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Learning and Doing – BBA Government Relations Department Update. For the full post, click here.
On October 14, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be honored with the BBA Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion at the Taj Boston. Governor Patrick will be honored for his groundbreaking work creating a more diverse judiciary in the state of Massachusetts. Learn More.
Ed Barshak (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.) received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s Annual Meeting Luncheon for his leadership on issues, such as the desegregation of the Boston schools through busing.
Our dedicated readers know about our partnership with the Boston Public Schools through a number of our public service initiatives, including the BBA Summer Jobs Program, Law Day in the Schools, and the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. However, you may not know that our support for Boston youth precedes these longstanding initiatives. If you were one of the 1,200 attorneys who attended our Annual Meeting Luncheon on Friday, you know BBA President Julia Huston referenced the BBA’s involvement in the City of Boston’s efforts to desegregate schools through busing in the 1970’s in her remarks about the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Ed Barshak. Here’s what happened: under then President Ed Barshak’s leadership, the BBA worked to educate the public about desegregation and the busing movement—a movement which fundamentally changed the structure and makeup of the Boston public schools we work with today. If you want more specifics about the BBA’s role in this issue, our friends at Issue Spot, the BBA’s Public Policy blog, offer a full rundown of events in their post, A Retrospective – The BBA and Busing, 40 Years Later.
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The BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program relies on dedicated volunteers who donate their time to assistant landlords and tenants.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program in July and August:
Lawyer for the Day Volunteers
Brent Davis, Roger Williams School of Law
Jessamyn Edra, Goodwin Procter LLP
Dahlia Fetouh, Goodwin Procter LLP
Paul Formella, Goodwin Procter LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Joseph Horne, Goodwin Procter LLP
Martsyl Joseph, Committee for Public Counsel Services – Roxbury
Jennifer Kent, Goodwin Procter LLP
Mike Leusaul, Goodwin Procter LLP
Emily Nelson, Burns & Levinson LLP
Allison Orpilla, Goodwin Procter LLP
Christopher Pavlow, McCarter & English, LLP
Nicolas Planty, Goodwin Procter LLP
Jordana Roubicek Greenman
George Schneider, Goodwin Procter LLP
Leann Walsh, Goodwin Procter LLP
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Solana Goss – Lawyer Referral Service Intake Coordinator
For the past year, I have had the opportunity to work firsthand expanding the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service’s reach to service members, veterans and their families through the Military & Veterans Legal Help Line. September marks the one year anniversary that the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has housed the help line, which was developed in 2011 to connect this underserved population with the legal resources they need. As the Intake Coordinator of the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, I connect hundreds of callers per week with attorneys, legal services, and community organizations. Whenever I pick up the phone and the caller identifies as a disabled veteran struggling to pay their mortgage, or an active duty military member facing family law disputes, I am reminded of the strength, courage, and dedication that these individuals put forth to serve our country. That this need exists so prevalently in our society helps motivate me to do what I can to improve access to legal services for the individuals and their families who served our nation. I leave each call remembering that there is more than we can do for veterans. Instead of just thanking veterans for their service, I am fortunate enough to show my thanks by offering and connecting them with assistance. The legal community has the opportunity to show their thanks and appreciation for the sacrifices of service members in another way – by agreeing to take cases on their behalf.
The BBA and the Lawyer Referral Service has made considerable progress through the Legal Help Line this year. Since September 2013, we have connected 340 active-duty military, veterans, and their families to lawyers and legal services, a 161% increase in the amount of individuals that we were able to serve than the year prior. The LRS maintains a panel of attorneys who are trained to understand the nuances of representing this population, and our Active Duty, Family Members and Veterans Committee is ready to address new challenges in the year ahead. Despite this great success, we still need more attorneys to take cases. If you are an attorney who wants to help support the BBA’s Military & Veterans Legal Help Line, contact me at email@example.com, or the BBA’s Public Service Manager Sonia Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BBA has an ongoing commitment to support service members and their families…so what’s next? On September 23rd the BBA will host the first part of a two-part series to raise awareness about the critical issue of military sexual assault. U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas will be lending her expertise on the issue and her highlighting her work fighting against sexual assault in Congress. For more information and to register, click here.
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