Issue September 2011

Squillante appointed to bar presidents' executive council

Massachusetts Bar Association immediate Past President Denise Squillante has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the executive council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, a voluntary association whose members include presidents, past presidents and presidents-elect of state and local bars. Squillante's term begins Sept. 1.

Squillante's Fall River practice concentrates on family law, corporate law, injury and estates and providing business and legal consulting services to corporations.

She is also immediate past president of the New England Bar Association, a member of the Bristol County Bar Association Executive Board, and a former president of the Fall River Bar Association.

At the MBA, Squillante has long been active in the Family Law Section and the House of Delegates. She was instrumental in establishing the General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section and efforts to assist lawyers who are transitioning in or out of practice. She is also a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow.

She is a Massachusetts delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, was co-chair of the joint MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force and a member of a legislative task force to study alimony created by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Squillante was a member of the Probate Court Scheduling Task Force, the MBA representative on the Equality Commission, a trustee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. and on the National Conference of Bar President's Program Committee and Membership Committee. She also took part in the Supreme Judicial Court's Steering Committee for Self-Represented Litigants Advisory Group.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Roger Williams University in 1980 and graduated magna cum laude from New England School of Law.

LSC names Broderick, Ryan to national Pro Bono Task Force

The Legal Services Corp. announced last month that it appointed Judge John T. Broderick Jr. (ret.) and Mary K. Ryan as members of its national Pro Bono Task Force, which will help develop additional resources to assist low-income Americans facing foreclosure, domestic violence and other civil legal problems.

More than four dozen people were appointed to the task force, including MBA members:

John T. Broderick Jr., dean and president of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He recently retired as chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and served for 10 years on the LSC board.

Mary K. Ryan, partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. She serves on the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service and is a past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit promotes equal access to justice and provides high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. About 95 percent of its annual appropriation from Congress is distributed as grants to 136 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

The task force will "identify and recommend to the board new and innovative ways in which to promote and enhance pro bono initiatives throughout the country, including urban areas, rural areas and areas with underserved populations."

"The Task Force's work is of critical importance," said John G. Levi, chairman of the LSC Board of Directors. "Studies have found that only a small fraction of low-income Americans receive the help of a lawyer in addressing their civil legal problems, and increasingly, individuals are having to handle their legal matters on their own. Although pro bono involvement has grown at LSC programs, we must do more to help ensure access to justice and the orderly functioning of the civil justice system."