Daily Archives: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Last Chance to Volunteer with Law Day in the Schools!


The Boston Bar Association’s 30th annual Law Day in the Schools program kicks off in just two weeks, and spaces are filling up fast.

Law Day in the Schools is one of the most popular public service programs among BBA members. The program gives elementary, middle, and high school students in Boston Public Schools a firsthand look at the legal profession. This year, volunteers will explain the significance of the historic 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona and expand upon the idea of “Miranda: More than Just Words.”

This year, we have over 50 Boston Public School classes participating in the program, which will reach more than 1,400 students.

Interested in volunteering? We only have a few opportunities left! Please contact Galen Byrne at gbyrne@bostonbar.org or at (617) 778-1906 to sign up.

Available sessions:

Thursday, 4/28/16 from 8:50 – 10:15 a.m.
East Boston High School, Grades 10-12
1 volunteers needed

Thursday, 4/28/16 from 10:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
East Boston High School, Grades 10-12
2 Volunteers Needed

Friday, 4/29/16 from 10:15 – 11 a.m.
Samuel Adams Elementary School, 1st Grade
1 Volunteer Needed

Friday, 4/29/16 from 11 a.m. – 12 noon
M.E. Bradley Elementary School, 4th Grade
2 Volunteers Needed

Wednesday, 5/4/16 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Charlestown High School, 12th Grade (Day)
1 Volunteer Needed

Friday, 5/6/16 from 9 – 10 a.m.
Russell Elementary School, 2nd Grade
2 Volunteers Needed

A special thanks to law firms and companies who have adopted a classroom:

Anderson & Kreiger LLP; Arrowood Peters LLP; Barclay Damon, LLP; Beck Reed Riden LLP; Burns & Levinson LLP; Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP; Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.; DLA Piper LLP; Donoghue Barrett & Singal; Duane Morris LLP; Goulston & Storrs PC; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Holland & Knight LLP; Krokidas & Bluestein LLP; Locke Lord LLP; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Morgan Lewis; Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP; Peabody & Arnold LLP; Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP; Prince Lobel Tye LLP; Schwartz Hannum PC; Sherin and Lodgen LLP; State Street Corporation; Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.; Sullivan & Worcester LLP; Ropes & Gray LLP; Verrill Dana LLP; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; and White and Williams LLP

BBA Opens Doors to Veterans and the Attorneys Who Help Them


“They made a choice – they said, ‘I know that this might happen to me.’ What we really hope is that you will help us to help these people when they get home.”

So said Anna Schleelein Richardson of veterans and the sacrifice they make by enlisting in the armed services, knowing the risk of physical injury or emotional distress. At a brown bag program last week aimed at training attorneys on providing legal assistance to veterans in family law cases, Richardson reminded attendees that this is the longest period of time in history that the U.S. has been at war.

Some of the clients she has seen at Veterans Legal Services never expected to go to war at all when they signed up to join the Coast Guard, or they planned to commit to just one tour in Iraq when they ended up serving two or three. Many of these soldiers come back with issues that lead to a need for legal assistance in family law cases, she said.


Later on in the week, veterans and lawyers who have represented veterans came to discuss their experience firsthand. The BBA hosted its second Meet and Greet Luncheon for veterans in the legal community and their families.

Several branches of the military were represented, and attendees had the chance to talk about their shared experiences. Attorneys who frequently represent veterans were also in attendance.

If you are interested in representing veterans, we are holding a Pro Bono training on discharge upgrades on May 18.