E-Discovery Counsel Reflects on Pro Bono Experience Assisting Boston Marathon Bombing Victim

In The News
April 1, 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of the Boston Bar Journal includes an essay by E-discovery counsel Shannon Capone Kirk in which she reflects on her experience handling a pro bono matter for a Boston Marathon bombing victim who lost her hearing in the 2013 blast. Ms. Kirk assisted the client with her One Fund application, which ultimately allowed the client to receive a distribution of donated funds to help with long-term costs associated with her injuries.  

In the months following the Boston Marathon bombings, Ropes & Gray attorneys provided pro bono counsel for victims and their families on a variety of matters, coordinating efforts with other law firms and charitable organizations providing assistance. Attorneys contributed many hours on projects including: preparing One Fund claims; researching and analyzing tax implications of One Fund awards; helping families with financial planning and investment management in conjunction with One Fund awards; creating supplemental needs trusts to receive gifts for victims; settling the estate of a victim; helping prepare for the Boston Bar Association and victim rights groups a checklist of relevant legal issues for individual victims; and applying for tax-exempt status and assisting with federal and state filing requirements for a charity formed to benefit police officers and their families affected by the bombings.

To read the Boston Bar Journal story, click here.