Celebrating Boston’s Strength at Law Day Dinner– Honoring Marathon Assistance Project Volunteers

Panelists Deborah Allen, Boston Public Health Commission, Emily Armstrong, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,  and William Francis Sinnott, Former Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, discussed about how marathon preparation enabled the City to respond quickly to the unexpected events of April 15th and reaching out to the community has helped get people the medical and legal help they need

Panelists Deborah Allen, Boston Public Health Commission, Emily Armstrong, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Bill Sinnott, Former Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, discussed how the marathon preparation enabled the City to respond quickly to the unexpected events of April 15th.

As many of our members know, the BBA is hard at work preparing for the largest bench bar event in Massachusetts, Law Day Dinner 2014, which will take place on May 12th at the Boston Convention Center. While a keynote speech from Mayor Marty Walsh will headline the event, Beyond the Billable is particularly excited for the BBA to recognize the lawyers that stepped up to provide pro bono legal assistance following the tragic events of last year’s Boston Marathon.The BBA Marathon Assistance Project volunteers will receive a special award at Monday’s event, honoring them for their willingness to donate their time to help the city, its businesses, and its people rebuild after the bombing.

If you’re an avid reader of Beyond the Billable, you’ve probably seen the stats, but here they are once more just for good measure: over 200 individual lawyers, along with 26 law firms, and 3 law schools mobilized to provide critical legal assistance. Lawyers were uniquely qualified to lend their expertise in a time of crisis, and our volunteers agreed to do so at a moment’s notice.

It’s important to note, however, that the process is not over. As the One Fund prepares for the second distribution of applications, the BBA and our outstanding volunteers stand ready to offer assistance with One Fund claims, and additional legal issues that continue to arise. Just last week at 16 Beacon, we heard from a panel that included a representative of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Former Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, a member of the Boston Public Health Commission who discussed how preparation for the marathon itself enabled the City of Boston and other service providers to respond so quickly to the events of April 15. Events like this remind us that the work is not yet finished, just as the one year anniversary of the marathon reminded us that even as we remain Boston Strong, the healing process for the city and the victims is still far from over.

If you would like to provide pro bono legal assistance through the Marathon Monday Project, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org. Find out more about the BBA Law Day Dinner, the largest annual bench bar event in Massachusetts here.

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Posted on May 6, 2014, in Marathon Assistance Project, Pro Bono, Public Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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