The BBA New Lawyers Section preparing law students and new attorneys to successfully meet the challenges of practicing law through networking receptions, community outreach and practical skills programming. Want to get involved? Contact the New Lawyers Co-Chairs or check out our calendar for the next Steering Committee Meeting.

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Got What It Takes? Applications Now Available for Next Class of BBA Public Interest Leaders

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flash back exactly one year. Forty young lawyers sought entry into the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). Following a rigorous application process in which half those lawyers were selected for an interview, only 14 were invited to join the PILP class that began in May 2012. Here's what members of the 2012-2013 class had to say:

Through PILP, I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse and impressive group of young attorneys and connect with a wide variety of resources from across the city to creatively serve the public interest– Daniel M. Routh, Associate, Ropes & Gray


Brainstorming and implementing community oriented projects with fellow PILP class members is invigorating and rewarding. You are able to learn from one another and come together to create projects that have a meaningful impact on the community, while building lasting relationships with truly inspirational people. – Emily Hodge, Associate, Choate Hall & Stewart


My PILP experience has offered tremendous access to Boston's legal and civic institutions, an outstanding opportunity to meet other attorneys who share my commitment to public service, and a welcoming embrace by all levels of the Boston Bar Association– Eric Haskell, Associate, Foley Hoag


With the BBA's announcement that PILP applications are now available for the class beginning in May 2013, the committee charged with screening applications anticipates even more applicants for a program that has four specific purposes:

  • To identify and recognize present and future leaders in the BBA and the Boston legal community
  • To contribute to the professional and leadership development of promising young attorneys
  • To integrate these lawyers into the BBA and public service landscape -- at the same time significantly contributing to the public interest.
  • To build a powerful alumni network of lawyer leaders who by their actions demonstrate that part of being a successful lawyer is giving back to the community.

PILP is targeted toward lawyers who have been out of law school for 10 years or less. The time commitment required of applicants is 150 hours over 14 months, providing a good opportunity for each PILP class to benefit from the knowledge and experience of their predecessor class. Applicants must have the support of their law firms or other employers.

PILP, co-chaired by Kathy Henry and Darren Braham, is run out of the BBA's Public Service Committee. Both Henry and Braham are PILP alums.

For further information about applying to be a member of the PILP class of 2013,

New Lawyers Committees

  • New Lawyers Membership Committee
    This Committee seeks to engage new lawyers (those admitted to practice for 10 years or fewer) and law student members with the local legal community by encouraging participation and diversity at the BBA. This Committee also oversees the alumni ambassadors to Boston law schools and supports the BBA's sponsor law school student liaisons.

    Contact Information

    Tali Shulman

    Towers Watson

    (617) 633-5033

    Paul D. Momnie

    DLA Piper LLP

    (617) 406-6047

    Azure Aronsson

    Collora LLP

    (617) 371-1008

  • New Lawyers Practical Skills Committee
    This Committee creates programming geared towards the needs of new lawyers to help them develop basic and advanced skills, both generally and within their substantive areas of practice, and to practice more effectively. Programming consists of presentations and panels covering a broad range of topics—from how to file an appeal, how to work with partners, to the basics of a purchase agreement. Committee members, who are responsible for managing these events from concept through to completion, have the opportunity to work closely with senior lawyers in numerous practice areas when facilitating these programs.

    Contact Information

    Deborah A. Durant

    Medical Legal Partnership - Boston

    (617) 414-7430

    Elizabeth J. McEvoy

    Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    (617) 720-5090

    Michael C. Birch

    Lurie, Lent & Friedman, LLP

    (617) 367 1970

  • New Lawyers Public Service Committee
    This Committee serves as a resource for new attorneys interested in starting or expanding their pro bono and community service work. The committee runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program which offers free tax help to low-to-moderate income persons in Massachusetts.

    Contact Information

    Michael Sugar

    Kate Swartz

    Torres, Scammon & Day LLP

    (617) 307-4428

  • New Lawyers Section Liaisons
    List of NLS Liaisons
  • New Lawyers Social Events Committee
    This Committee organizes monthly gatherings for the New Lawyer's Section, including wine tastings, a casino night, happy hours, and more.

    Contact Information

    Michael J. Licker

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1197

    Adam M. Veness

    Acceleron Pharma Inc.

    (617) 649-9348

    Laura A Hadley

    (774) 644-5661

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