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Gene O’Flaherty Talks Leadership with PILP Class

Gene O’Flaherty, the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, spoke with PILP 11 last week about leadership.

Gene O’Flaherty, the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, spoke with PILP 11 last week about leadership.

Last week, PILP 11 had the privilege to welcome the new Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston Eugene L. O’Flaherty to 16 Beacon Street. Counselor O’Flaherty took time to talk about his career path, professional goals as Corporation Counsel, and career tips.

Counselor O’Flaherty knows a thing or two about being a successful leader. He was appointed to the role of Corporation Counsel by Mayor Martin Walsh in February 2014 after serving 17 years  in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the Second Suffolk District and practicing law for 20 years. He was just 26 years old when he was elected to the House of Representatives, and he was re-elected by his district nine times.

He left the PILP class with a few leadership take-aways:

  1. Take your job seriously, but not necessarily yourself
  2. To succeed, you must be willing to outwork your competition
  3. Be involved in your community

Counselor O’Flaherty ended the meeting by encouraging the PILP class to become involved in our great city.

What is Leadership? PILP 11 Gets Breakdown from Seasoned Pro

Glenn Mangurian spoke with PILP 11 about the key components of leadership.

Glenn Mangurian spoke with PILP 11 about the key components of leadership.

Glenn Mangurian, Chairman of the Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB), recently visited with PILP 11 to discuss what he’s identified as the three main prongs of leadership: collaboration, finding your purpose, and self-awareness. When it comes to leadership, Glenn is a guy who knows what he’s talking about. He is a respected business leader with a 35-year track record in industry and management consulting.  He has worked with Global 500 business executives in North America and Europe on managing large scale change and performance improvement. In addition to his current role as Chairman of the Court Management Advisory Board, he continues to be active in consulting, speaking and coaching to business leaders. Mangurian also teaches leadership at the University of Massachusetts.

After having the opportunity to meet Glenn, Beyond the Billable checked in with the PILPers to hear about their experiences:Kumaraswami, Nita

“Listening to Glenn Mangurian talk is like a Rorschach test.  Each of us had such varied reactions.  It seems this is not at all unintentional.  One of his primary modules, after all, is self-awareness.  Becoming aware that my own responses differed from legitimate responses of my respected peers helped me to learn about them and myself, and ultimately will allow us to work together as a more productive team.”

Nita Kumaraswami, Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Schnedel, Sarah

“I enjoyed the discussions about what leadership traits we admire in others – it caused me to reflect on groups I have been in that have failed or succeed, and encouraged me to think about my own strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Additionally, Glenn’s lesson that purpose isn’t something that’s always easy to attain, but rather is the result of honest searching and the observation of others, was a great reminder.”

Sarah Schendel, Masferrer & Associates

 

To learn more about the Glenn, check out the BBA’s interview with him in our “Tipping the Scales” blog.

PILP 10’s Lasting Impact – the Court Service Center Project

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The PILP ’10 Class worked to develop materials for the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse’s Court Service Center to help bring further access to justice in Massachusetts.

Over the last several months, PILP 10 has been hard at work developing materials for the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse’s Court Service Center (CSC). The culmination of their hard work was a meeting last week with Judge Dina Fein (Massachusetts Housing Court, Western Division) and Access to Justice Coordinator Erika Rickard (the Massachusetts Trial Court) to discuss their project and to hear how the Commonwealth can best serve unrepresented litigants.

Before we get to that meeting, here’s a little background on PILP 10’s project. This class spent the past year drafting materials for the Edward W. Brooke Court Service Center (CSC). The CSC will have a grand opening later this summer. It was created with the hope of being a central court hub for self-represented litigants. Visitors to the Brooke Court can go to the CSC for clarification on forms needed for legal action, connection to existing legal and social services, and language translation assistance. The PILPers put together materials and resources to help the staff and volunteers most effectively serve self-represented litigants.

Additionally, as part of their project, the class will be hosting a brown bag program in September to discuss the workings of the CSC and how BBA members can get involved. Of course, Beyond the Billable will keep you up-to-date on program logistics.

At the meeting, the PILPers participated in a fruitful discussion about how the Commonwealth can best serve unrepresented litigants. Beyond the Billable caught up with a few members of the PILP class after the meeting to see how it went.  Here’s what they had to say:

“It was incredibly rewarding to hear about how our work has been utilized by the Court Services Center so far.  I also thought that Judge Fein and Erika Rickard were fantastic advocates for the CSC program and their enthusiasm made us all the more committed to support the new CSC and serve as a resource in any way we can.” — Caroline Simons, Fish & Richardson P.C.

“When our PILP class first engaged in the idea of assisting the first-ever Court Service Center in MA as our year’s PILP project, I don’t think we really grasped the impact that the CSC would have on people interacting with the court system. The CSC has only been open a few weeks, and it has already helped hundreds of people going through the Brooke Courthouse get answers to their questions. I hope PILP’s small contributions to assist the CSC get up and running will allow them to help even more people, and I hope our PILP class will stay involved with the CSC going forward.” –Merritt Dattel McGowan, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Stay tuned for more on PILP 10’s CSC project.

PILP 11 Gets BBA Breakdown

PILP 11 attended orientation last night and officially kicked off their year.

PILP 11 attended orientation last night and officially kicked off their year.

Last night, the sixteen newest members of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program visited 16 Beacon Street for their program orientation and kick-off reception. Past PILP’ers Chris Morrison (Jones Day) and John McBrine (Nutter McClennen and Fish LLP) walked the new class through the expectations and logistics of the program and elaborated on how to make a difference with their project.

Chris concluded the orientation by telling the group, “Every PILP class is different. The program is an evolving project of the BBA that changes based on prior class’s feedback. This class can shape its leadership experience, both as a group and as individuals.” He encouraged each class member to not be a class member who disappears and to “be present and take advantage of your BBA leadership opportunity.”

Take a look below for highlights from the orientation and reception:

Jonathan Handler (Day Pitney LLP) and PILPer David Lieberman (Day Pitney LLP)

Jonathan Handler (Day Pitney LLP) and PILPer David Lieberman (Day Pitney LLP)

 

PILPER Jenevieve Maerker (Foley Hoag, LLP) with BBA Council Member Paul Cushing (Partners HealthCare)

PILPer Jenevieve Maerker (Foley Hoag, LLP) with BBA Council Member Paul Cushing (Partners HealthCare)

PILPER Rochelle Meddoff (State Street Global Advisors) and PILP Alum Jesse Redlener (Dalton & Finegold, LL)

PILPER Rochelle Meddoff (State Street Global Advisors) and PILP Alum Jesse Redlener (Dalton & Finegold, LLP)

 

To meet our impressive new PILP class, click here!

BBA Launches Subcommittee to Improve Delivery of Legal Services to Human Trafficking

Last June lawyers filled the BBA's conference center to learn about human trafficking. In an effort to continue the conversation, the BBA has created a new Human Trafficking Subcommittee.

Last June, lawyers filled the BBA’s conference center to learn about human trafficking. In an effort to continue the conversation, the BBA has created a new Human Trafficking Subcommittee.

Did you know that January has been proclaimed National Human Trafficking Awareness Month?  In acknowledgement of that, we’re calling your attention to a new BBA subcommittee launched this month with an overarching mission of assessing and improving the delivery of legal services to victims of human trafficking in the Greater Boston region.  Over the next few months the subcommittee will work on establishing goals and prioritizing projects, with a specific focus on working in collaboration with, and support of the myriad other efforts in the field.

So why the new subcommittee? As our readers might remember, we published a post last June about the successful Human Trafficking Symposium hosted by the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program. That event, “Human Trafficking: A Call to Action,”  drew a crowd of over 125 professionals to the BBA headquarters where speakers gave a snapshot of the legal, law enforcement, and community-based work being done to combat the crime within the Commonwealth.

The BBA has continued to explore issues surrounding human trafficking in the time since the success of Symposium and strongly believes the BBA, and its qualified and focused Human Trafficking Committee are uniquely positioned to impact the delivery of legal services to human trafficking victims.

Alec Zadek and Erin Albright have been selected to lead the committee as Co-Chairs. Alec is an associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C., where he represents victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking through Mintz Levin’s various pro bono initiatives.  Erin is the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at the International Institute of New England and the Regional Program Director for the private operating foundation Give Way to Freedom.  Her work focuses on coordinating a network of service providers to provide comprehensive services to survivors of trafficking, and working with multidisciplinary teams to improve collaboration.

Stay tuned to Beyond the Billable for information on how you can be involved in supporting survivors of human trafficking.

PILPers talk Public Service with Chief Judge Patti Saris

The 2012-2013 PILP Class met with Judge Patti Saris, Chief Judge for the District of Massachusetts, to discuss public service work in the legal field.

The 2012-2013 PILP Class met with Judge Patti Saris, Chief Judge for the District of Massachusetts, to discuss public service work in the legal field.

Guest Blogger: Jacquelyn Burke, PILP10 Class Member

Last Tuesday, January 21, the 2013-14 PILP class met with Judge Patti Saris, Chief Judge for the District of Massachusetts, in the Judges’ Dining Room at the Moakley Courthouse. The fact that it was one of the coldest and snowiest nights of the winter was no deterrent to Judge Saris, who came early and stayed late, engaging us in a lively discussion of the state of the legal profession for young attorneys, among other challenging topics. BBA President Paul Dacier was in attendance and also provided insights into how young attorneys can give back through legal work.

During the course of the 14-month PILP program, the PILP Fellows spend a lot of time asking questions. We’ve had a series of leaders from the legal community speak to us (including, for example, Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Ralph Ganz and Maura Healey, currently a candidate for Attorney General) and we’ve tried to ferret out from them what they think the unmet needs are in the city and state that the legal community can help to serve. At the dinner with Judge Saris, it was interesting to have the tables turned, as she peppered us with questions about our individual practices and goals, our recently announced Court Service Center Project, and what we thought the pressing issues were for young attorneys today.

Many of us agreed that unemployment among younger attorneys was a constant topic of conversation among our cohort. Even for the employed, career paths can seem uncertain with all the turmoil in the marketplace, and the hands on experience necessary to master important legal skills, particularly courtroom skills, can be elusive. This was true both in private practice and for those who work in the public interest, where budgets change unpredictably from year to year and much of the energy that could be spent on providing legal services is instead spent on fundraising. Judge Saris explained that things were not so different from her perspective on the bench, noting that it had been a full year since she presided over a trial and that cases are now litigated largely on the papers. She and her peers are concerned that young lawyers are not coming through their courtrooms and practicing their skills, and that the bench and the bar will mix less and less if this trend continued. There is also a concern that younger attorneys are not attracted to serving on the bench for various reasons, including salary and lack of exposure to the courtroom. Under Judge Saris’s leadership, the District Court, along with the BBA has begun several initiatives designed to integrate young lawyers into the life of the court, which will be made public as they are finalized.

Judge Saris also spoke about her important work on the United States Sentencing Commission, which is addressing the issue of the length of mandatory minimum sentences for drug commissions, and about other milestones in her long career in public service, including a stint as the Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts. In all, despite the weather outside, we had an inspiring evening hearing about Judge Saris’s commitment to public service, which can serve as a model to PILPers and all young attorneys who would like to give back.

The BBA is currently accepting applications for the PILP class beginning in May 2014. The application deadline is February 14th. More information on PILP and the application process is available here. Please email Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at shelm@bostonbar.org with any questions.

Five Alumni Share What it Means to be a Public Interest Leader

PILP alumni share their experiences in the program and answer questions from interested participants.

PILP alumni shared their experiences in the program and answered questions from interested participants.

Last night, nearly 40 attorneys visited 16 Beacon Street to hear from five successful alumni of the BBA Public Interest Leadership Program offer insight into the program and the application process, answer questions from the audience, and reflect on their past experience.

Panelists included:

Moderator: Chris Morrison – Partner, Jones Day
PILP 05-06

Darren Braham – Associate, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
PILP 2010-11

Samantha Morton – Executive Director, Medical Legal Partnership | Boston (MLP | Boston)
PILP 04-05

Suleyken Walker – Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
PILP 07-08

Raquel Webster – Senior Counsel, National Grid
PILP 2012-13

If the credentials of our expert panel weren’t enough to convince you to consider PILP, check out these five takeaways from their discussion:

  1. PILP gives each participant a voice and the ability to really give back. PILP is all about working together to navigate the organization and get something done.
  2. PILP is one of the most valuable tools for networking and meeting people in the profession.
  3. In addition to being a major entryway into leadership at the BBA, participation in PILP makes you especially aligned for other leadership opportunities outside of the BBA, particularly nonprofit board service.
  4. PILP steers your career in new and exciting directions and connects you to job opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to.
  5. PILP is the ultimate resume builder.

The BBA will be accepting applications to PILP through February 14th for the class beginning in May. More information on PILP and the application process is available here. Please email Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at shelm@bostonbar.org with any questions on PILP.

3 Reasons You Should Apply to be a BBA Public Interest Leader

The PILP Class of 2013 had the opportunity to network, develop leadership skills, and organize meaningful projects on community reentry and human trafficking during their year.

The PILP Class of 2013 had the opportunity to network, develop leadership skills, and organize meaningful projects on community reentry and human trafficking during their year.

Today, the BBA began recruiting applicants for another class of Public Interest Leaders. Beyond the Billable compiled the top 3 reasons why you should consider applying:

1) Engage with Leaders in the Profession:

PILP gives you the opportunity to meet and connect with prominent leaders in the profession that you otherwise would not encounter. PILP is designed to connect emerging leaders with leaders in government, legal services and through the Boston legal community to discuss and address the most pressing issues facing our society. In doing so, you will connect with like-minded peers early in your career — who will become colleagues, collaborators, and friends.

2) Develop Leadership Skills:

PILP gives you the professional and leadership development tools and contacts that will be instrumental in your career. PILP sets the stage for other types of valuable leadership roles, both at the BBA and elsewhere. As a member of PILP you’ll join a powerful alumni network of lawyer leaders who by their actions demonstrate that part of being a successful lawyer is giving back to the community.

3) Launch a Program that Serves the Community:

PILP is more than just leadership, it’s about taking action. This program gives you the opportunity to develop and launch your own initiative that addresses the goals of the PILP class and the BBA. After meeting with leaders from all areas of Boston’s public service landscape, PILPers design and implement their own project with maximum impact to be executed during their PILP year.

To learn more about PILP, attend the upcoming information session being held on Monday, January 13th at 4:00pm at the BBA. Registration and more information is available here.

The BBA is currently accepting applications for the PILP class of 2014. The application deadline is February 14th. More information on PILP and the application process is available here. Please email Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at shelm@bostonbar.org with any questions on PILP.

The New Year Means New Reasons to Give Back

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program is one way to give back in 2014.

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program is one way to give back in 2014.

Is your New Year’s resolution to get more involved in the community this year? Beyond the Billable is here to help. Take a look at this list of upcoming public service trainings and events during the month of January to get you started:

Representing Clients Pursuing Unemployment Benefits
Thursday, January 9, 2014 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The BBA is partnering with the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Greater Boston Legal Services to train attorneys of all experience levels to provide pro bono representation to clients who are pursuing unemployment benefits.

Public Interest Leadership Program Information Session
Monday, January 13, 2014 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Are you an up-and-coming leader in the legal community or in the BBA? Interested in connecting with other civically engaged lawyer leaders? Come learn more about the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program and how to apply.

M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program Training Session
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with students, don’t miss the upcoming M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Training. After completing this training, volunteers go into high schools and educate students about the importance of making smart financial decisions. Each class is designed to last approximately one hour and you can sign up for a time and location that works best for you.

Limited Assistance Representation Training and Breakout Sessions
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Come to the annual LAR certification training to learn the basics of going into court for a single event in a case. After the main training, you can choose to attend a breakout session on LAR in the Boston Municipal Court or the Housing Court. Are you already certified? Just sign up for one of the breakout sessions.

PILPers Celebrate Success of Community Reentry Readiness

Judge Sorokin, PILP members Chris Saccardi, Raquel Webster, Emily Hodge, Eric Haskell, Julia Devanthéry, Brendan St. Amant, and Judge Hennessey.

Judge Sorokin, PILP members Chris Saccardi, Raquel Webster, Emily Hodge, Eric Haskell, Julia Devanthéry, Brendan St. Amant, and Judge Hennessey.

As our readers know, the BBA’s Public Interest Leaders have been hard at work this year carrying out a pilot Community Reentry Readiness series for federal probationers at the US District Court. Last night, PILP 9 hosted a reception to thank program stakeholders, BBA leadership and committees, volunteers, and PILP alumni who helped get this unique collaboration between the BBA and the District Court of Massachusetts off the ground.

The BBA is especially thankful to the federal judges who oversee the CARE and RESTART programs and worked closely with PILP to ensure the success of this initiative. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman, Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin and Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessey agree that the pilot program was a success for the court and the probationers alike. Here’s what they had to say about their partnership with the BBA:

The Court was very pleased with the first year of PILP’s Community Reentry Readiness program. Our participants benefited enormously from the workshops which were both relevant to their lives, and oriented towards building practical problem-solving skills. The participants rated the program highly, saying things like: ‘It really made you look at life differently,’ and  ‘I loved that the program not only gave us a lot of useful information but they provided us with resources and packets to take home so we could go over for further review.’  The Court is looking forward to working with the BBA to ensure that future reentry court participants have access to this empowering and enriching program.” –U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman, Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin and Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessey.

Beyond the Billable thanks PILP 9 for their leadership in successfully launching the Community Reentry Readiness program and helping the BBA expand our reach. Contact Susan Helm at shelm@bostonbar.org with questions about PILP.