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Thank You to Our Law Day in the Schools Volunteers!

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For a program we have been running for 30 years, Law Day in the Schools remains as exciting as ever. We were honored to have the program featured prominently in The Boston Globe and on WBUR’s Morning Edition (thanks to this year’s timely topic of Miranda Rights.

But we also love hearing the stories attorneys bring back to us about their experiences, from children who dressed up as judges and attorneys to participate in a mock trial, to students that ended up in a “hung jury” because of a lively debate that took place, to Boston Public Schools students that left their sessions feeling more empowered by the knowledge of their rights under the law.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Law Day in the Schools volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Amara Anosike
Boston Children’s Hospital

Paula Bagger
Cooke Clancy & Gruenthal LLP

Mia Batista
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Tanya Beroukhim
Locke Lord LLP

Joseph Blute
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Christine Bonardi
Law Office of Christine M. Bonardi

David Bowman
Morgan Lewis

Jordan Bowne
Burns & Levinson LLP

Stephen Brake
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Heidi Brewster
Biogen

Kait Brown
Locke Lord LLP

Ann Hether Cahill
Burns & Levinson LLP

Kimberly Calvi
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.

Ida Candreva

Arthur Carter
The Law Offices of Arthur J. Carter IV

Brendan Carter
Navigant Consulting

Kate Carter
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.

Neema  Chaiban
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Meghan Cosgrove
Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.

Emma Days
Ropes & Gray LLP

Meredith DeJesus
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

Joan Densberger

Elizabeth Duffy
State Street Corporation

Ty Edmondson
Biogen

Rachel Eisenhaure
White and Williams LLP

Bruce Falby
DLA Piper LLP

John Fiske
Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew, LLP

Joseph Molina Flynn
Molina Flynn Law Offices/Latino Law Center

Lisa Gallagher
CVS Caremark, Inc.

Heather Gamache
Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Ezra Geggel
Ropes & Gray LLP

Thomas Gorman
Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Richard Goulding
Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Lorie Graham
Suffolk University Law School

Cynthia Guizzetti
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

  1. Alex Hammershaimb
    White and Williams LLP

Richard Harper
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Kelly Haynes
Boston Children’s Hospital

Sukanya Hazarika

Deirdre Heatwole
University of Massachusetts Boston – Office of General Counsel

Dustin Hecker
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP

Bryce Helfer
Burns & Levinson LLP

Jennifer Henricks
Arrowood Peters LLP

Rachel Hershfang
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Emily Hodge
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Alison Holdway
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Saqib Hossain
Burns & Levinson LLP

Hannah Joseph
Beck Reed Riden LLP

Kimberly Joyce
Lee & Rivers LLP

Jean Kampas
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Sarah Kelly
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Dara Kesselheim
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Judith Kim
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

  1. Paul Koch, Jr.
    Finard Properties LLC

Nathaniel Koslof
Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Brian Lee
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Jose Lopez

Laury Lucien
Holland & Knight LLP

Stephanie Macholtz
Biogen

Robyn Maguire
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Jacqueline Mantica
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Carolyn Marcotte
Barclay Damon, LLP

Jamie Marshall

Sa’adiyah Masoud
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Andrew McArdell
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Michael McDermott
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.

Elizabeth McEvoy
Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.

Michael McGurk
DLA Piper LLP

Jesse Medina
Duane Morris LLP

David Michel
Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Laura Mittelman
Burns & Levinson LLP

Sean Nehill
Boston Redevelopment Authority

Gwen Nolan King
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

Asbel Nunez
Avalon Law Offices, P.C.

Wadner Oge
Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

Mara O’Malley
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Sean O’Neill
Ropes & Gray LLP

Michael Parran
Biogen

Lizette Perez-Deisboeck
Battery Ventures

Michael Pesa-Fallon
Goulston & Storrs PC

Nancy Puleo
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP

Teresita Ramos
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Carla Reeves
Burns & Levinson LLP

Lucy Reyes
National Labor Relations Board

Stephen Riden
Beck Reed Riden LLP

Adriana Rojas Garzon
Bain Capital, LLC

Eneida Roman
Eneida Roman Law Office

Christopher Schmitt
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Nora Schmitt
Verrill Dana LLP

Eugenia Schraa Huh
Anderson & Krieger LLP

Jessalyn Schwartz
Law Office of Christine M. Bonardi

Anthony Scibelli
Barclay Damon, LLP

Catherine Scott
Peabody & Arnold LLP

Leanne Scott
John Hancock Financial Services

Emily Shanahan
Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PC

Mary Snyder
Biogen – Weston Operations

Debra Squires-Lee
Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Carol Starkey
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Kristen Stone
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

Meghan Stubblebine
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Alex Sugerman-Brozan
Segal Roitman LLP

Erika Todd
Arrowood Peters LLP

Susan Tvrdy
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Al Uluatam
State Street Corporation

Mian Wang
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Harvey Weiner
Peabody & Arnold LLP

Allison Williard
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

We would also like to thank the following law firms for adopting a classroom this year:

Anderson & Kreiger LLP; Arrowood Peters LLP; Barclay Damon, LLP; Beck Reed Riden LLP; Burns & Levinson LLP; Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP; Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.; DLA Piper LLP; Donoghue Barrett & Singal; Duane Morris LLP; Goulston & Storrs PC; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Holland & Knight LLP; Krokidas & Bluestein LLP; Locke Lord LLP; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Morgan Lewis; Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP; Peabody & Arnold LLP; Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP; Prince Lobel Tye LLP; Schwartz Hannum PC; Sherin and Lodgen LLP; State Street Corporation; Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.; Sullivan & Worcester LLP; Ropes & Gray LLP; Verrill Dana LLP; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; and White and Williams LLP

Do You Know a BPS Teacher Interested in Law Day in the Schools?

Attorneys teach Boston public school students about a law-related topic every year through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

Attorneys teach Boston public school students about a law-related topic every year through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program. From April 27th through June 3rd, attorneys will head out across the city to teach Boston public school students about Miranda Rights. Do you know a Boston public school teacher who may be interested in participating? The program is open to students kindergarten through 12th grade.

Please contact Katie D’Angelo at kdangelo@bostonbar.org if you know a teacher who may be interested in getting his or her students involved.

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 kdangelo@bostonbar.org 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.

BBA President Gets Firsthand Look at BPS Middle School

BBA President Lisa Arrowood had teh opportunity to observe teacher planning meetings during her morning at Frederick Pilot Middle School through the Principal for a Day Program.

BBA President Lisa Arrowood had the opportunity to observe teacher planning meetings during her morning at Frederick Pilot Middle School through the Principal for a Day Program.

Yesterday morning, BBA President Lisa Arrowood observed a humanities teacher meeting, greeted students, and visited classrooms at the Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester through the Principal for a Day Program. Every year the BBA President heads out to visit a local school through the Program, which aims to build support for the local school system by pairing corporate and community leaders with school administrators for a morning. Lisa shadowed Principal Pauline Lugira and saw the innovative steps the school is taking to help their students achieve academic success, as well as the challenges in the community and school system that play a role in the students’ ability to learn.

“I was really impressed with everyone I met at every level: the teachers, principal and superintendent,” reported Lisa at a meeting of the BBA Council. “These people are fully invested in helping the kids succeed.”

BBA President Lisa Arrowood learned about new techniques for teaching middle school math while observing the math teachers content meeting.

BBA President Lisa Arrowood learned about new techniques for teaching middle school math while observing the math teachers content meeting.

 

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!

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.”

Click here to view more images from the event.

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.