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From the Boston Bar Journal: Looking Ahead: The Judiciary’s Goals for the New Year and Beyond

Voice of the Judiciary

The role of the Judiciary is not only to do justice but to solve problems, and the sensible resolution of problems often is how we do justice. Working in close partnership with the trial court leadership team of Chief Justice Paula Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence, we are committed to four new initiatives that we hope will assist us in our efforts to solve problems and do justice. The judiciary, however, can achieve none of these alone; each requires collaboration with and the support of the Legislature, the Executive branch, and the Bar.
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From the Boston Bar Journal - Disaster Relief: The One Fund Boston Model

As the One Fund’s attorneys, we at Goodwin Procter had to seek quick incorporation of the fund and apply on an expedited basis for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS.  However, applications for 501(c)(3) status often take up to eighteen months to process, and in addition, obtaining the necessary approval was challenging, due to IRS limitations on the types of distributions that charitable organizations can make to individuals in the context of disaster relief.
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Tax-Exempt Organizations Committees

  • Fundamentals Series
    The Fundamentals Series focuses on the fundamentals of Tax-Exempt Organizations. It's monthly meetings typically feature a presentation on topics of interest to new practitioners. For the 2013-2014 program series, the meetings will focus on 501(c)(3) private foundations.

    Contact Information

    Poonam Patidar

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 542-6000

    Russell J. Stein

    Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

    (617) 897-5638

    Alyssa W.Chandler Fitzgerald

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1561

  • Steering Committee
    The goal of the Committee for Attorneys with Disabilities is to build fellowship between attorneys with disabilities and their professional allies; share experiences, resources and career advancement strategies; and provide a forum for increased communication and understanding within the legal community. The Committee will work to develop opportunities for attorneys with disabilities and their allies to converge in social and educational settings.
  • Tax Exempt Organizations Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers for Tax Exempt practitioners.

    Contact Information

    Sheryl Andrea Howard

    Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

    (617) 482-7211

    Jocelyn A. Bishop

    Harvard Management Company, Inc.

    (617) 720-6756

  • Tax Exempt Organizations Public Policy
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Tax attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

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    Susan L. Abbott

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1787