Monthly Archives: October 2013

Charitable Board Program Packs the House

Lawyers attended a free CLE to learn how to find charitable board opportunities and key information they need to know to be an effective board member.

Lawyers attended a free CLE to learn how to find charitable board opportunities and  to learn about key information they need to know to be an effective board member.

This morning, more than 100 attorneys interested in joining charitable boards filled the BBA’s conference center and tuned in online for the Tax Exempt Organizations Section’s Charitable Board Program. This annual CLE, originally created as a project of the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP), featured two all-star panels ready to provide helpful tips for finding board opportunities and an overview of the legal, financial, and compliance information necessary for becoming an effective board member.

Beyond the Billable asked Nora Mann, Assistant Attorney General of the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and moderator for panel one, why lawyers are uniquely qualified to serve on boards. Here’s what she had to say:

“Lawyers can offer many things apart from legal advice to a board. They’re analytical and generally not afraid to speak their minds. And lawyers tend to want to work hard and keep learning and participation or service on a charitable board is perfect for that.”

Nevertheless, she also stressed both the awards and commitments that come along with the decision to become a board member.

“I hope that lawyers came away with a sense that board service is hard and rewarding – that it’s not a throw-away, it’s not simply charity, but its support for a vital, growing economic sector and is a tremendous opportunity to anyone.”

If you missed the program but want to learn more, contact Kristen White, CLE Manager, at kwhite@bostonbar.org to find out how you can watch the program online.

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Community Reentry Readiness Program Tackles Topic of Employment

Alida Bográn-Acosta (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.) and Allyson Kurker (Kurker Paget LLC) presented the last Community Reentry Readiness session on employment law to probationers at the Federal Court yesterday.

Alida Bográn-Acosta (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.) and Allyson Kurker (Kurker Paget LLC) presented the last Community Reentry Readiness session on employment law to probationers at the Federal Court yesterday.

Yesterday at the Federal courthouse, BBA volunteers and employment law specialists Alida Bográn-Acosta (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.) and Allyson Kurker (Kurker Paget LLC) assisted PILP 9 by delivering an informative presentation on employment law basics — a particularly important issue to the probationers. With 21 probationers in attendance, Alida and Allyson answered countless questions that the group brought to the table.

This presentation was the 7th and final module in the pilot series. Next month, PILP 9 will meet with the probationers from the CARE and RESTART programs for an informal discussion intended to gather feedback on the 7 pilot lessons. Stay tuned for updates.

Pro Bono Month Kicks Off With Full Calendar of Events

The Pro Bono Fair, organized by Suffolk Law School and the BBA, is one of the events you can participate in during Pro Bono Month.

The Pro Bono Fair, organized by Suffolk Law School and the BBA, is one of the events you can participate in during Pro Bono Month.

Yesterday marked the first day of Pro Bono Month, 31 days committed to expanding access to legal services. Governor Patrick typically issues a proclamation, but odds are he is a little preoccupied right now (click here to see last year’s proclamation). If you are looking to dive into pro bono and public service work this month, take a look at this calendar that the BBA put together to highlight some upcoming opportunities. This calendar features events, trainings, and volunteer opportunities at the BBA and BBF grantee organizations.

Be sure to check back with Beyond the Billable for event updates and follow-ups throughout the month.