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.
Legislative Update: Informal Session and the Judiciary Committee. 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.
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.
BBA President Paul Dacier and Mayor Thomas Menino pose with the current representatives and alumni of the Mayor’s Youth Council.
Last Friday night BBA President Paul Dacier and BBA Executive Director Rich Page joined Mayor Thomas Menino along with the current representatives and alumni of the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) at the 20th Anniversary Celebration. As you may know, the BBA is a longstanding partner of the MYC, combining efforts with the City of Boston and Northeastern University.
Here’s what BBA President Paul Dacier had to say about the event:
“It was such an honor to be part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Mayor’s Youth Council. The students selected for the program are an incredibly impressive group. I couldn’t believe what they have accomplished throughout our city in just the past year – connecting with hundreds of teens on important issues, getting the word out in every community about education and growth opportunities and working with local leaders on expanding youth initiatives. It is programs like this that truly empower the young people in our city, and the BBA is proud to be a partner.”
In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of the MYC, the event paid special tribute to Mayor Menino, who created the Council in 1994 and remains committed to Boston youth throughout his term in office.
See below for more photos from the event:
2012-2013 Mayor’s Youth Council Representative and former Summer Jobs Student Benjamin Haideri introduced Mayor Thomas Menino.
John Tobin (Northeastern University), BBA President Paul Dacier, and Mayor Thomas Menino pose with current Mayor’s Youth Council representatives.
Stay tuned for more information on the Mayor’s Youth Council.
Judge Sorokin, PILP members Chris Saccardi, Raquel Webster, Emily Hodge, Eric Haskell, Julia Devanthéry, Brendan St. Amant, and Judge Hennessey.
As our readers know, the BBA’s Public Interest Leaders have been hard at work this year carrying out a pilot Community Reentry Readiness series for federal probationers at the US District Court. Last night, PILP 9 hosted a reception to thank program stakeholders, BBA leadership and committees, volunteers, and PILP alumni who helped get this unique collaboration between the BBA and the District Court of Massachusetts off the ground.
The BBA is especially thankful to the federal judges who oversee the CARE and RESTART programs and worked closely with PILP to ensure the success of this initiative. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman, Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin and Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessey agree that the pilot program was a success for the court and the probationers alike. Here’s what they had to say about their partnership with the BBA:
The Court was very pleased with the first year of PILP’s Community Reentry Readiness program. Our participants benefited enormously from the workshops which were both relevant to their lives, and oriented towards building practical problem-solving skills. The participants rated the program highly, saying things like: ‘It really made you look at life differently,’ and ‘I loved that the program not only gave us a lot of useful information but they provided us with resources and packets to take home so we could go over for further review.’ The Court is looking forward to working with the BBA to ensure that future reentry court participants have access to this empowering and enriching program.” –U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman, Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin and Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessey.
Beyond the Billable thanks PILP 9 for their leadership in successfully launching the Community Reentry Readiness program and helping the BBA expand our reach. Contact Susan Helm at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about PILP.