Members answer the call(s) for Ask A Lawyer

Issue September 2013 By Jason M. Scally

Massachusetts Bar Association members offered free legal advice to more than 120 Massachusetts residents through Ask A Lawyer, a call-in program presented jointly by the MBA and WBZ Call For Action on Aug. 14.

Eight volunteer lawyers took phone calls on the Ask A Lawyer hotline from 7 to 9 p.m., answering questions on topics ranging from divorce and child support to landlord-tenant, employment law, Social Security disability benefits and consumer issues. Staff from the MBA and WBZ Call For Action also helped facilitate calls.

MBA member Richard A. Sugarman, who volunteered for the second year in a row, said call-in programs like Ask A Lawyer increase access to legal advice for those who need it. "It is a great way to help a large of number of people in a short period of time," he said.

During the second hour, MBA President Douglas K. Sheff helped promote Ask A Lawyer as a guest on WBZ News Radio's "NightSide with Dan Rea." (See below, "Sheff goes 'NightSide' to promote lawyers.") Sheff's appearance rounded out an overall successful night for the MBA at WBZ News Radio 1030.

Thank you to the following MBA members who volunteered and answered calls during the Ask A Lawyer event:

  • Kwadwo Frimpong, Fidelity Investments, Boston
  • Mary K.Y. Lee, Law Office of Mary K.Y. Lee, Boston
  • Francis K. Morris, Law Office of Francis K. Morris, Brookline Village
  • James F. Norton, Law Office of James F. Norton, Braintree
  • Stuart I. Rosnick, Law Office of Stuart I. Rosnick, Salem
  • Samuel Adam Segal, Breakstone, White & Gluck, PC, Boston
  • J. Daniel Silverman, J. Daniel Silverman, Attorney at Law, Wakefield
  • Richard A. Sugarman, Boston Medical Center, Office of the General Counsel, Boston

The MBA and WBZ Call for Action revived the Ask A Lawyer program last year. It had been a regular program from 1978 until 2005. WBZ Call For Action, in existence for 42 years, is a non-profit telephone information, referral and action service dedicated to resolving people's problems. A free service, it is a member of the national organization, Call For Action, Inc.