June was a big month for the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). on Tuesday, June 28th, the PILP 2015-16 (PILP 12) Class hosted The Boston Bar Association’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Symposium.
Earlier in the month, on Wednesday, June 22nd, an orientation was held for the newest PILP Class (PILP 13). Spearheaded by the PILP 12 Class, a gathering of many of the 153 program alumni took place immediately following the orientation.
For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we reached out to PILP alumni to ask:
“How has PILP impacted you?”
Christopher Saccardi – The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi
“I found my participation in PILP to be very rewarding, both personally and professionally. I enjoyed working closely with a diverse group of attorneys whom I would likely not otherwise have gotten to know. I am still in touch with many members of my former PILP class and find them to be good friends, helpful for discussing legal questions, and a value source of referrals. I also learned a lot about the BBA as a PILPer and have found its resources and staff to be very helpful to me in my own practice. Finally, I very much enjoyed the sessions we had with leaders of the Boston legal community, such as Chief Justice Gants and Attorney General Healey.”
Katherine Fick – IBM
“Being connected with a group of young lawyers who shared an interest in public service in the early days of my career was pivotal, as was learning from the more established lawyers we met with. It encouraged a broader perspective on what’s possible, and that has led to unexpected places. (By way of example, I [participated in] a training exercise in a remote part of Texas . . . in connection with ShelterBox, a disaster relief nonprofit I volunteer with. Heading to, e.g., Africa and South America to help with flood relief was not something I would have predicted ten years ago, but PILP helped encourage the unpredictable.)”
David McGowan – Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
“I appreciated forming lasting relationships with other attorneys who were committed to their fields of expertise, but also committed to serving the broader community in ways both large and small.”
Katherine Schulte – Casa Myrna
“PILP has been all about making connections. It was my first real inroad into the BBA community, which has led to many rewarding opportunities. But I’m also really grateful for the relationships I made with my PILP 10 classmates. They are bright, compassionate, ambitious, and really fun people who I continue to see in both professional and personal circles. I am fortunate to have made those connections through PILP.”
Julia Devanthéry – Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
“I continue to work on the Community Reentry Readiness education program that my PILP class established with the District Court of Massachusetts. The program provides know-your-rights civil legal trainings to individuals leaving incarceration to support their community reentry. The program is now in its third year and has provided empowering information and resources to hundreds of people facing many difficult challenges in finding housing, obtaining subsistence income, seeking employment, restoring their driver’s license, managing child support obligations and debt. Participating in this program has been so fulfilling for me. It has allowed me to stay in touch with some of my PILP classmates, and connect with other BBA members who are interested in criminal justice reform movements.”
If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].