Monthly Archives: May 2013

BBA Lawyer Referral Service Kicks Off Community Outreach Season at Mayfair

Last weekend, the BBA Lawyer Referral Service highlighted its commitment to community outreach by participating in the 30th Annual Mayfair, an event organized by the Harvard Square Business Association. BBA staff spoke with members of the public about how to obtain a lawyer from the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, the largest public service program of the BBA.

Mayfair is just one of the many summer events around Boston, where you’ll find LRS staff. A few events on the horizon are the 43rd Annual Boston Pride Festival in June, India Day at the DCR Hatch Shell in August, and Cambridge Carnival International in September.

BBA staff, Gaciru Matathia, and Solana Goss set up shop at the Mayfair event, displaying materials on how to get in touch with the BBA Lawyer Referral Service.

BBA staff, Gaciru Matathia, and Solana Goss set up shop at the Mayfair event, displaying materials on how to get in touch with the BBA Lawyer Referral Service.

The Mayfair event drew an estimated 200,000 attendees to the heart of Harvard Square.

The Mayfair event drew an estimated 200,000 attendees to the heart of Harvard Square.

For more information on the Lawyer Referral Service, please contact Solana Goss, LRS Intake Coordinator, at sgoss@bostonbar.org.

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BBA President-Elect Shows Support for BDC’s Law Day

First Justice of the Brighton District Court Judge David Donnelly invited students from Saint Columbkille School, state and local officials, and business leaders to Brighton Court for its version of Law Day on Friday, May 3rd. BBA President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC) participated in the program, which included student essays and drawings on the 2013 ABA Law Day theme, “Realizing the Dream Equality for All.”

Here’s what Paul had to say about the event:

I was proud to represent the Boston Bar Association at Brighton District Court’s Law Day. Judge Donnelly shared valuable lessons on the issue of equality and honored the students’ thoughtful work with awards and citations. I look forward to next year’s event.

Beyond the Billable was on hand to capture the day:

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President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC Corporation) participated in the processional into the courtroom with other business leaders and state and local officials for the Brighton District Court’s Law Day program.

Chief Justice Charles Johnson (Boston Municipal Court), BBA President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC Corporation), and Judge David Donnelly (Brighton District Court) took part in the Brighton District Court's annual Law Day Celebration.

Chief Justice Charles Johnson (Boston Municipal Court), BBA President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC Corporation), and Judge David Donnelly (Brighton District Court) took part in the Brighton District Court’s annual Law Day Celebration.

Check back later this week to see pictures from the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program.

PILP Delivers Lesson on Public Benefits to Federal Probationers

As our readers may have heard, our current class of Public Interest Leaders (PILP) is holding a series of workshops as part of the Community Reentry Readiness Program. The most recent session shed light on government benefits for low-income individuals in Massachusetts. Current PILP member Julie Devanthéry (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) and Ellen Shachter (Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services) conducted the session for 24 federal probationers from the CARE and RESTART programs.

Julie Devanthéry (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) and Ellen Shachter (Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services) lead the third module of the Community Reentry Readiness Program on public benefits for federal probationers.

Ellen Shachter (Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services) and Julie Devanthéry (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) led the third module of the Community Reentry Readiness Program on public benefits for federal probationers.

The next session will take place on June 5th and will cover the topic of Housing. PILP’s Chris Saccardi will be delivering the lesson.

For more information on the Public Interest Leadership Program, please contact Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at shelm@bostonbar.org.

Interested in Asylum Cases? We Can Help

Last night the BBA’s Immigration Law Section held a CLE titled “Asylum: Application Through Appeal” where speakers led attendees through the entire life cycle of an asylum case and provided thorough review of the current law and standards of review. This CLE was a must for attorneys who want to understand the law as it applies to seekers of asylum and who are new to representing asylum clients.

Attorneys learn about the current laws and lifecycle of an asylum case at the CLE “Asylum: Application Through Appeal."

Attorneys learn about the current laws and life cycle of an asylum case at the CLE “Asylum: Application Through Appeal.”

As our readers know, volunteer attorneys play a central role in these types of cases because asylum seekers often need pro bono representation. Beyond the Billable is always trying to help our lawyers find new ways to volunteer in the community, and it just so happens that two of the grantees of the Boston Bar Foundation (the BBA’s charitable arm) provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers. Now it’s your turn. Read below for more:

(1) Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR): the organization recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono attorneys to provide pro bono representation for asylum seekers in Boston. Click here for more information.

(2) Community Legal Services and Counseling Center: The organization helps individuals apply for political asylum in the United States. Click here for more information.