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From Tipping the Scales - Sheila Hubbard: “We All Have a Responsibility to Do Something to Help Others”

Sheila Hubbard is Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) of the Boston Bar Association, and provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. Dedicating her career to public service, she has worked as a Homeless Specialist for the Department of Social Services, Director of Boston’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Office, the Chair of the Massachusetts Parole Board and President of the Association of Paroling Authorities International.  She was the Associate Director of the Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School, assisting law students and alumni to pursue public interest and legal service careers, and Senior Program Director for the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama working on issues of race and poverty. Sheila is a member of the BBA’s Council, and of the BBA’s Delivery of Legal Services Section.

1.     This is a time of tough budgeting and scarce resources. How do you exercise your leadership authority to navigate these difficulties and serve Boston’s vulnerable populations?

The first thing that came to mind was staying optimistic while being realistic. VLP is 95% federally funded and is significantly affected by what goes on in Washington. Over the last three years, VLP has seen its federal grant from the Legal Services Corporation reduced by $500,000 due to federal budget cuts. As a leader, it’s important for me to be open and honest with staff about where the organization is financially, but also to let the staff know that, despite these tough fiscal times, I have a vision and a plan. I realized early on that part of the plan had to include a diversification of VLP’s revenue sources so that we were not so dependent upon federal funding, especially by increasing the number and amount of individual donations VLP receives from its supporters.

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Intellectual Property Law Committees

  • Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Committee
    This committee provides resources for lawyers who represent clients in the arts, in entertainment and in associated industries, including visual artists, writers, publishers, film and TV producers, songwriters, music producers and publishers, performing artists and those involved in other creative pursuits.

    Contact Information

    Brooke Penrose

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3287

    Stacey C. Friends

    Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

    (617) 570-3578

  • Computer and Internet Law Committee
    This committee covers areas including federal and state regulation, intellectual property, contracts, employment, civil and criminal litigation, corporate and business law, taxation, export control, finance, libel, privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, defamation, antitrust and international law, as well as technical standards and commercial protocols.

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    Ellen Giblin

    Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

    (617) 239-0484

  • Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee brings together lawyers from diverse IP law fields, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and transfer of technology, know-how and publicity rights law.

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    Daniel A. Lev

    Pierce Atwood LLP

    (617) 488.8112

    Meenakshy Chakravorty

    Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

    (781) 418-9211

  • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
    This is a joint committee between the Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections. This committee provides education concerning the enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets rights as well as the defense of those accused of infringing on such rights, in federal and state courts and before the International Trade Commission.

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    Kelli Powell

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    (617) 526-6819

    Dalila Wendlandt

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (617) 951-7884

    Christina M Licursi

    Wolf Greenfield

    (617) 646-8384

  • International Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee brings together practitioners and others concerned with the state of IP in multiple countries and pursuant to multinational accords. Areas covered include perfection and protection of IP rights, defenses against IP abuses, technology transfer and other licensing and venture transactions, as well as collateral affecting IP development and exploitation.

    Contact Information

    Asya Calixto

    Prince Lobel Tye LLP

    (617) 456-8110

    Hsuanyeh Chang

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3218

  • Life Sciences Committee
    This committee addresses the business and patent issues that arise in biotechnology, health care services, laboratory services, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

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    Lawrence Cogswell

    Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, PC

    Lesley Chuang

    Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, PC

    (617) 902-0501

  • Privacy Law Committee
    This committee covers the full range of issues involved with the collection, use, sharing and securing of personal information, as relevant to Massachusetts-based entities. Areas covered include website and online privacy; information management practices; physical and system monitoring; healthcare, financial and other sector-specific privacy rules; international data collection and transfers; RFID and other tracking technologies; workplace privacy concerns; and new developments in privacy and compliance law and practice.

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    Seth Carlton Harrington

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (618) 951-7226

    Kent David Ballaty Sinclair

    Stroz Friedberg, LLC

    (617) 848-5650

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