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From Issue Spot: Update on the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts

The BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts met for the fifth time at the end of January.  We are making great progress as we gather facts, information, and real life stories of people whose lives have changed for the better because of assistance they received from legal aid attorneys. 

The Task Force is composed of 27 leaders in the Boston legal community, including representatives from private practice, in-house counsel, academia, every branch of government, and legal services.  The Task Force was formed in the spring of 2013 and has had regular meetings almost every other month. 

In early meetings, Task Force members worked to draft surveys for legal services providers and judges to quantify facts and observations on civil litigation and aid.  They devised three surveys and sent them out to the appropriate players.  The Task Force created two legal services surveys – a “use of funds” and a “turn-away” survey.  These surveys would show how many cases legal services providers completed in a year, how many people they turned away over two single-week periods, and how much legal assistance they provided short of representation.  Results are still coming in, but the legal aid providers have been extremely supportive, helping us reach nearly 100% participation.

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Labor & Employment Law Committees

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    This committee publishes information relevant to the labor & employment bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or publishing an article, please contact us.

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    Robert Alan Fisher

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1000

    Brian J MacDonough

    Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon, LLP

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    Vanessa K. Hackett

    Littler Mendelson, PC

    (617) 780-7427

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    Carolina Avellaneda

    Fisher College

    (617) 2368859

    James S. Weliky

    Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, PC

    (617) 742-0004

    William E. Hannum

    Schwartz Hannum PC

    (978) 623-0900

    Elizabeth A. Rodgers

    Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz LLP

    (617) 742-7010

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    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Labor & employment attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

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    Rachel Reingold Mandel

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    (617) 994-5700

    Katherine J. Michon

    Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon, LLP

    (617) 723-8000

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    Nicole Corvini

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    (617) 994-5700

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    This committee is composed of lawyers for management, unions and individuals. It focuses on traditional labor issues in the private and public sector, and is responsible for monitoring legal developments in the area of labor law and presenting educational programs in this area.

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    Justin F. Keith

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    (617) 310-6230

    Ingrid Nava

    SEIU Local 615

    (617) 878-7445

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    The Non-Compete &Trade Secrets Committee works to ensure that attorneys are kept apprised of developments in this constantly evolving area of business and employment law, whether in the form of judicial precedent, legislative mandate or business practice.

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    Jennifer Catlin Davis

    Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

    (617) 227-7031

    Christopher J. Perry

    Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC

    (781) 622-5930

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    Julie McCarthy

    Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research

    (617) 871-4142

    Jocelyn Jones

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General