FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/18/2013

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Boston Bar Recruiting Lawyer Volunteers in Wake of Explosions on Marathon Monday

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 line.

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. Smeallie stated:

"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 feet."

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 expertise.

The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 11,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.