Volunteers and Boston Housing Court Specialists have
shown incredible dedication to the BBA
Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program
since its inception in 1999. This year alone, the Program has been
able to provide representation on eviction day to over 450 tenants and 100
landlords in need of legal assistance, with over 15,500 pro se litigants
represented over the past 15 years.
Please join us in celebrating the
Anniversary of the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program
and recognizing the stellar work of the many individuals who make the program
possible. The event will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the
Boston Bar Association. R.S.V.P.
Here’s more on those being
honored for their commitment to providing justice to landlords and tenants in
the Boston Housing Court:
Solo-Practitioner - Sharon is a member of the BBA Real Estate Section
and BBA Real Estate Section Public Service Committee, which oversees the Lawyer
for the Day Program. Sharon assists pro se landlords who are often on the verge
of losing their homes to foreclosure due to lack of rental income. When the
Lawyer for the Day Program expanded to include Monday Landlord Advice Day,
Sharon volunteered and has staffed that project more than any other lawyer.
Andrew Cohn, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP - Andy has served as Co-Chair
of the Real Estate Public Service Committee, where he led his colleagues at WilmerHale LLP
to commit to volunteering for the
program for 16 weeks per year. Andy's former colleague at WilmerHale LLP,
Herbert (Wylie) Vaughan, helped to launch the Lawyer for the Day Program. Andy
has spearheaded efforts to serve the needs of the program, including helping to
raise funds for a much-needed copier, a laptop computer, paper,
pens, signs and more.
Housing Court Specialists, Boston Housing Court - The
Specialists work each day to make access to justice a reality for the many
unrepresented litigants who find themselves in an alien court facing the threat
of eviction. They work tirelessly to explain procedure and the law, identify
critical issues, connect the litigants with service providers who might help
them, get landlords and their attorneys to consider compromise solutions, and
conduct mediations professionally in an effort to reach fair settlements. Their
impassioned work with a challenging cross-section of our neediest citizens -
many of whom have significant language, financial, familial, medical or mental
health issues, has been critical to the success of the housing court.
Bar Foundation Vaughan Fund supports the essential material needs for the
program. This year the BBF has already raised over $5,000 for the Vaughan Fund.
Learn more about making
a contribution to support this program or becoming
a volunteer or attending
a specialized training