Daily Archives: Thursday, September 12, 2019

BBA Volunteers Provide Community Outreach on Students’ Rights

Over the summer, the BBA’s most recent Public Interest Leadership Program class and other dedicated volunteers were busy making presentations on school discipline rights to a number of community organizations as part of the Service Innovation Project on Dismantling the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline.  These presentations covered due process rights that Boston Public Schools students are entitled to when faced with a suspension or expulsion, and focused particularly on new rights established under a 2018 settlement agreement between Greater Boston Legal Services and Boston Public Schools.

Volunteers made presentations at the following organizations, reaching over 150 service providers and middle and high school students.

Bird Street Community Center
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Youth Sanctuary
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Brookview House
DotHouse Health
Italian Home for Children
Justice Resource Institute
North End Waterfront Health
South Boston Community Health Center

Volunteers will be doing another round of outreach presentations as the new school year kicks off!  If you are aware of any organizations or groups that might benefit from hearing a Know Your Rights presentation on school discipline, or if you are interested in volunteering with the project, please reach out to Hannah Poor at [email protected].

Attorneys Vaishali Goyal and Leah Segal (Goulston & Storrs) presented on school discipline rights at the Italian Home for Children in August.

Thank you to the volunteers who made presentations this summer:

Genevieve Aguilar, Harvard University Office of the General Counsel
Paula Bagger, Law Office of Paula M. Bagger LLC     
Erin Brummer, Fragomen
Courtney Caruso, Hogan Lovells
Caroline Donovan, Foley Hoag LLP
Vaishali Goyal, Goulston & Storrs
Hillary Harnett, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Susanna Jones, Foundation Medicine, Inc.
Matthew Kane, Laredo & Smith
Elizabeth Levitan, The EdLaw Project
Natasha Lewis, Volunteer Lawyers Project
Micah Miller, Nutter  
Safa Osmani, Hogan Lovells
Rebekah Provost, Justice Resource Institute
Payal Salsburg, Laredo & Smith
Leah Segal, Goulston & Storrs
Cecilia Vega, GE

The BBA’s Service Innovation Project on Dismantling the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation’s Burnes Innovation in Service Fund.