Posts Tagged: Volunteers

Bar Exam Coaching Program – Call for Law School Grads and Attorney Volunteers

As we approach 2017, many recent law school graduates are preparing to take the February Bar Exam. The Boston Bar Association wants to help those studying manage their mental, emotional, and practical preparation through our Bar Exam Coaching Program. We’re currently recruiting for both law school graduates taking the February exam and attorneys to act as coaches. See below for specific information and to sign-up!


Law School Grads:
Are you taking the Massachusetts Bar Exam in February 2017?

We know you’ve got the academic part of your bar prep under control, but let us help out with the rest. We are ready to connect you with attorney-coaches from diverse personal and professional backgrounds to offer guidance on:

  • time management
  • effective study techniques
  • stress management
  • dealing with anxiety

If you are taking the February exam and would like to be connected with a coach, please complete the online information form.


Attorneys:
Could you offer a helping hand to an applicant sitting for the February 2017 Bar Exam?

We are seeking attorneys to serve as coaches to bar exam applicants sitting for the Massachusetts Bar Exam this February. This is a short term commitment with a big impact. Coaches are not expected to answer substantive law questions, but will be trained to offer guidance on mental preparation, confidence, study tips, time & stress management, and dealing with anxiety. Coaches will communicate with their applicant by e-mail, by phone, or in person.

A training video and coaching guidelines will be provided.

If you would like to volunteer to be a coach, please complete our online information form before Friday, November 11th.


Finally, while not required, you’re invited to join us for our Bar Coaching Kick Off Reception – Monday, November 14th, from 5:30 – 7:30PM!

Meet with applicants, coaches, judges, and bar leaders over pizza. We’ll talk with recent exam-takers about strategies that worked from them.  We’ll also hear from successful attorneys and judges who struggled in their first attempt at taking the exam.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] or at 617-778-1918.

Give Thanks, Give Back

Let the BBA connect you with opportunities to serve the community alongside fellow Members – become trained as a Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court, volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank or with Cradles to Crayons. You can also help give hope and guidance to a law school grad preparing to take the Bar Exam.

Give back while you prepare to give thanks!

Volunteer with The Greater Boston Food Bank
Saturday, November 12, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Greater Boston Food Bank – 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA

Come join members of the New Lawyers Section as we partner with other volunteers to help “End Hunger Here.” This event will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow lawyers in a non-professional setting.

Pro Bono Training: Landlord Tenant Law Basics
Monday, November 14, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association – 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

This training will cover the basics of summary process law in landlord / tenant cases and how to represent both landlords and tenants in a summary process eviction matter.You’ll be prepared to volunteer for Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court.

Bar Exam Coaching – Call for Volunteers!
Bar Coaching Reception – Monday, November 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Boston Bar Association – 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

We are seeking attorneys to serve as coaches to bar exam applicants sitting for the Massachusetts Bar Exam this February. This is a short term commitment with a big impact. Coaches are not expected to answer substantive law questions, but will be trained to offer guidance on mental preparation, confidence, study tips, time & stress management, and dealing with anxiety. To sign-up to volunteer, fill out this information form. If you would like to share information about this program with a law school graduate preparing to take the February exam, please direct them to this sign-up form.

If able, please join us at the Bar Exam Coaching Kick-Off Reception. You’ll meet with applicants, coaches, judges, and bar leaders and talk with recent exam-takers about strategies that worked for them.

Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons
Saturday, December 17, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Cradles to Crayons – 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA

Join members of the BBA in processing and packaging donations that will be distributed to children across the state through Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons provide homeless or low-income children with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play.

Peek into the Pro Bono Fair

On Tuesday, law students and attorneys mingled with legal services organizations at Suffolk University Law School to learn about pro bono opportunities across the Commonwealth. Over 30 organizations passed out flyers and collected information on potential volunteers. If you were unable to make it to the event, we’ve included a few photos from the evening below and we hope you join us next year!

Representatives from Mass Legal Answers Online and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association speak with attendees.

Representatives from Mass Legal Answers Online and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association speak with attendees.

 

Ting Chiu tables for Greater Boston Legal Services

Ting Chiu tables for Greater Boston Legal Services.

 

A Suffolk law student hears more information on Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project

A Suffolk law student hears more information on the Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project.

 

Abbe Hershberg, BBA Family Law Public Service Committee Co-Chair, Carolyn Mitchell and Cassandra Shavney of the BBA, and Michael McDermott, New Lawyers Section Public Service Committee Co-Chair, table on behalf of the Boston Bar Association

(Left to Right) Abbe Hershberg, BBA Family Law Section Public Service Committee Co-Chair, Carolyn Mitchell and Cassandra Shavney of the BBA, and Michael McDermott, BBA New Lawyers Section Public Service Committee Co-Chair, table on behalf of the Boston Bar Association.

 

Law Students and Attorneys meet with numerous organizations and hear about their work and pro bono opportunities.

Law Students and attorneys meet with numerous organizations and hear about their work and pro bono opportunities.

 

An attendee learns about the work of Project Citizenship

An attendee learns about the work of Project Citizenship.

 

Barbara Oro and Rochelle Hahn prepare to explain the new Mass Legal Answers Online Project.

Barbara Oro and Rochelle Hahn gladly explain the new Mass Legal Answers Online Project.

 

If you’d like information on the organizations present at the fair, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected]

Thank You to Our Reentry Education Volunteers

We’d like to thank our 2016 BBA Reentry Education Program volunteers for donating their time to educate probationers on how to navigate various civil-legal issues faced when reentering society. This year, volunteers addressed over 150 probationers on issues related to employment law, obtaining housing, reinstating a driver’s license, CORI sealing, public benefits, finances, and family law. The BBA partnered with the Court Assisted Recovery Effort (CARE) and Reentry: Empowering Successful Todays and Responsible Tomorrows (RESTART) programs of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the CHOICE program in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court, and Hope House and Coolidge House, community partners serving the probation population.

We’re thankful for our volunteers:

Michael Birch, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP

Lizbeth Ginsburg, Greater Boston Legal Services

Julie Heinzelman, Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Anuj Khetarpal, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

David Lieberman, Day Pitney LLP

Brian McLaughlin, Brian McLaughlin Esq. LLC

Kavya Naini, Harvard Law School

Ryan Sakoda, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Phong Tran, Harvard Law School

 

Click here to read more about the program and if you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

VLP Announces May and June Honor Roll

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation in May and June:

 Samuel Ames
Dick Bauer
Thomas Beauvais
Arlene L. Bernstein
Larry Booz
Rebecca Brodie
Janet Brussard
Andrew P. Cornell
Milton D’Andrea
Maureen Jones Devine
Iliana Diaz
Jennifer DiCarlo
Mary DiMaiti
James T. Downes
Matthew C. Ellison
Richard Evans
Daniel W. Finegold
Deanna Flaherty
Andres Garron
Nashwa Gewaily
Michael G. Giarrusso
David Goldman
Richard A. Goulding
Steven Greenzang
Craig Herman
Karen Hoffman
Amy Hudspeth Cabell
Nadiyah Humber
Maegan Hurley
Sarah K. Ireland
Sharon V. Jones
Martsyl Joseph
Susan Khurshudyan
Candace Labbe
Laura Lerner
Jacqueline Levy
Tyler B. Lewis
Corrine Lusic
Michael MacDonald
Barbara Macy
David Menchaca
Marc Migliazzo
Madelyn Morris
Joanne Moses
Dalkis Muir
Yavor Nechev
Vanessa A. O’Connor
Elizabeth O’Flaherty
Alexa O’Keefe
Judy O’Neil
Sofia Owen
Lisa Owens
William Patton
John C. Polley
Michael Riley
Timothy Robertson
David Rome
Lou D. Saban
Ryan Takeo Sakoda
Joseph Sherman
Jordan Smith
Elizabeth Julia Smith
Kerry Spindler
Carl Studlar
Sharon L. Toffler
Kelly Towns
Irina Vaglica
William Valletta
Michael Wang
Katherine E. Ward
Richard S. Weitzel
Donald Whitmore
Jennifer Williams
Lawrence A. Wind
Sandy Yeung
Kevin Yurkerwich
Ajay Zutshi

VLP Announces March and April Honor Roll

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation in March and April:

Samuel Ames
Christina Bitter
Lisa Callahan
Milton D’Andrea
Richard Evans
Andres Garron
Nashwa Gewaily
Mindy Green
Jasmine Jean-Louis
Sharon Jones
Timothy Jones
Daniel Kon
Michael Levesque
Julia Lindsey
Corrine Lusic
Marc Migliazzo
Madelyn Morris
Justin Murphy
Linda Neary
Vanessa O’Connor
Allison Orpilla
John Polley
Stephen Provazza
David Rome
Ryan Sakoda
Arielle Schwartz
Jordan Smith
Kelly Towns
Olivia Uitto
Irina Vaglica
Christopher Versfelt
Katy Ward
Ajay Zutshi

Spanish-Speaking Attorneys Needed for Annual Law Day in the Schools Program

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The BBA is looking for Spanish-speaking attorneys to volunteer for our Law Day in the Schools program this year.

Every spring, join lawyers and judges from all over the city to visit classes across the Boston public school system as part of Law Day. This year, our volunteers will be teaching over 1400 students about Miranda rights.

All of the sessions will be taught in English, but volunteers may need to translate certain terms into Spanish for English Language Learners.

Check out the sessions below:

(1) Date & time: Friday, April 29th from 10:15 am-11:00 am
Grade & location: First grade class at Samuel Adams Elementary School in East Boston
Number of Spanish-speaking volunteers needed: 1

(2) Date & time: Friday, April 29th from 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Grade & location: Fourth grade class at Samuel Adams Elementary School in East Boston
Number of Spanish-speaking volunteers needed: 1

(3) Date & time: Friday, April 29th from 12:00 pm-1:20 pm
Grade & location: Third grade class at Samuel Adams Elementary School in East Boston
Number of Spanish-speaking volunteers needed: 1

(4) Date & time: Wednesday, May 4th from 7:30-8:30 am
Grade & location: Twelfth grade class at Charlestown High School
Number of Spanish-speaking volunteers needed: 1

(5) Date & time: Wednesday, May 4th from 8:30-9:30 am
Grade & location: Twelfth grade class at Charlestown High School
Number of Spanish-speaking volunteers needed: 1

(6) Date & time: Wednesday, May 4th from 12:10-1:10 pm
Grade & location: Ninth grade class at Charlestown High School
Number of Spanish-speaking volunteers needed: 1

(7) Date & time: Wednesday, May 4th from 1:00-1:50 pm
Grade & location: Ninth grade class at Charlestown High School
Number of Spanish-speaking volunteers needed: 1

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these sessions, please contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected].

Celebrating 30 Years of Law Day in the Schools With More Than 30 Sponsors

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This year, the BBA is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Law Day in the Schools! For a bit of background: In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day as time to honor our government’s legal process and individual rights. Law Day has been celebrated on May 1st of each year since 1961, and the BBA is thrilled to turn Law Day into a month-long celebration at 16 Beacon Street with Law Day in the Schools and our Law Day Dinner.

Consistently one of the most popular public service programs among our members, the Law Day in the Schools program gives elementary, middle, and high school students in the Boston Public Schools a firsthand look at the legal profession. BBA volunteers introduce students to the legal profession, teach about legal rights and laws, and engage with our community. This year more than 80 volunteers will visit over 50 classrooms to teach more than 1,400 students about the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona and expand upon the idea of “Miranda: More than Just Words.”

Who has signed up to volunteer so far?

  • 30 BBA Sponsors
  • 7 In-House Attorneys
  • 5 Government Attorneys
  • 3 LRS Attorneys
  • 1 Law School Professor

Interested in participating? Learn more about Law Day in the Schools here or sign up to volunteer here… sessions are going quickly!

A Special Thanks to BBA Sponsor Firms Participating

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

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

White and Williams LLP

VLP Announces December, January, and February Honor Roll

Volunteers are crucial to many of VLP's programs, including the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program pictured above.

Volunteers are crucial to many of VLP’s programs, including the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program pictured above.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation December, January, and February:

Samuel Ames
Steven Ballard
Hans Banitt
Thomas Beauvais
Elaine Benkoski
Stephanie Biggs
Sarah Boonin
Maja Bozic
Alissa Brill
Rob Buchholz
Robert Burdick
Edward Burns
Jerald Burwick
Lisa Callahan
Vikas Dhar
Jessica Doucette
Meredith R. Douglas
James Downes
Jasmine Elatab
Peter Fellman
Dahlia Fetouh
Julie Franklin
Brendan Furey
Andres Garron
Nashwa Gewaily
Michael Giarrusso
David Goldman
Richard Goulding
Taurean Green
Steven Greenzang
David Haffner
Craig Herman
Karen Hoffman
Sharon Jones
Noor Kazmi
Susan Khurshudyan
Jeff Kiesling
Ilene Klein
Daniel Koh
Candace Labbe
Esther Laine
Maude Laroche-St. Fleur
Gregory Lee
Jacqueline Levy
Michelle Lewis
Amy Lipman-White
Corrine Lusic
Michael MacDonald
Cameron McGinn
Rosanna Molinaro
William Moore
Evelyn Venables Moreno
Madelyn Morris
Kristofer Munroe
Justin Murphy
Katherine Newman
Kate Nicholson
Judy O’Neil
Walter Oney
Seth Orkand
Allison Orpilla
William Patton
Nicholas Planty
Thomas Polito
John Polley
Camala Richardson
Patricia Ridge
Timothy Robertson
David Rome
Rebecca Royer
Lou Saban
Robert Sable
Ryan Takeo Sakoda
Evan Segal
Elizabeth Julia Smith
Danielle Spang
Kerry Spindler
Marsha Springette
Kathryn Terrell
Sharon Toffler
Jeffri Uber
William Valletta
Judith Vassilovski
Adrienne Walker
Brendan Ward
Heather Ward
Neil Warrenbrand
Amanda Whelan
Ajay Zutshi

New Lawyers Volunteer at Pine Street Inn

New Lawyers spent Saturday morning serving food at the Pine Street Inn.

New Lawyers spent Saturday morning serving food at the Pine Street Inn.

The BBA’s weekend volunteer opportunities have been filling up quickly! Last week a group of attorneys headed to the Pine Street Inn to help prepare meals for the homeless at the Pine Street Inn and learn about the problem of homelessness in Boston.

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Are you looking for a similar volunteer opportunity? Don’t miss the Greater Boston Food Bank on March 23rd from 5:30-8:00 pm. Click here to learn more.