Posts Categorized: Summer Jobs

Pairing Public Service with Gourmet Food and Drinks

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Don’t miss out on the Boston Bar Foundation’s newest event, Passport to Pairings, next Thursday! Not only will the event be fun and delicious, but 100% of the proceeds are going to a great cause all of the—BBA public service programs!

It goes without saying (as the BBA’s Public Service Blog) that Beyond the Billable is pretty excited about this event. Here’s a sneak peek at what guests can expect on June 26th:

  • The event will feature gourmet food and beverage pairing stations celebrating the BBF’s partnership with the BBA.
  • Some of the Pairings stations include sushi & Saki, craft beer & gourmet hot dogs, artisanal donuts & specialty coffee, and much more.
  • Each ticket gets you access to deluxe food & beverage stations, beer & wine, live music and our raffle, so don’t miss out on all of the fun!

BBF Events like Passport to Pairings make it possible for the BBA to continue to strengthen and expand our public service efforts, including the Marathon Assistance Project, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program,  the BBA Summer Jobs Program, and the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program. Thanks in large part to the support of the BBF (our partner in public service) this year marked a very successful year for the BBA’s programs. The numbers below are all the proof you need:

  • 23 pro bono trainings trained nearly 600 attorneys to take cases ranging from special education appeals to veterans benefits.
  • 64 Boston public high school students were placed in summer internships in local Boston law firms and offices through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.
  • 1,300 Boston public school students learned about the importance of voting through our annual Law Day in Schools program.
  • 18 schools state wide received Financial Literacy Training in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program’s 10th year.
  • 275 calls were fielded from active duty military members and veterans since the BBA began hosting the Veterans helpline in September.
  • Continued to assist individuals and businesses that were affected by the tragic events on Marathon Monday in areas, including employment and tax issues. Since the program began last year, 84 attorneys have helped over 70 individuals and small businesses owners.

Convinced? The event will take place on Thursday, June 26th at 6pm at 16 Beacon Street. Buy your ticket today to the maiden voyage of this event and help us continue to grow our public service programs!

Straight from the Students Part 2: Why Do You Want to Participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

 

BBA Summer Jobs students look forward to the exploring the legal field and gaining professional experience each summer.

BBA Summer Jobs students look forward to the exploring the legal field and gaining professional experience each summer.

Last week, Beyond the Billable shared some amazing responses from three of our future Summer Jobs students on why they wanted to participate in the program. Those weren’t the only student we heard from, but the responses we so good that one Beyond the Billable post couldn’t contain them. In part 2 of “Straight from the Students,” we’re sharing three more responses from this year’s students.

Take a look below:

“I am considering a career in the legal profession because I know that as a Lawyer, I would be able to confront many unjust actions and help maintain a balance in society. I am an immigrant from a country called Bangladesh. From my experiences in Bangladesh, I remember all the wrongs in society I have witnessed…In Bangladesh, I used to think such chaos was normal, but being in the USA, I have changed that perspective, and I want to help others to recognize it too. The laws and rules keep a balance in society which inspires me to consider a profession in the field of law.”– Romana Hussain, rising junior, Boston Latin Academy

“I think my experience so far in life has really shown me how important a legal professional can be in someone’s life. I was not born in the United States. I was born in a Sudanese refugee camp. But, my family is from another country in Africa called Eritrea. My family left Eritrea because of the violence and political problems. Sudan is also a place that has a lot of issues and instability. In both of these places I have seen a lot of hate and violence against people because they have different ethnicities, religions, and races…And, this all has happened because there was no law to protect the people from such injustice. One day, I want to work with the law to be able to help people from my country and communities have peace, justice, and a better life.”— Hermuna Taib, rising senior, East Boston High School  

“This Summer Job opportunity would provide me not only with the chance to experience what working in a legal office may be like, but also with the chance of discovering what truly interests me and to discover the means of getting myself here. It will also give me insight on what I would like to focus on: do I want to be a lawyer for a transactional firm or a civil litigation firm?”— Margaret Peña, rising senior, Boston Latin School

Stay tuned for more on the 64 Boston public high school students participating in the program this year.

Boston Bar Foundation Funds 14 BPS Students This Summer

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Last Year’s  13 BBF-funded Summer Jobs students, their employers, and the sponsoring firms at a BBF sponsored Breakfast that took place at the BBA.

Our longtime readers are very familiar with the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. They know all about this year’s 64 students and the amazing diversity they represent in our city. They’ve followed past students through their first day of work, weekly enrichment seminars and graduation. One thing we haven’t talked as much about is the impact Boston Bar Foundation funds have on the program.

This year, 14 students will benefit from paid summer internships at legal service and government agencies across Boston thanks to the BBF. In the past, these students have had some pretty incredible experiences.

We thought Beyond the Billable was the perfect place to clarify the BBA/BBF Summer Jobs relationship as we get ready to kick off an amazing summer. We’ll keep it pretty simple. The BBA runs the program, which includes organizing enrichment seminars, the Kickoff and graduation, working with the PIC and Boston Public Schools to select the students, and recruiting law firms and offices to fund positions for the students. The BBF funds additional job placements in legal service and government agencies thanks to the generosity of area law firms, businesses and individuals, as well as the support of the sponsors and attendees from the BBF’s Casino Night fundraiser.

This year’s BBF students will gain experience in a professional setting and participate in enrichment seminars on professional development, financial literacy, and student loans.  Check out where the BBF funded students will be working below:

Committee for Public Counsel Services, Palmer Roxbury
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Roxbury
Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards
Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts
Legal Advocacy and Resource Center
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
United States Bankruptcy Court
United States District Court
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association

We’ll be following the BBF students closely this summer, so make sure to keep checking Beyond the Billable for more. To learn more about how the BBF supports the Summer Jobs Program, please visit the BBF’s website here.

The BBF would like to thank Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Hemenway & Barnes, Arrowood Peters LLP and Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Weist & Garner, P.C. for their generous donations to the BBF to fund Summer Jobs positions.

Straight from the Students Part 1: Why Do You Want to Participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

 

The students who participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program are looking for opportunities to learn about the legal field, gain work experience, and earn a pay check.

The students who participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program are looking for opportunities to learn about the legal field, gain work experience, and earn a pay check.

As all of our Beyond the Billable readers know by now, the BBA Summer Jobs Program places Boston public high school students at law firms and offices throughout the city. With over 100 qualified applicants vying for 64 positions, the application process is a competitive one. Each student must submit an application, resume, recommendations, and a written an essay detailing why they want to participate in the BBA’s program. We’ve received some very impressive responses, and are delighted to share what some of our accepted students had to say in their essays about spending their summer interning at law firms and legal offices.

Here’s a look at what the students had to say:

“I wish to participate in the Boston Bar Association’s program because I want to gain experience working in a law firm. In addition, this program offers the opportunity to attend law-related seminars, which I would love to experience… I know that this opportunity will help me sharpen my reasoning, analytical and critical thinking skills and help me become the passionate and dedicated lawyer I know I can be.”– Joyce Huang, rising senior, Fenway High School

“I would love to participate in the summer jobs program because it will give me great insight into a day in the life of a legal professional. The amount of experience that the program will provide me with is priceless. I will be very grateful to be gaining such plentiful experience in high school so that I can have a head start on my law career.”– Fatima Doumbia, rising junior, Boston Community Leadership Academy

“I would like to specialize in cases such as divorce, child or elder abuse, domestic violence, and confidentiality. I believe that paying attention to these problems will reduce the amount of the times it happens…This internship will be helpful because it would not only begin preparing me for the career, but it will also be preparing me for college and life.”– Janelys Pimentel, rising senior, West Roxbury Academy

Impressed? So were we. But that’s not all – we got so many great responses that we had to break this post into two parts. Stay tuned next week for part 2 and throughout the summer to hear more about the students’ once they begin work on June 30th.

A Snapshot of Our Summer Jobs Students

The BBA Summer Jobs Program places students from various Boston neighborhoods and schools at internships at law firms and legal departments throughout the city.

The BBA Summer Jobs Program places students from various Boston neighborhoods and schools at internships at law firms and legal departments throughout the city.

As the start of the BBA Summer Jobs Program approaches (Kickoff is scheduled for June 30th), we are hard at work finalizing job placements for the 64 Boston public high school students who will be interning at various law firms and offices throughout the city. One thing that stuck out to us was the incredible diversity of this year’s students. Check this out — this year’s students hail from

  • 12 of Boston’s neighborhoods,
  • 19 different Boston Public Schools,
  • and perhaps most incredibly, speak 15 different languages.

We broke down the amazing variety of schools, languages and neighborhoods for our readers below. Take a look:

Languages
Amharic
Arabic
Bengali
Cantonese
Cape Verdean Creole
English
French
Haitian Creole
Hindi
Mandarin
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Vietnamese
Yoruba

Schools
Another Course to College
Boston Community Leadership Academy
Boston International High School
Boston Latin Academy
Charlestown High School
Codman Academy
Community Academy of Science and Health
Cristo Rey High school
East Boston High School
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
English High School
Excel High School
Fenway High School
Jeremiah E. Burke High School
John D. O’Bryant High School of Math & Science
Josiah Quincy Upper School
New Mission High School
TechBoston Academy
West Roxbury Academy

Neighborhoods
Allston
Brighton
Charlestown
Dorchester
East Boston
Hyde Park
Mattapan
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West Roxbury

Stay tuned for more the students, we’ll be regularly updating our readers on the students’ progress this summer as they head off to work at the end of the month.

Numbers Don’t Lie – Summer Jobs Make a Difference

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Our longtime Beyond the Billable readers know how focused the BBA is on providing Summer Jobs for Boston youth. That’s why in addition to sharing stories of our own student’s successes, we are always looking to track down research supporting the impact of these initiatives. In a recent Boston Globe article by Ruth Graham titled: Are Teen Jobs Becoming a Luxury Good?, Graham investigates racial and wealth inequalities of high schools students working during the summer, and how that can impact their overall success when it comes to education and income later in life. Here’s one excerpt that struck us:

They end up with better adult jobs and higher incomes, according to studies, as well as stronger “soft skills” like dependability, punctuality, confidence, and communication. For boys, especially, the chances of enrolling in and graduating from college are significantly higher for those who worked in high school. “Work experience matters a lot,” said Paul Harrington, director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University.

The article also shared some sobering statistics on the current summer jobs situation*:

  •  On average only about 25% of students age 16-19 work in a given month, the lowest rate since the 1940’s, and 20% lower than in 2000.
  •  In summer 2012 only 21 % of teenagers from low-income families worked at all
  •  38 % of teenagers with household incomes between $100,000 and $150,000 worked last summer.
  •  White teenagers were 2 times as likely to have worked last summer as black teens.
  •  Last summer, almost ½ of all white male teens with family incomes between $100,000 and $149,000 had jobs
  •  Only 9.1 % of black male teens with families in the lowest income group had jobs last summer.
  •  Teenagers who work in high school and college wind up with salaries 16 % higher than teens who don’t work.
  •  “Low-promise” respondents—those who have poor grades and low education goals—were almost 3 times as likely to acquire a college degree if they worked consistently approximately 14 hours a week.

These studies, and others, have shown that low-income teens and those who struggle in school benefit most dramatically from working, and in addition, are more likely to contribute their income to family earnings. Through the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program, thanks to the generous support of law firms and legal organizations, we are able to find paid summer jobs for 64 Boston public school students and help change the cycles of inequality in our city. Learn more or join our effort to support Boston youth here.

*Please reference article for citations

Who Called You Today? Mayor Walsh Makes Calls on Behalf of Boston Youth

Mayor Walsh

Are you on the 2014 BBA Summer Jobs Roster? If not, watch your caller id — you may receive a call from Mayor Marty Walsh encouraging you to hire a Boston teen this summer. The Mayor is working tirelessly to secure 12,000 jobs for Boston teens. Take a look at the video below for a firsthand look at the recruitment effort:

Law firms can support the Mayor’s initiative by participating in the BBA Summer Jobs Program, which partners with the City of Boston and Boston Private Industry Council to place Boston Public High School students in eight week internships in the legal field. Click here to see who has already made the commitment to support a a program record of 63 Boston youth this summer.

For more information on the Mayor’s efforts, check out this article in the Boston Globe.

Summer Jobs Support Youth – But Don’t Just Take it From Us

Edward Wildman Palmer hired four students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program last year and the firm plans to do the same this year as well.

The BBA partners with the City of Boston and the Boston Private Industry Council to run the Summer Jobs Program each year.

While our readers always hear us talking about the benefits of summer employment for local Boston teens, the conversation is much more widespread. Take a look at this article that appeared in the Atlantic that advocates for the importance of summer jobs for high schoolers and highlights our partner for the BBA Summer Jobs Program, the Boston Private Industry Council. While Boston is lucky to have the PIC and its dedicated employers fighting the high teen unemployment rate to secure summer jobs for teens, there is still work to be done to ensure that Boston public high school students have the opportunity to gain professional experience and earn a pay check each summer. The BBA has secured 63 student positions—more than ever before—but we are still working hard to recruit additional firms to hire students. Would you like to support the future workforce of our city? Click here to learn more about the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our partnership with the PIC, come to the BBA’s upcoming Law Day Dinner where we will honor the PIC for the 21 year relationship that has helped place more than 700 Boston public high school students in meaningful legal summer jobs since 1993. Click here for more information.

Lawyers ‘Bet the House’ on the Next Generation of Boston’s Workforce

The money raised at the 5th Annual Casino Night fund Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

The money raised at the 5th Annual Casino Night fund Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Last Thursday, 250 attorneys came to 16 Beacon for a night of gambling and socializing for the 5th Annual Casino Night for Summer Jobs fundraiser. While the event has always supported the Boston Bar Foundation, this year all of the funds will specifically support the BBA Summer Jobs Program. As you may remember, the BBF funds Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies each summer. The BBF-funded students not only get the opportunity to receive hands on experience in the legal field, but the legal service and government agencies benefit from the student’s enthusiastic help in a busy office environment. Take a look at the experiences of last year’s students here.

Between sponsors, ticket sales and our silent auction the BBF raised nearly $40,000 last night to support the Summer Jobs program and put 12 students to work this summer. Twenty companies demonstrated their commitment to Boston’s youth through sponsorship of the event, contributing over $25,000 to the BBF (enough to put eight teens to work this summer).

Do you want to see more highlights from the night? Click here.

Hiring Multiple Students Means More Community Impact

Edward Wildman Palmer hired four students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program last year and the firm plans to do the same this year as well.

Edward Wildman Palmer hired four students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program last year and the firm plans to do the same this year as well.

As our readers know, the BBA Summer Jobs Program has recently set a program record, securing 59 paid internships at law firms and legal organizations across Boston (previous record was 58). This milestone is thanks to Boston area law firms’ dedication to community and underscores the BBA’s commitment to providing professional and educational opportunity to Boston’s youth.

This year a number of legal offices, including Edwards Wildman Palmer, Goodwin Procter, Burns & Levinson and the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel, are making an even larger commitment to the BBA Program and Boston’s youth by hiring multiple students.

We checked in with representatives from two of these firms to see what spurred their decision to take additional students, and the ways having more than one student benefits the office.

Here’s what they had to say:

“In this challenging business climate, budgets are tight and staff generally has to do more with less. By hiring cost-effective and highly motivated high school students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program, our firm has been able to help take some of the day-to-day pressure off of busy full-time staff so they have the opportunity to pursue longer-term and strategic projects. We also recognize the immense importance of providing meaningful job opportunities to Boston public high school students, many of whom are diverse and the first college-bound members of their families. Our firm has had terrific success hiring interns through this program, and as a result, we now hire multiple interns each summer. Last year we hired four interns through the BBA program, and we were quickly able to fill all of their calendars with projects involving business development, IT and internet research, marketing and records management. We’re looking forward to welcoming our 4 new interns this summer!”–Matt McTygue (Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP)

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

“Burns & Levinson began hiring two summer interns, a rising junior and a senior, several years ago. The BBA summer jobs program and the mentoring that the students receive from the PIC throughout the year are clearly great opportunities for the students who participate in the program. Burns & Levinson has always been supportive of these programs and has made an effort to do its part to help these students develop marketable skills to help them successfully navigate the demands of college and the working world. The other reason we decided to bring on a second student was to set up a succession plan. The rising senior acted as a mentor to the junior who was newly hired, letting the first year student learn from the second year student. This system fostered a great sense of teamwork between the two interns, and gave the more experienced student the opportunity to act as a leader and teacher. We have also found this format to work well in terms of maintaining ongoing interest in utilizing intern support from our staff and attorneys. They are comfortable that the students possess the skills necessary to do an excellent job on each project that is assigned.”–Rachel Krasowski (Burns & Levinson)

So there you have it, taking multiple students benefits both your firm and the Boston community. The BBA also takes multiple students, so if you have any questions about hiring more than one student, or are looking for suggestions about ways to engage your interns, we have plenty of experience. Please contact BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] for more information.