Anticipating the BBA's May 6 Charitable Board Service Program, BBA Week got
an exclusive interview with event Co-Chairs Brian Dunphy (Mintz, Levin, Cohn,
Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo) and Jane Harper (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher
& Flom) to get the inside scoop. Both members of the BBA's Public Interest
Leadership Program (PILP), Dunphy and Harper are working with their fellow 2011
PILP classmates to develop a program providing lawyers with essential practical
1) What is the value of the Charitable Board Service Program to our
Harper: The Board Service Program will give attorneys
interested in serving on a board insights into (1) how to get on a board, and
(2) the obligations of board service. We hope to engage civic-minded
members of the BBA, provide insight into what board service entails, and help
them find ways to connect with charitable organizations.
2) What is different about this year's Charitable Board Service
Program from past years?
Dunphy: This year's Charitable Board
Service Program will include representatives from organizations that help
connect willing board members with charitable organizations. We will also
include topics related to fundraising in the discussion.
3) What experiences have you had that inspired you to take the lead
on this program?
Harper: Board service is a powerful way to shape an
organization. Attorneys are particularly well suited to board service
because by nature they identify and address issues. By virtue of their
training, they bring unique tools to a board. PILP has supported the Board
Service Program for many years because the members of PILP have tried to play an
important role in organizations and issues that we each care about.
4) What about the panelists?
Dunphy: We selected a group
of panelists with broad and diverse experiences ranging from directors of
agencies such as the Arts and Business Council to representatives from the
Public Charities Division of the Attorney General's office to Partners and
Associates in Boston law firms who are actively involved in board service.
We are delighted to report that our panelists will include:
Tolentino, Director of Volunteer Engagement for United Way of
Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Jim Grace, Executive
Director - Arts & Business Council. Greater Boston
Macauley, Partner, Day Pitney LLP
Assistant Attorney General and Senior Litigation Manager Non-Profit
Organizations/Public Charities Division, Office of the
Massachusetts Attorney General
John T. Finning, CPA,
Alexander, Aronson and Finning & Co., P.C.
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Carline M. Durocher,
Associate, Pepper Hamilton
Michelle Limaj, Associate, Foley
Melissa Sampson McMorrow, Partner, Nutter McClennen
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