Last night, law students, young attorneys, and recent graduates awaiting bar results gathered at 16 Beacon to learn how to get more involved in public service activities across Greater Boston. The meeting/information session allowed participants to meet the New Lawyers Public Service Committee Co-Chairs, Sara Farnum (Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General ) and Margaret Caulfield (Partners HealthCare), learn more about the New Lawyer’s public service calendar of events for the year, and ask questions about opportunities to gain more legal experience through pro bono work.
Beyond the Billable asked the co-chairs why New Lawyers should take the time to volunteer. Here’s what Sara Farnum (Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General ) had to say:
“Public service activities are a great way to get to know other members of the BBA, who are also members of your lawyer community in Boston. It is nice to have an excuse, once a month, to network with others in a different setting and also extremely rewarding to feel more connected to the areas we all work in. The public service activities that are planned in the New Lawyers Section of the BBA are often outside, on the weekends, involve minimal time commitment, and are fun! “
While the calendar is still being finalized, here is a look at some of the organizations and events you can volunteer with this year through the New Lawyers Section:
- The Franklin Park Clean Up
- Cradles to Crayons
- Toys for Tots
- The Charles River Clean Up
- Greater Boston Food Bank
Check back for more information on the events throughout the year.
The Environmental Law Pro Bono Committee and the New Lawyers Public Service Committee have been busy coordinating environmentally focused volunteer opportunities in honor of Earth Day last month. Twenty-one volunteers put on their work gloves to help remove debris and trash from the banks of the Charles River on April 27th for the 14th annual Charles River Clean Up. A week later, eight volunteers spent the morning of May 5th at the Gladeside Urban Wild, one of the largest undeveloped areas in Mattapan. Volunteers helped to maintain this open space by removing invasive plant species, preparing the land for future plantings, and performing spring cleaning.
Here’s a look at the two volunteer days:
For more upcoming weekend volunteer opportunities , please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for a fun, one-time volunteer opportunity on the weekend? Sign up for one of the BBA’s upcoming community service outings.
(1) Join the New Lawyers Section and the Environmental Law Section for the annual Charles River Clean Up this Saturday, April 20th from 9 am-12 pm. Last year, an estimated 15-20 tons of rubbish was collected from along the river and its surrounding area. Click here to register.
(2) Do you want to help alleviate hunger in Boston? Volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank on May 11th from 9:30 am-12 pm. Volunteers will work together as a team to inspect, sort and pack food and grocery products. Click here for more information.
(3) Clean up the Gladeside Urban Wild, one of the largest undeveloped areas in Mattapan, on Saturday, May 4th from 9 am-12 pm. Attendees will help to maintain this open space by removing invasive plant species and preparing the land for future plantings. Please email Jenny Rushlow at email@example.com for additional information.
(4) Get your hands dirty on Saturday, June 1st from 9:15 am-12:30 pm at the Food Project. Plant, harvest, and tend fresh vegetables for support hunger relief organization and local distribution. Click here to register.
For more information about these opportunities, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, April 21st, 25 volunteers organized by the BBA’s New Lawyers Section joined in an effort to clean up the banks of the Charles River. This event ties in with the BBA’s Task Force on Environmental Sustainability, a group charged with expanding the BBA’s public service capacity to include volunteer opportunities that benefit the environment. To read more about the work of the Task Force, please visit The Sustainable Lawyer, the BBA’s blog dedicated to issues of environmental sustainability.
The event, coordinated by the Charles River Watershed Association, marked the 13th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. It’s estimated that some 4,000 volunteers from Milford to Boston removed 15-20 tons of rubbish from alongside the River and the surrounding areas.