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With honors at our next Adams Benefit going to Roca, and the state legislature discussing options for sentencing reform, reducing recidivism and mass incarceration has been top of mind at the BBA.
The BBA Reentry Education Program Committee wrapped another successful year teaching probationers about civil legal issues, and with the help of PILP11, it expanded to include the CHOICE program at Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury Division. Between the two programs, the program served over 100 probationers and presented 12 civil legal education workshops.
In March, Judge Leo Sorokin and Volunteer Adrienne Walker (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.) spoke with participants about financial literacy through the BBA Reentry Education Program.
With continuing co-chair Julia Devanthery (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) and new co-chair Sarah Schendel, the committee hopes to continue the great work in both federal and state court.
“This year the Re-Entry Education Committee will be working with the District Court of Massachusetts to refine our know-your-rights workshop offerings, and to make sure that our volunteers are reaching as many probationers as possible,” said Julia Devanthéry. “To that end, we’re looking into moving some of our more popular sessions from the court to community-based locations that are more easily accessible to probationers. We hope that this simple change may allow our volunteers to empower more probationers, and support their successful reentry into the community.”
“Since first working with incarcerated individuals and their families over 10 years ago, I’ve seen the challenges that await those released from prison,” added Sarah Schendel. “However, when we help our incarcerated friends, family members, and neighbors access the support, information, and opportunities they need, they are empowered and able to thrive. I’m excited to continue working with the BBA’s Reentry Committee to support individuals involved in both the state and federal courts, and honored to serve as co-chair.”
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Guest Post: Jacqueline Lopes is working at the Boston Bar Association as a Co-Op Student. She is a rising senior at Northeastern University.
I am a Northeastern Student pursuing a Double Major in Political Science and Business Administration, and I am working at the Boston Bar Association in the Lawyer Referral Service for my 6 month Co-Op placement.
One of my main duties is fielding calls from individuals looking for legal assistance. At first it was hard to assist the people that were calling for legal help, since I did not know all the legal terms for all of the practice areas. Being on the phone and assisting someone that really relies on your help and direction was harder than I thought. I quickly realized that I always need to make sure that I am using the right words, tone of voice, and asking the right questions to find out how to best assist the caller. In the first month that I was here, I had trainings almost every week with different attorneys specializing in different practices. They would tell us about their practice and also give us great advice for screening calls, and our career plans. Not only the trainings made me feel more comfortable speaking on the phone, but it was amazing meeting the attorneys that came to talk with us. The BBA has a great structure to help new interns feel comfortable when assisting clients
After the trainings, I felt more confident helping the clients that were calling us for assistance. Now that I know how to direct the clients to the correct place, I really feel that the LRS program does make a difference in the lives of many people. Some clients call us and have no idea where to start, and being able to give them some kind of guidance by sending them to an attorney or to a legal service that might be able to help them is an amazing feeling. I am really excited to see what I will learn and who I will help in the next couple of months.
My dream always has been to go to law school one day, and being at the BBA is a great opportunity for me to better understand how the legal world works in real life. Meeting attorneys, going on field trips to courts, and seeing how the BBA runs as a business is definitely going to help me develop as a person and as a professional. I know that interning here for six months will have a great impact on the next step I take towards my career.
Jacqueline Lopes is a rising senior at Northeastern University. She has joined the BBA Lawyer Referral Service as part of her 6 month cooperative education program through Northeastern.
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Former BBA Summer Jobs student Kylie Webster-Cazeau was featured in an article about the Ward Fellowship in the Boston Globe this morning.
We were pretty excited to open up the Boston Globe this morning and see a familiar face—former BBA Summer Jobs student Kylie Webster-Cazeau. You may remember this article from earlier in the summer when we spoke with Kylie about her summer internship working with Rachel Madden, the Undersecretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, through the Ward Fellowship. Turns out we aren’t the only ones impressed with the professional abilities of our students. Click here to read the Boston Globe’s in-depth look at the Ward Fellowship for Boston Latin School students.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Another one of our students from last year made headlines as well! Mackaila Garcia, who interned at the Volunteer Lawyers Project, was featured in the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge. Our long-time readers may remember Mackaila from this article last summer, which provided a firsthand look at her internship. She was awarded the 2015 Partners HealthCare Charlestown Merit Scholarship and will receive $1,500 towards her college tuition. Congrats, Mackaila! Click here to read the full article.
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