In response to an appeal from the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Bar Association President J.D. Smeallie announced on Monday, April 22, that the Boston Bar Association will begin compiling a list of volunteer lawyers ready, able and willing to assist small, independent businesses directly affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon finish line.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino stated: "Boston is a resilient city, and our citizens are determined to recover from this tragedy. A crucial piece of that recovery is ensuring the economic health of the Back Bay. The help of Boston Bar Association members will go a long way in making it as easy as possible for affected businesses to rebuild and reopen. We are grateful to the BBA for lending support to our business community, and we look forward to partnering with them as we move Boston forward."
President Smeallie said, "The BBA is on standby, ready to support our city in its time of need. Based on what the City of Boston has told us, small business owners in the Back Bay may face legal issues involving insurance claims, the interruption of their business activities, possible relocation, and employee matters. We are committed to helping these businesses get back on their feet."
The BBA anticipates needing volunteer lawyers with experience in insurance, labor and employment, and relocation issues. Prospective volunteer lawyers should contact Katie D'Angelo at Kdangelo@bostonbar.org or (617) 778-1914.