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
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,
- Mary K.Y. Lee, Law Office of Mary K.Y. Lee,
- Francis K. Morris, Law Office of Francis K.
Morris, Brookline Village
- James F. Norton, Law Office of James F.
- Stuart I. Rosnick, Law Office of Stuart I.
- 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.