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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.

      Litigation Committees

      • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
        This committee hosts speakers on a wide variety of issues relating to arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes. It strives to offer programs that are of value to individuals who serve as mediators and arbitrators, as well as advocates representing clients in dispute resolution processes, both domestic and international.

        Contact Information

        Catherine E. Shanks

        (401) 862-3798

        William McClare Dunham

        Sherin and Lodgen LLP

        (617) 646-2017

      • Antitrust & Business Litigation Committee
        This committee provides a means of dialogue and learning for members who share an interest in business litigation.

        Contact Information

        David B. Mack

        O'Connor, Carnathan, and Mack LLC

        (781) 359-9005

        Rachel M. Brown

        Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP

        (617) 439-3939

      • Class Actions Committee
        This committee explores the ever-changing landscape of class action practice and procedure in federal and state courts in a wide variety of areas, including mass torts, environmental law, securities and consumer fraud.

        Contact Information

        Elizabeth A. Ryan

        Bailey and Glasser LLP

        (617) 439 6730

        Matthew G. Lindenbaum

        Goodwin Procter LLP

        (617) 570-8318

      • Construction Law Committee
        This committee addresses all aspects of construction law, including contract documents and alternative project delivery systems; construction litigation, arbitration and ADR; public contract law and other legal issues of interest to practitioners who handle matters relating to construction.

        Contact Information

        Rhian M.J. Cull

        Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

        (617) 378-4120

        Michael P. Sams

        Kenney & Sams, P.C.

        (508) 490-8500

      • 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

        Peter F. Durning

        Mackie Shea O'Brien, PC

        (617) 266-5700

      • Federal Practice and Procedure Committee
        This committee concentrates on developments in federal civil procedure and practical issues affecting practice in federal court. Areas covered include changes and proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the District of Massachusetts' Local Rules; reports of new and significant decisions interpreting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence; and presentations concerning such practical matters as the District of Massachusetts' mediation program and the use of technology in the courtroom.

        Contact Information

        Christine M. Genaitis

        Collora LLP

        (617) 371-1000

        Benjamin M. Stern

        Holland & Knight LLP

        (617) 305-2022

      • 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.

        Contact Information

        Dalila Wendlandt

        Ropes & Gray LLP

        (617) 951-7884

        Kelli Powell

        Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

        (617) 526-6819

        Kerry L. Timbers

        Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

        (617) 443-9292

      • Litigation Membership Committee
        This committee aims to increase participation in the Section through outreach activities.

        Contact Information

        Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero

        Nixon Peabody LLP

        (617) 345-1071

      • Litigation Public Policy Committee
        The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

        Contact Information

        David W. Robinson

        Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

        (617) 742-4200

        Christopher D. Strang

        Desmond, Strang & Scott LLP

        (857) 233-5534

      • Litigation Public Service Committee
        Each year in recognition of Pro Bono Month, this committee, along with the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School holds a pro bono opportunities fair for attorneys and law students. The committee also focuses on pro bono trainings and brown bag programming.

        Contact Information

        Daniel M. Routh

        Ropes & Gray LLP

        (617) 951-7256

      • Massachusetts Practice and Procedure Committee
        This committee concentrates on developments in Massachusetts civil procedure and practical issues affecting practice in Massachusetts courts.

        Contact Information

        Kristin Casavant

        Jones Day

        (617) 449-6907

        Victoria Fuller

        Rose, Chinitz & Rose

        (617) 536-0040

      • Professional Liability Committee
        This committee covers issues involving the liability of accountants, lawyers, physicians, architects and other professionals for malpractice, including liability under federal statutes and consumer protection laws.

        Contact Information

        Debra A. Squires-Lee

        Sherin and Lodgen LLP

        (617) 646-2036

        Christopher R. Conroy

        Peabody & Arnold LLP

        (617) 951-2079

      • Securities Enforcement and Litigation Committee
        This committee aims to foster dialogue among the legal and investigatory staff of securities regulators, lawyers who represent companies and persons involved in regulatory investigations/enforcement proceedings and lawyers who represent plaintiffs in private securities litigation and shareholder derivative actions.

        Contact Information

        Sarah G. Kim

        Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

        (617) 727-2200

        Richard Rosensweig

        Goulston & Storrs PC

        (617) 482-1776

      • Steering Committee
        The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
      • Tort Committee
        This committee addresses all matters relating to injury and damage to persons and property.

        Contact Information

        Michael Robert Brown

        Peabody & Arnold LLP

        (617) 951-2072

        Eric Asquith

        Todd & Weld LLP

        (617) 624-4769