Saying that "the promise of equal justice under law is
the most fundamental tenet of our justice system," the Boston Bar Association
(BBA) today announced that its governing Council has adopted a resolution recognizing October as a month to renew its longstanding commitment
to maximizing opportunities for attorneys to donate legal services
to people of limited means.
With that in
mind, the BBA will convene four free training sessions during
the month of October, with the understanding that attendees will put their new
skills to work -- taking on a pro bono assignment in one of these
Law Conciliation - October 5
Become a certified conciliator so that you can volunteer for
the Probate and Family Court conciliation project. Spots are limited and
prospective volunteers must meet minimum experience requirements.
DREAMers (Immigration) - October 9
This pro bono
training will provide an overview of the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
Court: The Basics of Landlord/Tenant Law - October 15
The Volunteer Lawyers Project in partnership with the
Real Estate section of the Boston Bar Association will conduct a training on
the basics of landlord/tenant law.
7 Bankruptcy Pro Bono Volunteer Lawyer: Representing a Pro Bono
Debtor - October 29
The program will cover the basics of preparing
and filing a Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy case for a pro bono debtor.
There is no fee for this program, but we ask that attendees put their new
skills to work by taking on a pro bono case through the Volunteer Lawyers
In addition, the BBA Litigation Section -- in partnership with the
Rappaport Center at Suffolk Law School, will be convening a pro
bono fair to help connect prospective volunteer lawyers with a variety of
legal aid group on October 22. For more information about these and other Pro
Bono Month events please take a look at the BBA Calendar.
The BBA takes a multi-prong approach to advancing access to justice for
all. Members of the private bar donating time cannot be a substitute for
professional legal services attorneys at organizations such as Greater Boston
Legal Services or Cambridge Legal Services & Counseling Center. Thus, in its
public policy advocacy activities, the BBA works zealously to secure federal and
state funding for civil legal aid. In addition, the Boston Bar Foundation, the
charitable arm of the BBA, raises money from the private bar and makes grants to
legal services providers.