Last month, the BBA Reentry Education Program wrapped up their final community presentation of the spring. Since 2013, following the formation of this program by the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP), volunteers have been educating probationers and those recently incarcerated on issues faced while reentering society: driver’s license reinstatement, obtaining affordable housing and public benefits, finding employment, and more. This year, the program reached 68 individuals through workshops held at the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, Coolidge House, and Hope House. We value our partnership with the Court Assisted Recovery Effort (CARE) and Reentry: Empowering Successful Todays and Responsible Tomorrows (RESTART) programs of the U.S. District Court and with Coolidge and Hope House.
We’re also thankful for the dedication of the Reentry Committee for all their efforts in coordinating each workshop and working with the volunteer presenters to update the materials as necessary. The volunteers are experts in their field and provided workshop participants with invaluable information.
2016-2017 Committee Members
- Julia Devanthéry, Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, Committee Co-Chair
- Sarah Schendel, Irish International Immigrant Center, Committee Co-Chair
- Brendan St. Amant, Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP
- Raquel Webster, National Grid USA
- Anuj Khetarpal, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
- Emily Hodge, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
- Julie Heinzelman, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
- D’Andre Fernandez, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
- Renay Frankel, Harvard Law School
- Lizbeth Ginsburg, Greater Boston Legal Services
- Brian McLaughlin, McLaughlin Law, LLC
- Benjamin Richard, Law Office of Benjamin Richard
- Ryan Sakoda, Committee for Public Counsel Services