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BBA Summer Jobs Program Kicks Off

BBA summer jobs students, keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall, summer jobs steering committe co-chairs Matt Mctygue and Colin Van Dyke.

BBA summer jobs students with keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall, and Summer Jobs Steering Committee co-chairs Matt Mctygue and Colin Van Dyke.

 

The 22nd BBA Summer Jobs Programs is officially underway. Yesterday, the students headed to 16 Beacon Street for a crash course in business etiquette at the program orientation. This morning, they returned to 16 Beacon to meet their employers at the annual Kickoff Event. This year’s keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall, the Deputy Director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, shared some words of wisdom and encouragement with the students.

Here’s what the BBA‘s own Summer Jobs interns had to say about the event:

028It was amazing to attend the Kickoff Event. I really liked Rahsaan Hall’s speech. It was inspirational and motivating.  It opened my mind to more possibilities.

Jennifer Le, a recent graduate of Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park

 

 

Elijah HeadshotRahsaan Hall’s speech at today’s Kickoff was very inspiring. I was feeling insecure and uncomfortable when I got here, but his speech about the man who chose the broken down bucket really spoke to me. The idea that we all offer something even if we don’t know what it is motivated me, and I am definitely ready for the rest of the summer.  

Elijah Oyenuga, a recent graduate of Another Course to College in Brighton

As you may remember, the BBA Summer Jobs Program is part of the City of Boston’s citywide summer jobs initiative for Boston teens. If you missed this article last month, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the city will be creating 200 more summer job positions for Boston youth in addition to the 10,000 positions already secured, including our 65 positions in the legal field.

 

Check out the pictures below for some highlights from this year’s Orientation and Kickoff event:

Boston PICs Senior Career Specialist Teresa (Terry) Alleyne gives the summer jobs students some business etiquette tips at orientation.

Boston PICs Senior Career Specialist Teresa (Terry) Alleyne gives the Summer Jobs students a few business etiquette tips at orientation.

Students learn the ins and outs of office life.

Terry Alleyne helped the students get excited about their new Summer Job positions.

Summer Jobs Steering Committee co-chair Colin Van Dyke at this years summer jobs kickoff event .

Summer Jobs Steering Committee co-chair Colin Van Dyke at this years Summer Jobs Kickoff event.

This years summer jobs kickoff keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall.

Summer Jobs Kickoff keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall.

Summer jobs student.

Summer Jobs students listen attentively to Rahsaan Halls useful advice.

DLA Piper's Elaine Carmichael and summer jobs student Harmona Taib.

DLA Piper’s Elaine Carmichael and Summer Jobs student Hermuna Taib.

Vincent Fichera, Ashley Commito, and Jennifer Carpenter from LPL Financial and their summer jobs student Maylerin Valdez.

Vincent Fichera, Ashley Commito, and Jennifer Carpenter from LPL Financial and their Summer Jobs student Maylerin Valdez.

Stay tuned for more updates about the Summer Jobs students throughout the summer.

 

Meet Our 2015 BBA Summer Jobs Students

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Every year the BBA brings in a bright group of Boston public school students who are eager to experience working in the legal field.

We have a great group of Summer Jobs students who will be heading out to their legal internships at various offices on July 1st. You’ll get the chance to meet our students throughout the summer as we feature them on the blog, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at our interns. Take a look below to learn more about this impressive group of students:

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Stay tuned to learn more about our students throughout the summer!

BBA Summer Jobs Students Impress Employers

BBA Summer Jobs Students got a chance to meet with employers  to get more information about what their upcoming summer will look like

BBA Summer Jobs students got together at the BBA for a meet and greet with their summer jobs employers.

Last Thursday, 25 of our BBA Summer Jobs students dressed up and headed to 16 Beacon to interview with legal employers for this year’s program. For many of the students, this interview day marked their first professional job interview. While the students were guaranteed a position through our program regardless of the outcome of the interview, nerves were still running high. We are happy to report that all of students and employers came out of the interviews smiling and excited for the upcoming summer.

This year marks the 23rd time the BBA has partnered with the City of Boston and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) to provide internships to Boston teens. If you caught this article in the Boston Globe last week, you already know that teens from affluent families are twice as likely to secure a summer job as teens from low-income families. As such, these internships are as important as ever. Here’s what the article says about long-term impact of teen employment:

“This teen employment gap is another illustration of why the nation’s income divide is persistent and growing, as better-off families start with advantages that help their children get ahead, while low-income households struggle to break the cycle of poverty. Research shows that teens with summer jobs learn responsibility, punctuality, and other skills that give them a leg up when they enter the labor force as adults, helping them advance their careers and earn more over their working lives.”

Our program aims to provide meaningful work experience and professional development opportunities to prepare students for their future careers. Stay tuned for more on our students’ professional adventures this summer.

Attorneys Pick Up Tips on How to Tackle Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases

Panelist share useful tips with attorneys who may support immigrant children in special juvenile cases.

Panelist shared useful tips to help attorneys support immigrant children in special juvenile cases.

 

Panelist Laurie Carafone (Kids in Need of Defense), Elizabeth Badger (Kids in Need of Defense), Jay McManus (Childrens Law Center of Massachusetts), and Jennifer Klein (Committee for Public Service Counsel –Somerville) gathered at the BBA last Monday to discuss special immigrant juvenile cases. The panelists shared their personal experiences and gave the attendees some advice on how they can approach similar proceedings to gain the best outcome for children involved.

Beyond the Billable reached out to Elizabeth Badger for more information. Here’s what she had to say about why she believes it’s important for attorneys and judges to educate themselves about special proceedings in immigrant juvenile cases:

“Noncitizen children appearing before the juvenile courts are often the children most in need of stability, which SIJ can provide them.  That same court proceeding to address those needs is able to provide them with the orders needed to petition for SIJ status.  However, very few families and attorneys are aware of the court’s ability to provide this relief and pathway to stabilize the children’s lives.”

Thank You to Our Law Day in the Schools Volunteers

Lawyers and judges from all over the city to visit Boston public school classes to share their passion for the law.

Lawyers and judges from all over the city visit Boston public school classes to share their passion for the law with students.

 

Last week, you read about our successful Law Day in the Schools Program in this article. Our program wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our volunteers who helped draft the curriculum and teach the sessions to 1,000+ Boston public school students. Beyond the Billable would like to thank the following individuals for donating their time to this program:

Curriculum Writers:

Jeremy Eisemann, Liberty Mutual Group
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Anuj Khetarpal, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Matthew Welnicki, Melick & Porter, LLP

Volunteer Teachers:

Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
Thomas Ahmadifar, Sullivan & Worcester
Stephen Brake, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Heidi Brewster, Biogen
Christopher Candon, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
Alison Casey, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Christine Chilingerian
Stephen M. Cohen, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Rebecca De Chellis
Joan Densberger
Ty Edmondson, Biogen
Nathan Edwards, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Albert  Elia
David Ferrera, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Sheila Flaherty
Tammie Garner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Emily Gianetta, Jones Day
Galen Gilbert, Gilbert & O’Bryan, PC.
Daniel Gleason, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Marcia Gookin, Biogen
Alexandra Gorman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Richard Goulding, Sullivan & Worcester
Jeffery Habenicht, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Yomarie Habenicht, Ernst & Young LLP
Brenda Hansen, Biogen
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Kelly Haynes
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Emily Hodge, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Erin Hogan
Yalonda Howze, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Elizabeth Kayatta, Arrowood Peters LLP
Bethany Keating, Biogen
Sarah Kelly, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Justin Kesselman, Supreme Judicial Court
Jennifer King
Lindsay Kosan, Supreme Judicial Court
Nathaniel Koslof, Sullivan & Worcester
Stacy Krause
Eric Lockwood
Anthony Low, Shapiro Law Group, PC
Stephanie Macholtz, Biogen
Andrew McArdell, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Jonathan Meindersma
Rakel Meir, Tufts Health Plan
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Laura Miller, Sullivan & Worcester
Rebecca Morton, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Maxine Norgard, Biogen
Elianna Nuzum, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Wadner Oge, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Alexa O’Keefe, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Gregory Pakhladzhyan, American Student Assistance
Shirley Paley, Sonus Networks, Inc.
Michael Parran, Biogen
Kathleen Patton
Catherine Robinson
Nency Salamoun, The Victim Rights Law Center, Inc.
Jordan Scott, Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP
Gregory Shiferman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Jennifer Sieczkiewicz, Biogen
Sophocles Sophocles
Alex Sugerman-Brozan, Segal Roitman LLP
Shagha Tousi, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Stephen Vander Stoep, Biogen
Robin Walker

2015 Law Day in the Schools: Attorneys Trade Offices for Classrooms

Attorney Stephen Brake helps middle school students at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School draft their own Charters to help them better understand the Magna Carta.

Attorney Stephen Brake shares his knowledge of the law with middle school students at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School.

Seventy-seven attorneys are heading out to teach over one thousand Boston public school students of all ages about the Magna Carta through this year’s Law Day in the Schools Program. The Program, which aims to introduce students to the role of attorneys and the legal system, offers lawyers a way to engage with Boston public school students and share their passion for the law. While students in middle and high school drafted their own charters, elementary school students played a game and participated in a small group activity to learn about the importance of rules.

Attorney Emily Hodge teaches Bradley Elementary School student about why the Magna Carta is important.

Attorney Emily Hodge teaches Bradley Elementary School students about why the Magna Carta is important.

If you want to see a closer look at the program, check out this WBUR piece on one of our volunteers, Emily Hodge’s (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP) session in a fourth grade class at Manassah E Bradley School in East Boston.

Summer Jobs Program Hits 64 Positions

The BBA Summer Jobs Program places Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program places Boston high school students in paid internships at Boston law firms, legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program has done it again! Last year, the program reached a record-high 64 summer jobs positions. This past week we secured another 64 summer jobs positions for Boston public schools students. Take a look below for the full list of employers signed on to the program this year:

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Don’t worry, it’s not too late! There’s still time to get involved. If your office is interested in hiring or sponsoring a Boston public high school student please click here to learn more and contact Katie D’Angelo at kdangelo@bostobar.org.

BBF Funds Record Number Summer Jobs

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This year the BBF will be funding 15 positions in legal service and government agencies.

 

As you may remember, the Boston Bar Foundation funds positions for Boston public high school students in government and legal service agencies each summer through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. This year, the BBF will be funding 15 positions—the highest number yet thanks to the help of a number of Boston-based law offices:

  • Arrowood Peters LLP*
  • Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.
  • EMC
  • Hemenway & Barnes LLP
  • Peabody & Arnold LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP*

* Partial sponsorship

In addition to supporting Boston public high school students, these sponsored positions will also support legal service organizations and government agencies by providing additional help in a busy office environment.

So where will these student be working this summer? Take a look below at some of the placement organizations:

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

**Hosting two students

Stay tuned throughout the summer as we update you on the students’ experiences.

PIC Senior Career Counselor Wows at Society of Fellows Spring Reception

 

Teresa (Terry) Alleyne highlights the work of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC).

Teresa (Terry) Alleyne highlighted the work of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC).

Last Thursday, members of the Society of Fellows joined together and celebrated the end to Boston’s snowiest winter at the Fellows’ Spring Reception. After remarks by BBF President Lisa Goodheart, guest speaker Teresa (Terry) Alleyne, introduced the crowd to the work of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), where she is a senior career counselor. As our long-time readers know, the BBA and PIC have worked together to place over 700 Boston public high school students in paid legal internships through the BBA Summer Jobs Program over the past 22 years. The PIC career specialists in each Boston public high school work tirelessly to select the best candidates for the program, help students with applications, and provide workshops to prepare students for their jobs.

Terry described her job as the best job in the world. She works with a new group of smart, quirky, funny, awkward students each year and gets to see them grow and develop, especially through their summer job. Terry talked about how the students will learn from everything single thing the lawyers do. They have so much to learn, that just by being around lawyers and professionals, they learn simply how to act in a world they have never been a part of before.

This summer the BBF will be funding internship positions for 15 students who will gain valuable paid work experience at non-profit community organizations, government offices and the courts.  The support of the Society of Fellows paves the way for the BBF’s sustained funding of important public service initiatives, which not only benefit our community, but help to foster innovative and lasting partnerships between organizations like PIC and the BBA.

The many new faces at the reception highlight the tremendous growth of the Society of Fellows this year, which has welcomed 48 new members since September. These 48 new members join a community of over 400 attorneys who are committed to expanding access to justice, supporting legal aid, and enhancing our community through public service work.

Check out more photos from the event here:

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Former BBA President J.D. Smeallie (Holland & Knight), BBF President Lisa Goodheart, and Michael Bogdanow (Meehan, Boyle, Blake & Bogdanow)

 

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Members of the Society of Fellows at this year’s Spring reception.

 

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Tom Gallitano (Conn Kavanaugh), Christine Netski (Sugarman Rogers), and Fellows Committee Co-Chair Jane Willis (Ropes & Gray)

 

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Members of the Society of Fellows enjoy Hor d’Ourves and talk Summer Jobs at their Spring reception.

 

 

Volunteer for the 2015 BBA Law Day in the Schools Program

"Last year, attorneys loved the opportunity to work with Boston public elementary, middle, and high school students through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program."

Last year, attorneys loved the opportunity to work with Boston public elementary, middle, and high school students through the BBA Law Day in the Schools Program.

Spring is finally here and the BBA is gearing up for the annual Law Day in the Schools Program.  If you’re interested in sharing your passion for the law with Boston public high school students, don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer for this year’s program on April 29th, April 30th, May 1st, May 4th, May 5th, or May 6th. Volunteers will teach elementary, middle, and high school students about the theme, “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law” during one class period. Don’t be scared off if you can’t remember your high school lesson on the Magna Carta! Attorneys can volunteer in pairs, and we provide all of the materials needed to present on the topic.

Click here to view the available sessions.