Daily Archives: Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Student Perspective: Local Government Comes Alive in Mock City Council Hearing

The BBA Summer Jobs students headed to Boston City Hall yesterday to hold a mock City Council hearing with former Boston City Council President Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody LLP).

The BBA Summer Jobs students headed to Boston City Hall yesterday to hold a mock City Council hearing with former Boston City Council President Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody LLP).

Guest Post: Jennifer Le is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. Jennifer recently graduated from Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and will be participating in the Foundation Year Program at Northeastern University next year.

I had an experience I could not forget at the Boston City Hall yesterday but it was even better to be able to share the experience with my fellow Summer Jobs interns.  Former City Council President Larry DiCara – who currently works at Nixon Peabody LLP – shared entertaining stories about his past experiences and how he got to where he is now.  He spoke about how he was technically Mayor for 2 days during a harsh winter years ago and discussed the difficult decisions you have to make when working for the government.

After his humorous wise words, he divided us in five groups to participate in a mock City Council hearing:

  • The City Council
  • Boston Senior Alliance—a group of senior citizens supporting the law
  • Pediatricians for Peace – a group of doctors that work with young people and support the law
  • Boston Teen Council—a group of teens opposed to the proposed law
  • Neighborhood Merchants Association—a group of small business owners against the law

The proposed law was “Effective September 1, 2015, it will be unlawful for any person under the age of 17 to loiter or remain in outdoors public places between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM unless s/he is participating in an organized recreational or social activity. Persons traveling to and from employment and school shall not be subject to this curfew.”

I was placed in the Boston Senior Alliance Group, and each group discussed ideas and then one representative per group presented the group’s arguments. In my group, I was the person who wrote down all the ideas to oppose the proposed law.  After each group murmured their thoughts, it was time to present in the front of the City Council. It was amazing to hear all the thoughts of all the interns and the presenters, and how emotional they felt for this mock hearing. Imagine a real hearing! These students are so passionate and amazingly smart. It was a very wonderful experience to attend this fieldtrip!

Checking In with Summer Jobs Alumni

Many of the students who participated in the 2014 BBA Summer Jobs Program have continued on to exciting professional jobs.

Many of the students who participated in the 2014 BBA Summer Jobs Program have continued on to exciting professional jobs.

There’s no denying that the BBA Summer Jobs Program attracts all-star students, who are eager to gain work experience and to learn about the legal field. As a result, it’s not surprise that our students go on to do some pretty cool things. We checked in with a few of the students who participated in the program last year to see what they’re up to this summer. Here’s what they had to say:

Thomas Vu“I am a summer intern for Brown Rudnick LLP. While interviewing for the job, my interviewer was most impressed with my high school experience at Nixon Peabody with the Boston Bar Association. The BBA Summer Jobs Program laid the groundwork for me on how to work in a professional environment, organize myself and my work, send professional emails, as well as reach out and connect with the attorneys at my firm. The workshops the BBA provides to their summer interns put me a few steps ahead of the other interns, as I have prior knowledge from attorneys and other legal staff on what it means to be a lawyer, the law school experience, and the logistics of getting there. The BBA Summer Jobs Program prepared me to reach out to attorneys, and was fundamental in starting my network at my current law firm, and is sure to be fundamental for all of my jobs to come. “ Thomas Vu, a rising sophomore at UMass Amherst who interned at the Nixon Peabody last summer.

Kylie Webster- Cazeau“This summer I am participating in the John William Ward Fellowship. Within the fellowship I am working at the state house with Rachel Madden, the Undersecretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance. The BBA Summer Jobs Program really prepared me for my summer now. The BBA allowed me to get comfortable in a professional setting, and really understand my love for government. The BBA Summer Jobs Program also allowed me to meet tons of great people and network like never before.” Kylie Webster– Cazeau , a rising junior at Boston Latin School who interned at the Federal District Court

Ben Haideri“I have continued to work at the District Attorney’s Office this summer, however I am no longer at the Dorchester Court, rather the main office in Downtown Boston. This summer has been just as great, albeit a different experience from the last two as I have seen the dispositions of a lot of the higher profile cases that may have started off in the courts such as Dorchester. It has been great seeing and working with some of the familiar faces who have recently transferred to the office, and I have had an amazing time meeting many new people and learning about the different units in which they work as well as the crimes that they may specialize in handling.

It is safe to say that I wouldn’t be where I am without the Summer Jobs Program. During the summer after my junior year of high school I applied to the program, was placed with the DA’s office in Dorchester, and I have had incredible summers since. I knew I wanted to go into the legal profession for a long time, and having the opportunity to jump right in with folks in the office who treated me like I was part of their ever-growing family was ultimately what solidified my plans. I look forward to one day looking out at a sea of young, eager faces at the BBA on the first day of their internships and telling them my story; one that I could only hope would give them half as much guidance as was given to me by the program.” Ben Haideri, a rising sophomore at UMass Amherst who interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office during high school.