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The expert panel discussed the federal and state human trafficking laws and walked attendees through two case studies.
You may remember this Human Trafficking Symposium that PILP 9 put together a few years ago. Last night, the Delivery of Legal Services Section’s Human Trafficking Subcommittee reconvened attorneys to discuss this important topic. The expert panel, which featured Julie Dahlstrom (Ascentria Care Alliance), Deb Bercovitch (Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General), Alec Zadek (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.), and moderator Erin Albright (International Institute of New England), walked attendees through two case studies to highlight issues that attorneys may face when representing trafficking victims.
Beyond the Billable reached out to panelist and Human Trafficking Subcommittee Co-Chair Alec Zadek (Mintz, Levin Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.) to hear more about the training. Here’s what he had to say:
What do you hope attorneys learned from the program?
“I hope that the attorneys who attended the program became more familiar with the state and federal laws that criminalize human trafficking and learned creative ways in which they could help survivors of human trafficking.”
Why should attorneys get involved in pro bono human trafficking efforts?
“Based on my experiences, survivors of human trafficking often have complex legal needs that require substantial time and effort on the part of their attorneys, but do not have the resources to hire an attorney or attorneys who are capable of addressing their legal issues. An additional complication is that survivors often have had unpleasant experiences with the legal system and may feel disenfranchised from it. As a result of these factors, when you provide pro bono legal services to survivors of human trafficking, you have the opportunity to markedly improve that person’s life by helping with an obstacle hindering their success – whether it be representing them in a deportation proceeding, moving to seal a criminal record that is hindering their job opportunities, advising them regarding a criminal proceeding in which they may be called as a witness, or any other issue – and, equally as important, you have the opportunity to show your client that the legal system can be a powerful tool to protect their rights and benefit them.”
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Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association) welcomed attendees and encouraged them to get involved in VLP’s pro bono efforts at the annual Pro Bono Fair, one of the many events that took place during Pro Bono Month.
As October comes to a close, that means another Pro Bono Month is in the books. This month has been packed with pro bono trainings, volunteer opportunities, and of course, the release of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid report, Investing in Justice. Many of our members took advantage of all the opportunities available this month, but we created a comprehensive recap for those who may not have stepped through the doors at 16 Beacon,
Take a look below for highlights from this month:
October 9th: GBLS & the BBA teamed up for the annual CORI Training to train attorneys to help clients from Roxbury, Dorchester and other low-income Boston communities to seal their records and break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. Click here for more on this training.
October 15th: The BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for $30 million in civil legal aid funding. For more on the report, click here.
October 18th: Members of the New Lawyers and Environmental Law Sections spent the morning outdoors working on the farm and supporting The Food Project.
October 20th: Crowds of law students and new lawyers showed up to find out about pro bono opportunities with legal service organizations and local nonprofits at the Pro Bono Fair, which is co-hosted by the BBA and Suffolk Law School. Read a full run down of the event here.
October 25th: Members of the New Lawyers and Environmental Law Sections headed back outside to partner with the Franklin Park Coalition’s Woodland Volunteer Team to remove invasive species and plant flowers
October 28th: The BBA and VLP trained attorneys to work with pro se landlords and tenants through the BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program at the annual Landlord Tenant Pro Bono Training.
October 29th: At the Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Introduction for Attorneys Program, an expert panel walked attendees through two human trafficking case studies, highlighting common challenges and identifying helpful resources to keep in mind when representing clients.
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Executive Director Barbara Mitchell (Community Legal Services and Counseling Center) introduced herself to attendees and shared volunteer opportunities for law students and new attorneys at her office.
Law students and New Lawyers lined up on Monday evening to attend the annual Pro Bono Fair, co-hosted by the BBA and Suffolk Law School. Twenty-nine legal service agencies and local nonprofits showed up to recruit new volunteers and to meet the next generation of attorneys.
New Lawyers Public Service Committee Co-Chair Kate Swartz (Torres, Scammon & Day, LLP), who helped recruit legal service organizations to participate in the Fair and assisted with check in, explained that the Fair is a great opportunity “to network with experienced attorneys and learn about ways to give back to their community.”
Bummed you missed the event? Don’t worry, the BBA snagged a copy of the Pro Bono Fair Guide. Click here to find your next pro bono opportunity.
Take look below for more images from the Fair:
Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association) welcomed attendees and encouraged them to get involved in VLP’s pro bono efforts.
Steve Russo (LARC) told attendees about volunteer opportunities at his office.
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