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.

BBA Interns – Learning from Lawyers (Part Two)

Last week, you heard from three attorneys who conducted training sessions for BBA interns and Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) staff. When we asked the attorneys why they donated their time to participate, the response was overwhelming. Here’s a look at what others had to say:

Mary LeeMary Lee (Mary K.Y. Lee P.C.) conducted a training session on Landlord/Tenant and Real Estate & Law.

“Conducting this training provided a chance to help LRS staff better pinpoint, screen, and identify potential cases for the LRS attorney panel. It was fun to share with eager and engaged learners, and the experience energized the rest of that particular day. It was a wonderful reminder why I need to continuously share, because it’s part of the profession and part of my ongoing development/improvement as an attorney. I hope that I was able to convey to the interns that regardless of how much fear one is challenged with by the legal process, by not giving into that fear, the law and knowledge of the law will eventually help them resolve their problems. I think it’s important for the interns and potential clients to know that philosophy to sustain the spirit of moving forward.”

Dino SantangeloDino Santangelo (Law Office of Dino R. Santangelo) conducted a training session on Public Benefits & Social Security.

“I always enjoy being able to talk to these trainees and let them know that there is more to the learning process than just being in the classroom and that they should make the most of this experience of being able to deal with real life matters that are important to potential callers. I make a point of letting them know that they will be receiving calls from people who come from all walks of life. Some are very poor, homeless, and have never spoken to a lawyer and have difficulty in even explaining why they need a lawyer. They were told to get a lawyer and it is our job to figure out what they need and help as best we can. You have to establish a trusting relationship with client’s in order to be able to get the information needed and be able to properly represent them.”

Robert BertlingRoger Bertling (Law Offices of Roger Bertling) conducted a training session on Bankruptcy Law.

“I volunteered to conduct the training session because I believe strongly in the work that the BBA LRS staff does in assisting people who need an attorney in finding the right attorney. If I can help them in any small way do that better, that is great.

I wanted the interns to know that in this day of the internet and social media, there still is no substitute for the assistance of a capable, experienced attorney to help guide one through their legal situation. Also, as an attorney, one of the greatest satisfactions lies in determining the roots of a legal problem and devising a way to resolve it.”

Joseph Sommer (Sommer & Associates) conducted a training session on Trusts & Estates.

“Fundamental changes occurred in Massachusetts Trust and Estate law within the last two years. It is important to educate referral staff regarding changes to more effectively refer cases. Moreover, I hope to inspire referral staff and interns to become more involved in Massachusetts Trust and Estate law to better the profession. I attempted to convey the importance of versatility and transparency in the areas of Massachusetts Trust and Estate law. Versatility and transparency are important concepts that could be employed in most areas of life.”

If you are interested in becoming involved in future training sessions, please contact Solana Goss, the LRS Intake Coordinator, at [email protected].

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.

BBA Interns – Learning from Lawyers (Part One)

Attorneys Roger Bertling & Bill McLeod discuss just how complex the Bankruptcy process can be.

Attorneys Roger Bertling ( Law Offices of Roger Bertling) & Bill McLeod (U.S. Bankruptcy Court) discussed the complexity of the bankruptcy process.

Throughout the month of July, volunteer attorneys conducted eleven training sessions at the BBA for summer interns and Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) staff about various practice areas.  We caught up with some of the volunteers to see what they had to say about their participation, and asked them why they felt motivated to volunteer their time.

Biagiotti, DanDan Biagiotti (The Legal Advocacy and Resource Center) conducted a training session on Legal Services.

“The Legal Advocacy and Resource Center works closely with the BBA LRS to make the best referrals between the programs. There are many callers to the LRS that do not have enough income to hire an attorney but that have a serious legal problem and it is important that these clients get directed to an agency that is most likely to assist them. By understanding which clients should be directed to LARC and which should be directed to another agency is a valuable service to callers who often have a very difficult time navigating the legal services delivery system. I enjoy conducting the training for these students because they bring such enthusiasm and desire to help others and learn about the legal profession.”

EngdahlRachel Engdahl (Law Office of Rachel L. Engdahl) conducted a session on Family Law

“Family Law is an exciting and changing field of law. I am inspired to see young people interested and proactive in learning about the process and daily practice. It is never too early to get involved and begin meaningful relationships.”


Kavaja

Ilir Kavaja (Kavaja Law) conducted a training session on Criminal Law.

“One thing in particular that I enjoyed sharing and talking about with the trainees was the importance of helping all those in need of legal representation, regardless of the ability to afford full, or partial legal fees. I shared this tidbit with the interns because it is a cornerstone of my legal philosophy; “Justice Above All”!”

 

Stay tuned for part two of the LRS intern training sessions.

If you are interested in becoming involved in future training sessions, please contact Solana Goss, the LRS Intake Coordinator, at [email protected].

Public Interest Leaders Connect with Boston’s Corporation Counsel

Bill Sinnott (Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston) spoke with PILP 10 last Thursday about his own career and offered helpful advice about their own career paths.

Bill Sinnott (Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston) spoke with PILP 10 last Thursday about his own career and offered helpful advice about their own career paths.

Last week, the BBA’s Public Interest Leaders had the pleasure of meeting with the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, William Sinnott. As Corporation Counsel, Bill oversees all lawyers and legal matters for the city. With his previous experience as an Assistant District Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney and a decorated retired Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, Bill was an excellent resource to the PILP’ers and is a prime example of leadership and service to the community. The meeting gave the class the opportunity to both learn more about Bill’s unique career path, as well bounce ideas off of him as they start to brainstorm on their own programming initiatives.

Beyond the Billable asked PILP10 member Andrea Brown, Assistant Corporation Counsel, to comment on the PILP class’ meeting with her boss, Bill Sinnott:

“He encouraged us as attorneys to strive continuously to learn and to evolve in our careers by always having a 10-year plan in mind. He also urged us to stay active with the BBA, where many lasting friendships and networking opportunities are created. It was helpful to be inspired by his example of public service and to get his input on potential project ideas.”

Stay tuned for more updates on PILP and what this class has in store for the year ahead.

BBA’s Yellow Ribbon Volunteers Aid Coast Guard Personnel & Their Families

BBA volunteer attorneys offered Coast Guard personnel and their families legal assistance at a Yellow Ribbon event in Quincy last Saturday.

BBA volunteer attorneys offered Coast Guard personnel and their families legal assistance at a Yellow Ribbon event in Quincy last Saturday.

As you know, the BBA is dedicated to addressing the legal needs of our military personnel, veterans, and their families through programs such as Yellow Ribbon Events and the Military Hotline. In light of that, Beyond the Billable thought this BBA Week article would be of particular interest to our readers. The article highlights two of the volunteer BBA attorneys who provided legal assistance to the 250 Coast Guard personnel at the pre-deployment Yellow Ribbon event in Quincy.

For more information on how to get involved in the BBA’s Veteran’s Initiative, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].

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.

Pan_Julia

“[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.

Mentoring Boston Debate League Youth – Real Commitment Means Real Impact

Boys Taking Notes

The Boston Debate League teaches Boston Public High School students valuable skills, such as public speaking and critical thinking.

Are you a former debater looking to get more involved in the community? Beyond the Billable has the perfect volunteer opportunity for you — the Boston Debate League (BDL) is seeking mentors for the 2013-2014 program year. As a mentor, you will attend a weekly, after school debate practice and work with debaters to cultivate public speaking, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

So why get involved? Academic debate teams have a significant impact on the future of the participants. According to BDL, nearly 100% of students who participate in an urban debate league graduate from high school and more than 80% graduate from a four-year college.

Beyond the Billable reached out to current BBA mentor Stephanie Hoeplinger for a firsthand perspective of this volunteer opportunity.

What was your experience volunteering as a Boston Debate League mentor?

“I originally chose to volunteer as a mentor because I wanted to get more involved in the community. I am a big proponent of public schools, so I thought it would be a great fit. I think that, for me, it was a great volunteer experience because I got to see the kids grow and develop over the debate season, so for others looking for a long-term volunteer activity it is a great choice, as the ability to work with a group of kids throughout the year is really rewarding.”

Why do you think lawyers make good debate mentors?

“Lawyers are uniquely qualified to serve as mentors because of our skills as debaters — it is basically what we do in court on a daily basis. Students argue their side and even to cross-examine the other team. I think lawyers, in particular, can help them to think of good questions to ask and can push them to think about the issues in varying ways.”

For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at [email protected].

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.