October 05. 2020

WALK IN SOLIDARITY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE – PLEDGE CAMPAIGN NEWSLETTER

Greetings Volunteers!!!

We are very excited that you have agreed to accept the challenge. As previously noted, you will began to receive periodic information concerning upcoming programing to complete your pro bono and volunteer hours. The opportunities will also be available on all of the participating affinity bar organizations websites and/or newsletters.

Our pro bono and volunteer newsletters will be broken into three categories: (1) Active Pro Bono Assignments; (2) Upcoming Trainings; and (3) Future Programming. While not required, we strongly recommend that you partner with one of the leading organizations’ initiatives (MBLA, MAHA, MBWA, AALM, SABA GB, Mass LGBTQ Bar and WBA). All Pledge Hours must be completed by February 15, 2021. Because the opportunities are plentiful, we will provide only a brief description and a hyperlink to the respective event or organization to learn more.

As always, feel free to contact Stesha Emmanuel at president@mablacklawyers.org or info@mablacklawyers.org.

Please encourage your colleagues to join us. Additionally, if there are any pro bono opportunities coming on the horizon that you would like included, please let us know.

 

 

  1. ACTIVE PRO BONO ASSIGNMENTS

 

  1. MBLA and Lawyers Clearinghouse – CORI Sealing Clinic (10/22/2020)
    • Participants must participate in the training. We will provide another opportunity on a future date.
    • Once complete, attorneys will be assigned an individual to assist with sealing and/or expunging his or her record. Because of COVID-19, the number of individuals on unemployment assistance has skyrocketed. It is even more critical to assist those who are qualified to have their records sealed and/expunged to ensure that individuals are able to access the resources needed, including but not limited to housing.
    • Anticipated PB Hours: 6-8 Hours

 

  1. ACLU Public Records Request on Police Encounters and Racial Profiling (ongoing pro bono opportunity, no specific date)
    • The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (“ACLUM”) would like to request your help in a new project to use public records requests to gather data and policies from police departments in the Commonwealth that will inform the critical conversations regarding law enforcement that are happening throughout Massachusetts. ACLUM is collecting such data in order to analyze it for racial, gender, and other marked disparities and to make it publicly available. We have found, through our collection and analysis of the City of Boston’s Field Interrogation and Observation (FIO) Reports, that this type of data can lead to reforms in police departments and the criminal justice system. See Com. v. Warren, 475 Mass. 530,  539 (2016) (“the analysis of flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion calculus cannot be divorced from the findings in a recent Boston Police Department (department) report documenting a pattern of racial profiling of black males in the city of Boston”); see also id. at 539 n.13 (citing ACLUM report on Stop & Frisk data). ACLUM needs assistance in gathering this important information from additional jurisdictions through public records requests and potential litigation.
    • Please contact Jessie Rossman (jrossman@aclum.org) or Jessica Lewis (jlewis@aclum.org) directly if you would be willing to assist in this project by filing, on your or your firm’s behalf, a public records request with a designated police department and filing litigation as necessary to obtain records responsive to the request.
    • Anticipated PB Hours: 10 or more hours

 

  1. Family Law Project (Women Bar Foundation)
    • Over a two week period, the WBF is providing a comprehensive training for attorneys interested in assisting low-income survivors of domestic violence with family law matters. Once complete, you will be provided a case.
    • Please register at: http://bit.ly/FLPOct2020 or for more information, email Lola Remy at lremy@womensbar.org.
    • Monday, October 19 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Representing Domestic Violence Clients)
    • Wednesday, October 21st from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Intro to Probate & Family Court with COVID-19 Updates)
    • Friday, October 23rd from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Divorce Basics: Starting A Case)
    • Tuesday, October 27th from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Divorce Basics II: Heart of the Case)
    • Thursday, October 29th from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Divorce Basics III: Completing the Case)
    • Anticipated PB Hours: Varies, depends upon the selection of limited or full representation.

 

  1. Lawyers Committee Election Protection Coalition – Protect the Ballot on Election Day (November 3, 2020)

 

 

  1. UPCOMING TRAININGS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The following trainings will prepare you to work on active cases:

  1. MLRI Eviction Training

MLRI online eviction training which is a great opportunity to participate in an interactive basic training of summary process.

https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/mlri-launches-new-online-eviction-process-training-lawyer-day-volunteers-0

  1. Family Law and Guardianship Virtual Clinic – Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Clients are referred by the ERLI Call Center after proper qualification screening.

 

  1. Housing Lawyer for the Day – Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

 

Virtual Trainings

Consumer Training
VLP
0 hours 55 minutes
https://vimeo.com/432207657/4573666727

 

Consumer Clinic Training
VLP
0 hours 37 minutes
https://vimeo.com/457893533/4753d4e485

 

Family Law 101 Training
VLP
1 hour 39 minutes
https://vimeo.com/436417979/2466cb2712

 

Family Law 102 Training
VLP
1 hour 23 minutes
https://vimeo.com/434339816/a0f7adcb41

 

Family Law 103 Training (updated version, with Geraldine & Sarah)
VLP
1 hour 11 minutes
https://vimeo.com/432200398/e5a5539d05

 

Family Law 104 Training (updated version, with Geraldine & Sarah)
VLP
1 hour 20 minutes
https://vimeo.com/439376618/6b5da2fd46

 

Guardianship of Minors Training
VLP
1 hour 4 minutes
https://vimeo.com/437975022/bc0ecfa777

 

Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults Training
VLP
1 hour 50 minutes
https://vimeo.com/440323246/cf920b7570

 

Handling 209A Cases Training
VLP
2 hours
https://vimeo.com/445231274/3ade2edaf4

 

Housing Training
VLP
1 hour 19 minutes
https://vimeo.com/433715739/c2cffda35f

 

Landlord-Tenant Law Training
VLP
1 hour 24 minutes
https://vimeo.com/445668211/3075db668c

 

Unemployment Insurance Training
GBLS & VLP
3 hours 7 minutes
https://vimeo.com/429614517/c359aa946f

 

  • PROGRAMMING ON THE HORIZON

 

  1. MBLA Housing Eviction Day

 

  1. MBLA Boston Debate League Takeover

As the year continues, more opportunities to partner with our organizations and complete your Pledge Campaign Challenge will be provided.