As our Beyond the Billable readers know, the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) not only brings the best and brightest young attorneys together for leadership training and public service initiatives, it hosts Boston legal and community leaders as guest speakers. Each year, PILPers reach out to leaders based on the class’s topics of interest. Past topics included: running for local politics, the state of legal services, and how to serve on a charitable board.
The 2015-2016 PILP class, fondly known as PILP 12, kicked off its year of guest speakers in August. At its meetings, PILP 12 learned about changes to legislation pertaining to domestic violence from Jennifer Bolton, the Senior Manager Prevention & Education at DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), Inc., and Sarah Ellis, Deputy General Counsel of the District Court.
Beyond the Billable caught up with two PILPers to hear about the meetings:
“Jennifer Bolton, DOVE Inc.’s Senior Manager of Outreach and Education met with PILP to discuss the cycle of domestic and how trauma impacts survivors abilities to navigate systems including the Court. Jen’s insights were invaluable to the group and provided an understanding of the various obstacles survivors of domestic violence face in achieving safety.”
- Jessica Katz, DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), Inc.
“Sarah Ellis, Deputy General Counsel of the District Court, met with the PILP group to discuss the current status of the law concerning domestic violence in Massachusetts. Sarah provided an accessible and interesting overview to how the courts, District Attorney’s offices, and police departments are attempting to battle domestic violence in an increasingly holistic manner while weighing the needs of victims and the rights of defendants.”
- Betsy Barrett, Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court
Stay tuned for more on this year’s PILP speakers.