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

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, (funded by a Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant); The status of APBCo (Association of Pro Bono Counsel) IMPACT Projects (; 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

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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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Veterans Benefits

Join us to explore the complex web of state and federal benefits as well as other services available to veterans in this, our final session of the BBA's Representing Military Personnel and Veterans CLE Program....
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Recognizing and Responding to Suicidal Persons: What Lawyers Need to Know

It is important for attorneys to understand the risk of suicide and related warning signs that may be demonstrated by clients, witnesses, and defendants facing criminal prosecution or incarceration. Learn how to assess suicide risks and how to connect clients with available resources. ...
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Estate Planning, Employment Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law

In this, the third session of the BBA's four-part series, Representing Military Personnel and Veterans, we will address estate planning, employment law, and landlord / tenant law related issues unique to servicemembers, veterans, and their families....
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Examining the Civil Right to Counsel on the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright

10/24/2013 - 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Come celebrate the legacy of Gideon v. Wainwright and its impact on the civil right to counsel movement with the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. This half-day conference will educate interested stakeholders about efforts locally and nationally to evaluate the implications of a civil right to counsel and create such a right in appropriate legal matters....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Bankruptcy and Consumer Finance

For the second session of the BBA's four-part series, Representing Military Personnel and Veterans, join us to learn about how to address the commercial, consumer, and bankruptcy law issues affecting members of the military....
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Training: Landlord Tenant Law and Practice

10/16/2013 - 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Each Thursday, more than 150 eviction cases are scheduled at Boston Housing Court. More than 90% of the tenants are pro se. This training will prepare you to work with these folks through the Lawyer for the Day Program of the Boston Bar Association....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Family Law and Domestic Relations

This session will cover issues specific to veterans and members of the military. Topics include the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act; Jurisdictional issues in divorce and child support matters; Division of Military Retirement Pay; Understanding Military pay and allowances; Understanding the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (the agency that implements garnishments and collecting child support); Guardianships; and Abuse Prevention Orders....
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Connecting Supply With Demand to Fill the Justice Gap

09/23/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Mr. Zadrow and Ms. Ramirez will talk about how Justice Bridge is "building relationships with top law firms, retired justices and former senior partners, legal service organizations, and various affinity and membership-based community groups to help provide compassionate and professional representation to those with previously unmet legal needs."...
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