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Celebrating Pro Bono Month - A Recap

Pro Bono Month was jam-packed with trainings and volunteer opportunities to encourage attorneys to give back to our community. Here’s what the BBA has done to celebrate this month:

• Five pro bono trainings that prepared 206 attorneys and law students to engage in pro bono work.
• Connected 250 new attorneys and law students with 28 Boston-area legal service agencies through a Pro Bono Fair.
• Eleven BBA volunteers judged twenty-two debate rounds, which allowed nearly 100 students to debate at two Boston Debate League tournaments this month.
• Twenty-five volunteers took part in the annual Franklin Park Clean Up and helped pick up trash and remove an invasive species at the park in Dorchester.
• PILP 9 wrapped up the Community Reentry Readiness Program by delivering the seventh module on employment law to federal probationers. 
• Fifty-five mentees began meetings through the BBA Group Mentoring Program this month.

In case you missed it, Beyond the Billable, the BBA’s public service blog, was on the scene throughout the month to bring you highlights. Take a look below for more information on the trainings:

October 3rd: Charitable Board Training
October 7th: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Training
October 16th: Landlord Tenant Law Training
October 17th: Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Bankruptcy and Consumer Law Training
October 28th: Occupational Disease Claims

Throughout October, the BBA Week also featured four pro bono superstars, whose commitment to giving back and ensuring access to justice is something we felt compelled to share with our members. Check out their stories below:

While the BBA celebrates Pro Bono Month every October, we are committed to public service and pro bono activity year-round. For more information on how to get involved in other public service activities throughout the year, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

      Environmental Law Committees

      • Air Quality and Climate Change Committee
        This committee reviews federal and local air pollution control, including source permitting, air quality planning, transportation planning, compliance monitoring, hazardous air pollutants and indoor air pollution.

        Contact Information

        Marilyn Levenson

        Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

        Aladdine Joroff

        Harvard Law School

      • Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee
        This committee addresses regulatory and related issues affecting the natural gas, electric and telecommunications industries in Massachusetts — on the federal level and in other jurisdictions. Members typically practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and state and federal courts.

        Contact Information

        Jamie M. Tosches

        Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

        (617) 727-2200

        James M. Avery

        Pierce Atwood LLP

        (617) 488-8125

      • Environmental Law Public Policy Committee
        The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Environmental attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.
      • Environmental Law Public Service Committee
        This committee has a number of annual service events including planting trees for Earth Day and volunteering with the Food Project. The committee also focuses on practice-specific pro bono projects and brown bag programming.

        Contact Information

        Mina S. Makarious

        Anderson & Kreiger LLP

        (617) 621-6525

        Korrin Petersen

        Buzzards Bay Coalition

        (508) 999-6363

      • Environmental Litigation Committee
        This committee focuses on Chapter 21E, CERCLA, insurance, clean air and clean water litigation.

        Contact Information

        Seth Schofield

        Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

        (617) 727-2200

        Katherine Kimball

        Ball Corporation Headquarters

        (303) 460-2589

      • Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee
        This committee informs members about issues relating to federal and Massachusetts laws governing oil, hazardous materials and hazardous waste, including CERCLA and Chapter 21E.

        Contact Information

        Bonnie Heiple

        Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

        (617) 526-6745

        John D. Beling

        Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

      • International Environmental Law Committee
        This committee is for members interested in international environmental issues and the laws of foreign countries.

        Contact Information

        Stuart L. Canton

        (781) 652-0135

        Cicely Ott Parseghian

        Foley Hoag LLP

        (617) 832-3038

      • Steering Committee
        The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
      • Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Committee
        This committee keeps members abreast of changes in local, state and federal statutes, regulations and by-laws relating to discharges to surface water, groundwater and wastewater treatment plants.

        Contact Information

        Rebekah Lacey

        Anderson & Kreiger LLP

        (617) 621-6500

        Margaret M. Callanan

        Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

        (617) 626-1146