The BBF maintains several Special Funds, established in honor of a particular person who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community, or to provide significant support for part of the Boston Bar Foundation’s mission and work.
M. Ellen Carpenter Fund
The M. Ellen Carpenter Fund was established in 2007 to support BBA public service programs that focus on mentoring and creating opportunities for the enrichment of Boston’s youth.
The Carpenter Fund was established through the Boston Bar Foundation to support the public service programs of the Boston Bar Association that focus on mentoring young people and that fulfill Ellen Carpenter’s vision of creating opportunities for the personal and professional enrichment of Boston’s youth.
Donations to the M. Ellen Carpenter Memorial Fund will be used to support the public service programs of the Boston Bar Association that focus on mentoring Boston’s young people and creating opportunities for their personal and professional enrichment. The Fund has traditionally supported fellowships for Boston public school students to participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program – working in public sector and/or non-profit legal offices. The Fund may also support other initiatives of the Boston Bar Association that serve the needs of the young people of Boston, under the direction of the Boston Bar Association Public Service Committee and the Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.
About M. Ellen Carpenter
In December 2006, M. Ellen Carpenter, a very distinguished and beloved member of the legal community passed away. Ellen was the first bankruptcy lawyer to serve as President of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), and was also a committed member of the Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. She was a member of the American College of Bankruptcy and a former Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. Ellen’s commitment to her profession and to the community, especially Boston’s children and youth, were legendary. She was a driving force behind the creation of a Financial Literacy Program established for teens by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the BBA, and also a passionate advocate for the BBA Summer Jobs Program, believing that it provided important opportunities for youth, while helping to expand the pipeline of lawyers of color entering the legal profession.
The Joan B. Di Cola Fund
The Joan B. DiCola Fund was established in 2015 to support Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers.
The Joan B. DiCola Fund was established in 2015 to support Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers, especially those that focus on training new lawyers, integrating law students into the bar, and providing funding for speakers, particularly government officials.
About Joan B. DiCola
Ms. DiCola was highly regarded as a solo practitioner in Boston, specializing in estate planning, probate and tax matters. She was engaged with the Boston Bar Association’s work for decades and was particularly passionate about educational initiatives.
Ms. DiCola oversaw, contributed to, and participated in countless educational programs at the BBA and throughout the legal community. She dedicated her time to numerous BBA committees – including the Education Committee – and served as Co-Chair of the Estate Planning Committee of the Trusts & Estates Section. The establishment of the Joan B. DiCola Fund for educational initiatives reflects her impressive commitment to continuing education in the legal profession.
Francis S. Moran Fund
The Francis S. Moran, Jr. Fund was established in 2002 to help support and implement the goals and objectives of the BBA’s former Children and Youth Outreach Project.
The Francis S. Moran, Jr. Fund was established in 2002 to help support and implement the goals and objectives of the BBA’s former Children and Youth Outreach Project. Today, the Moran Fund supports programs like the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program, which brings lawyer volunteers into Boston Public School classrooms to teach students about the law.
Edward M. Casey Fund
The Edward M. Casey fund was established to improve the delivery of legal services for the poor in Greater Boston.
The Edward M. Casey Fund was established in 1977 to improve the delivery of legal services for the poor in Greater Boston. Edward Casey was an individual who often spoke passionately about justice, fairness, kindness and of our moral responsibility to each other. Providing access to justice for the poor was his guiding light in his final years.
Since its inception, 100% of donations to this fund have been distributed by the BBF in the form of grants to legal services organizations. Learn more about Boston Bar Foundation granting.
Herbert W. Vaughan Fund
Created to honor the attorney who helped launch the Lawyer for a Day in the Boston Housing Court Program, the Vaughan Fund supports BBA real estate related pro bono, public service and civic
In 1999, the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Real Estate Section, through the outstanding leadership of Herbert W. Vaughan, established the BBA Lawyer for the Day Program in Boston Housing Court. Since that time, thousands of individuals struggling to navigate a complex, overburdened court system have found relief through this program. Volunteer lawyers and law students help unrepresented tenants and landlords with a range of services, from information and advice to full representation in eviction proceedings.
Since the program’s inception, over 18,000 landlords and tenants have been provided representation. Your gift to the Herbert W. Vaughan Fund will help us continue to make a difference for families facing eviction and landlords facing foreclosure.
Charles P. Normandin Fund
The Charles P. Normandin Fund was established in 2006 to support the Boston Bar Association’s bankruptcy-related public service projects that were established by the BBA’s Bankruptcy Section.
Donations to the Charles P. Normandin Fund, which are fully tax deductible, are used to fund grants from the Boston Bar Foundation to support bankruptcy-related pro bono, public service and civic programs of the Boston Bar Association.
This fund supports the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, which gives Boston public school students the opportunity to learn about their financial rights and responsibilities.
About Charles P. Normandin
In December 2005, Charles “Charlie” Normandin, a very distinguished and beloved member of the legal community, passed away. Charlie was a partner and of counsel at Ropes & Gray and was considered by many to be the “dean” of the bankruptcy bar of Massachusetts. An active member of the Boston Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section and a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, his commitment to professional excellence was matched only by his commitment to community service. He believed in the importance of providing pro bono services to those who are less fortunate and viewed community service as a responsibility of the profession.
This fund honors Charlie’s contributions to the bankruptcy bar and his lifelong commitment to community service and education.
John A. Perkins Fund
The John A. Perkins Fund was established to aid the publication of significant books, articles and speeches relating to the institution of law or the legal profession.
This fund was established by former BBA President John A. Perkins, to aid the publication of significant books, articles and speeches relating to the institution of law and the legal profession.
In 2009, the Perkins Fund funded the printing of a BBA Task Force report entitled Getting it Right: Improving the Accuracy and Reliability of the Criminal Justice System, which recommended best practices for law enforcement professionals to cut down on wrongful convictions and called for legislation to allow for DNA testing in cases where the defendant claims factual innocence.
In 2014, the BBA Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts issued a report titled Investing in Justice: A Roadmap to Cost-Effective Funding of Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. The results of the study, showed that an annual $30 million in new state funding is urgently required to help bridge the gap between existing resources and what is needed to provide appropriate civil legal aid to all who are eligible. This report was printed through support from the Perkins Fund.
Beacon Fund for Diversity & Inclusion
The Beacon Fund is dedicated to supporting the diversity and inclusion projects of the Boston Bar Association.
Ethel M. Poore Leadership Development Fund
The Leadership Development Fund is dedicated to supporting Boston Bar Association projects, programs and initiatives that foster the professional growth, community involvement and leadership skills of lawyers.
Policy Research and Innovation Fund
The Policy Research and Innovation Fund is dedicated to supporting Boston Bar Association policy related projects, programs or initiatives that focus on promoting justice, expanding access to the legal system and advancing the law and profession.