Daily Archives: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thank You to Those Who Made our Summer Jobs Program Possible

We would like to thank all of the offices and individuals who made the 2016 BBA Summer Jobs program possible.

Thank you for employing a student:

Boston Redevelopment Authority

Brown Rudnick LLP

Burns & Levinson LLP

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP

Collora LLP

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP


Foley Hoag LLP

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

Locke Lord LLP

LPL Financial LLP

Margolis & Bloom, LLP

McCarter & English LLP

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris,
Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP Nixon Peabody LLP

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston

Peabody & Arnold LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Pierce Atwood LLP

Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Shaevel & Krems LLP

Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, LLP

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

Thornton Law Firm LLP

Verrill Dana LLP

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Thank you for generously donating to the program: 

Arrowood Peters LLP

Anderson & Krieger LLP

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.

Donovan Hatem LLP

Eastern Bank

EMC Corporation

Evidox Corporation

Fidelity Investments

Floyd Advisory

FTI Consulting

Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP


Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C

Morgan Brown & Joy

Morningside Translations

Schwartz Hannum PC

Thank you for hosting a student whose position was funded by the Boston Bar Foundation: 

Boston Bar Association

Committee for Public Counsel Services – Roxbury/Dorchester District Court Office

Massachusetts Executive Office of  Health & Human Services

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

United States District Court

United States Bankruptcy Court

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association

Thank you to our partners:

City of Boston Mayor’s Office

Boston Private Industry Council

Celebrating Success for our Summer Jobs Students


Hon. Serge Georges Jr. (Boston Municipal Court, Dorchester Division) once again helped us commemorate another successful season of the BBA Summer Jobs Program. In his keynote speech to our Summer Jobs Students at a celebration for them last week, Judge Georges clued them in on traits that are essential to being successful in the legal profession.

“The two things that I hope you all develop are empathy and resilience,” he said.

The students will need empathy in order to understand the challenges other people are facing, Judge Georges said. Lawyers and other professionals are often tasked with helping other people, but Judge Georges emphasized the importance of compassion beyond professional obligations.

Resilience is required, he said, because other people will not always show the same compassion. But Judge Georges reassured students that they will be successful if they hold true to their values.

“You will realize that what you accomplish just doesn’t matter if you don’t care about each other,” he said.

BBA President-elect Carol Starkey, who assumes the presidency next week, emceed the ceremony addressing attorneys and other personnel from the law firms who hired students this year.

Ben Tayag, the Celebration’s Student Speaker, said that he learned that “all jobs are what you make of them.” He said the Summer Jobs Program taught him that even small tasks represent opportunities to learn more and hone your skills.

“Moving forward, I will be more prepared for other internships and jobs I may have,” he said.

He also thanked his office at Holland & Knight for making him feel welcome and always taking the time to explain something new.

Starkey summed up another amazing year of the Summer Jobs Program when, at the end of her speech, she said, “Our future looks bright, don’t you think?”

Summer Jobs Students Tour Adams Courthouse, State House


For their last enrichment seminar of the summer, the students in the BBA Summer Jobs Program got to tour the three branches of government by going behind the scenes at the Massachusetts State House and the John Adams Courthouse, which houses the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The students had a few favorite oddities about which they asked many questions – including the “sacred cod” in the House of Representatives’ chambers, a large fish that hangs from the ceiling. But they also asked many insightful questions about the process of passing a bill through the Legislature and signing it into law. At the courthouse, students got to try out the chairs used by the Supreme Judicial Court Justices.

The students demonstrated the knowledge they have gained about the legal system in their summer positions. When asked about the function of the appeals court, one student replied that its function is to “go back over cases and look for a mistake.”

At the State House, students enjoyed the Great Hall, where flags from cities and towns in Massachusetts hang. At the courthouse, they showed a lot of interest in the Sacco and Vanzetti trial, which resulted in two Italian immigrants being convicted for a murder they may or may not have committed. The two men were put to death.

When one student asked why the court would choose to commemorate that trial in spite of its negative implications for the justice system, she started a conversation between students and the tour guide about what lessons could be gleaned from the infamous case.

This group of Summer Jobs students was the first to take a combined tour of both buildings, and they said it was a worthwhile experience. We will definitely be back next summer!