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Last Thursday, attorneys gathered in the Conference Center at 16 Beacon for the annual Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Pro Bono Training, co-hosted by the BBA and Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP). Expert Panelists Jesse Redlener (Dalton & Finegold, LLP), Warren Agin (Swiggart & Agin, LLC), Kate Nicholson (Parker & Associates), and Hsindy Chen (Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association) walked attendees through the basics of representing a Chapter 7 debtors pro bono.
Now that attendees have completed the training, they are ready to assist debtors through VLP’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Program. We reached out to panelist and VLP Staff Attorney Hsindy Chen to learn more about why attorneys should get involved in VLP’s Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project. Here’s what she had to say:
“Through VLP’s bankruptcy pro bono project, volunteer attorneys provide legal representation to indigent debtors on a pro bono basis. Filing bankruptcy provides a “fresh start” for many consumer debtors. This is especially true for legal services clients who lack support and resources in their everyday lives. It is an enormous consolation for our clients during times of crisis to know that they have representation in their bankruptcy. Without the assistance of pro bono attorneys, our clients would be forced to file pro se, risking dismissal of their cases. Filing bankruptcy prevents, among other things, wage garnishments, utility shut offs, and continued harassment from creditors. Our clients are extremely grateful for the representation and our volunteers develop into competent and ethical bankruptcy attorneys through their volunteer work. The pro bono relationship is truly symbiotic – calling your client to inform them of the Order of Discharge is a truly gratifying experience for an attorney!”
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BBA President Julia Huston shadowed the headmaster of the Mary Lyon Pilot High School last Tuesday through the Principal for a Day Program.
As you may remember from previous years (see here and here), the BBA President has the privilege of getting an up-close and personal look at the Boston public schools each year through the BPE’s Principal for a Day Program. The Program allows public and private sector leaders to better understand the improvements and remaining challenges in the Boston public school system by shadowing a principal for a morning. The BBA works closely with the BPS schools through the BBA Summer Jobs Program and Law Day in the Schools Program, making this opportunity particularly valuable.
BBA President Julia Huston headed to the Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Brighton last Tuesday, and we wanted to be sure our readers got to hear directly from her. Click here to learn more about Julia’s experience.
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Volunteers are the backbone of the new Court Service Center, and the Court is currently seeking experienced attorneys to lend their time to assist pro se litigants
The Court Service Center at the Edward Brooks Courthouse is seeking experienced volunteer attorneys who are dynamic, self-starting and interested in access to justice issues within the court system. Volunteer attorneys will work directly with self-represented litigants to give neutral legal information about court procedures and applicable laws. Just to be clear, attorneys will not be providing representation, but rather providing litigants with information so they may represent themselves.
This is an excellent opportunity for experienced attorneys to provide assistance to pro se litigants and also provide mentorship to law students and newer attorneys.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
Attorneys with a strong background in probate and family law and housing law are encouraged to volunteer.
To volunteer, please contact Sheriece M. Perry, Esq. at email@example.com.
All volunteer attorneys must complete a CORI check and be eligible to work in the United States.
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