Students Selected for the BBA’s 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program 

Thanks to funding from the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) Beacon Fund for Diversity & Inclusion, the BBF Charles P. Normandin Fund and generous firm sponsors Nutter and Pierce Atwood, the BBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship program has increased in size from 6 students to 10.

Each fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer and will also gain practical experience in developing legal research and writing skills, expanding professional networks, and access to programming at the BBA. In addition, the fellows are paired with a mentor from the BBA’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Section.

This year’s Summer Fellows are:

Keanna Joseph, a second-year student from Northeastern University School of Law, who will be interning at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Joshua Lopez, a second-year student at Suffolk University Law School who will be interning at the Committee for Public Counsel Services
Eliza Manriquez, a third-year student from New England Law Boston, who will be interning at the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families
Brooke Tideman, a second-year student from New England Law Boston, who will be interning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Nicholas Lopez, a second-year student from Boston College Law School, who will be interning at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Haley Albee, a third-year student from Boston College Law School, who will be interning at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
George Boateng, a second-year student from Boston University School of Law, who will be interning at the Massachusetts Port Authority
Arianna Fisher, a second-year student at New England Law Boston, who will be interning at the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General
Darren Boykin, a second-year student from New England Law Boston, who will be interning at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
William Merriweather, a second-year student from New England Law Boston, who will be interning at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Keanna “Nie” Joseph, Northeastern University School of Law
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

As a 2L at Northeastern University School of Law, Keanna is involved in the Black Law Student Association on campus. From her application, she notes, “as an aspiring litigator with a strong interest in civil law and a commitment to public service, I would be honored to intern with the Attorney General’s Office. Having spent a lifetime watching my parents, an Army soldier and a government employee, serve their adopted country, I am excited to give back to my country as a first-born American citizen and first-generation lawyer. I am particularly excited to work with a community of lawyers who have dedicated themselves to being “the people’s lawyer.”

Joshua Lopez, Suffolk University Law School
Committee for Public Counsel Services

As a 2L at Suffolk University Law School, Joshua is involved in the Black Law Student Association and the Latin American Law Student Association. From his application, he notes, “my motivation is driven by my desire to become a professional that as a child I pictured as a superhero: to be the face that younger Black and brown students can look to as an example for who they can become. I hope to use my privilege as a current law student and future attorney to continue promoting diversity and inclusion efforts in the field.”

Eliza Manriquez, New England Law | Boston
Department of Children and Families

As a 3L at New England Law Boston, Eliza is involved in various law school and community leadership initiatives, including the Law School Disability Advocacy Coalition and the Identify Affirmation Project. She notes, when reflecting on prior work experience, “I assisted in hosting events related to issues of gender equity and its multiple intersections, specifically relating to race, disability, and LGBTQ+ matters.” As a native Spanish speaker, she strives to use her experiences to give a voice to others, including immigrants and other marginalized communities.

Brooke Tideman, New England School of Law Boston
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

As a 2L at New England School of Law, Brooke is involved in the Public Interest Law Association, and OUTLaws, a student group for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Brooke notes in their application that “diversity in the workplace allows for better representation of clients as they are more likely to find legal professionals that they feel comfortable and safe working with, and it allows for more empathy when interacting with clients. The work that Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection environment has reminded me of why I decided to pursue a legal career: to help protect our planet and the people living here.”

Nicholas Lopez, Boston College Law School
Massachusetts Department of Revenue

As a 2L at BC Law, Nick has developed an interest in helping individuals facing financial hardships. From his application, he notes, “the sense of duty to immigrant families that has fueled my interest in law school grew by seeing families much like my own struggle to pay rent in gentrified areas. Understanding the perspectives of both the landlords and tenants, I became fascinated with finding economic and legal solutions that reduce the externalities of gentrification. Learning about the benefits that are offered in the tax code would equip me with the legal and practical knowledge needed to better serve my clients.”

Haley Albee, Boston College Law School
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

As a 3L at Boston College Law School, Haley continues her passion of eradicating discrimination and advocating for the expansion of civil rights through her involvement in pro bono clinics and internships. From her application, Haley notes that “prior experiences working with criminal justice reform advocates has solidified my desire to pursue a career centered around a career in public service to ensure our Constitutional rights are safeguarded. An internship with MCAD this summer would be a tremendous step towards realizing this goal and permit me the opportunity to produce meaningful change.”

George Boateng, Boston University School of Law
Massachusetts Port Authority

As a 2L at Boston University School of Law, George was elected recently as the President of the Black Law Student Association, is involved in the BU First Generation Professionals Group, and is a student ambassador for the BU Law Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. From his application, George notes, “I take the privilege of law school seriously. I push myself daily while also trying to be a positive influence. The substantive experience of legal writing and researching this internship at Massport provides is invaluable to the profession. Furthermore, the mentorship and the ability to be around lawyers will be vital to my belief that I can thrive in this profession.”

Arianna Fisher, New England Law Boston
Office of the Inspector General

As a 2L at New England, Arianna is involved on campus in the First Generation Students’ Support Group, the Identity Affirmation Project and the CORI Initiative. Arianna notes “I am eager for the opportunity to learn from an internship at the OIG and to hone my research skills, deepen my understanding of administrative law and regulatory compliance, and contribute to the OIG’s mission of promoting efficiency and transparency in government. As a woman and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, with an interdisciplinary background in both the arts and sciences, I can bring a diverse voice and set of experiences to the legal profession.”

Darren Boykin, New England Law | Boston
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

As a 2L at New England, Darren is involved as a student volunteer with the CORI Initiative on campus. From his application, Darren states, “participation in this fellowship would provide me with the opportunity to explore an area of the law that I allowed imposter syndrome to close off. In my undergraduate studies, I had longed to learn more about business as I felt it was an opportunity to foster generational wealth. Commercial law offers the unique opportunity to combine these two desires of developing an understanding of business and finance, while also helping others. I also believe that participation in this fellowship would allow me to harness my research skills, gain an esteemed mentor, and to ultimately achieve my professional goals.”

Rev. William D. Merriweather III, New England Law | Boston
Suffolk Country District Attorney’s Office

As a 2L at New England, William is involved in the Black Law Student Association and the Justice Initiative as a law fellow. From his application, William notes, “as the only black male in my section of 107 law students, I will bring with me diverse thoughts, a bounty of unique experiences and a spirit of inclusion. Overall, I wish to be an active and positively contributing member of my community. I can really see myself thriving at the District Attorney’s office. I am here because of the hard work of those who came before me along with the dedication of my own mind, heart, and hands.”

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