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BBA interns in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.
Guest Post: Jennifer Le is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. Jennifer recently graduated from Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and will be participating in the Foundation Year Program at Northeastern University next year.
Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit John Joseph Moakley Courthouse with the BBA Judicial Interns. The Moakley Courthouse is a beautiful building filled with amazing, interesting architectural design and one of Boston’s historical tourist spot. This courthouse is also known for its famous federal cases, including the Boston Marathon Bomber (United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) and the Whitey Bulger cases (United States of America v. James J. Bulger).
Our tour guide educated us on the architecture of the building. The front of the building is made up of metal that’s nearly indestructible to prevent bombings and injuries of any kind. The courthouse is also designed to emphasize equality amongst criminals, citizens, lawyers, and Judges. For example, the Judge’s seat is at eye level of a lawyer when the lawyer stands up and criminals are not to wear orange jumpsuits at sentencing.
We had the chance to observe three court cases, including a child pornography case, kidnapping case, and an alleged fraudulent workers compensation case. At the end of the kidnapping case, we even spoke with Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton about the court proceeding in greater detail.
It’s astonishing to see how much history is embedded into one building and to realize that it will continue to amaze and motivate people like myself. I can’t wait to see the long and exciting future that the Moakley Courthouse holds, with all the amazing cases, the art and design. The knowledge and experience will be endless! I’ve always wanted to become a lawyer, and I feel even more motivated after visiting the Moakley Courthouse.
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PILP 11 wrapped up its program year with a dinner at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.
This week, the BBA’s PILP 11 class held its final meeting. This group of 16 exemplified the mission of the Public Interest Leadership Program: to promote civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession, and the Commonwealth. To do so, PILP 11 invited leaders from the legal community and beyond to discuss current legal needs and trends, leadership fundamentals, and how to be involved within the community.
The PILP 11 class and Beyond the Billable would like to thank all of the guest speakers for their time, support, and insight. Our slate of amazing speakers included:
As you can see, PILP 11 had quite the year. Stay tuned for news on the new PILP 12 class!
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Attendees of Passport to Pairings will travel throughout the offices of 16 Beacon Street to stations holding different food and beverage pairings, each representing a project benefited by the event.
Are you coming to Passport to Pairings next Thursday? If you can pull yourself away from the delicious food and drinks, be sure to ask our volunteers and staff about the programs featured at the event. Take a look below for a cheat-sheet highlighting the programs:
Law Day in the Schools: Every spring, join lawyers from all over the city to visit classes across the Boston public school system to teach students about different topics related to the law. This year our volunteers taught over 1000 students from kindergarten to seniors in high school about the Magna Carta.
Military & Veterans Legal Help Line: The BBA Lawyer Referral Service has a dedicated line to connect servicemembers and their families to legal assistance. The line has fielded over 600 calls since the BBA LRS became home to the Military& Veterans Legal Help Line in September 2013.
Pro Bono Trainings: Every year the BBA partners with legal service organizations and the Courts to hold pro bono trainings to address the unmet legal needs in our community. Over the past two years, the BBA has held 34 pro bono trainings on topics, including Veterans Discharge Appeal, Special Advocacy for At-Risk Youth, and Landlord Tenant Law.
M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program: Volunteers work in pairs to teach high school students throughout the state about personal finance & budgeting, using credit, buying a car, and the consequences of making poor financial decisions. Since the program began 11 years ago, volunteers have taught over 4,500 students statewide how to make informed financial decisions. This program is conducted through a partnership between the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Massachusetts and the BBA.
Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court: Every Wednesday and Thursday volunteer attorneys offer legal assistance to landlords and tenants at the Boston Housing Court. Since the program began 15 years ago, over 13,000 volunteers have helped more than 16,000 pro se landlords and tenants.
Reentry Education Program: The program provides information to federal probations through monthly workshops on key civil legal issues that they may face in reentering society, including finding affordable housing, CORI management and public benefits.
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