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Environmental Justice Pro Bono Work for Transactional Lawyers: an Overview and Recent Success Story

Friday, October 28, 2011 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Community groups in neighborhoods that have suffered disproportionate impacts of industrial pollution need help from transactional lawyers as they set up organizations and work to serve community needs, including the redevelopment of abandoned or contaminated land into parks, community gardens, housing or other assets. This program will focus on a recent example: the Morley Street Neighborhood Association, working with the Edward L. Cooper, Sr. Community Garden and Education Center, took control of a vacant lot in Roxbury and turned it into a park after a decades-long effort. Dana Lanzillo, a partner with Saul Ewing LLP who specializes in corporate law and real estate development, will describe his work negotiating the real estate transfer with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the operating agreements between the two community groups. Quita Sullivan of the Morley Street Neighborhood Association will describe the regulatory hurdles and other work her organization faced in accomplishing their goal. Staci Rubin, a staff attorney with Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), which administers the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Assistance Network (MEJAN), will discuss the bigger picture of transactional pro bono work in EJ communities and how lawyers interested in this work can get involved.

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Patricia Johnson


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