions

The BBA 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 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:

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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 protected].

BBA LRS Makes Connections at Victim Rights Conference

Attorney General Maura Healy welcomes conference attendees with remarks about victim services throughout the state.

Attorney General Maura Healy welcomes conference attendees with remarks about victim services throughout the state.

Last Friday, BBA Lawyer Referral Service staff attended the 2015 Victim Rights Conference hosted by our friends at the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA).  This annual conference brings together individuals and agencies that promote victim rights and services, and is held every April in honor of Victim Rights Month in Massachusetts. For the second year in a row the BBA was there as an exhibitor to highlight services offered by the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) by informing providers how to connect clients with legal resources. This is part of the community outreach the LRS does throughout the year in order to connect with the public.

Although we made many great connections, the highlight of the day was listening to an inspiring panel of survivors who have taken action to help empower victims and prevent crime.  The conference kicked off with a welcome from Liam Lowney, the Executive Director of MOVA, and Attorney General Maura Healey (who will also be the Keynote speaker at the BBA’s Law Day Dinner next month!).  Survivors and providers shared their stories and were honored for their service, including Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for her work to address military sexual assault, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley who has dedicated her career to addressing violence and poverty in the city.

If you would like more information about the Lawyer Referral Service please contact Solana Goss at [email protected].

LRS staff connect with conference attendees, and explain the referral process to those looking for legal help.

LRS staff connect with conference attendees, and explain the referral process to those looking for legal help.

“There’s More Beyond the Billable Hour”: PILP Meets with Chief Justice Ronquillo

Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo

Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo talks judicial responsibility with PILPers.

The PILP class welcomed Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) to its meeting last week. There’s no doubt about it, Chief Justice Ronquillo is incredibly impressive. Appointed in January 2014, Chief Justice Ronquillo oversees the eight divisions of the BMC, 30 judges, and over 500 employees. The BMC houses a variety of specialty courts, including four drug courts, three mental health courts, Veterans’ treatment court, and homeless court.

Chief Justice Ronquillo earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice at the University of Texas at El Paso and moved to Boston to attend New England School of Law | Boston. After graduating from NESL, Chief Justice Ronquillo served as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County and then ran his own law firm. In 2001, he was appointed to the bench, and in 2007, Chief Justice Ronquillo was named First Justice.

The PILPers used this meeting to ask questions ranging from how Chief Justice Ronquillo balances his judicial and administrative responsibilities to what the Chief’s sentencing philosophy is and everything in between. Throughout his Q&A and stories, Chief Justice Ronquillo emphasized the important role of specialty courts within the BMC. He believes that the specialty courts show a change in how we approach the legal process. Within the specialty courts, there is a particular focus on how to serve and support a community with stability, encouragement, and respect.

After meeting with Chief Justice Ronquillo, Elianna Nuzum, PILP class member and Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, said:

“Chief Justice Ronquillo was particularly inspiring when he spoke about the individuals whose lives were changed, and put back on track, after addressing their challenges — and their criminal cases — through the specialty courts such as homeless court, drug court, and veterans’ court.  He pressed the importance of respect for each individual, and coming up with creative ways to help get people out of situations that are likely to cause recidivism.”

 Chief Justice Ronquillo concluded the meeting by reminding the PILPers that lawyers have a tremendous responsibility to their clients, that clients deserve your respect and time, and that “there’s more beyond the billable hour.”

BBF Funds Record Number Summer Jobs

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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.
  • EMC
  • Hemenway & Barnes LLP
  • Peabody & Arnold LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP*

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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.

PIC Senior Career Counselor Wows at Society of Fellows Spring Reception

 

Teresa (Terry) Alleyne highlights the work of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC).

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:

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Former BBA President J.D. Smeallie (Holland & Knight), BBF President Lisa Goodheart, and Michael Bogdanow (Meehan, Boyle, Blake & Bogdanow)

 

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Members of the Society of Fellows at this year’s Spring reception.

 

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Tom Gallitano (Conn Kavanaugh), Christine Netski (Sugarman Rogers), and Fellows Committee Co-Chair Jane Willis (Ropes & Gray)

 

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Members of the Society of Fellows enjoy Hor d’Ourves and talk Summer Jobs at their Spring reception.

 

 

PILP, Local Politics, and Breakfast

John Connolly, Michelle Wu, and Barry Finegold talk politics with PILPers.

John Connolly, Michelle Wu, and Barry Finegold talk politics with PILPers.

 

Last week, the PILP 11 class talked local politics over breakfast with Barry Finegold, former State Senator for Second Essex and Middlesex District, Massachusetts; John Connolly, Boston mayoral candidate in 2014 and founder of the non-profit 1647; and Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large.

Our guest speakers covered a variety of topics and fielded a range of questions from the BBA’s PILP class. Here’s what Barry, John, and Michelle had to say to those interested in public office:

  • Establish roots within your community. Get involved in whatever community activity or initiative that interests you.
  • Get experience – work on a campaign, learn the ins and outs of running a political campaign, and build your network.
  • Contribute to the conversation about your community’s needs. How can you help facilitate the dialogue between legislative work and your neighborhood?
  • Be bold, no one has monopoly on a political role.
  • The strongest campaign foundation is a concise and meaningful message.

Thank you to Barry, John, and Michelle for making time to chat with the PILP 11 class!

Spring into Public Service

Give back to your community and expand your professional network by volunteering for these upcoming public service opportunities.

Give back to your community and expand your professional network by volunteering for these upcoming public service opportunities.

16th Annual Charles River Clean Up 


Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Come join members of the New Lawyers Section as we partner with over 3,000 volunteers from various neighborhood, school and professional organizations to help clear trash, debris and other harmful items from the banks of the Charles River. A picnic will follow the event at 1 pm.

Click here to register

Spring Woodland Restoration Event at Roslindale Urban Wild 


 

Friday, May 8, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Five years ago, members of the Environmental Law Section’s Public Service Committee established a tradition for our community of performing ecological restoration work and planting trees in a local Boston Urban Wild. Join the tradition, enjoy nature and the company of your colleagues while also serving the community. This year, in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Urban Wilds Initiative, we will perform trail maintenance, invasive plant control, and pruning of 2008 restoration plantings at the Roslindale Urban Wild. Participants should bring work gloves and water. Children with parental supervision are welcome! Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Click here to register

Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow 


 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 9:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Join your BBA colleagues for a morning outdoors working on the farm and supporting The Food Project. The Food Project is a non-profit devoted to promoting sustainable food systems. The Food Project Serve & Grow Program is focused on growing food for hunger relief organizations and local distribution. Volunteers should bring a water bottle, sunscreen, work gloves, and rain gear (if necessary). The Food Project will supply all tools necessary to work in the field.

Click here to register

PILP 11 Talks Benefits with CHOICE Program

PILPers present an overview of public benefits at the BMC in Roxbury.

PILPers present an overview of public benefits at the BMC in Roxbury.

Last Friday, PILP 11 visited the BMC-Roxbury CHOICE program for this month’s civil legal education workshop. Lizbeth Ginsburg (Greater Boston Legal Services) and Nency Salamoun (The Victim Rights Law Center) provided an overview of public benefits to CHOICE participants, with help from Donna McCormick (GLBS). The presentation featured an overview of the following benefits:

–  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
–  Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC),
–  Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC),
–  MassHealth and Connector Care, and
–  SSI/SSDI

Beyond the Billable caught up with Nency Salamoun after the presentation. Here’s what she had to say about Friday’s session:

“I was impressed with the level of engagement and commitment by every participant in the program. It was amazing to watch a whole community of people surround these participants and help them reclaim their lives.  From the Judge to the probation officer- every person in the courtroom was fully invested.”

Keep a look out for next month’s update on PILP’s family law presentation!

Volunteer for the 2015 BBA Law Day in the Schools Program

"Last year, attorneys loved the opportunity to work with Boston public elementary, middle, and high school students through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program."

Last year, attorneys loved the opportunity to work with Boston public elementary, middle, and high school students through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

Spring is finally here and the BBA is gearing up for the annual Law Day in the Schools Program.  If you’re interested in sharing your passion for the law with Boston public high school students, don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer for this year’s program on April 29th, April 30th, May 1st, May 4th, May 5th, or May 6th. Volunteers will teach elementary, middle, and high school students about the theme, “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law” during one class period. Don’t be scared off if you can’t remember your high school lesson on the Magna Carta! Attorneys can volunteer in pairs, and we provide all of the materials needed to present on the topic.

Click here to view the available sessions.

Mayor Walsh Continues His Call for Summer Jobs Employers

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 continues to support the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

You may remember this article, which highlighted the Mayor Walsh’s personal phone calls to employers asking them to hire Boston youth this summer. Well, the Mayor’s at it again. This time, he’s reaching out to the larger business community with a personal call to hire Boston teens through an article in the Boston Business Journal.

In the article he wrote, “We take pride in how highly Boston ranks in so many measures of success. But we also rank among the cities with the greatest inequality. We are fighting it on many fronts. But none is more important than getting our young people the opportunities they deserve. They are the next generation of Boston’s workers, innovators, and leaders. Help me prepare them—and us—for success. All they need is a chance.”

While 43 legal offices have stepped up to support Boston youth, there is still a greater need. Every year the BBA receives over 100 applications and we have to turn away talent and eager Boston public high school students because we don’t have enough positions. However, this is where your office can help. Are you interested in joining Mayor Walsh’s efforts to provide Boston teens with a valuable summer job? Click here to learn more.

Don’t forget to check out the list below to see if your office has already committed to the program:

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