Thank You to Our Financial Literacy Volunteers

The Greater Boston Program wrapped up yesterday with the Consequences module with the help of a number of our dedicated volunteers.

The Greater Boston Program wrapped up yesterday with the Consequences module with the help of a number of our dedicated volunteers.

In its 10th year, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program taught students from 15 Greater Boston schools about the importance of making informed financial decisions. However, none of this would be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Thanks in large part to our dedicated volunteers; the Financial Literacy Program was able to reach more classrooms than ever before! Beyond the Billable would like to acknowledge the 142 attorneys, legal staff, and law students who volunteer their time to teach students how to make sound financial decisions.

You may also remember this post about the Financial Literacy Program, which ran in Western Massachusetts this fall. Are you interested in getting involved? Please watch for opportunities to volunteer for the Financial Literacy Program this summer as part of the enrichment seminars for the BBA’s Summer Jobs students.

Thank you to the following volunteers:

Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
James Alexander
Eriel Anchondo
Susan Anderson, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Honorable Frank Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Joseph Baldiga, Mirick O’Connell – Westborough Office
Andrea Balsamo, Liberty Mutual Group
Sarah Barr
Scott Bell, Liberty Mutual Group
Mark Berman, Nixon Peabody LLP
Susan Bernstein
Amanda Blaskey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Honorable Henry Boroff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Janet Bostwick
Ann Brennan
Christopher Brine, Culik Law P.C.
Jennifer Butler
Andrew Cahill
Jordan Call
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
Joanne Carleton, Liberty Mutual Group
Jennifer Catenacci, Liberty Mutual Group
Pamela Cates, New England Law Boston
Allison Chamberlin, Liberty Mutual Group
Fred Chase, Liberty Mutual Group
Stephen M Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Tara Colby, Liberty Mutual Group
Michele Collins, MetLife
Christopher Condon, Murphy & King, P.C.
Jaime D’Almeida, Duff & Phelps
Jeanne Darcey, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Caryn Daum, Liberty Mutual Group
Scott Davis, Sun Life Financial
Alycia DeAngelis
Joel DeFelice
Patrick Dinardo, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Mark DiOrio, Bulfinch Companies, Inc.
Andy Doherty
Deborah Dong
Adrienne Drew, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Elizabeth Duffy, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Lisa Evangelista, Liberty Mutual Group
Andrew Fagenholz, Liberty Mutual Group
Anne Farina, Sun Life Financial
Honorable Joan Feeney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Megan Felter, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Julianne Fitzpatrick
Eric Forni, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Toni Frain, Liberty Mutual Group
Brendan Furey, American Student Assistance
Jesse Garfinkle, Brown Rudnick LLP
Matthew Gendron, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Sean Gilligan, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Barbara Gilmore, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Lane Goldberg
Sarah Grandfield, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Michelle Greco, Sun Life Financial
Nancy Gregory, BlumShapiro
Juliette Guillemot
Ross Hamlin, Dalton & Finegold, LLP
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
William Harrington, Office of the U.S. Trustee
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Christine Heshion, Liberty Mutual Group
Honorable Melvin Hoffman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Sofia Hussain, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Nicole Jackson, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
John Kacoyannakis, Liberty Mutual Group
Anne Kaczmarek, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Geraldine Karonis, U.S. Department of Justice-NH
Elizabeth Katz, Ostrander Law Office
Michael Katz, Bacon & Wilson, PC
Justin Kesselman, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Jeffrey Kitaeff
Keith Kollmeyer, Jones Day
Kimberly Kroha
Joseph Lange
Donald Lassman
Deborah Levine
Rebecca Levy
Amy Lipman-White
Marques Lipton
Andrew Lizotte, Murphy & King, P.C.
John Loughnane, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Benjamin Loveland, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Cornelio Lozada
Bill Lynch, Liberty Mutual Group
Joyce Mahoney, Liberty Mutual Group
Lauren McCarthy, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Leigh McCloskey
Kristin McDonough, Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Kevin McGee, Seder & Chandler, LLP
Kathleen McGrath, Liberty Mutual Group
Ryan McKenna
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Richard Mikels, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Rose Miller, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
John Morrier, Casner & Edwards, LLP
Maura Murphy, Sun Life Financial
Thomas Murray , Sun Life Financial
Rebecca Neale
Patrick Noone, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Carolyn O’Brien, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Kim O’Connell, Liberty Mutual Group
Catherine O’Donnell, Liberty Mutual Group
Helen O’Rourke, Liberty Mutual Group
Laura Otenti, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Amy Palmer, Sun Life Financial
Steven Pohl, Brown Rudnick LLP
James Pugh, Liberty Mutual Group
Jesse Redlener, Dalton & Finegold, LLP
Erika Reis, Office of the Corporation Counsel City of Boston
Lynne Riley, Casner & Edwards, LLP
Michael Riley, Goulston & Storrs, PC
Alex Rodolakis, Gilman McLaughlin & Hanrahan LLP
Douglas Rosner, Goulston & Storrs, PC
Jonathon Roth, Jones Day
David Rozenson
Adam Ruttenberg, Looney & Grossman LLP
Patricia Saint James, Looney & Grossman LLP
A. Hugh Scott, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Carrie Seligman
Naomi Sevilla, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Mary Sharon, Pro Se Debtors Bankruptcy Clinic
Mackenzie Shea, K&L Gates LLP
Richard Sheils, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP – Worcester Office
DeBorah Sonnenschein
Danielle Spang
Jennifer Spavins
Spencer Stone
Leslie Su
Michael Sugar
Anthony Taylor
Kiersten Taylor, Brown Rudnick LLP
Eric Teasdale, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Lisa Tingue, Office of the U.S. Trustee-Worcester
Macken Toussaint, Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Janice Townsend, Liberty Mutual Group
David Travers,Todd & Weld LLP
Joseph Vlacovsky
Scott Waldman
Jacob Walker, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Adrienne Walker, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Ann Walsh, Liberty Mutual Group
Natasha Walwyn
Karen Wright, Liberty Mutual Group

Lawyers to Talk Voting Rights with More than 1300 BPS Students for Law Day in the Schools

Through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program, attorneys travel to Boston public high schools to teach students about the legal field.

Through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program, attorneys travel to Boston public high schools to teach students about the legal field.

Demand for the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program has skyrocketed this year with 1340 students from nine Boston public high schools signed up to learn “Why Every Vote Matters” on May 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th. Volunteers have stepped up to meet the demand and volunteer spots are filling up quickly – so click here to view the available sessions.

Why volunteer? The Law Day in the Schools Program is a great way for attorneys to engage in their community and teach students of all ages important lessons in civics – with a minimal time commitment. The sessions last no more than an hour and the BBA provides volunteers with all of the necessary materials.

Volunteers can choose the classrooms and age groups they volunteer for, so don’t delay in signing up here.

BBA Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program Celebrates 15 Years of Helping Pro Se Litigants

Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), BBA President Paul T. Dacier (EMC Corporation), Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V.  Jones), First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Mike Neville (Boston Housing Court), Alex Valderrama(Boston Housing Court), and Catarina Andrade (Boston Housing Court)

Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), BBA President Paul T. Dacier (EMC Corporation), Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones), First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court), Mike Neville (Boston Housing Court), Alex Valderrama(Boston Housing Court), and Catarina Andrade (Boston Housing Court)

Last Thursday, volunteers, court employees, and program leadership gathered at 16 Beacon to celebrate the success of the Lawyer for the Day Program in the Boston Housing Court Program at the 15th anniversary celebration of the Program.  Since the Program’s inception in 1999, over 12,000 volunteers have helped more than 15,000 landlords and tenants navigate through the Boston Housing Court.  In addition to the opportunity to network and enjoy food and drink, the evening was filled with a number of volunteer appreciation awards to longtime volunteers who are essential to its longevity. First Justice of the Boston Housing Court Jeffrey Winik presented awards to Sharon Jones (The Law Office of Sharon V. Jones), Andy Cohn (WilmerHale), and Housing Court Specialists Michael Neville, Alex Valderrama, Hector Jenkins, Delia Mathes, and Catarina Andrade.

Check out more highlights from the evening below:

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) recognized Mike Neville, Chief Housing Specialist, Alex Valderrama, Assistant Chief Housing Specialist, and Catarina Andrade, Housing Specialist, for their dedication to ensuring that landlords and tenants have access to justice in the Boston Housing Court.

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) recognized Mike Neville, Chief Housing Specialist, Alex Valderrama, Assistant Chief Housing Specialist, and Catarina Andrade, Housing Specialist, for their dedication to ensuring that landlords and tenants have access to justice in the Boston Housing Court.

 

Katie D’Angelo (BBA) presented volunteer Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones) with a volunteer appreciation award for her unparalleled dedicated to the Lawyer for the Day Program.  Sharon has volunteered at the Boston Housing Court almost every Thursday for the past 10 years, and when the Program expanded to include Monday Landlord Advice Day, Sharon immediately volunteered and has staffed that advice day more than any other lawyer.

Katie D’Angelo (BBA) presented volunteer Sharon Jones (Law Office of Sharon V. Jones) with a volunteer appreciation award for her unparalleled dedicated to the Lawyer for the Day Program. Sharon has volunteered at the Boston Housing Court almost every Thursday for the past 10 years, and when the Program expanded to include Monday Landlord Advice Day, Sharon immediately volunteered and has staffed that advice day more than any other lawyer.

 

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) spoke of Andy Cohn’s (WilmerHale) long-time commitment to the Program. Andy has recruited volunteers at his firm and taken numerous cases through the Program.

First Justice Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) spoke of Andy Cohn’s (WilmerHale) long-time commitment to the Program. Andy has recruited volunteers at his firm and taken numerous cases through the Program since it began.

 

Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project) offered closing remarks at the celebration, thanking everyone for their efforts and encouraging those to stay committed to the Program.

Joanna Allison (Volunteer Lawyers Project) offered closing remarks at the celebration, thanking everyone for their efforts and encouraging those to stay committed to the Program.

The program is a collaboration between the Boston Housing Court, Boston Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, Greater Boston Legal Services and Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, and is supported by the Wiley Vaughan Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. 

One Year Later – Reflecting on the BBA Marathon Assistance Project

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Lawyers were not the first responders. They were not the police and safety personnel who protected the Commonwealth. They were not the doctors and nurses whose expertise saved dozens of lives. However, lawyers responded to the Marathon bombing the best way they knew how – by offering to provide pro bono legal assistance for individuals and small businesses affected by the bombing through the BBA Marathon Assistance Project. Over the course of this year, our volunteers have traveled to homes to complete One Fund applications, assisted small business owners in filing insurance claims, and helped both business owners and individuals navigate a range of other legal issues as a result of the bombings. Here is a snapshot of the Project to date:

  • After the BBA’s initial press release calling for pro bono volunteers, over 200 individual volunteers, 26 law firms, and 3 law schools offered their assistance.
  • To date, the Marathon Assistance Project has helped 45 individuals and 20 small businesses with their claims & legal issues.
  •  72 attorneys have taken cases through the Marathon Assistance Project.
  • These cases have included helping to complete 14 One Fund claim applications, which have included multiple home visits across New England.

If you would like to hear personal accounts of the impact of the volunteer’s work, we’ve gathered a few stories for you. To learn more about the work of our volunteers for small businesses click here. You can learn more about legal assistance for individuals in this recent mailer or the spring edition of the Boston Bar Journal.

However, the work is not yet done. As the city continues to heal, members of the Bar stand ready to assist with the second distribution of the One Fund and continue to offer legal assistance to those affected.

Legal Offices Share Their “Adopting a Classroom” Stories, Part Two

Stephen Cohen (Choate Hall & Stewart) and Eric Teasdale (Choate Hall & Stewart) taught seniors at Edward M. Kennedy Academy of Health Careers about the hidden costs of buying a car.

Stephen Cohen (Choate Hall & Stewart) and Eric Teasdale (Choate Hall & Stewart) taught seniors at Edward M. Kennedy Academy of Health Careers about the hidden costs of buying a car.

Last week, Beyond the Billable shared highlights from two legal offices’ experiences “adopting a classroom” through M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. While Sun Life Financial and Liberty Mutual participated in the model in the past, two new legal offices also stepped up to the plate to provide volunteers for the three classroom-based sessions at two Boston public high schools. The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission adopted a classroom at Snowden International High School and Choate Hall & Stewart adopted a classroom at Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers.

Beyond the Billable checked in with attorneys from Choate Hall & Stewart to hear more about their experience. Here’s what they had to say:

Why did Choate Hall & Stewart choose to participate in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program?

“Attorneys at Choate are long-time participants in and supporters of the Financial Literacy Program.  When the opportunity arose for the Firm to adopt a classroom this year, we jumped at the chance to expand our work with the Program.  Choate is pleased to serve the youth in our community by teaching them practical lessons in effective personal financial management.” – Meg McKenzie Feist, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

What was the highlight of the Program for your volunteers?
 
“As a volunteer, I was very impressed with the knowledge the students already possessed, as well as their eagerness to learn more about budgeting, saving, and credit.  My group of students was engaged throughout the presentation and asked me pointed questions.  It was a joy to work with the students and I look forward to engaging with a new group next year.”  – Tyler Masse, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

 

Attorneys Learn Ins and Outs Of Housing Court

Chris Saccardi (The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi), Lawrence Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Judge Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) led Monday’s  Housing Court training.

Chris Saccardi (The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi), Lawrence Wind (The Law Office of Lawrence A. Wind), and Judge Jeffrey Winik (Boston Housing Court) led Monday’s Housing Court training.

On Monday evening we kicked off a week of Boston Housing Court events at 16 Beacon with “Trying a Case in Housing Court.” The BBA partnered with the Volunteer Lawyers Project to teach attorneys the ins and outs of trying a Housing Court case from opening to closing – with a special presentation on evidence rules as they pertain to eviction cases. In exchange for the free training, attorneys are expected to volunteer with the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program – which brings us to our next event.

As our readers may remember from this post, we will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program this Thursday at 5 pm. Be sure to join us and salute the amazing accomplishments of this program (more than 15,000 pro se litigants helped!) and thank our hard working volunteers. Be there!

Monday’s training was a great success, with more than 35 attorneys in attendance. To learn more about the experience, Beyond the Billable sat down with event panelist and seasoned veteran of the housing court Chris Saccardi (The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi) to hear more about the training. Here’s what he had to say:

What do you hope attendees learned from the training?

“I hope that attorneys who are considering taking their first pro bono housing case feel a little bit more confident appearing in front of the Housing Court judges and potentially taking their case to trial. Our goal was to give attendees some tips on how to conduct a trial in the Housing Court and to give them the opportunity to hear from Judge Winik, who has been a big supporter of the Volunteer Lawyers Project’s pro bono programs. “

Why should attorneys get involved in pro bono efforts in the Housing Court? How can pro bono experience help attorneys build a practice?

“First, regardless of one’s practice area, taking cases at the Housing Court is an excellent way to gain valuable litigation experience. Because the vast majority of litigants are unrepresented, there are ample opportunities to appear for various motion hearings and, if participants wish, to conduct trials. Second, if an attorney is interested in taking housing cases as part of their private practice, I can’t think of a better way to gain the procedural and substantive knowledge necessary to successfully pursue such cases. Third, while these are pro bono cases and attorneys should not necessarily expect to be paid, there is the potential for an award of attorney’s fees if one wins under a statute that includes a fee shifting provision. Finally, the most important reason to volunteer is because there is a large, unmet need for representation, particularly among the low- and middle-income population that VLP typically serves. These individuals often face an attorney on the other side and the involvement of a volunteer attorney can often make a huge difference in the outcome of the case, sometimes resulting, for example, in a preserved tenancy where an unrepresented tenant might otherwise have ended up homeless.”

Students Head Back To Bankruptcy Court to Close Out Financial Literacy Experience

Judge Joan Feeney let students from New Mission High School past the bench and answered questions about how the Court’s computer system works during their trip to the Boston Bankruptcy Court.

Judge Joan Feeney let students from New Mission High School past the bench and answered questions about how the Court’s computer system works during their trip to the Boston Bankruptcy Court.

Last Friday, a group of students from New Mission High School in Hyde Park took a field trip to Boston Bankruptcy Court to meet “Sally Spender” and learn what happened to “Sally” when she failed to budget appropriately and accumulated high amounts of credit card debt. This lesson, Consequences, was fourth and final module of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. The experience wasn’t all about Sally’s mistakes, though. Students got a first-hand look inside a courtroom and had the opportunity to ask lawyers, Judges and court staff questions about what Bankruptcy Court is like.

The Program wraps up in Greater Boston area next Friday after two additional Consequences sessions once students from Woburn High School, Greater New Bedford Technical School, Snowden International High School, Peabody High School, and John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science make the trip to Post Office Square. Take a look below from highlights of the fieldtrip:

John G. Loughnane (Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP) moderated the session and led the students through a discussion of how Sally Spender could have avoided going bankrupt.

John G. Loughnane (Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP) moderated the session and led the students through a discussion of how Sally Spender could have avoided going bankrupt.

 

Seniors for New Mission High School in Hyde Park had the opportunity to visit the Boston Bankruptcy Court, listen to a mock meeting of creditors and hearing, and talk to the attorneys and the Judge after the session.

Seniors for New Mission High School in Hyde Park had the opportunity to visit the Boston Bankruptcy Court, listen to a mock meeting of creditors and hearing, and talk to the attorneys and the Judge after the session.

Legal Offices Share Their “Adopting A Classroom” Stories

Students from Another Course to College learning about Using Credit and Credit Cards, as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

Students from Another Course to College learning about Using Credit and Credit Cards, as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

While students are still traveling the Boston and Worcester Bankruptcy Courts, the classroom based sessions of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program have wrapped up in the Greater Boston area. This year, four legal offices stepped up and “adopted a classroom” to help meet the growing demand for the program in fifteen schools. In this model, legal offices commit to providing 3-6 volunteers to cover each of the three classroom based sessions. In return, the legal offices were able to provide their employees with an opportunity to give back while partnering with a fellow colleague.

Beyond the Billable reached out to the legal departments of Sun Life Financial and Liberty Mutual, both of whom participated in the “adopt a classroom” model last year as well, to hear more about the experience. Sun Life Financial adopted a classroom at Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham and Liberty Mutual adopted four classrooms at Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park.

Here’s what they had to say:

Why did your legal office choose to participate in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program?

“As in house counsel and compliance professionals in the financial services industry, supporting a financial literacy program has been a great way for us to give back to the community and utilize our skills. We selected the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Program for a few reasons. First, volunteers don’t have to be attorneys and this allows us to make the opportunity available to more people in our department. We also like being able to sponsor the same school every year. We have found that consistency of the same teacher, class format and class size every year enhances the success of the program. Volunteers know what to expect and can build off of best practices from prior years to improve upon our delivery of the program for a technical high school. Lastly, the volunteer materials provided by the BBA are very comprehensive, which helps cut down on preparation time, and are designed such that the volunteers can be flexible about deciding how to select content of an organization for a particular session.” – Michelle Greco, AVP & Senior Counsel, Sun Life Financial

“The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program provides a unique opportunity for both the students and the Liberty Mutual Insurance volunteers. Students have the opportunity to learn about finance-related topics from volunteers who have significant real-world knowledge, which we think enables the students to continue to build practical skills as they enter young adulthood. The volunteers enjoy interacting with the high school students and having the chance to make a difference in their lives. In addition, the program gives some of our volunteers with backgrounds in finance a chance to make an impact and help students avoid financial pitfalls in advance, rather than merely helping after the fact.”— Andrew Fagenholz, Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual

What was the highlight of the program for your volunteers?

“Spending any amount of time in a high school is like taking a step back in time. As you think about the decisions that are on the horizon for the young adults who will soon be graduating, you realize that while you may have come to talk about the specifics of buying a car, what you are really there for is to impress upon the students the important differences between what they want, and what they really need and can afford. That theme runs through the various modules, and hopefully our discussion about the realities of owning a car helped the students understand the kind of tough financial decisions they will have to make when they are on their own. The students were interested and active, which made the session a lot of fun, and I hope I can participate in this program again in the future.” — Scott Davis, SVP & General Counsel, Sun Life Financial

“Without a doubt, the primary highlight for our volunteers was the chance to provide guidance to young adults through a live, interactive classroom session with a dynamic group of students. Most of our volunteers do not regularly teach high school classes, and they reported that the experience was energizing and exciting. They enjoyed the hands-on exposure and fielding questions from their classrooms both on the finance topic of the day and other matters the students might raise.”— Andrew Fagenholz, Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual

Our volunteers were so excited to share their experiences that we had to turn this into a two part statement! Stay tuned for part two when we hear from Choate Hall & Stewart and the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission volunteers about their experiences.

 

 

Continuing Wiley Vaughan’s Legacy Through the Lawyer for the Day in the Housing Court Program

Wiley Vaughan (center) with Sandy Moskowitz of Davis Malm & D'Agostine (left) and Christopher Pitt of Robinson & Cole (right).

Wiley Vaughan (center) with Sandy Moskowitz of Davis Malm & D’Agostine (left) and Christopher Pitt of Robinson & Cole (right).

We know that our readers are familiar with the Boston Bar Association’s Vaughan Fund, which supports the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. However, as we look forward to celebrating the 15th year of the program on April 10th, Beyond the Billable wanted to give our readers a firsthand look at the man who inspired the fund.

In 1999, Herbert “Wiley” Vaughan helped launch the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. Wiley enjoyed a lengthy 47-year career as a highly respected real estate lawyer at WilmerHale LLP before retiring from the firm in 1995. After his retirement, Wiley continued to work with organizations and causes he believed in, including the Boston Bar Association and representation for pro se litigants. When the Pro Bono Committee of the BBA’s Real Estate Section was attempting to create a program to assist individuals and families facing the loss of their homes as well as landlords in need of a better understanding of their rights, Wiley jumped at the chance to lead their efforts. Through his tireless work, he was able to secure not only a tenant’s advisory table at Housing Court, but also a landlord’s table for landlords who qualified under income standards.

But don’t take it from us. Hear from those who know Wiley best:

“Wiley was a giant not only for his real estate expertise but for his commitment to access to justice. The Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer for a Day in the Housing Court Program would not exist but for Wiley Vaughan.” – Hon. Robert B. Foster, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Land Court

“Wiley Vaughan was — to use a phrase he spoke of when referring to others — “a person of quality” who had a clarity of purpose, an integrity, and an openness to ideas that endeared him to his friends and his colleagues, and enriched every institution with which he was involved.” – Andy Cohn, WilmerHale LLP

Thanks to his dedication and support, Wiley was once nicknamed the “Father” of the Lawyer for the Day Program. Since the Program’s inception 15 years ago, more than 12,000 volunteers from law firms, solo practices and in-house corporate legal departments have provided legal assistance and advice to more than 15,500 unrepresented tenants and landlords. Join us in celebrating Wiley, the program, and others, at 5:00 p.m. on April 10th at 16 Beacon Street.

The Boston Bar Foundation’s Vaughan Fund was established in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the BBA Lawyer for the Day Program and Wiley Vaughan’s stellar leadership. The Fund helps support the pro bono and public service projects of the Real Estate Section. This year, the BBF has raised over $5,000 for the Fund, allowing for the purchase of essential materials needed to run the program. Click here to learn more.

Lawyers ‘Bet the House’ on the Next Generation of Boston’s Workforce

The money raised at the 5th Annual Casino Night fund Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

The money raised at the 5th Annual Casino Night fund Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Last Thursday, 250 attorneys came to 16 Beacon for a night of gambling and socializing for the 5th Annual Casino Night for Summer Jobs fundraiser. While the event has always supported the Boston Bar Foundation, this year all of the funds will specifically support the BBA Summer Jobs Program. As you may remember, the BBF funds Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies each summer. The BBF-funded students not only get the opportunity to receive hands on experience in the legal field, but the legal service and government agencies benefit from the student’s enthusiastic help in a busy office environment. Take a look at the experiences of last year’s students here.

Between sponsors, ticket sales and our silent auction the BBF raised nearly $40,000 last night to support the Summer Jobs program and put 12 students to work this summer. Twenty companies demonstrated their commitment to Boston’s youth through sponsorship of the event, contributing over $25,000 to the BBF (enough to put eight teens to work this summer).

Do you want to see more highlights from the night? Click here.

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