Honorees Announced for 15th Anniversary Event!

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 15th 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. online today .

Here’s more on those being honored for their commitment to providing justice to landlords and tenants in the Boston Housing Court:

Sharon Jones, 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.

The Boston 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 .