In this edition of Noteworthy, learn about how the WBF and Collora, now Hogan Lovells, have partnered to equip incarcerated women with the tools to successfully transition into the community.
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Spotlight on the Women’s Prison and Reentry Project:
The WBF’s Women’s Prison and Reentry Project (WPRP) helps incarcerated and recently paroled women navigate legal issues critical to their successful reentry into the community. WBF volunteer attorneys visit South Bay House of Corrections in Suffolk County and the Boston Office of Community Corrections on a regular basis, providing basic legal information on topics such as family law matters, child protective services issues, domestic violence, CORI and criminal warrant clearing.
Collora, which combined with Hogan Lovells earlier this month, is a longtime champion of the Women’s Bar Foundation and has been a foundational supporter of the WPRP. The firm led efforts to prepare a training manual for volunteer attorneys working with the WPRP in order to ensure thorough, accurate educational tools are used at all WPRP workshops. The volunteer attorneys have also provided pro bono warrant clearing assistance to women so they can apply for jobs with a clean record.
“We are honored to assist the WBF in its efforts to provide support for women transitioning back into the community from a term of incarceration,” said Hogan Lovells partner Maria Durant. “It is imperative to provide these women with the right tools and our unwavering support as they reenter society so that they can build a healthy and successful life.”
The WBF thanks Collora for more than a decade of steadfast support. We are pleased to continue our relationship with the firm through the leadership of WBF Board of Trustees member Elizabeth Carr Pignatelli, and we look forward to working closely with Hogan Lovells as it joins the Boston community.