This summer, the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section has placed 28 law students in internships at courts throughout the Boston area as part of the BBA Judicial Internship Program. The program, which runs from the beginning of June until the end of August, will give these law students a chance to work closely with a judge and gain courtroom experience by both observing and working on cases. The program kicks off with an orientation next Thursday, followed by a reception where former program participants and participating Judges will meet with this year’s interns and share their stories.
This year, interns will be working at the Dorchester, Roxbury, and East Boston divisions of the Boston Municipal Court, as well as in Waltham District Court, Suffolk Probate and Family Court, and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
We figured our Judicial Interns are starting to get excited about their summer positions, but we wanted to find out for ourselves. We reached out to Kyle Litfin (Boston College Law School), who will be interning at the Dorchester Municipal Court with Judge James W. Coffey, to ask a few questions about his upcoming summer experience. Here’s what he had to say:
Have you ever worked at a court before?
“I have, but only very briefly. Over Spring Break I was lucky enough participate in the New Orleans Gulf Coast Recovery Trip and work with Judge Eldon E. Fallon at the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. It was a wonderful experience and is one of the main reasons I decided to apply to the BBA Judicial Clerkship program.”
What do you hope to gain out of this internship?
“I hope that by witnessing hearings, arguments, and working with a judge and his staff, I will begin to see what effective lawyering truly is. What better way to learn how to be a lawyer than watching them argue in court, and observing how a judge renders his decisions and responds to the issues at hand? I cannot think of a better experience for a young and aspiring lawyer than to be in court and working with a judge.”
As part of our weekly “Voices of the Bar” feature, we asked the judicial interns what they were most looking forward to as part of their summer internship. Hear from more of our Judicial Interns here.