Posts Categorized: Summer Jobs

BBA Summer Jobs Alumni in the News

Former BBA Summer Jobs student Kylie Webster-Cazeau was featured in an article about the Ward Fellowship in the Boston Globe this morning.

Former BBA Summer Jobs student Kylie Webster-Cazeau was featured in an article about the Ward Fellowship in the Boston Globe this morning.

We were pretty excited to open up the Boston Globe this morning and see a familiar face—former BBA Summer Jobs student Kylie Webster-Cazeau. You may remember this article from earlier in the summer when we spoke with Kylie about her summer internship working with Rachel Madden, the Undersecretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, through the Ward Fellowship. Turns out we aren’t the only ones impressed with the professional abilities of our students. Click here to read the Boston Globe’s in-depth look at the Ward Fellowship for Boston Latin School students.

However, it doesn’t stop there. Another one of our students from last year made headlines as well! Mackaila Garcia, who interned at the Volunteer Lawyers Project, was featured in the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge. Our long-time readers may remember Mackaila from this article last summer, which provided a firsthand look at her internship. She was awarded the 2015 Partners HealthCare Charlestown Merit Scholarship and will receive $1,500 towards her college tuition. Congrats, Mackaila! Click here to read the full article.

BBA Wraps Up Another Successful Summer Jobs Program

 

BBA Summer Jobs student Hector Fajardo, who interned at McCarter & English this summer, spoke about his experience in the program at Tuesday's Celebration.

BBA Summer Jobs student Hector Fajardo, who interned at McCarter & English this summer, spoke about his experience in the program at Tuesday’s Celebration.

Last night, the 2015 BBA Summer Jobs students gathered with their families, employers, and members of the Boston Private Industry Council to celebrate a successful summer interning in the legal field.  The keynote speaker, Judge Serge Georges, Jr. (Boston Municipal Court, Dorchester Division), gave the students an inspiring speech on his own career path and his hopes for the students in the future. Additionally, BBA Summer Jobs student Hector Fajardo, a recent graduate of John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science and intern at McCarter & English, spoke about his experience in the program.  His remarks were great so we felt compelled to share his experience in the program. Read Hector’s speech in full, below:

“Students, parents, members of the Private Industry Council, as well as employers, my name is Hector Fajardo and I would like to welcome you to this event at the Boston Bar Association; I appreciate the effort you each took to come to this celebration. Additionally, I would like to thank you all for the respective roles you have played in the Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program, this summer would not have been as enjoyable without such a dynamic ensemble of people. Today, I will give you a glimpse of my personal experience working at one of the law firms partnered with the BBA, McCarter & English, and I hope you are able to take away how beneficial the experiences that arise from partnerships like these are, to students like me.

I have always been someone interested in the legal field, though apart from watching glamorized versions of court cases on TV and hearing a few bad lawyer jokes over the years, I had not had a genuine look at what happens inside a law firm. This changed when I was accepted into the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program at the end of this past school year. I had been looking to sink my teeth into a more tangible representation of life in a law firm, and the BBA provided this for me by granting me the opportunity to immerse myself in an environment brimmed with an esteemed collection of people who practice various facets of the law. Not only that, I was able to learn more about the role of secretaries and the surrounding staff and how they work together to form the backbone of law firms.

My experience talking to my coworkers and collaborating with them has opened my eyes, as I hope it has for my fellow students, and shown me a myriad of situations that lawyers often become involved with. Though only over the course of a short period of time, Ted Grannatt, a partner in McCarter & English, gave me one of the most honest and useful accounts of what life is like for an attorney and I am grateful for the wealth of insight he shared. Aside from my experience with the attorneys at the firm, I would like to thank my supervisor, Office Manager Susan Mills, and her assistant Jolanta O’Brien, for making sure I have things to do and welcoming me into McCarter during my entire stay. I was glad to have been given the opportunity to interact with my coworkers and improve on some useful skills that may come in handy going forth.

Additionally I am tremendously grateful to Katie D’Angelo and the BBA for helping all of us students obtain jobs in truly impressive places and supplementing our experiences with enriching workshops and seminars. My favorite experiences on Wednesdays have been participating in the mock City Council meeting as well as attending the mock bankruptcy hearing as I enjoyed the hands-on experience of the meeting, and the engaging portrayal of the hearing.

As my journey with the Boston Bar Association comes to an end this summer, I feel better prepared for a career in law and politics and I know I will put the skills and connections I have gathered for the past seven weeks to use as I start the next stage of my life at Williams College this fall. I encourage us all to build upon the experiences we have had over the summer so that we may continue to grow into the people we want to become. Thank you all for your time and attention and I hope you enjoy the rest of your night.”

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A Student’s Perspective: Visiting the Supreme Judicial Court

The BBA Summer Jobs students met with Associate Justice Sydney Hanlon (Massachusetts Trial Court) to hear about her career and the process to become a judge.

The BBA Summer Jobs students met with Associate Justice Sydney Hanlon (Massachusetts Appeals Court) to hear about her career and the process to become a judge.

Guest Post: Elijah Oyenuga is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. He recently graduated from Another Course to College in Brighton and will be attending Lesley University next year.

The courts in Greater Boston always have a rich history behind them, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, or rather the John Adams Courthouse, is no different. Upon our visit to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, we were given a tour by the law clerks who graciously took the time out of their day to do so. First, we explored the court room occupied by the Supreme Judicial Court. It was by far the most beautiful and intimidating of the state courts. Next, we viewed two rooms, one dedicated to the life of our second president John Adams and another to the Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti case.

One of the cases showcased in the John Adams room, was the case of Quock Walker vs. Jennison, a case that helped abolish slavery in Massachusetts. It was case about an American slave who sued for his freedom in June 1781 and ended with Chief Justice William Cushing declaring all men to be born free and equal according to the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780. In contrast, we then have the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, two anarchists who were wrongfully convicted and executed for armed robbery and murder. One is a prime example of when the law and those who swear to uphold it work in a just fashion; the other is a blatant crime, an abuse of power and prejudice. This was my second time embarking on this tour and it was still very insightful in terms of this working dichotomy that is always present in our society.

The BBA Summer Jobs students toured the courtrooms and historical galleries at the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday.

The BBA Summer Jobs students toured the courtrooms and historical galleries at the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday.

Last, we met with Associate Justice Sydney Hanlon of the Appeals Court. Associate Justice Hanlon is remarkable and charismatic woman with a whimsical personality. She told us about the amazing story of her life, from how she started out in her career to how she came to fall in love with Boston. It was interesting to learn her vast amount of occupations prior to becoming an Associate Justice. She headed the sexual assault unit, became an assistant United States attorney in Boston, worked in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, become an assistant attorney general, and formed a drug crime unit. Her life and experience is truly something for the textbooks. It is always motivating to meet such an amazing person because it lets the youth like us know that anything is possible.

The Boston Bar Association has put me into contact with lovely lawyers and judges that are just as amazing as Associate Justice Hanlon and that is a wonderful thing. My time at the BBA is coming to an end and I just want to thank everyone at the BBA, the lawyers and judges that came to speak with us. And most of all, I want to thank Katie D’Angelo for giving me this opportunity and being an amazing supervisor. This was by far the most enjoyable and educational summer I have ever had and it’s all thanks to you.

Summer Jobs Snapshot: Getting a Head Start at the Committee for Public Counsel Services

Crystal Ortolaza, a rising senior at West Roxbury Academy, spent the summer interning at the Committee for Public Counsel Services Dorchester and West Roxbury Municipal Court Office through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Crystal Ortolaza, a rising senior at West Roxbury Academy, spent the summer interning at the Committee for Public Counsel Services Dorchester and West Roxbury Municipal Court Office through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Crystal has had a busy summer interning with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) at the Dorchester and West Roxbury Municipal Court Office. Her daily duties and responsibilities include opening and closing cases, working with bail only cases, filing, scanning, and fielding phone calls. Crystal is not overwhelmed by her duties and instead explains that she jumps in and “fills any holes where I am needed.” Crystal’s internship is one of the 15 BBA Summer Jobs positions funded by the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF). The BBF funds these internships not only to open up opportunities for Boston’s youth, but to also provide an extra set of hands where they are needed most– in government offices, non-profits and legal service agencies.

“Crystal has been very helpful, answering phones and opening and closing criminal cases for the public defender’s office, among many other things,” says her supervisor, office administrative assistant Robin Allen-D’Abreau. “She is very detail oriented, which fits with the work we do very well. She is very smart and a great fit for our office.”

At CPCS, Summer Jobs students are given substantial responsibilities, and Crystal has shined with her ability to pick up new skills, and handle detail-oriented tasks at a professional level.

From the Left: Attorney In-Charge Kari Tannenbaum, Administrative Assistant  Robin Allen-D’Abreau,  Crystal Ortolaza, and Secretary Renee Foster pose in their office. Crystal has helped this team with a variety of projects this summer, including fielding phone calls and opening and closing cases.

From the Left: Attorney-In-Charge Kari Tannenbaum, Administrative Assistant Robin Allen-D’Abreau,
Summer Jobs Student Crystal Ortolaza, and Secretary Renee Foster pose in their office. Crystal has helped this team with a variety of projects this summer, including fielding phone calls and opening and closing cases.

Robin encourages students in the Summer Jobs Program to get an early start on exploring their interests and passions. “I like to be able to help high school students. I like to encourage them to work here if they are interested in law. They can go into court and observe. I really appreciate being a position to introduce them to legal work.”

Crystal is perfect example of getting an early start on exploring your career options. “I applied because I wanted to see my different options,” she said. “My two options right now are nursing and law. I want to work with children so if I do go into law, it will be working with juveniles or something in that area.”

Next summer she plans to try out an internship in nursing, however so far she is enjoying work in the legal field. The highlight of Crystal’s summer has come from the opportunity to network and meet new people. According to Crystal the most valuable skill she has gained is “learning to communicate with people and learn what they need and what they need help with.”

Student Loans: A Summer Job Student’s Reality Check

The Summer Jobs students learned about student loans from Dan Forster, the Assistant Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid at Simmons College, yesterday morning.

The Summer Jobs students learned about student loans from Dan Forster, the Assistant Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Services at Simmons College, yesterday morning.

Guest Post: Elijah Oyenuga is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. He recently graduated from Another Course to College in Brighton and will be attending Lesley University next year.

Yesterday’s enrichment seminar on Student Loans, taught by Daniel Forster, Assistant Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Services at Simmons College, was very memorable. After eating bagels and sipping orange juice, we all settled in for an interesting discussion on student loans.

The most important thing that I learned was the importance of access to information on student loans. At first, I wasn’t sure why we needed to have an entire seminar pertaining to this topic. In my high school experience, we routinely learned about the FASFA and different methods of paying for our college education. But the minute Mr. Forster asked “who knows what the FASFA is?” and only a handful of students, including myself, thought to raise our hands, I understood.

At the end of the seminar, something quite evident yet shocking dawned on me. Despite being seventeen years old, within the course of this year, I accumulated a pending debt of over twenty five thousand dollars, all of which I retained in my name. For me it was a necessary evil. My education was and is important to me, and at the time, it felt as if I was investing in my future, and I was. However, the majority of this debt could have all been avoided if I had listened and applied what I knew when applying for colleges and filling out my FASFA.

Most twelfth grade students are too busy to sit down and genuinely think of the cost that goes into getting a college education. We have to make sure our grades are up to par and to keep up with the course load that comes with being a twelfth grade student. That is why a seminar on student loans, such as the one we had today, is an absolute necessity. Yet despite having programs like uAspire, many still don’t have access to this information. I would like to express my gratitude to Daniel Forster for coming in this Wednesday and teaching the BBA Summer Program participants and me about student loans. I think that the best thing to keep in mind is that student debt doesn’t have to be overwhelming, but it is something that we must routinely be aware of.

Summer Jobs Alum: Sally Mengual

 

Sally

Name: Sally Mengual (Ogine-Noel)
BBA Summer Jobs Program Participation Year: 1996
BBA Summer Jobs Program Employer: Attorney General Office (AGO)
High School: West Roxbury High School
College: Regis College
Any Additional Schools: Northeastern University, Paralegal Certificate
Current Employer: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Current Position: Paralegal Specialist

How did the BBA Summer Jobs Program prepare you for your current position/overall career?
The BBA Summer Jobs Program opened the door for me to be where I am today. Working at the AGO was my first professional office job. It taught me how to act like a professional, dress like a professional and be a professional. It also taught me valuable job skills such as communication, organizational and management skills. Because of the BBA Summer Jobs Program, I was able to make the connections needed to apply for an internship 2 years later while at Regis College, which turned into a full time position after I graduated.

Click here to see how the Department of Public Health is giving back.

Summer Jobs Snapshot: Department of Public Health Internship

Deluisa Depina, a rising ___ at ____, is interning at the Department of Public Health this summer. Her position is one of the 15 positions funded by the Boston Bar Foundation.

Deluisa DePina, a recent graduate of Madison Park High School in Roxbury, is interning at the Department of Public Health this summer. Her position is one of the 15 positions funded by the Boston Bar Foundation.

The BBA Summer Jobs Program is all about helping Boston public school students to discover and develop their future career paths. For many students who go into it with dreams of becoming lawyers, the program can be an illuminating look at the legal profession; but students from all backgrounds, and with many different dreams for their futures, stand to gain from the program – sometimes in surprising and unexpected ways.

Deluisa DePina came to the U.S. four years ago from Cape Verde and has been a student at Madison Park since. As a student at the vocational school, Deluisa has chosen a potential career path early on: she has been working in the nursing assistant program and learned about the medical profession firsthand at a young age.

But working in that field is a lot more than just understanding medicine and health. “There is a legal, regulatory side that we started to learn about, and I decided I wanted to learn more about the law in the BBA Summer Jobs Program,” says Deluisa, who has also considered pursuing a legal career.

So her placement at the Department of Public Health, a position funded by the Boston Bar Foundation, couldn’t have been more fitting. With her genuine interest and engagement with the subjects and cases that the DPH handles, Deluisa has shown herself a willing and capable intern.

“Deluisa is really helping us to cover some of our administrative duties,” said her supervisor, Office Manager Catrice Williams. “And she has a very sunny disposition. I have received so much positive feedback about her and her work – the attorneys in the office are absolutely floored by what she can do, since she takes initiative and is so thorough. Having Deluisa here is a bright spot in our office.”

And by being there, Deluisa also has the chance to learn not just about the legal profession as a whole, but how it and the medical and health fields intersect. “I do a little of everything in the office,” she explains, describing her tasks of entering guardianship files in the computer, delivering public records to the courts, creating indexes in the department’s library, and much more.

“If I do end up being a paralegal,” she added, “this will give me the background knowledge and expectations of an office that I wouldn’t have known otherwise.”

With plenty of time left to figure out her career path, Deluisa has a head start on valuable office experience through her Summer Jobs internship. “What a student can gain from a summer job like this depends on their career path. For Deluisa, who comes from a nursing program background, she’s learning more about the documentation we handle, the claims and complaints that are relevant to the medical profession, and the difference between a general legal career and a regulatory career,” Williams says.

“It’s important that students have the chance to see an atmosphere that is concerned with the wellbeing of the public,” she adds; and with her chosen paths of the law and public health ahead of her, Deluisa is sure to contribute to that public wellbeing one way or another.

Summer Jobs Snapshot: Double Perspectives on Learning the Law at Goodwin

BBA Summer Jobs Students Nensi Gjata and Kevin Truong sit down with their supervisor Edie Fedder, a Human Resource Specialist at Goodwin Procter.

BBA Summer Jobs Students Nensi Gjata and Kevin Truong sit down with their supervisor Edie Fedder, a Human Resource Specialist at Goodwin Procter.

Two bright students, two very different paths to the law: for the third consecutive year, Goodwin Procter is hosting two students this summer as they learn about what law firm life is really like.

The students tell their stories about how they came to be interested in the law with enthusiasm. “I was actually born in Europe, in Albania,” explains Nensi Gjata, a student at Boston Latin School. “When we came over to the United States, we had to go through the immigration process, and that’s when I got my first dose of the legal system here. It got me interested in immigration law specifically.”

Kevin Truong, also a BLS student, cheerfully notes that he was born and raised in the Boston area, but has an equally engaging story to tell: “My parents are trying to build a new house. They bought the land for it and are working on starting the building, and we’re seeing the legal ramifications and intricacies firsthand. I’m interested in studying the law so I can try to understand and help with this process.”

The students have very personal connections to the legal system, and there’s no better place to learn about it than Goodwin Procter, one of the largest law firms in the city and the original office of the now-international firm. The students are splitting their time between the Conflicts department and Court Procedures department – Nensi currently in the former, while Kevin spends time in the latter – and will be switching shortly.

What have they done so far? “It’s not all Law & Order!” Nensi laughs. “There’s a lot more that happens behind the scenes – it’s not just litigation. I’m working on digitally filing certain client forms so that they’re more readily available for the attorneys in the office.” Kevin details his trips to the different courthouses with filings for the administrative offices, calling the experience “eye-opening.”

This is the third year in a row that Goodwin Procter has hired two Boston public high school students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

This is the third year in a row that Goodwin Procter has hired two Boston public high school students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Each task that they complete is a smaller part of a much larger whole, their supervisor Edie Fedder, Human Resources Specialist at Goodwin, adds. “They’re zeroed in on these projects, and what they don’t see yet is that they’re actively helping Goodwin to reach its goals and initiatives. The work they’re doing is really necessary.”

Fedder notes that a summer job like those that are offered through the Summer Jobs Program  might be a student’s first professional experience, and that Goodwin is an eager participant in the program to help the students jumpstart their careers and build their resumes. She hopes that their summer jobs will give them exposure to the experience of working in a law firm and help them to gain insight about their career paths, regardless of whether it leads to the legal profession or not.

The jury is still out on that, so to speak – after all, while they’re both interested in the law, Nensi and Kevin are still in high school and just starting to think about college. But they know that what they have gained already over this summer will have a huge effect on how they approach their future professional lives. “It’s been very eye-opening,” Kevin says. “And you can’t just do the tasks without understanding them. When I go to the courts, I have to know what the documents are, what they mean, and what the process is before bringing a case to court, in case the court office asks questions.”

Nensi agrees that the experience has changed the way she perceives the legal field. “This experience with the law is definitely different from what I expected. When I’m doing my work, I can hear some of the conversations the attorneys are having – it’s so complex. With my own work, I’ve really learned patience and diligence.”

And there’s so much more to learn.

 

 

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.