Delivery of Legal Services experts will provide pro bono attorneys with the knowledge and tools to represent youth who are facing long-term suspension or expulsion at this one of a kind training. Learn more or register here.
The Significance of Pro Bono Service. For the full post, click here.
If you are a recently admitted lawyer in MA, take a look at the BBA's Practicing with Professionalism Page to register. Don't delay, two dates are already sold out!
The 2014 BBF Adams Benefit is taking place on 1/25 at 6pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, and already more than 610 people are looking forward to attending. This year’s event will include a special presentation of the 2014 BBF Public Service Award to Thomas Menino for his extraordinary leadership and dedication to our city throughout his two decades of service as Mayor. Learn more.
In this season of giving, consider making a contribution to the BBF, which is hard at work creating opportunities for Boston’s youth, providing assistance for individuals and families facing homelessness, or helping veterans learn their legal rights. Learn more or donate here.
Conciliation training participants tested out their new skills during role plays.
Last Friday, family law practitioners filled the BBA’s Claflin Center for the second annual BBA/MBA Conciliation Training. The training was open to attorneys with at least five years of domestic relations experience and offered them the opportunity to become certified as a conciliator. Attorneys learned how to mediate and successfully intervene early on in family law cases in order to obtain a quick and fair resolution.
Beyond the Billable reached out to Timothy Linnehan, an ADR Coordinator for the Trial Court and a trainer for the session, to hear why this training was so important. Here’s what he had to say:
“The training benefits the SERV program in Suffolk Probate Court by providing a training program for volunteers to assist the Court in serving unrepresented parties in resolving their case. The program also benefits the use and expansion of conciliation services to help parties resolve cases. This training program complies with the SJC 8-hour training requirement to be a conciliator for court-connected programs. Currently, nine local bar associations have conciliation programs in the Probate and Family Court Department.”
In exchange for a free training, attendees will volunteer as a conciliator at the Probate and Family Court.
BBA Interns help staff the LRS booth at the 9th Annual MA Conference For Women.
Last Thursday, the BBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) staff set up shop at the 9th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women, which drew more than 10,000 women from across the state and New England.
This year’s conference, held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center featured keynote addresses and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, finance, media and professional development. The theme the conference was “The Power of Us,” and gave conference attendees many opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth.
Hundreds of attendees stopped by the BBA’s booth, inquiring as to how they could receive referrals through the Lawyer Referral Service, and about the BBA’s Mission and role in the community.
The Massachusetts Conference for Women is the largest outreach and marketing event of the year for the BBA LRS, who participates in approximately 10 outreach events yearly. Next on the calendar is the 26th Annual Quincy Lunar New Year Festival in February. Stay tuned for more details!
Students practice preparing & presenting their aurguments. Photo provided by Boston Debate League.
As many of our readers know, the Boston Bar has an ongoing partnership with the Boston Debate League (BDL) to help teach Boston Public High School students critical thinking, persuasive writing and effective communication skills. Part of our partnership means finding volunteers generous enough to spend their time volunteering as judges and mentors for the urban debate teams. On behalf of the BBA and BDL, we thank our volunteers who donated their time during October and November to help close the achievement gap in Boston.
Teniola Adeyemi, New England Law Student
Leonard Audaer, Rankin & Sultan
Erica Carroll, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
Nicole Del Monte, State Street
Jose Gonsalez, City of Boston Law Department
Kathleen Micciche, Clark Lau LLC
Sean Nehill, City of Boston Law Department
If you are interested in volunteering for BDL, you are in luck! BDL has two tournaments this month. Click here for more information on how to volunteer.