Daily Archives: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Financial Literacy Fan Mail

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Look what our partners near Springfield just received in the mail!

The Hampden and Hampshire County Bar Associations shared a few thank you notes they received from students who participated in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program this fall. Under the leadership of Financial Literacy Co-Chairs Elizabeth Katz (Rescia & Katz, LLP) and John Davis (Cooley Shrair) and Judge Henry Boroff, volunteers teach roughly 100 students at Holyoke, Easthampton, and Northampton High Schools how to make sound financial decisions through the program every year.

We want to pass on some thanks of our own! Thank you to the following volunteers for donating their time to the program:

Co-Chairs:
John Davis, Cooley Shrair
Elizabeth Katz, Rescia & Katz, LLP

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge:
Hon. Henry Boroff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Volunteer Teachers:
Karen Adamski, O’Brien & Adamski
Jennifer Butler, Weiner Law Firm, PC
Henry Geberth Jr., Hendel & Collins, PC
Nicholas Grimaldi, Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg, LLP
Lisa Halbert, Bacon Wilson, PC
Michael Katz, Bacon Wilson, PC
Eric Kornblum
Peter Lane
Joseph Lange, Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP
Karen Murphy, Pioneer Valley Legal Associates, LLP
Andrea O’Connor, Hendel & Collins, PC
Kara Rescia, Rescia & Katz, LLP
Denise Shear, Ostrander Law Office
Spencer Stone, Bacon Wilson PC
Christina Turgeon
Mikal Weiss, Burrows, Weiss Mintz & Lippiello LLP
Thomas Wilson, Dunn & Wilson

The program is administered by the Hampden County Bar Association with the help of Executive Director Noreen Nardi and the Hampshire County Bar Association with the help of Executive Director Rebecca Ryan. Read more about the BBA’s partnerships in Western Massachusetts in an upcoming edition of Beyond the Billable.

CARE/RESTART Participants Learn about Driver’s License Reinstatement

Dan Routh (Ropes and Gray LLP) walked CARE/RESTART participants through the steps to reinstating their driver's licenses at yesterday's Reentry Education Program session at the Federal Court.

Dan Routh (Ropes and Gray LLP) walked CARE/RESTART participants through the steps to reinstating their driver’s licenses at yesterday’s Reentry Education Program session at the Federal Court.

Yesterday, Dan Routh (Ropes and Gray LLP) joined a group of CARE/RESTART participants at the Moakley Courthouse for this month’s Reentry Education Program session on Massachusetts Driver’s License Reinstatement. In the session, Attorney Routh described common scenarios that participants may encounter when applying for driver’s license reinstatement, and how to navigate hurdles when they appear.

Beyond the Billable caught up with Attorney Routh after the program to find out why this topic was so important to participants.  Here’s what he had to say:

“Having a driver’s license is an important threshold step for so many different aspects of a person’s life, whether it’s getting to work, running day-to-day errands, or connecting with family and friends.  I am happy to be part of the Reentry Education Program’s efforts to facilitate that process and help participants navigate their way on this important first step.”

Keep a look out for updates about next month’s session on employment law.

Pro Bono Training Preps Attorneys to Assist Victims of Workplace Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Fraud in Labor Contracting

The panelists at Tuesday's pro bono training walked attendees through U and T nonimmigrant status, and how to identify workplace crimes.

The panelists at Tuesday’s pro bono training walked attendees through U and T nonimmigrant status and how to identify workplace crimes.

Attorneys gathered at 16 Beacon to learn about options for immigration relief for workplace and trafficking victims during Tuesday night’s pro bono training. The panelists, including Lyida Edwards (Greater Boston Legal Services), Julie Dahlstrom (Ascentria Care Alliance), Declan Croucher (Verité), and Carla Moniz (Greater Boston Legal Services), walked attendees through U and T nonimmigrant status, and how to identify workplace crimes.

Beyond the Billable caught up with Julie after the training to hear more. Take a look at what she had to say about the training:

“The training was an excellent opportunity for attorneys to learn how to advocate for low-income workers who are vulnerable to abuse in the workplace. Too often, workers are afraid to move forward and speak openly about the exploitation that they suffer. We hope that the training provides attorneys with the tools to advocate for immigration status on behalf of these workers. Immigration status is one of the most important steps to combat future labor exploitation and ensure that workers can come out of the shadows.”