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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.

      International Law Committees

      • Foreign Lawyers Committee
        This committee was developed through the BBA International Law Section to provide professional development opportunities to foreign lawyers in the Boston area. Its goal is to facilitate interaction, professional development and mentoring among its members. Membership in the FLC is open to attorneys who are trained and/or licensed to practice in other countries, living and practicing in Greater Boston and/or attending a graduate law program in the area. The FLC is also open to lawyers who have an interest in topics of international law discussed at its meetings. The FLC holds regular meetings to discuss current topics in international law and foreign law, with presentations by attorneys who are licensed to practice in other countries or have first-hand knowledge of the laws of other countries because of work experience.
      • 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

      • 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.
      • International Public Law, Policy and Human Rights
        This committee addresses public international law and human rights, with a particular focus on parts of the world that have witnessed long-standing conflict.
      • International Tax Committee
        This committee covers international taxation issues. Treasury and IRS officials periodically are invited to address the committee.

        Contact Information

        Michael Charles Fondo

        Audax Management Company, LLC

        (617) 859-1519

        Laura Thompson

        KPMG, LLP

      • International Transactions Committee
        This committee deals with issues related to both international commercial business transactions and international financial transactions.
      • Steering Committee
        The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.