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On May 12, 1,300 members of the bar will hear from keynote Mayor Martin Walsh and see 60 volunteers honored for their work on the BBA Marathon Assistance Project. Learn More.
Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), BBA President Paul T. Dacier (EMC Corporation), Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones), First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Mike Neville (Boston Housing Court), Alex Valderrama(Boston Housing Court), and Catarina Andrade (Boston Housing Court)
Last Thursday, volunteers, court employees, and program leadership gathered at 16 Beacon to celebrate the success of the Lawyer for the Day Program in the Boston Housing Court Program at the 15th anniversary celebration of the Program. Since the Program’s inception in 1999, over 12,000 volunteers have helped more than 15,000 landlords and tenants navigate through the Boston Housing Court. In addition to the opportunity to network and enjoy food and drink, the evening was filled with a number of volunteer appreciation awards to longtime volunteers who are essential to its longevity. First Justice of the Boston Housing Court Jeffrey Winik presented awards to Sharon Jones (The Law Office of Sharon V. Jones), Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), and Housing Court Specialists Michael Neville, Alex Valderrama, Hector Jenkins, Delia Mathes, and Catarina Andrade.
Check out more highlights from the evening below:
First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) recognized Mike Neville, Chief Housing Specialist, Alex Valderrama, Assistant Chief Housing Specialist, and Catarina Andrade, Housing Specialist, for their dedication to ensuring that landlords and tenants have access to justice in the Boston Housing Court.
Katie D’Angelo (BBA) presented volunteer Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones) with a volunteer appreciation award for her unparalleled dedicated to the Lawyer for the Day Program. Sharon has volunteered at the Boston Housing Court almost every Thursday for the past 10 years, and when the Program expanded to include Monday Landlord Advice Day, Sharon immediately volunteered and has staffed that advice day more than any other lawyer.
First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) spoke of Andy Cohn’s (WilmerHale) long-time commitment to the Program. Andy has recruited volunteers at his firm and taken numerous cases through the Program since it began.
Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project) offered closing remarks at the celebration, thanking everyone for their efforts and encouraging those to stay committed to the Program.
The program is a collaboration between the Boston Housing Court, Boston Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, Greater Boston Legal Services and Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, and is supported by the Wiley Vaughan Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. To make a donation to the fund, click here.
Lawyers were not the first responders. They were not the police and safety personnel who protected the Commonwealth. They were not the doctors and nurses whose expertise saved dozens of lives. However, lawyers responded to the Marathon bombing the best way they knew how – by offering to provide pro bono legal assistance for individuals and small businesses affected by the bombing through the BBA Marathon Assistance Project. Over the course of this year, our volunteers have traveled to homes to complete One Fund applications, assisted small business owners in filing insurance claims, and helped both business owners and individuals navigate a range of other legal issues as a result of the bombings. Here is a snapshot of the Project to date:
If you would like to hear personal accounts of the impact of the volunteer’s work, we’ve gathered a few stories for you. To learn more about the work of our volunteers for small businesses click here. You can learn more about legal assistance for individuals in this recent mailer or the spring edition of the Boston Bar Journal.
However, the work is not yet done. As the city continues to heal, members of the Bar stand ready to assist with the second distribution of the One Fund and continue to offer legal assistance to those affected.
Stephen Cohen (Choate Hall & Stewart) and Eric Teasdale (Choate Hall & Stewart) taught seniors at Edward M. Kennedy Academy of Health Careers about the hidden costs of buying a car.
Last week, Beyond the Billable shared highlights from two legal offices’ experiences “adopting a classroom” through M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. While Sun Life Financial and Liberty Mutual participated in the model in the past, two new legal offices also stepped up to the plate to provide volunteers for the three classroom-based sessions at two Boston public high schools. The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission adopted a classroom at Snowden International High School and Choate Hall & Stewart adopted a classroom at Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers.
Beyond the Billable checked in with attorneys from Choate Hall & Stewart to hear more about their experience. Here’s what they had to say:
Why did Choate Hall & Stewart choose to participate in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program?
“Attorneys at Choate are long-time participants in and supporters of the Financial Literacy Program. When the opportunity arose for the Firm to adopt a classroom this year, we jumped at the chance to expand our work with the Program. Choate is pleased to serve the youth in our community by teaching them practical lessons in effective personal financial management.” – Meg McKenzie Feist, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
What was the highlight of the Program for your volunteers?
“As a volunteer, I was very impressed with the knowledge the students already possessed, as well as their eagerness to learn more about budgeting, saving, and credit. My group of students was engaged throughout the presentation and asked me pointed questions. It was a joy to work with the students and I look forward to engaging with a new group next year.” – Tyler Masse, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP