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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.

      Tax Committees

      • ERISA Committee
        This committee focuses on tax and labor law relating to qualified and non-qualified employee retirement and welfare benefit plans and executive compensation. Its monthly meetings deal with a range of topics, including benefits and compensation planning techniques and plan design; emerging issues; and federal and state statutory and regulatory changes affecting benefit plans.

        Contact Information

        Thomas M. Greene

        Holland & Knight LLP

        (617) 854-1450

        Amy Sheridan

        Sullivan & Worcester LLP

        (617) 338-2897

      • Federal Tax and Business Transactions Committee
        This committee addresses a range of federal taxation issues, including issues relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate spin-offs and split-ups, business formations, structuring debt and equity investments, tax-favored investment vehicles (e.g. RICs, REMICs, FASITs and REITs) and other business transactions.

        Contact Information

        Patrick J Hannon

        Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

        (617) 227-3030

      • International Tax Committee
        This committee covers international taxation issues. Treasury and IRS officials periodically are invited to address the committee.

        Contact Information

        Nelson Suit

        Burt, Staples & Maner, LLP

        (202) 783-1500

        Laura Thompson

        KPMG, LLP

      • State & Local Tax Committee
        This committee focuses on Massachusetts tax issues and frequently features speakers from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

        Contact Information

        Leanne Elizabeth Scott

        John Hancock Life Insurance Company

        (617) 572-1270

        Jason M. Zorfas

        Ernst & Young LLP

        (617) 585-3554

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