Pro Bono Month Events Calendar

In accordance with the BBA resolution recognizing the importance of October as Pro Bono Month, the BBA has an entire month of Pro Bono Activities planned. Below you can find a list of the BBA events as well as other events around town celebrating Pro Bono Month.

President Obama’s Champions of Change Event
October 13, 2011, 2 – 3:30 PM
Location:  Suffolk University Law School, Barristers Hall, Boston University School of Law 
Law schools across the country have been invited to participate in President Obama’s Champions of Change event, a national, on-line conversation among law students and faculty, public service lawyers, and Attorney General Eric Holder.  The program seeks to get thousands of future agents of legal change talking about what lawyers can do to close the justice gap. Both Suffolk Law and BU Law are participating in the program.

Northeastern University School of Law Public Interest Requirement Meeting
October 17, 2011, 12 – 1 PM
Location:  Room 97 Cargill, Northeastern University School of Law
This meeting is for first year students to explain the school’s public interest requirement. This event is only open to members of the Northeastern University community.  

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association Reception
October 17, 2011,  5 – 7 PM
Location:  Boston Bar Association
Join VLP for a pro bono month Celebration and: renew your commitment to using your legal skills to help those in need; hear from volunteer attorneys, mentors, and clients; make a video statement about why you do pro bono work; recruit a friend or colleague to volunteer and win a prize; learn about pro bono opportunities that meet your interests, experience level, and schedule; find out about Senior Partners for Justice from founder Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg (Ret.); and much more.  Refreshments will be served. 

Webcast: Strategic Collaborations in Pro Bono Service Among Non-Profits, In-House Counsel and Law Firms
October 20, 2011, 1 - 2 PM
Sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, David P. Hackett, Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP and Editor of Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel: Strategies and Perspectives, and Madeleine Schachter, Partner/Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Baker & McKenzie LLP, will give a one-hour briefing about engaging in strategic collaborations in pro bono service.

Senior Partners for Justice – Training for Guardianship Report Monitoring Project Volunteers
October 20, 2011, 4 – 6 PM
Location:  MCLE Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston, MA
The new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC), which went into effect in 2009, includes provisions designed to protect vulnerable citizens under guardianship. Under the MUPC, guardians of adult incapacitated persons must file an initial Care Plan with the court within 60 days after the guardianship appointment and Annual Reports thereafter. The Probate and Family Court is committed to reviewing these reports and has turned to Senior Partners for Justice to help with this important work. Specifically, the Court has sought volunteers from Senior Partners to serve as Judicial Designees to assist in the review of these Care Plans and Annual Reports.

Exploring Legal Services Panel, co-sponsored by the Boston Bar Association
October 24, 2011, 3 – 4 PM
Location:  Faculty Dining Room, 4th Floor, Suffolk University Law School
Attorneys working in legal services careers will discuss different ways in which public interest students can pursue careers in legal aid.  Co-sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and the Victim Rights Law Center.

Boston Bar Association Program: Trying a Case in Boston Housing Court 
October 24, 2011, 3 – 6 PM
Location:  Boston Bar Association
The Volunteer Lawyer Project, in partnership with the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, will be having a training on "trying a case in Boston Housing Court." The esteemed panel includes the Honorable Jeffrey Winik, First Judge of the Boston Housing Court, Chris Saccardi, the Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi, and Maria Theophilis, Broderick, Bancroft & Goldberg. There is no cost for the training for attorneys who agree to take a housing case from the VLP on a pro bono basis.

Pro Bono Program Challenge
October 25, 2011, All Day
Location:  Suffolk University Law School
Students will have the opportunity to sign up for Suffolk University Law School’s Pro Bono Program.  Enrolling in the program allows students to stay connected to a wide range of pro bono opportunities. This event is only open to members of the Suffolk Law community. 

Webcast: Serving Those Who Serve Us Most: An Overview of Key Legal Issues Facing Veterans Who Are Homeless.
October 25, 2011, 3 – 5 PM
Participants will review key legal issuing impacting homeless veterans.  In addition to giving an overview of national resources, the program will focus on community education outreach efforts.  Finally, the program will also explore issues of cultural competency in this area of the law - e.g. how to work with clients suffering from PSTD.

Seeds of Peace Week Long Program Led by Barbara Gottschalk
October 25, 2011, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Location:  335 Shillman Hall, Northeastern University Law School
A week long program led by Barbara “Bobbie” Gottschalk, the co-founder of Seeds of Peace, an organization founded in 1993 dedicated to providing young people from conflict regions with the skills to become future leaders, with goals of advancing reconciliation and coexistence.  This week long program will include a series of panel discussions open only to members of the Northeastern University community. The panels will focus on a range of topics including immigrant communities and policies and concepts of violence, conflict, resolution, and peace studies.

A Civil Gideon: The Challenge of Extending the Right to a Lawyer
October 26, 2011, 12 – 1 PM
Location:  Austin Hall, Room 100 (Austin North), Harvard Law School 
Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of New York’s highest court, will discuss the challenges that advocates face in extending the right to a lawyer, and why access to justice is a requisite of our judicial system.  The talk is sponsored by the American Constitution Society.  

The John Adams and John Quincy Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
October 26, 2011, 4 PM
Location:  John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston 
Annual awards ceremony to honor individual lawyers, law firms, government attorneys, corporate law department and other institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

Pro Bono Fair for Attorneys and Law Students, co-sponsored by the Boston Bar Association
October 26, 2011, 5 – 7 PM
Location:  First Floor Function Room, Suffolk University Law School
The Rappaport Center and the Boston Bar Association are co-sponsoring a pro bono fair where Boston-area agencies will be available to speak with law students and lawyers about volunteer opportunities.  This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about the vast array of pro bono opportunities in the Boston community and to get involved. 

Boston Bar Association Program: Strategies, Rights, & Remedies for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence 
October 28, 2011, 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Location: Boston Bar Association
Join the Immigration Section for a panel discussion about the unique challenges in the representation of noncitizen survivors of domestic violence. Panelists will discuss how to identify survivors, client counseling strategies, and remedies, including the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U-Visas, and T-Visas, which offer pathways to status for this vulnerable population.

Boston University School of Law Pro Bono Expo
October 28, 2011, 1 – 2 PM
Location:  Barristers Hall, Boston University School of Law
This informal table-talk provides an opportunity for students to learn more about pro bono opportunities and Boston area organizations.