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Community Involvement

Phil Posner believes that lawyers have an obligation to serve the public good by contributing their skills and experience to community groups, public service, and not-for-profit organizations. For more than two decades, Phil has lent his time and experience to government agencies, not-for-profit groups and organizations such as:

  • Special Counsel to the City of Lawrence Community Development Department and to the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority – provided legal services in connection with a Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, Bond Financed Section 108 Development Loan Program, & the successful redevelopment of the Riverfront Light Industrial Park at River Road.
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection – (1998 – 1999) Developed and implemented a program to assist municipalities and homeowners transition to tougher Title 5 – onsite wastewater upgrade rules and requirements,
  • Habitat for Humanity – North Shore. Successfully obtained development permits for a Transitional Housing Project for Men in Beverly, MA (which eliminated a blighted property and enhanced neighborhood security) and for a Historic Preservation/Affordable Housing Project in Downtown Peabody, MA (2007, 2010) www.habitatforhumanity-northshore.com
  • Wakefield Conservation Commission (1991 – 1999) – administered the Massachusetts Wetlands Act and Regulations in densely developed suburban community. Served as Commission Chairman during and active contributor to the 1999 revision of Wakefield’s Open Space and Recreation Plan – a key to winning a $500,000 State Open Space Grant used to acquire land to develop the Gertrude Spaulding Park at Lake Quannapowitt.
  • Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, Inc. – founding board member (1991) FOLQ is a successful Lake Association and active partner with government and business in protecting and enhancing one of the region’s premier public recreational assets. http://www.folq.org
  • 1000 Friends of Massachusetts (now a part of the Environment League of Massachusetts) One of the original advocacy organizations promoting ‘Smart Growth’ and comprehensive land planning in Massachusetts. Provided pro bono advocacy work in connection with the impact wastewater regulation on zoning and land planning on Cape Cod and Western MA. www.environmentalleague.org
  • North Suburban Regional Bicycle Transportation Plan Committee (1996 – 1997) (Developed conceptual plan for a regional bikeway through five suburban Boston communities)
  • Wakefield Rail to Trail Committee (established 2004 by the towns of Wakefield and Lynnfield) Successfully advocated for plan to convert a section of the former Newburyport Railroad right-of-way into a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists. This ‘linear park’ is proposed to extend from Wakefield through Lynnfield. The route will eventually extend to Newburyport, MA as a part of the future ‘Border to Boston’ bikeway. In 2009, the Committee helped win a $500,000 appropriation to commence design work on the Rail Trail. www.wakefield.ma.us/public_Documents/WakefieldMA_RailTrail/index.html
  • Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) – Phil is an active member of the Board of Directors of this statewide advocacy organization. MassBike promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. www.massbike.org
  • Pan Mass Challenge – 9 year Veteran PMC rider. The PMC raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual ‘bike-a- thon.’ The PMC raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fund raising event in the United States. For several years, 100% of PMC rider raised funds have been contributed to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. www.pmc.org http://www.pmc.org/profile/PP0040 (personal page)

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