Addressing a broad array of matters of interest to lawyers representing or regulating banks, insurance companies, investment advisers and other financial services businesses.

From Beyond the Billable: The BBF Lends A Helping Hand

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

As we move into some of the coldest months here in New England, we have been reflecting on some of the bright spots over the past year. For example, last summer, ten Boston Public high school students had paying jobs at non-profit legal services organizations, government agencies and in the courts. One student told us about her experience -“I have been exposed to brilliant people who shared their experiences with me, and helped me form an idea of the career path I might want to take.”

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the US Bankruptcy Court and the Boston Public Schools, we have impressed the importance of prudent financial management upon young minds through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. This program not only helps teens see how they might be able to save for a car, but hopefully can help them avoid bankruptcy later in life.

And in the Housing Court, BBA volunteers assisted more than 1,000 individuals struggling to navigate a complex, overburdened court system. This program gives hope and relief to pro se landlords and tenants at a time in their lives when one of their basic needs is at stake.

What do these programs have in common? They are all run with funding provided by the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the BBA.

The BBF is perhaps most well-known for its role in granting funds to legal services organizations in our community. These Boston-based programs operate in all areas of need – from giving children access to equal education and life opportunities, providing counseling and advice to homeless and at risk veterans, and helping thousands of families facing foreclosure learn their legal rights and fight displacement. But what many people don’t know is that the BBF is also providing a helping hand on the community service front, and working with the BBA to improve lives and strengthen neighborhoods.

As the holiday season approaches, the BBF will be launching its Annual Campaign to help support this work. The tax-deductible donations made to the Annual Campaign help provide a solid base of support as the BBF renews its commitment to increasing access to justice for those who need it most, providing opportunities for young people and engaging lawyers in the kind of projects that improve the lives of those in our community.

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Financial Services Committees

  • Banking Committee
    This committee deals with a broad array of matters of interest to banks and other financial institutions, focusing in particular on relevant legislative and regulatory developments.

    Contact Information

    Robert Tammero

    Craig and Macauley Professional Corporation

    (617) 367-9500

    Barbara Keefe

    State Street Corporation

    (617) 786-3000

  • Broker-Dealer Committee
    The Committee focuses on legal and regulatory issues relevant to the broker-dealer community, such as the establishment and operation of broker-dealers, industry developments, key enforcement, litigation and arbitration decisions and compliance challenges.

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    David C. Boch

    Bingham McCutchen LLP

    (617) 951-8000

    Mark L. Keene

    Bank of America

    (617) 434-7223

    Hillary Pelletier

    LPL Financial LLC

    (617) 897-4776

  • Civil Enforcement Committee
    This Committee focuses on how financial services firms interact with their regulators in the context of civil enforcement, addressing issues arising from investigations, examinations, litigation, compliance, settlement, and related concerns.

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    Eben Prentice Colby

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

    (617) 573-4855

    Luke T. Cadigan

    K&L Gates LLP

    (617) 261-3118

  • Communications Committee
    This is a joint committee between the Business Transactions and Financial Services Sections. This committee publishes information relevant to the business bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or writing an article, please contact the Co-Chairs.

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    Vanessa English Candela

    EMC Corporation

    (508) 293-6456

    Gina M. Perini

    (508) 315-8046

  • Financial Services Public Policy Committee
    This is a joint committee between the Business Transactions and Financial Services Sections. The BBA is very active on the legislative front. Often times, business attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.
  • Financial Services Public Service Committee
    This is a joint committee between the Business Transactions and Financial Services Section. This committee enables business attorneys to perform pro bono work for individuals and organizations.
  • Insurance Law Committee
    This committee covers all areas of insurance law, including property, casualty, life, health, disability, professional liability, fidelity, surety, excess surplus and reinsurance, from the perspective of policyholders, carriers and third parties.
  • Investment Companies and Advisers Committee
    This committee meets to discuss matters affecting investment advisers, mutual funds and private funds, including proposed legislation, developments in federal and state regulation, evolving legal issues and compliance challenges

    Contact Information

    Jason P. Pogorelec

    Fidelity Investments

    Carlo Forcione

    Putnam Investments

    (617) 760-1224

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.