Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Introduction for Attorneys

10/29/2014
Join an expert panel who will walk you through two human trafficking case studies, highlighting common challenges and identifying helpful resources to keep in mind when representing clients. This program is a follow up to an introductory panel on the topic of human trafficking hosted by the BBA in June 2013, and will offer members of the bar an overview of important issues and concerns to consider when representing survivors of human trafficking. ...
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CORI Training

10/09/2014
The BBA is collaborating with Greater Boston Legal Services to train attorneys to help clients from Roxbury, Dorchester and other low-income Boston communities to seal their records and break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. The SJC recently changed the legal standard to seal cases in court and the project seeks volunteers to: represent a pro bono client or provide Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) in a criminal record sealing case in the Boston Municipal Court; and/or staff the CORI help table and/or assist Greater Boston Legal Services staff with cases on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Roxbury Court. ...
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Guardians-ad-Litem in the Housing Court: Train to Become a GAL

09/29/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Have you considered signing up to become a Guardian ad litem (GAL) or do you represent clients who may need to have a GAL appointed? Don’t miss this training. As a certified GAL for the Housing Court, you would be appointed by the judges to assist clients who have cognitive or mental health issues that make it difficult for them to navigate the court system. Please note, that in order to be a GAL you must be trained and certified. ...
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U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas Visits 16 Beacon Street

09/23/2014 - 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM
The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012. However, the Pentagon also reports that as few as 13.5% of sexual assaults are reported. Please join us for a program featuring Representative Niki Tsongas, who has been fighting against military sexual assault since she was elected to Congress in 2007. A reception will follow. The program is the first of a two part series to raise awareness of this critical issue....
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Background Checks: The Impact of Criminal Cases and DCF Records on Job Applicants

06/23/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Obtaining employment can often be a difficult and distressing process. This process has become more concerning for job applicants, as employers increasingly rely on records from commercial background check companies and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) to evaluate candidates. A disposition in a criminal case or an investigation by DCF - even those with favorable outcomes- may become a barrier to employment for many individuals. It is increasingly important for attorneys representing clients, particularly indigent clients, in criminal cases or care and protection cases to understand the impact cases may have on clients' employment prospects. This program will discuss how records may be available to employers to evaluate job applicants, and what advice attorneys can provide to clients about the impact of criminal or C&P cases on future job applications....
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Lawyers as Problem-Solvers

05/27/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Lawyers are called "counselor" and "advocate" for a reason. This round-table discussion will introduce you to lighter-touch problem-solving strategies our experienced panelists have deployed to get positive results for their clients and other stakeholders. Join this discussion and expand your practice's toolkit with attorneys from diverse legal backgrounds....
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Hot Topics in Pro Bono

04/28/2014
As the legal resource landscape shifts for low-income clients, so do pro bono service delivery strategies. Come learn about the newest pro bono innovations that are playing out in Greater Boston and beyond, including: Launch of a state-wide pro bono website, massprobono.org (funded by a Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant); The status of APBCo (Association of Pro Bono Counsel) IMPACT Projects (http://www.apbco.org/impact/); and A new approach to deepening cultural competency among lawyers engaged in pro bono...
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Children with Special Needs in Family Law Cases

04/08/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
A broad discussion regarding the various issues concerning children with special needs in family law cases. Topics to be discussed include: child support and deviation, custody/parenting time, uninsured medical and educational expenses and financial planning....
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Expanding Access to Justice by Engaging Senior Fellows

03/25/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission has established an innovative program pairing senior attorneys with non-profit and legal services organizations. Over the past two years, several distinguished lawyers who have retired or are transitioning into retirement have served as Access to Justice Fellows providing critical legal representation to underserved populations. In this session, Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice and co-chair of the Access to Justice Commission, Hon. Ralph D. Gants, will talk about the program’s purpose and we will hear first hand experiences from some of the past or present Fellows and one of the legal aid agencies that is hosting an Access to Justice Fellow....
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Representing Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress: What Everyday Attorneys Need to Know

01/29/2014 - 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
This program will educate attorneys regarding both the challenges and misconceptions when serving clients with post-traumatic stress. The panel will include attorneys who regularly counsel veterans as well as well as individuals that have served in significant combat operations....
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Representing Clients Pursuing Unemployment Benefits

01/09/2014
This training is designed for attorneys who are seeking to represent on a pro bono basis clients who are pursuing unemployment benefits....
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School Discipline Advocacy for At-Risk Youth

12/18/2013 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
This training will provide pro bono attorneys with the knowledge and tools to represent youth who are facing long-term suspension or expulsion. Topics covered will include Massachusetts and Federal Legislation and case law governing school discipline, including special protections afforded to special education students in a school discipline context. Experienced attorneys will share specific advocacy strategies for successfully navigating the school discipline process....
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Senior Lawyers Authors Series: The Hanging Judge by Judge Michael A. Ponsor

12/03/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Join the Senior Lawyers Section as they welcome Judge Michael A. Ponsor to discuss his new novel The Hanging Judge. A discussion about his experiences as both a judge and an author will be followed by a Q&A session and a networking reception....
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