Posts Tagged: Children and Youth

Honoring Jay McManus for his Commitment to Helping Children

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The BBA will be presenting Jay McManus, the Director of the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM), with the John G. Books Legal Service Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon this Friday. Jay epitomizes the public service-focused attorney that Beyond the Billable admires. Since 1999, Jay has served as a director of CLCM where he represented children on a number of issues, ranging from abuse and neglect to immigration concerns. The Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) began working with Jay in the same year when CLCM received a grant for its EdLaw Project. Under Jay’s leadership, attorneys work to ensure that Boston’s highest risk children receive a quality education by advocating for students in the school systems. The BBF has continued to support this initiative since 1999.

All the while, Jay has also been active in championing legislation addressing the legal needs of children and supporting children of Irish political prisoners affected by the conflict in Northern Ireland through the Massachusetts chapter of the IPPCH—“Because of the Children Program.”

Click here to learn more about Jay and his commitment to assisting children.

Mentors Make a Difference at Mayor’s Youth Council

This past year, Christina Miller (Suffolk District Attorney’s Office) and Ed Gorman (Law Office of Ed Gorman) served as mentors for the group of Boston Public High School juniors and seniors who have been selected to represent their neighborhoods in the Mayor’s Youth Council. In their role as mentors, Miller and Gorman helped guide students thought their program goals and develop skills in various capacities including executing and leading meetings. The BBA has co-sponsored the Mayor’s Youth Council with the Mayor’s Office and Northeastern University since 1994.

The Mayor’s Youth Council, a partnership between the BBA, Mayor’s Office and Northeastern University, gives young people the opportunity to reach out to other Boston teens. The BBA provides the Mayor’s Youth Council lawyer-mentors.

Beyond the Billable asked Miller about her favorite moment of the year. Here’s what she had to say:

“I have so many favorite moments that it is difficult to pick just one. If I have to pick, it would be the time I conducted a mock interview for a student who is on the Mayor’s Youth Council. She came across as shy at first and minimized her achievements. Instead of minimizing, we worked on her maximizing her experiences. She worked on positively presenting her work and how that work contributed to the public and made her a better leader. We worked on her handshake and posture, as well as other markers of confidence. She reported that she felt great about the interview and felt more confidently about herself – focusing on maximizing! It felt great to help her find the confidence within herself.”

For more information on the Mayor’s Youth Council, please contact Katie D’Angelo, public service programs coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

Mayor Menino Helps Kick Off BBA Summer Jobs Program

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Law Day Volunteers Step Up – Reach Record Number of Students

With the help of 41 volunteers, the Law Day in the Schools Program taught 782 Boston public school students about the issue of equality. Beyond the Billable would like to acknowledge the attorneys who volunteer their time to make this program possible.

Volunteer Attorney Michelle O’Brien (Mackie Shea O'Brien, PC) asks students in Mr. Lyndon’s 5th grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School what lawyers do.

Volunteer Attorney Michelle O’Brien (Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC) asks students in Mr. Lyndon’s 5th grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School what lawyers do.

Daryl Abbas, The Law Office of Daryl Abbas
Warren Agin, Swiggart & Agin, LLC
Laurie Alexander-Krom, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP
Jeffrey Becker, Office of the Corporation Counsel City of Boston
Susan Bernstein, Susan Bernstein Attorney of Law
Peter Berry, Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C.
Kristin Casavant, Jones Day
Kyle Childers, Boston University Law School
Veronica Contreras, Biogen Idec Inc.
Zeke Davisson, Pierce Atwood LLP
Timmery Donahue
Peter Durning, Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC
Jeremy Eisemann, Liberty Mutual Group
Matthew Fitzsimmons, Law Office of Matthew P. Fitzsimmons
Adam Foss, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Jamie Frank, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Patrick Hanley, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Richard Harper, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Kathleen Henry, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation
Rachel Hershfang, Securities & Exchange Commission
Matt Iler, Law Office of W. Matthew Iler, Jr.
Kate Isley, Pierce Atwood LLP
Anne Kaczmarek, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Michelle Kalas, Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Joe Keeney, Biogen Idec Inc.
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Keith Kollmeyer, Jones Day
Deborah Levine
E. Chouteau Levine, Levine Dispute Resolution Center LLC
Anthony Low
Lisa Menelly, Raytheon Company
Igor Novikov, Law Office of Igor Novikov, P.C.
Michelle O’Brien, Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC
Erika Reis, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Staci Rubin, Alternatives for Community & Environment
Kristen Scioli White, Boston Bar Association
Nancy Shilepsky, Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP
Jennifer Sieczkiewicz, Biogen Idec Inc.
Caroline Simons, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP-Boston
Gary Smith
Ilene Sunshine, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Amy Zahler, Biogen Idec Inc.
For more information on the Law Day in the Schools Program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

Law Day Volunteers Teach Record-Breaking Number of Students about Equality

Last week, 41 volunteer attorneys headed to Boston public elementary school and high school classrooms for the annual Law Day in the Schools Program on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The volunteers taught 782 students in seven Boston public schools about the issue of equality.

Beyond the Billable attended a few sessions to bring you a first-hand look at the program:

Volunteer Attorney Michelle O’Brien (Mackie Shea O'Brien, PC) asks students in Mr. Lyndon’s 5th grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School what lawyers do.

Volunteer Attorney Michelle O’Brien (Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC) asks students in Mr. Lyndon’s 5th grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School what lawyers do.

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Lisa Menelly (Raytheon Company) leads Ms. Pearl-Haynes’s 4th grade class at Mozart Elementary School in Roslindale in a discussion about what equality means.

Beyond the Billable also tracked down the volunteers to see what they had to say about their experiences:

I would encourage everyone to volunteer for the Law Day in the Schools. Not only was it personally fulfilling, it was really fun to be in a class where the students were so engaged and excited just to have a “real” lawyer in the classroom – something that’s definitely not a commonplace experience for them. In the class I taught, we went from general themes of equality under the law to a very spirited debate about whether kids should have the right to vote. (Consensus – only if they learn about the issues and don’t just vote for their friends!) It’s a terrific opportunity to inspire the next generation and remind ourselves how lawyers have been and continue to be a positive force for change. – Lisa Menelly (Raytheon Company), Volunteer Attorney for Kimberly Peart-Haynes’s 4th grade class at Mozart Elementary School.

Although some students were quiet at the beginning of the class, every one of them became passionately involved during the breakout sessions and presentations, which we organized as debates (a suggestion from one of the students). It was gratifying to hear all of the students sharing their ideas, suggestions, and viewpoints with each other. – Deborah Levine (SEC), Volunteer Attorney in Alan Humbert’s 11th & 12th grade class at West Roxbury Academy

I thoroughly enjoyed my participation in Law Day in the Schools. The fifth grade students were smart, engaged, and well behaved. It was a pleasure to hear their thoughts on what “equality” means and how they can help promote equality in their school and community. – Michelle O’Brien (Mackie Shea O’Brien, PC), Volunteer Attorney in Matthew Lyndon’s 5th grade class at Josiah Quincy Elementary School.

For more information on the Law Day in the Schools Program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

BBA President-Elect Shows Support for BDC’s Law Day

First Justice of the Brighton District Court Judge David Donnelly invited students from Saint Columbkille School, state and local officials, and business leaders to Brighton Court for its version of Law Day on Friday, May 3rd. BBA President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC) participated in the program, which included student essays and drawings on the 2013 ABA Law Day theme, “Realizing the Dream Equality for All.”

Here’s what Paul had to say about the event:

I was proud to represent the Boston Bar Association at Brighton District Court’s Law Day. Judge Donnelly shared valuable lessons on the issue of equality and honored the students’ thoughtful work with awards and citations. I look forward to next year’s event.

Beyond the Billable was on hand to capture the day:

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President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC Corporation) participated in the processional into the courtroom with other business leaders and state and local officials for the Brighton District Court’s Law Day program.

Chief Justice Charles Johnson (Boston Municipal Court), BBA President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC Corporation), and Judge David Donnelly (Brighton District Court) took part in the Brighton District Court's annual Law Day Celebration.

Chief Justice Charles Johnson (Boston Municipal Court), BBA President Elect Paul Dacier (EMC Corporation), and Judge David Donnelly (Brighton District Court) took part in the Brighton District Court’s annual Law Day Celebration.

Check back later this week to see pictures from the BBA’s Law Day in the Schools Program.

Law Day in the Schools Volunteers Gear Up for Upcoming Sessions

A number of Law Day in the Schools volunteers gathered in the Adam’s room at the BBA on Wednesday, April 24th to learn more about the program curriculum and to gain helpful tips during the training. Thirty-nine BBA volunteers are already scheduled to teach Boston Public High School students in seven schools about gender equality in the workplace.

Dara Kesselheim (Suffolk County District Attorney's Office) discussed ways to engage elementary school students during the activity to help them learn about equality.

Dara Kesselheim (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office) discussed ways to engage elementary school students during the activity to help them learn about equality.

Matt Welnicki (Melick & Porter, LLP), Dara Kesselheim( Suffolk County District Attorney's Office), and Emily Hodge (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP) led the Law Day in the Schools Training at the BBA on Wednesday.

Matt Welnicki (Melick & Porter LLP), Dara Kesselheim( Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office), and Emily Hodge (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP) led the Law Day in the Schools Training at the BBA on Wednesday.

To learn more about how to get involved in the program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

Volunteer for the Law Day in the Schools Program

Are you interested in teaching Boston public school students about equality? Volunteer for the 2013 Law Day in the Schools Program on May 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Lawyers can visit classrooms throughout city, teaching elementary, middle school and high school students about the 2013 ABA theme, “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The BBA provides volunteers with all the written materials for the Program and you can volunteer in pairs.

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Volunteer Emily Hodge (Choate Hall & Stewart LLP) leads students through a mock trial at Josiah Quincy Elementary School during the 2012 Law Day in the Schools Program.

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A second grade student thanks a volunteer for teaching her about the constitution and helping create classroom rules.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the available volunteer sessions on our website here. To learn more about curriculum and how to effectively teach the meetings, attend the Law Day in the Schools training April 24th from 8:30-9:30 am. You can sign up for the training here.

For more information on the program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org. 

This program is funded by the Francis S. Moran Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation.

Final 2013 Financial Literacy Module Teaches Students “Consequences” Of Poor Financial Decision Making

When people think of April, springtime, birds chirping and flowers blooming may come to mind. According to the U.S Government, however, April is officially National Financial Literacy Month, which is dedicated to highlighting the importance of financial literacy education and healthy financial decision making. April also marks the conclusion of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, which hosted its final “Consequences” module today. During the five consequences sessions, students witnessed a mock hearing presided over by Judges Frank Bailey, Joan Feeney and Melvin Hoffman at the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in Boston and Worcester. Beyond the Billable stopped by the court to bring you a firsthand look at the sessions:

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Boston Latin High School students watch a mock meeting of creditors and hearing with the debtor, “Sally Spender.”

Students from Another Course to College, Milton High School, and Peabody High School asked questions too learn about the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Students from Another Course to College, Milton High School, and Peabody High School asked questions to learn about the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

For more information about the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

March is a Big Month for Boston Debate League

As you’ve no doubt noticed, Beyond the Billable is always posting about our public service partnerships across Greater Boston. One of our newest partnerships is the Boston Debate League (BDL)—which works to develop academic debate skill among Boston Public High School students. As we learned when we sat down with two BDL representatives recently, March is a particularly busy month for the program, for both potential and past volunteers.

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A Boston Community Leadership Academy student and a New Mission High School student debate during a Boston Debate League round.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

(1) Are you looking to volunteer? Serve as a judge at the Fish & Richards City Debate Championships on March 15th or 16th at English High School and Trinity Middle School. Volunteers judge for about 4 hours and a short training is provided. Please contact Sarah Amaral, BDL Volunteer Coordinator, at sarah@bostondebate.org to sign up.

(2) Want to sit in on a debate session before volunteering? On March 19th you will have a chance to see the top debaters in action at the City Council Debate 2013 hosted by Councillor Charles Yancey. , where students will debate current Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority policies for an esteemed panel of judges. The event will take place from 5:30-7:30 pm at Boston City Hall.

(3) Have you volunteered as a judge or mentor? Don’t miss the chance to join the Boston Debate League in honoring the hard work of the debaters on March 22nd at the Annual Spring Awards Ceremony from 6-7:30pm. The event is hosted by the Boston University School of Education, the Boston University Black Law Student Association, and the Boston Debate League and will take place at the Boston University Law School Alumni Auditorium.

Did anything above catch your eye? Contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org for more information. To learn more about the impact BDL has on urban youth, click here.