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We’d like to thank our 2016 BBA Reentry Education Program volunteers for donating their time to educate probationers on how to navigate various civil-legal issues faced when reentering society. This year, volunteers addressed over 150 probationers on issues related to employment law, obtaining housing, reinstating a driver’s license, CORI sealing, public benefits, finances, and family law. The BBA partnered with the Court Assisted Recovery Effort (CARE) and Reentry: Empowering Successful Todays and Responsible Tomorrows (RESTART) programs of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the CHOICE program in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court, and Hope House and Coolidge House, community partners serving the probation population.
We’re thankful for our volunteers:
Michael Birch, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
Lizbeth Ginsburg, Greater Boston Legal Services
Julie Heinzelman, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Anuj Khetarpal, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
David Lieberman, Day Pitney LLP
Brian McLaughlin, Brian McLaughlin Esq. LLC
Kavya Naini, Harvard Law School
Ryan Sakoda, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Phong Tran, Harvard Law School
Click here to read more about the program and if you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Cassandra Shavney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys assist landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for a Day at the Boston Housing Court Program. VLP relies on volunteers to deliver pro bono services to those in need.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation in July and August:
Marjorie A. Adams Samuel Ames Dick Bauer Thomas Beauvais Neil J. Berman Stephanie Biggs Sarah Boonin Larry Booz Alissa Brill Laura Burnett Rachel Bussey Christopher M. Candon Rosemarie Clinch Heather Cohen Patrick J. Daly Mary DiMaiti Anna R. DiMaria Sean Donovan James T. Downes Matthew C. Ellison Richard Evans Deanna Flaherty Lois Galluzzo Andres Garron Michael G. Giarrusso David Goldman Steven Greenzang Maegan Hurley Maya Jachimowicz Sharon V. Jones Veronica Kane Philip Kolb Steven Kornstein Candace Labbe Joseph M. Lally Ian Lane Mitchell Langman Steve Levine Jacqueline Levy Tyler B. Lewis Corrine Lusic Michael MacDonald Stephanie Mandell James Matthews Marc Migliazzo Caryn Mitchell-Munevar William Moore Evelyn Venables Moreno Victoria Moreno-Jackson Madelyn Morris Greg Moscatel Joanne Moses Dalkis Muir Ryann Morgan Muir Kristofer C. Munroe Lynne Myhre Fernanda H. Naspolini Muska Nassery Yavor Nechev Vanessa A. O’Connor Judy O’Neil Sofia Owen William Parks William Patton Julia C. Peyton Nicholas Planty Steven D. Pohl John C. Polley Leah Porter Stephen Provazza David L. Rubin Lou D. Saban Donna Saber Ryan Takeo Sakoda David Schwartz Evan R. Segal Elizabeth Julia Smith Jordan Smith Stephen Smith Sharyn T. Sooho Steven R. Striffler Sharon L. Toffler Kelly Towns Olivia Uitto William Valletta Andrew Varshavsky Judith Vassilovski Tia Wallach Leann Walsh Michael Wang Neil Warrenbrand Jennifer Williams Sean Wilson Lawrence A. Wind Charles M. Wyzanski Ajay Zutshi
On Monday, September 12th, the BBA hosted its first pro bono training of the 2016-2017 program year. The training, run by Veronica Serrato of Project Citizenship and Joy DePina from the City of Boston, was designed to help prepare volunteer law students and attorneys for Citizenship Day in Boston, which will take place on Saturday, September 17th at the James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury.
Joy DePina began by expressing the commitment the City of Boston has to assisting the nearly 48,000 permanent legal residents currently living in the city. She also spoke about Mayor Marty Walsh’s own history regarding the naturalization of his parents, as well as the obligation he personally feels in assisting all immigrant residents in Boston.
Veronica Serrato then provided an extensive overview of the US naturalization process, from the general requirements which must be met by applicants, to the intricacies of the 20 page application itself. She also explained what the Department of Homeland Security looks for in these applications, and how to make sure they are being properly filed. The applications will be filled out with the assistance of a volunteer attorney and checked for quality to ensure applicants are not turned away due to errors that commonly occur when filing without legal assistance. The BBA would like to thank all of those who attended the training, the speakers, and the many volunteers who will be assisting applicants during Citizenship Day.
If you would like to volunteer for Citizenship Day, please click here to sign-up.
“Citizenship Day in Boston” is an event where legal permanent residents across the state are able to receive free legal assistance and guidance in filling out the N-400 citizenship application. Project Citizenship, in unison with The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and Goodwin Procter, is expecting to assist over 300 people apply for citizenship at this year’s event. Project Citizenship has been working year round since 2011 to provide assistance to those wishing to become citizens of the United States, and has so far assisted 8,100 applicants, with 3,194 last year alone. This year’s event will be the third yearly Citizenship Day so far, hopefully with many more to come.