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Adams Benefit Breaks Fundraising and Attendance Records
The John & Abigail Adams Benefit, the largest charitable fundraiser in the Boston legal community, welcomed a record breaking crowd of over 1,500 attendees to the Museum of Fine Arts last Saturday evening. The event, which supports the work of the Boston Bar Foundation in our community and direct grants to legal services organizations, raised more than $725,000 from institutional sponsors and attendees – the highest amount raised in the event’s history. Guests heard from the evening’s Public Service Honoree, Diane Patrick, and enjoyed a variety of entertainment, gourmet food and specialty cocktails while exploring the MFA after hours. Check out the photos, and help us keep the momentum going!
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Boston Bar Foundation IOLTA Grants Application Opens February 1
The 2019 Boston Bar Foundation IOLTA Grants application period will open on Friday, February 1, and grant applications will be due back to the BBF on Friday, March 1.
Save the Date: Annual Society of Fellows Breakfast
The 2019 Society of Fellows Breakfast will be held on April 11th at the Lenox Hotel. This annual event welcomes all members of the Society for a networking breakfast and panel discussion on legal services in Massachusetts. With over 400 members, the Society of Fellows is a dedicated group of leading Boston attorneys who are committed to supporting the work of the Boston Bar Foundation in our community. Learn more about this exceptional group and how you can join.
Call for Volunteers! Sign-up Today to Teach Teens Financial Literacy
The Boston Bar Association’s M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program has been introducing high school students to essential financial concepts for 13 years. Volunteers are still needed for the 2019 Financial Literacy sessions in high schools throughout the state. Attorneys and law students from all practice area backgrounds are welcome to participate and make an impact.
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Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) Application Now Available
The BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) is a unique leadership program for new lawyers which promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, the profession and the Commonwealth.
Lawyer Referral Service Members Teach & Inspire New BBA Staff
Throughout the month of January, Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) panel attorneys volunteered their time to conduct training sessions on a variety of legal topics for new staff working in the LRS department conducting intake and screening calls.
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ICYMI: BBA Launches CORI Sealing Clinic
The Boston Bar Association is thrilled to announce the launch of a monthly CORI Sealing Clinic, a first-of-its kind project that will assist low-income clients in asking courts to seal their criminal records with the help of volunteer attorneys.
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Recent Victories and Updates from GBLS
Read about GBLS's involvement with An Act Providing for Equitable Relief from Liability for Joint Filers of Tax Returns, Walk to the Hill, and a deal on affordable housing in the South End.
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MassCOSH Hosts Workshop on Immigration, Worker Health & Safety, and the Law
The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) hosted a one-day worker and attorney workshop titled “Immigration, Worker Health & Safety, and the Law” on Saturday, January 26.
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Project Citizenship Announces New Board Chair
Brenda Diana, partner at Ropes & Gray in the Private Client group, has assumed the role of Board Chair of Project Citizenship.
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Veterans Legal Services Awarded Open Door Grant by The Boston Foundation, Targeting Growing Needs of Area Veterans
“This grant will help us stay current on our day-to-day operating expenses, a continuing priority as VLS continues to respond to the ever-growing demand for services,” said Allan Ryan, Chairman of the VLS Board of Directors.
Upcoming Programs
Woman in Court
Does Gender Matter in the Courtroom? An Interview with Lara Bazelon author of “What it Takes to Be a Trial Lawyer if You are Not a Man"
FEB 11 | 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Join us for an interview with Professor Lara Bazleon regarding her research on stereotypes in the courtroom, the challenges that she has observed for trial lawyers, judges and jurors, and thoughts about how to not allow the stereotypes to take center stage and impact the process.
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Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum Open Meeting
FEB 14 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
This is an open meeting for the Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum. All BBA members interested in veterans’ legal services or furthering the network of current and former servicemembers in the legal profession are welcome to attend.
Access to Justice Fellows Program Information Session
FEB 25 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
The Access to Justice Fellows Program, a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, enables senior lawyers and retired judges to partner with nonprofit organizations, courts, and other public interest entities to increase equal justice for all.
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Family Law Pro Bono “Speed Dating” Event
FEB 28 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Law is one of the most requested areas of law for pro bono legal services in the Greater Boston Area. Please join us for this unique pro bono event at the BBA.
Tweets of the Week
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Michael Avitzur   @MikeAvitzurBBA   Jan 30
"Guaranteeing the right of incarcerated people to go to court is a victory for justice"—says @Adrian_Walker on a deal @ACLU_Mass brokered—"but...only a 1st step in addressing overzealous immigration enforcement. What’s needed next is to kick ICE out of MA courthouses altogether."
Sara Mackey   @SSaraMackeyBBA   Jan 30
Better late than never celebrating #DataPrivacyDay We're gearing up for @BostonBar Privacy & Cybersecurity Conf. Thanks GTC Law Group @MassAGO @NutterLaw @Holland_Knight @DanaFarber @IBM @Oracle @Mintz_Law & Sinclair Law for lending us your talented attys
Boston Bar   @BostonBar   Jan 26
We’re pleased to honor Diane Patrick with the Boston Bar Foundation Public Service Award. Her inspirational journey in the legal profession and public service shows us the great impact that one voice can have on the lives of many. #AdamsBenefit
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