MBA holds second Marathon Bombing Dial-A-Lawyer

Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013
Volunteer to offer legal assistance to Boston Marathon bombing victims
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Volunteer attorneys answer calls from Boston Marathon bombing victims on May 30. Photos by Carol Fee.

The Massachusetts Bar Association hosted its second Marathon Bombing Dial-A-Lawyer on Wednesday, May 30, offering marathon victims an opportunity to speak to volunteer attorneys from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"The horrible series of events has had an impact on many," said MBA Secretary Martha Rush O'Mara. "One way to assist victims is by offering my time and legal expertise. Sometimes time is just as valuable as a monetary contribution."

The MBA is also seeking attorneys who are available to take a case pro bono, if called upon. The MBA anticipates that there will likely be a need for legal help in the areas of housing, disability claims, workers' compensation, employment and insurance.

"As a lawyer in Boston, I felt that sharing my legal knowledge and assistance was something useful I could do professionally for those people injured at the marathon," said Thomas J. Barbar, the chair of the MBA's Law Practice Management Section. "I couldn't think of a better way to do so than through an organized professional association with experience in these matters, such as the Massachusetts Bar Association."

In addition to directly helping the victims, the MBA has been advocating in public and private discourses for The One Fund to extend its application deadline. Recent coverage of the MBA's efforts can be seen in the Boston Globe and New York Times.

"The measure of a successful charity is one that responds quickly but excludes no worthy and needy person based upon an arbitrary deadline. It is only right that late but worthy claims be accepted as long as there is any money remaining in the fund. Let us try to make sure that in our rush to aid the victims we do not leave any behind," said the MBA in a "Letter to the Editor," that ran in the Boston Globe this week.

The MBA thanks its May 30 Marathon Bombing Dial-A-Lawyer attorney volunteers:

  • Daryl Abbas;
  • Thomas Barbar;
  • Bethany Bartlett;
  • Robert Carney;
  • Susan Cohen;
  • Jackie Cowin;
  • Kwadwo Frimpong;
  • David Hass;
  • James Jacobson;
  • Katherine Kenney;
  • Martha Rush O'Mara;
  • Samuel Segal; and
  • Diane Swiercznski.