In response to an appeal from the City of Boston's
Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Bar Association President J.D.
Smeallie today announced that the Boston Bar Association will begin compiling a
list of volunteer lawyers ready, willing, and able to assist small, independent
businesses directly affected by Monday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon finish
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino stated:
"Boston is a
resilient city and our citizens are determined to recover from this tragedy. A
crucial piece of that recovery is ensuring the economic health of the Back Bay.
The help of Boston Bar Association members will go a long way in making it as
easy as possible for affected businesses to rebuild and reopen. We are grateful
to the BBA for lending support to our business community, and we look forward to
partnering with them as we move Boston forward."
BBA President James D.
"The BBA is on standby, ready to support our city
in its time of need. Based on what the City of Boston has told us,
small business owners in the Back Bay may face legal issues involving insurance
claims, the interruption of their business activities, possible relocation, and
employee matters. We are committed to helping these businesses get back on their
The BBA anticipates needing volunteer lawyers with experience in insurance, labor and employment, and
relocation issues for this pro bono opportunity. Prospective volunteer
lawyers should contact Katie D'Angelo at Kdangelo@bostonbar.org with
their contact information and area of