Bar Exam Coaching Program February 2022 Recap

Since its inception in 2015, the Boston Bar Association’s Bar Exam Coaching Program has matched 311 exam takers with coaches that assist with the non-substantive aspects of the bar exam. The program has two sessions each year, preparing exam takers for both the February and July exams. We recently wrapped up the February session for those taking the bar on February 22nd & 23rd, 2022.

This program would not be possible without our volunteer coaches. Coaches provide applicants with advice as they prepare for the bar-exam as well as a direct support system from someone who has been in the applicant’s shoes before. Join us in thanking our list of volunteers below!

Karen Bobadilla (De Novo)

Sydney Burns (Prince Lobel Tye LLP)

Rick Darst (Brown Rudnick LLP)

Brian Galletta (Brian K. Galletta –Attorney at Law)

Kaitlyn Gauck (Women’s Bar Foundation)

Lauren Hamill (Day Pitney LLP)

Karen Iovaine (Iovaine Legal, PC)

Cory Lamz (Buoy Health, INC)

Kristy Lavigne (MA Office of Bar Counsel)

Ginny Lee (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C.)

Leslie Ann Lopez (Buoy Health)

Kianna Phillips ((Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C.)

Cassandra Prince (Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP)

Cassie Ramos (Biogen Inc)

Simone Shapiro (Atwood & Cherny)

Erica Tritta (Law Office of Erica J. Tritta)

Benn Waters (Lusha Systems)

Cecily Wilbanks (Greenberg Traurig, LLP)

In addition to the bar coaching component of our program, the BBA also hosted three workshops. These workshops provided substantive and practical advice to applicants, providing them with crucial information to help improve their scores and overall well-being while preparing for the bar exam.

Our first workshop, led by Adrian Velazquez (Committee for Public Counsel Services) and Eunice Aikins-Afful (Dragonfly Therapeutics) on January 4th, provided attendees with crucial tips for the essay portions of the exam. Our Stress Management workshop on January 11th, led by Dr. Healy (Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc.), encouraged our bar applicants to prioritize their mental health as they prepare for the exam and it provided them with valuable resources to rely on for support. Our last workshop, led by Professor Robert Coulthard (New England School of Law) on February 9th, focused on preparing for the MBE and MPT portions of the bar exam.

We wish all of the February 2022 applicants in our Bar Exam Coaching Program the greatest luck and success with the exam and we look forward to offering this program again to July applicants!

The BBA Bar Exam Coaching Program is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Public Service Grant, which supports the public service and pro bono projects of the BBA.