Monthly Archives: November 2021

Celebrating Pro Bono Month: A Recap

The Boston Bar Association (BBA) is happy to close out yet another successful pro bono month! Throughout the month of October, attorneys and law students expressed interest in our pro bono month programs. We would like to thank all our partnering organizations, including BBF grantees, and steering committees for helping us put on yet another great month of opportunities to give back.

Did you miss out on the BBA’s Pro Bono month events? Check out some of the Pro Bono month highlights below!

October 7th and October 13th: Two-Part Housing Trainings Session with Volunteer Lawyers Project

The BBA was happy to continue its partnership with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). This year, VLP trained attendees on how they can represent clients that are facing a housing crisis. The October 7th Eviction Defense: Basics and How to Get Involved provided attendees with a basic overview of the eviction process and the most common defenses and counterclaims that attorneys should be familiar with when representing their clients. In case you missed it, you will find a link to the October 7th training here.

On October 13th, VLP followed up their eviction basics training with their Representing Tenants in Housing Court Mediations training. In this session, VLP focused on the basics of negotiation and how to get the best results for tenants. In particular, the training covered Tier 1 mediation, the most common assistance that VLP provides tenants during their Lawyer for the Day program. After going over the basics, the attendees had the opportunity to out into small groups and put their trainings into practice.

October 12th: Pro Bono Naturalization Training

The need for pro bono assistance in immigration cases continues to grow. In order to help meet this need, the BBA hosted a pro bono naturalization training in partnership with Project Citizenship. The attendees practiced one-on-one interviews with pre-screened citizenship applicants to review Form N-400 naturalization applications. Did you miss the program but you are still interested in volunteering with Project Citizenship, check out the free recording!

October 14th: CORI Sealing Clinic

The BBA’s CORI Sealing Project, in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), continues to be a success. The attorneys that attended our October 14th are now eligible to volunteer at a CORI Sealing Clinic. Missed the training session? Watch the recording!

We want to give a special thank you to volunteers who have participated in the project so far and we are looking forward to gaining more volunteers as the program year continues.

October 26th: Volunteering with Veterans Legal Services 101

On October 26th, the BBA hosted an introduction to volunteering with Veterans Legal Services (VLS). The program featured an experienced panel that provided the basics of working with the veterans and servicemembers community in Massachusetts and gave attendees a plethora of ways that they can get involved. Interested in volunteering with VLS but missed our program? Watch our free recording!

October 27th: Virtual Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House

The BBA hosted a Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House with Suffolk University. We had numerous organizations in attendance and a plethora of attorneys and law students interested in getting involved. Thank you to each of the organizations that participated and we look forward to hosting the event with Suffolk University again next year!

October 28th: How to be a Successful Pro Bono Attorney

The BBA’s New Lawyers Forum hosted a discussion on having a commitment to pro bono work as an attorney. The panelist discussed different pro bono legal service opportunities, how to balance a full-time workload with pro bono work, and various other essential topics. You can still learn how you can be a successful pro bono attorney by watching our recording here!

October 29th: A Survivor’s Perspective: On interacting with Systems Before, During, and After Being Trafficked

We closed out Pro Bono month with an information conversation between Jose Alfaro, a human trafficking survivor, and Julie Dahlstrom, the Director and Clinical Professor of Boston University Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program. Jose addressed his personal experience of being trafficked as an LGBTQ+ minor and person of color. Additionally, he addressed the legal systems he interacted with and the impact they had on his experience. You can watch this moving conversation here and learn how attorneys can better represent human trafficking survivors.