Boston legal community looks to raise $1 million for Pine Street Inn

Issue July 2013

A group of Boston attorneys is spearheading an effort to fund the acquisition and renovation of a building to move long-time homeless men and women off the streets and out of temporary shelters. Massachusetts Bar Association member Patrick T. Jones, of Cooley Manion Jones LLP, is leading the effort to raise $1 million from the Boston legal community for this special housing initiative.

"This house will serve as a tangible, lasting demonstration of the legal community's commitment to improving the lives of these individuals and to being a part of the solution to homelessness in the City of Boston," said Jones, who is a Pine Street Board member. "I hope every attorney who hears about this project will support Pine Street's work."

Pine Street is working to transition long-term, chronically homeless men and women-those who have been homeless literally for years-into permanent housing by increasing the accessibility and availability of permanent, stable and safe housing. Pine Street currently supports more than 760 formerly homeless individuals in permanent housing.

To date, gifts and pledges to the Boston Lawyers House Project total close to $500,000. Fundraising will continue through spring 2014, and all firms, companies and attorneys who contribute to this project will be recognized on a plaque in the building funded through this community collaboration.

Visit to make a gift in support of this effort. Please indicate "Boston Lawyers House Project" in the notes section.

MBA members who are leading this effort as Pine Street Inn board members and community leaders include:

  • Megan N. Gates, of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC;
  • Patrick T. Jones, Cooley Manion Jones LLP;
  • Leo V. Boyle, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC;
  • John J. Carroll Jr., Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC;
  • Lawrence S. DiCara, Nixon Peabody LLP; and
  • Camille Sarrouf Sr., Sarrouf Law LLP.