Night at WBZ Radio highlights lawyers as ‘caretakers’

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Members answer calls for Ask A Lawyer, Sheff promotes MBA on ‘NightSide’
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Top: Incoming President Douglas K. Sheff discusses MBA initiatives as guest on WBZ Radio’s "NightSide with Dan Rea." Middle (from left to right): An MBA volunteer attorney answers a legal question during the Aug. 14 Ask A Lawyer call-in program. Sheff (left) speaks with WBZ's Dan Rea. Bottom: Eight MBA volunteer lawyers staffed the MBA/WBZ Ask A Lawyer program, answering calls on a variety of legal topics. Photos by Jason Scally and Claudia Staten.

The Massachusetts Bar Association shined a light on some of the good work that lawyers do to support the public during a successful night at WBZ News Radio 1030.

On Aug. 14, MBA 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. Eight volunteer lawyers staffed the Ask A Lawyer hotline from 7 to 9 p.m., answering calls on topics ranging from divorce and child support to employment law, Social Security disability benefits and consumer issues.

During the second hour, MBA President-elect Douglas K. Sheff helped promote Ask A Lawyer as a guest on WBZ Radio's "NightSide with Dan Rea." Sheff discussed the MBA's Working Families, Consumer Advocacy and Justice for All initiatives. He also touted several other MBA programs that help to support Massachusetts communities, including the Lawyer Referral Service, Dial-A-Lawyer, and the association's legislative advocacy.

By the end of the interview, which included questions from outside callers, Sheff told Rea that he hoped the public had a better understanding of lawyers as "caretakers," rather than "takers."

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

Special thanks to WBZ News Radio 1030, Dan Rea and the staff of WBZ Call For Action for supporting Ask A Lawyer. 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.