After the tragic events on Marathon Monday, the BBA reached out to the Mayor’s Office to see how we could help. The answer—provide pro bono legal assistance to small businesses and survivors affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

The BBA recruited more than 200 attorneys, firms, and laws schools who were eager to help. Collaborating with the Mayor’s Office and Massachusetts Office for Victims Assistance, the BBA volunteer attorneys provided more than 400 hours of pro bono legal services to small business owners and survivors on issues ranging from insurances claims to One Fund applications.

In addition, the BBF demonstrated its commitment to Boston by donating $25,000 to the One Fund to further assist survivors. The BBA continues to support these efforts through its collaboration with the Massachusetts Resiliency Center.

Read more about our efforts below:

The Boston Bar Journal

On Wednesday, April 2nd, the Boston Bar Journal released its Spring 2014 Edition, which included four feature stories about attorneys experiences representing clients in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Read the Spring 2014 Boston Bar Journal here.

Former Corporation Counsel William Sinnott on the BBA's Marathon Assistance Project

We got in touch with William Sinnott, former Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston and past BBA Council member, to get his thoughts on the BBA response to the City’s request for volunteer attorneys to help small business with legal issues. Read his account of the BBA's involvement here.

The impact which BBA's staff and members had on the Marathon recovery was enormous. Victims and businesses were desperate for direction and professional assistance and BBA, partnering with the City, stepped up. As a runner, I was grateful. As a City official, I was impressed. As a lawyer...I was proud.”

Joe Bierwirth, Partner at Hemenway & Barnes, explains what the BBA is doing to aid victims and small businesses affected by the Marathon Monday bombing on Boston's Neighborhood Network News