Posts Categorized: Summer Jobs

Demand for Summer Jobs Highlights Importance of BBA Program

A recent Boston Globe piece highlights the difficulty faced by Boston teens looking for summer jobs. Whether it’s to build their resumes, help earn for their families, for personal fulfillment, or all of the above – Boston students are competing for a smaller number of seasonal positions than in years past.

Fortunately, the Boston Bar Association and many other organizations in the city have once again stepped up to support Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative, which aims to provide 11,000 teens with employment this summer. To date, 40 employers have committed to hiring 58 students, giving them the chance to gain real-world experience in a professional setting.

We would like to thank our Summer Jobs Sponsors for 2016!

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Don’t worry, it’s not too late to step up and hire a student! Contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] for more information on the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

BRA Signs on as Summer Jobs Employer

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Whatever the development project, large or small, if it goes up in Boston, there’s a good chance the Boston Redevelopment Authority was involved in the process at some point. And this summer, local teenagers will have the chance to see that process up-close.

The BRA has signed on to hire a Summer Jobs student through the Boston Bar Association, and we are thrilled to have their support.

Kathleen Joyce, Senior Counsel at the BRA, said the student will take part in hands-on work that is truly relevant to the BRA’s projects.

“At the BRA, we believe it is extremely valuable to play a part in educating our future leaders,” she said. “We are thrilled to join the legal community in their support of Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative by hiring a student through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. We are proud to say that we will give the student in this position opportunities to take on a substantive role in our work, by participating in research projects and attending BRA trainings and other BRA meetings.”

While the staff at the BRA is eager to give the student a chance to build his or her skills and resume, the experience will also be valuable to the agency.

“Hiring a summer jobs student is a great way to bring on extra support for our legal department while providing a place for a student to learn professional skills and become acquainted with the processes that shape their community,” she said.

Want to find out more about the program? Visit our website or contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

Casino Night for Summer Jobs Breaks Records

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Last Thursday over 200 guests, 48 firms and organizations, and numerous local businesses teamed up to raise over $45,000 at the Boston Bar Foundation’s 7th annual Casino Night for Summer Jobs – marking a record year for the fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to fund the BBA Summer Jobs program.  The program, which is a collaboration among the BBA, Boston Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office and law firms throughout Boston, has provided more than 750 summer employment opportunities for young people since 1993.  The Boston Bar Foundation will provide 10 paid internships this summer at area non-profits, government offices and the courts through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

At the event guests explored two floors full of authentic casino games to test out their gambling skills, while enjoying food and drinks. The entertainment didn’t stop there; guests entered into raffles, watched magic tricks, and competed for silent auction prizes.

We hope that you enjoyed Casino Night and will take a chance to scroll through our event album.  Thank you for your contribution to this important cause.  If your firm or organization is interested in hiring a student this summer, or for more information on supporting Summer Jobs, contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected].

Thank you to our supporters

ALL IN SPONSORS
The following firms and companies have committed to hiring a student to work in their offices for Summer 2016.
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Brown Rudnick LLP
Burns & Levinson LLP*
Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP
Collora LLP
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
DLA Piper LLP
Foley Hoag LLP
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP*
Goodwin Procter LLP*
Hinckley Allen
Holland & Knight LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
Margolis & Bloom
Locke Lord, LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston*
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Pierce Atwood LLP
Shaevel & Krems
Proskauer Rose LLP
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Thornton Law Firm LLP
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP*
Verrill Dana LLP
*Denotes the hiring of more than one student.

ACE SUPPORTERS
The following supporters have donated the full cost of funding a paid position for a Summer Jobs student in a non-profit, government office or court for Summer 2016.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
EMC Corporation
Eastern Bank
Evidox Corporation
Hemenway & Barnes LLP

KING SUPPORTERS
The following supporters have provided valuable donations representing half the cost of providing a public interest position for a Summer Jobs student for Summer 2016.
Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Arrowood Peters LLP
Floyd Advisory, LLC
FTI Consulting
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
LeClairRyan
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.
Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP
Morningside Translations
Schwartz Hannum PC

SUMMER JOBS DONORS
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Donovan Hatem, LLP

Thank you to our individual supporters and donors

Job Shadow Day Q & A: What Did the Attorneys Think?

Sparkle Calhoun (Holland & Knight) and a Holland & Knight Summer Jobs student at the Summer Jobs Celebration last summer

Sparkle Calhoun (Holland & Knight) and a Holland & Knight Summer Jobs student at the Summer Jobs Celebration last summer

Recently, four of our Summer Jobs employers participated in the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) annual Job Shadow Day, during which students go to an office to watch professionals do their jobs, ask them questions, and assist them with their work.
The following offices hosted students on Job Shadow Day:

  • Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch & Ford
  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC
  • Holland & Knight

They have also committed to hiring a Summer Jobs student, furthering their efforts to help local students shape their future careers.

The Holland & Knight attorneys who participated are Job Shadow Day veterans, and we reached out to them to see how their experience went this time around. This is what Associate Kevin Bergesen and Partner David Glynn had to say:

BTB:      What was the biggest takeaway from Job Shadow Day for you?

David Glynn: We need to provide more opportunities for high school kids to sit down with adults and ask candid questions about what they actually do in their line of work, whether they enjoy it, and how they got to where they are.  We should always be telling kids to stay in school, but we should also be explaining to kids what they can ultimately achieve if they do, and how to achieve it.

Kevin Bergesen: I enjoy learning about students’ backgrounds and developing a sense of where they come from and how they intend to shape their community in the future.
BTB:      What do you think was the biggest takeaway for the student?

David Glynn: My student, in particular, was interested in a career in law and said that he found the experience very educational in terms of charting his course through high school and college on to law school.

Kevin Bergesen: Job Shadow Day helps the students better understand the variety of an attorney’s day – one student noted that he learned that “a lawyer isn’t just a person that argues all day”.

BTB:      Were you surprised by any of the student’s questions, and what were they?

David Glynn: The student I hosted was not only interested in the practice of law, but asked many good questions about how law firms operate, how attorneys attract clients, and how client relationships are maintained.

Kevin Bergesen: The students were very interested in how our firm interacts with other aspects of the Boston community and its legal system, for example, the students asked how closely we worked with the police and the state legislature.

BTB:  How many times have you participated in Job Shadow Day and what keeps you coming back each year?

David Glynn: I have participated for the past two years.  I keep volunteering because I think that kids rarely have the opportunity to have a candid discussion with an adult about what they actually do at work, whether their work is satisfying, and how they got to where they are.

Kevin Bergesen: This is my third Job Shadow Day and I will continue to participate to help students feel more comfortable in a professional setting and appreciate that they already possess many of the skills that will make them successful in the workplace.

In Their Own Words: What Your Casino Night Ticket Supports

One of the events we look forward to most every year is our Casino Night fundraiser for our Summer Jobs Program, which gives Boston public school students the chance to earn money and gain real-world experience that will help them in college and beyond.

Recently, some students that have participated in the program in the past checked back in with the BBA staff to tell us all about the incredible things they’ve been doing, and how the Summer Jobs Program helped them find their path to success.

Here is what your Casino Night tickets supports, in the students’ own words:
“After the Summer Jobs Program, LPL Financial hired me to stay there for an extended period of time. I worked through December and then applied for a co-op through my college, Bunker Hill Community College, and so I’m currently working within Compliance and Asset Management for Fidelity Investments! Seeing BBA on my resume really intrigues employers, it was such a fulfilling experience. I’m looking to apply for a couple scholarships, as I’ve recently been inducted in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.”
— Celine Ramsingh, intern at LPL Financial, Summer 2015
Graduated from Boston Latin Academy

“My name was Yujia Song, and I worked for Goodwin Procter during the summer of 2014. I just wanted to say that I’m doing well. I ended up attending BU with a scholarship, and I’m finishing up my freshman year right now. I also recently became a United States citizen, and changed my name to Alex Song, so that has been very exhilarating.”
–Alex Song, intern at Goodwin Procter LLP, Summer 2014
Graduated from Boston Latin School

“Currently I am a sophomore UMass Boston majoring in Management and Economics. I am thankful to have been an intern under the BBA. My internship helped me network and gain excellent world experience.”
–Chahana Patel, intern at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, Summer 2013
Graduated from Boston Community Leadership Academy

To learn more about Casino Night, click here or contact Erica Southerland at [email protected].  To read more about our Summer Jobs Program, click here.

Sign Up for Job Shadow Day

 

 

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Don’t miss the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)’s annual Job Shadow Day. As you may know, the PIC is one of our partners for the BBA Summer Jobs Program. With nearly 1,000 Boston public high school students participating each year, Job Shadow Day is a great place for employers to meet high school students who are eager to explore legal careers. This event, which serves as a precursor to Mayor Walsh’s citywide Summer Jobs Program, allows students to shadow professionals for a morning to give them a firsthand look into the skills and education needed to pursue a career in the legal field.

In the past, many of our Summer Jobs employers have identified eager students through this program to work in their offices through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Interested in getting involved? This half day program will take place on Friday, March 11th. Click here to learn more.

BBA Summer Jobs Recruitment Off to a Strong Start

 

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After a successful 2015 summer with 65 all-star Boston public high school students, we are prepping for another great summer. Thanks to the ongoing support of many of our employers who have participated for a number of years, we are already off to a strong start. So far, we’ve secured 39 positions for Boston public high school students in legal offices throughout Boston, including 10 positions funded by the Boston Bar Foundation at legal service and government agencies.

This year, we are also are extremely excited to offer increased recognition for our participating employers. In an effort to publicize your organization’s generous support of the BBA Summer Jobs Program, all employers will be recognized as a leading sponsor of the BBF’s annual Casino Night Fundraiser for Summer Jobs on March 31, 2016.

Is your office interested in providing a Boston public high school student with a meaningful professional experience, please contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] for additional information.

Public Service: A Year in Photos

Blizzards and slow public transportation didn’t stop our volunteers from getting out in the community and giving back during 2015. Take a look below for highlights from the BBA’s 2015 public service efforts:

Lawyers braved the snow and marched to the Massachusetts State House for the annual Walk to the Hill. The 2015 Walk to the Hill was more important than ever. As you may remember, the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report in November called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding. The Legislature appropriated $17 million to fund civil legal aid, a satisfying increase in a year marked largely by level funding.

Lawyers braved the snow and marched to the Massachusetts State House for the annual Walk to the Hill. The 2015 Walk to the Hill was more important than ever. As you may remember, the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts released its long-awaited report in November called Investing in Justice, which found that the majority of clients seeking legal assistance are turned away and made the business case for an additional $30 million in civil legal aid funding. The Legislature appropriated $17 million to fund civil legal aid, a satisfying increase in a year marked largely by level funding.

In January 2014, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $650,000 to help to fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas such as immigration, domestic violence and homelessness.

In January 2014, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit raised over $650,000 to help to fund grants to 23 Massachusetts community organizations providing legal services in areas such as immigration, domestic violence and homelessness.

With the help of PILP 11, the BBA Reentry Education Program expanded to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury. Overall, volunteers led 12 sessions with a total of 103 participants to prepare participants to address civil legal issues they may face upon reentry.

With the help of PILP 11, the BBA Reentry Education Program expanded to provide civil legal workshops to participants in the CHOICE Program at Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury. Overall, volunteers led 12 sessions with a total of 103 participants to prepare participants to address civil legal issues they may face upon reentry.

In 2015, over 160 volunteers taught 570 high school students in 12 schools about personal finance and budgeting, credit cards, and buying a car through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. As you may remember, the BBA partners with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to run the program throughout the state.

In 2015, over 160 volunteers taught 570 high school students in 12 schools about personal finance and budgeting, credit cards, and buying a car through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. As you may remember, the BBA partners with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to run the program throughout the state.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night once again drew a large crowd. The event, which supports the BBA Summer Jobs Program by funding paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program, raised more than $34,000.

The BBF’s popular Casino Night once again drew a large crowd. The event, which supports the BBA Summer Jobs Program by funding paid internships for Boston high school students in nonprofit and government agencies each summer through the program, raised more than $34,000.

The Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program didn’t slow down this year! With the help of 350 volunteers, the program assisted over 1,213 landlords and tenants in the Boston Housing Court.

The Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program didn’t slow down this year! With the help of 350 volunteers, the program assisted over 1,213 landlords and tenants in the Boston Housing Court.

This spring, 77 volunteer taught over 1,000 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about the importance of laws through the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program.

This spring, 77 volunteer taught over 1,000 Boston public school students from kindergarten through seniors in high school about the importance of laws through the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program.

The BBA presented three public service awards to deserving recipients at the annual Law Day Dinner. Barbara Mitchell, the former Executive Director of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, received the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award to honor her leadership and commitment to legal services; Al Wallis, the Executive Director of Brown Rudnick Center for Public Interest, received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his leadership in public interest and corporate social responsibility; and Jack Ward, the former Associate Director for Finance & Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, received the President’s Award for this leadership and guidance at Greater Boston Legal Services.

The BBA presented three public service awards to deserving recipients at the annual Law Day Dinner. Barbara Mitchell, the former Executive Director of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, received the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award to honor her leadership and commitment to legal services; Al Wallis, the Executive Director of Brown Rudnick Center for Public Interest, received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his leadership in public interest and corporate social responsibility; and Jack Ward, the former Associate Director for Finance & Development at Greater Boston Legal Services, received the President’s Award for this leadership and guidance at Greater Boston Legal Services.

The BBF held the second annual Passports to Pairings event, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $34,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

The BBF held the second annual Passports to Pairings event, where 100 % of the proceeds supported the BBA Public Service Programs. The event raise nearly $34,000, featured food and beverage pairings, and gave attendees an opportunity learn more about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 65 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 15 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

The BBA continued to step up its commitment to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program by placing a record-breaking 65 Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. The BBF also increased its commitment to the program by funding 15 of these paid positions at non-profit community organizations, government offices and courts.

While October is officially Pro Bono Month, the BBA celebrated pro bono all year-round. Since January 2015, the BBA has trained over 400 attorneys to take pro bono cases in a range of areas, including landlord tenant law, veterans discharge appeals, and debt collections.

While October is officially Pro Bono Month, the BBA celebrated pro bono all year-round. Since January 2015, the BBA has trained over 400 attorneys to take pro bono cases in a range of areas, including landlord tenant law, veterans discharge appeals, and debt collections.

The BBF held an inaugural Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast at the Liberty Hotel in Boston this November. The Breakfast was an opportunity to recognize members of the Society for their support of the BBF and to celebrate what their generosity has allowed the BBF to accomplish in the last year.

The BBF held an inaugural Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast at the Liberty Hotel in Boston this November. The Breakfast was an opportunity to recognize members of the Society for their support of the BBF and to celebrate what their generosity has allowed the BBF to accomplish in the last year.

The Claflin Center was packed on November 12th for the Veterans Day Reception, which featured a lively speech and Q & A with Congressman Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps Captain who served four tours in Iraq. This event aimed to build a community for servicemembers in the legal field to share common experiences and challenges.

The Claflin Center was packed on November 12th for the Veterans Day Reception, which featured a lively speech and Q & A with Congressman Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps Captain who served four tours in Iraq. This event aimed to build a community for servicemembers in the legal field to share common experiences and challenges.

BBA President Lisa Arrowood spent the morning observing a humanities teacher meeting, greeting students, and visiting classrooms at the Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program.

BBA President Lisa Arrowood spent the morning observing a humanities teacher meeting, greeting students, and visiting classrooms at the Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester through BPE’s Principal for a Day Program.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000. These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,700 calls last year.

The BBA Lawyer Referral Service participated in a number of community events this year, including the Massachusetts Conference for Women which drew a crowd of nearly 10,000. These events help to raise awareness of about the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, which fielded over 7,700 calls last year.

New BPS Superintendent Pushes for Teen Employment Opportunities

BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang is hoping to partner with businesses to provide BPS students with more opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to prepare for their future careers.

Students in the BBA Summer Jobs Program (pictured above) get the opportunity to learn about the legal field and to gain on the job training in professional offices. BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang is hoping to partner with businesses to provide BPS students with more opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to prepare for their future careers.

The City of Boston’s new school superintendent Tommy Chang is rolling up his sleeves and getting down to business. If you caught this article in the Boston Globe, you know that Chang is committed to transforming the idea of the traditional classroom by creating more pathways into the workplace for students through business-involved curriculum. The goal is to  help prepare students for jobs crucial to our local economy such as health care, finance, and technology.

He is also looking to local companies will invest in their future workforce by offering more paid summer internship to high schoolers in the hopes that they will have the training and desire to become full-time employees after college.

As long-time supports of career development initiatives, the BBA looks forward to continuing to engage Boston law offices in this effort. This past summer, the Boston community employed 10,360 Boston teens through the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program.  With the Superintendent and the Mayor pushing for more jobs for Boston teens, we are sure this number will continue to rise!

Does your office want to be part of the movement to prepare Boston public high school students for their future careers? Click here to learn how you get involved in the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator Named 2015 PIC Achiever

Katie D'Angelo, BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator, and Josh Bruno, School-to-Career and Employer Engagement Director at the PIC, pose after the Annual Meeting.

Katie D’Angelo, BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator, and Josh Bruno, School-to-Career and Employer Engagement Director at the PIC, pose after the PIC’s Annual Meeting yesterday.

The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) honored BBA’s own Katie D’Angelo with a 2015 PIC Achiever for her work expanding the BBA Summer Jobs Program at their annual meeting yesterday.  As you may remember, the BBA Summer Jobs Program has provided more and more legal internships for Boston teens each summer, reaching an all-time high of 65 positions this past summer.

Here’s what the PIC had to say about Katie:

“Katie connects students to some of Boston’s most influential and powerful law firms. She works closely with PIC career specialists to understand the skill set and character of each and every student applicant, always looking for the perfect match. Over the past four years, she has increased the popularity of the program among law firms—and law departments within larger organizations—while adding professional development, financial literacy, and dynamic guest speakers to the BBA intern experience. Though the competition for BBA internships is fierce, Katie makes sure that students participate from almost every Boston public high school.”

We at the BBA couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Katie!