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Summer Jobs Students Learn How to Network

Jillian Vorce spoke with the Summer Jobs students about professional networking this morning.

Jillian Vorce spoke with the Summer Jobs students about professional networking this morning.

This morning at 16 Beacon, BBA Summer Jobs students milled around the room smiling and shaking each other hands. No, they weren’t just happy to see each other – they were participating in an exercise as part of their most recent enrichment seminar on professional networking. Jillian Vorce from the Jillian Group led the exercise and provided the students with advice and guidance on the importance of networking, tips on how to network, and ways to continue to nurture your network. Jillian emphasized the importance of “building your bridge before you need it,” and encouraged the students to start building a network while they were in high school.

Here is what two Summer Jobs interns said about the session:

Martinez_JesusJesus Martinez, an intern at Casner & Edwards who just graduated from Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

“It was a really good refresher on applied networking. I had forgotten about a lot of the tips she mentioned.”

 

 

Lamour_NathalieNathalie Lamour, intern at DLA Piper who just graduated from West Roxbury Academy

“I really like the session. When she discussed the importance of smiling and shaking people’s hands, I realized I never do this. I am going to put in more effort now.”

 

 
The Summer Jobs students will attend their last Thursday morning enrichment seminar at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court next week.

Financial Literacy for Summer Jobs Students– Not BBA Exclusive

The Nelson Fellows completed the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program with a trip to the Bankruptcy Court for the Consequences module this morning.

The Nelson Fellows completed the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program with a trip to the Bankruptcy Court for the Consequences module this morning.

As you’ve heard in past posts, one of the benefits of the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program is their weekly enrichment programs, including modules of the BBA’s M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program on important issues like buying a car and learning the consequences of poor financial decisions. Due to the popularity of the BBA program, however, summer jobs students at the Judge David S. Nelson Fellowship Program of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Boston Private Industry Council students working at Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have all benefited from lessons on the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances

The BBA and its group of volunteers were thrilled to offer this program to more youth in Massachusetts.

Summer Jobs Students Get VIP Tour of Adams Courthouse

This morning, the Summer Jobs students traveled to the John Adams Courthouse for a tour of the courthouse and a meeting with Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margot Botsford. Highlights of the morning included touring exhibits on John Adams and the Sacco and Vanzetti Trial and meeting with Justice Margot Botsford to learn more about the legal system in Massachusetts.

Beyond the Billable asked Lauren Galloway, a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Pierce Atwood, why she enjoyed the session.

“I was able to roam the rooms of past judges, including Oliver Wendell Holmes. I took an AP History course in school and it was cool to be able to relive history.”

Here are a few more photos from the visit:

The Summer Jobs students met with Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margot Botsford to hear about her career and the legal system in Massachusetts.

The Summer Jobs students met with Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margot Botsford to hear about her career and the legal system in Massachusetts.

Students took a tour of the John Adams Courthouse.

Students toured the John Adams Courthouse this morning.

The students will return to the John Adams Courthouse on August 22nd for their graduation ceremony.

Summer Jobs Field Trip to Boston’s City Council Chambers

The Summer Jobs students participated in a mock City Council meeting this morning.

The Summer Jobs students participated in a mock City Council meeting this morning.

This morning, an ordinance filed by the Mayor about a curfew for young people under the age of 17 was hotly debated in the Boston City Council Chambers. The Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly, the Association of Main Street Businesses, the Mayor’s Youth Council, and Pediatricians for Peace presented their positions to the City Council Committee, which after deliberating, voted against the curfew for teenagers.

Surprised you didn’t hear about this issue in the local news? Don’t be — this was an enrichment exercise for the BBA Summer Jobs students, who debated a pretend ordinance to learn more about the legislative process. Larry DiCara, a partner at Nixon Peabody and former president and member of the Boston City Council, led the session and gave the students a firsthand look at how City Council makes decisions. We asked Larry to discuss the value of the seminar:

DiCara, Lawrence“Young people need to understand the importance of the legislative process. They also need to be aware of the role which interest groups play in advancing the passage of legislation. Playing the role of the Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly might not be easy for high school juniors, but is essential to their grasping how democracy works.”
 
 
 
After the seminar, Beyond the Billable caught up with a couple of students after the session to hear about their experience.

David Lozano, a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Nixon Peabody, played the Council President.

Lozaro_David“I think it was really cool to use the room. Even if the mock City Council meeting was not real, it is a good representation of what really happens. Debating the issue showed that City Council’s decisions aren’t based on one person’s position but that decisions are based on a lot of deliberation.
 
 
 
Julia Pan, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, provided a spirited performance as the representative for the Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly.

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“[The enrichment seminar] was really interactive and I liked that I got to participate throughout the session. Larry really engaged all of the students.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are a few more highlights from the morning:

Cynthia Peguero, a rising senior at Jeremiah E. Burke High School and intern at Shaevel & Krems, presented the position of the Association of Main Street Businesses to the City Council Committee.

Cynthia Peguero, a rising senior at Jeremiah E. Burke High School and intern at Shaevel & Krems, presented the position of the Association of Main Street Businesses to the City Council Committee.

After hearing from the different interest groups, the City Council Committee discussed their opinions on the ordinance before voting.

After hearing from the different interest groups, the City Council Committee discussed their opinions on the ordinance before voting.

Next week, the students travel to another offsite enrichment seminar at the Supreme Judicial Court.

Summer Jobs Students Contribute to Record Breaking Financial Literacy Numbers

David Rozenson taught the Summer Jobs students about car loans and the cost of purchasing a car as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

David Rozenson taught the Summer Jobs students about car loans and the cost of purchasing a car as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

This morning, BBA Summer Jobs students participated in “Buying a Car,” a module of the BBA’s  M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. This module is just one session of the four part program, which teaches high school students about the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances. The program has set records this year, reaching more than 1,300 students across Massachusetts. Here’s another incredible stat: the program provided financial literacy education to more students during the 2013 program year than it reached in all of its previous years combined, 2005-2012. This incredible growth is thanks to the BBA’s volunteers and the quality of its programming.

Teesdale_RaenelleRaenelle Teesdale, a recent graduate of John D. O’Bryant School who is interning at Chu, Ring, and Hazel LLP this summer, has been thinking about buying a car.

Here is what she had to say about this morning’s session:

“The session had me thinking about all of the possible expenses when buying a car including gas, insurance, and the payments. I’m not saying I won’t buy a car, but I now know that I need to be more financial stable before purchasing one.”

In mid-August, the Summer Jobs students will visit the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the final module—Consequences—to learn about the repercussions of poor financial decision-making.

Summer Jobs Alum Returns to BBA

Alexandra Williams, a 2008 Summer Jobs alumni, is interning with the BBA's finance department this summer.

Alexandra Williams, a 2008 Summer Jobs alum, is interning with the BBA’s finance department this summer.

After her sophomore year at Boston Latin School, Alexandra Williams landed her first office job as a summer intern at Holland & Knight through the BBA’s 2008 Summer Jobs Program. Now a rising senior at Georgetown University majoring in operations and information management, Alexandra again connected with the BBA to procure a summer job – but in a new role. She is interning with the BBA’s finance department this summer, compiling data for the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts launched by BBA President J.D. Smeallie earlier this year.

Beyond the Billable sat down to talk to Alexandra about her Summer Jobs experience and the impact of the program. She explained that was the first time that she worked in a professional setting with adults:

“I remember being scared before my first day because it was my first office job working with adults. [The Holland & Knight employees] treated me like a regular employee. It gave me more confidence because no one was treating me like a child anymore. That confidence not only helped me that summer, but as I went on to college and worked at other jobs and internships.”

Alexandra is yet another example of the lasting impact of the program on the students’ professional experiences—even outside of the field of law. After another legal internship, Alexandra decided that becoming a lawyer was not the right career choice for her. Nevertheless, the program helped prepare her for her future professional and academic endeavors by giving her confidence early in her career.

For the record, Alexandra stills calls Holland & Knight her favorite job and highlighted the benefit of participating in the program’s enrichment seminars while working throughout the summer.

After hiring Alexandra this summer, the BBA can personally attest to the quality of the students that the program produces.

Summer Jobs Students Learn about Student Loans

Dan Forster (Simmons College) discusses the financial aid process with the Summer Jobs students.

Dan Forster (Simmons College) discussed the financial aid process with the Summer Jobs students.

After their first three days of work, the 58 Summer Jobs students returned to 16 Beacon for their first enrichment seminar on student loans. Daniel Forster, the Director of Student Financial Services at Simmons College, spoke with the students about the financial aid process, sources of aid, and how financial need is determined. The students had the opportunity to ask questions about their own financial aid packages and financial concerns.

Pierre_AllyshaWhen asked why the segment was helpful, Allysha Pierre, a Summer Jobs student interning at Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks and rising college freshman, explained that “you don’t know what you’re getting into when you go to college. The more information you know about students loans, the better prepared you can be for the future.” After talking to Forster about her specific financial aid situation, she told Beyond the Billable that she feels better prepared to contact her financial aid advisor and discuss how to lower her unmet need.

Like Allysha, many of the students in the program will be attending college in the fall or plan to attend after they complete high school. In combination with the financial literacy sessions, this seminar aims to prepare students to make educated financial decision about paying for their higher education.

Mayor Menino Helps Kick Off BBA Summer Jobs Program

This morning, students, families, and employers packed into 16 Beacon street to hear from Mayor Thomas Menino and BBA leadership to celebrate the beginning of the 20th annual Summer Jobs Program. This year’s event marked an all-time high for the program with 58 student positions thanks to commitment from 41 firms and law offices. Highlights of the program featured a keynote speech by Tavares Brewington (Prince Lobel) encouraging students to find their vision and an award presented by BBA President J.D. Smeallie (Holland & Knight) to Mayor Menino to honor the Mayor’s longstanding commitment to the program.
Here’s a look at today’s event:

Mayor Menino addressed the crowd of students, their families, and employers about the importance of this summer jobs experience.

Mayor Menino addressed the crowd of students, their families, and employers about the importance of this summer jobs experience.

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Tavares Brewington (Prince Lobel) discussed his own path, from South Florida, Western Mass, College of the Holy Cross, playing pro football in Europe, the US Attorney’s Office and Prince Lobel, while encouraging students to find their own vision and achieve it.

 

Kharlita Chambers-Walker (Charlestown High School) and Julian Smith-Sparks (English High School) will be working at the City of Boston’s Office of Corporate Counsel.

Kharlita Chambers-Walker (Charlestown High School) and Julian Smith-Sparks (English High School) will be working at the City of Boston’s Office of Corporate Counsel.

 

After the event, the students headed off to their first day of work. Please stay tuned for more on the students’ experiences throughout the summer.

58 Boston Public High School Students Start Their Summers

This morning, 58 Boston Public High School students traveled to 16 Beacon Street for the annual BBA Summer Jobs Program orientation. To help prepare students for their first day of work on July 8th, the orientation included sessions on workplace professionalism, as well as two financial literacy enrichment modules, on personal finance and budgeting and credit cards.

Here are a few photos from the morning:

2003 Summer Jobs Alumni Emmanuelle Renelique (Wilmer Hale) spoke with the students about her own experience as a Summer Jobs intern.

2003 Summer Jobs Alum Emmanuelle Renelique (Wilmer Hale) spoke with the students about her own experience as a Summer Jobs intern.

Melissa O’Berg (Rocket Software, Inc) taught the Financial Literacy module on using credit and credits cards to the 58 Summer Jobs students.

Melissa O’Berg (Rocket Software, Inc) taught the Financial Literacy module on using credit and credits cards to the 58 Summer Jobs students.

Please stay tuned for more highlights from the program throughout the summer. For more on the Summer Jobs Program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, public service programs coordinator, at [email protected].

Boston Bar Foundation Funds Summer Jobs for 13 Students

As you may have heard, the Boston Bar Foundation has generously sponsored 13 Boston Public High School students to work at government agencies and nonprofit organizations through the BBA’s record setting Summer Jobs Program. These students will have the opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting and participate in enrichment seminars on professional development, financial literacy, and student loans.  Students will head off to their first day of work on July 8th following a kickoff event with Mayor Thomas Menino at the BBA.

Through the support of the BBF, 13  Boston Public School students gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field while working in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Through the support of the BBF, 13 Boston Public School students will gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field while working in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Check out the list of placements below:

Committee for Public Counsel Services, Palmer Roxbury
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Roxbury
Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Greater Boston Legal 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

To learn more about how the BBF supports the Summer Jobs Program, please visit the BBF’s new website here.

The BBF would like to thank Jackson Lewis, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Hemenway & Barnes, and Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C. for their generous donations to the BBF to fund Summer Jobs positions.