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Boston Bar Develops New Resource to Help Marathon Bombing Victims

Underscoring a commitment to public service and helping to rebuild the community in the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks, Boston Bar Association President J.D. Smeallie today announced the release of two online resource packets designed to flag important issues. Potential Issues Facing Individuals Affected by the Marathon Bombings is targeted to people needing assistance -- ranging from filing One Fund claims to help seeking Federal and State benefits. Potential Legal Issues Facing Small Business Owners Affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings provides information relating to sources of assistance -- as well as insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, employment, non-profit status and other considerations.

"These legal checklists were developed by a team of highly sophisticated lawyer volunteers who put great care into making the lists as comprehensive and user friendly as possible.  The BBA is grateful that it could be helpful to those impacted by the bombings, and the quality of the checklists speak volumes about the dedication of our members," said Smeallie. "Our community partners -- the Mayor's Office and the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance -- will be sharing these resources with those in need."

Just days after the bombings, the BBA put out a call for pro bono help, and now has a pool of 200 individual volunteers, 26 law firms, and 3 law schools. Volunteers have already taken dozens of pro bono cases involving both individuals and also small businesses affected by the bombings.

In an effort to provide financial support as well as pro bono legal help, the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the BBA, donated $25,000 to the One Fund.

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

    Judith G. Edington

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    (617) 338-2422

    Alyssa W. Chandler Fitzgerald

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1561

    Russell J. Stein

    Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

    (617) 897-5638

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

    Marcia Governale

    Hemenway & Barnes LLP

    (617) 557-9704

    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.

    Contact Information

    Melissa Sampson McMorrow

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    (617) 439-2720

    Mary Mahoney

    Tufts Health Plan-Watertown

    (617) 972-1063