Each year, the BBA Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) crafts a year-long project to address needs in our community. Last week, attorneys crowded into the BBA’s Adams Room to learn about PILP 10’s project with the new Edward W. Brooke Courthouse Court Service Center (CSC), which opened in June. The Brooke Courthouse CSC is one of two pilot service centers; the other is located in Greenfield, MA. The Trial Court, the Access to Justice Commission, and Rosie’s Place teamed up to make the CSC a reality, and now it’s our job to showcase all that’s happening in Boston and in our Commonwealth.
If you missed the program last week, Beyond the Billable has you covered. Take a look below for all the details on the program:
Who were the panelists?
- Judge Dina Fein – Housing Court, Western Division
- Anthony Doniger – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
- Sheriece Perry – Manager, Court Service Center
What happens at the CSC?
The CSC provides invaluable resources for visitors to the courthouse. Staff and volunteers help pro se litigants prepare pleadings, court forms and documents, access existing social services, public computers, workstations, and interpreters. While CSC staff and volunteers provide legal information, not legal advice, they meet unaddressed needs among community members.
How many people have visited the CSC?
Since the CSC opened on June 2, 2014, more than 1,530 individuals have visited the CSC for legal information!
How can you get involved?
Attorneys, law students hoping to get acquainted with the Boston legal community, and new lawyers are all welcome to volunteer. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to the Manager of the CSC Sheriece Perry at email@example.com.
More Court Service Centers! The impact that the CSC has at the Brooke Courthouse and in Greenfield – both for pro se litigants and court staff – has illustrated their importance for all court visitors. The goal is to open four more service centers within the next year at the busiest courts in the Commonwealth.
The CSC is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more information, please click here.