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Students Experience City Council Firsthand

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) met with the students who served as City Council members at yesterday’s enrichment seminar to go over how the voting process works.

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) met with the students who served as City Council members at yesterday’s enrichment seminar to go over how the voting process works.

Yesterday morning, Boston City Council Chambers was filled with sounds of students debating the pros and cons of a law which would create a 9 pm curfew for people under the age of 17. Through the annual Mock City Council enrichment seminar, the BBA Summer Jobs students had the opportunity to test out their acting skills as they learned about the legislative process in the City of Boston.

With the help of former Boston City Council President Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody), students took on a variety of roles.  Some students served as representatives of the Boston Senior Alliance and the Pediatricians for Peace who advocated on behalf of the law, while other students acted as members of the Boston Teen Council and Neighborhood Merchants Association who opposed the law. The students put their debate skills to work in an effort to convince their peers, who served as City Council members, to vote in their favor. Not surprisingly, the student-led council voted again a curfew, which was viewed as too restrictive on the rights of teens.

Jose Maria, btb josea rising senior at New Mission High School and an intern at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, argued on behalf of the Boston Teen Council. Here’s what he had to say about the Mock City Council hearing:

“I really enjoyed [the Mock hearing] and it’s a really good opportunity to learn what happens in the City…It was nice to know that we were dealing with real life situations.”

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We also checked in with Rusheika Gordon, an intern at Pierce Atwood LLP, who served as the spokesperson for the Neighborhood Merchants Association. Beyond the Billable asked Rusheika why she volunteered to speak for her group and what she learned from the experience. Here’s what she had to say:

“I felt like it was time for me to step up and do something out of my comfort zone and try to present my ideas. I enjoyed having questions posed and being prepared to respond back. I learned to think on my feet. “

Take a look below for more images from the morning:

Thomas Vu, who is interning at Nixon Peabody LLP this summer, served as City Council President.

Thomas Vu, who is interning at Nixon Peabody LLP this summer, served as City Council President.

 

Jose Maria, who is interning at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, presented arguments against the proposed curfew on behalf of the Boston Teen Council.

Jose Maria, who is interning at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, presented arguments against the proposed curfew on behalf of the Boston Teen Council.

Liraniz Colon, who is interning at the Volunteers Lawyers Project, cited the importance of sleep for teenagers and argued in favor of the proposed law on behalf of the group, Pediatricians for Peace.

Liraniz Colon, who is interning at the Volunteers Lawyers Project, cited the importance of sleep for teenagers and argued in favor of the proposed law on behalf of the group, Pediatricians for Peace.

 Rusheika Gordan, who is interning at Pierce Atwood LLP, responded to questions from the City Council members after presenting arguments against the law on behalf of the Neighborhood Merchants Association.

Rusheika Gordon, who is interning at Pierce Atwood LLP, responded to questions from the City Council members after presenting arguments against the law on behalf of the Neighborhood Merchants Association.

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) handed over the gavel to his firm’s summer intern, Thomas Vu, who served as City Council President during the hearing.

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) handed over the gavel to his firm’s summer intern, Thomas Vu, who served as City Council President during the hearing.

BBA Summer Jobs Program Kicks Off

The 64 Boston public high school students pose with Summer Jobs Co-Chair Jeff Mittleman, MBLA President Doreen Rachal, Mayor Marty Walsh, BBA President Paul Dacier, and Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo.

The 64 Boston public high school students pose with Summer Jobs Co-Chair Jeff Mittleman, MBLA President Doreen Rachal, Mayor Marty Walsh, BBA President Paul Dacier, and Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo.

 

Monday morning marked the start of the 21st year of the BBA Summer Jobs Program with the annual Kickoff Event. This star-studded event, featuring Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association President Doreen Rachal, and Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo (also a former BBA Summer Jobs student), celebrated the start of the program and pumped students up for their first day of work. Both Doreen and Mayor Walsh encourage the students to take advantage of their summer internship. When Mayor Walsh addressed the students, he explained, “You can start to build you career this summer and you can start to build your dreams.” With these words of encouragement fresh in their minds, the 64 students headed out to their law offices for their first day of work.

If you missed the excitement,  Beyond the Billable has you covered. Take a look below for highlights from the morning:

Keynote speaker Doreen Rachal, the president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, told the students about her own career path and encouraged the students to take advantage of this opportunity to gain professional experience.

Keynote speaker Doreen Rachal, the President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, told the students about her own career path and encouraged the students to take advantage of this opportunity to gain professional experience.

 

Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City Boston and former BBA Summer Jobs Student, spoke with Summer Jobs Interns Jerry Rodriguez and Romana Hussain about their internships.

Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City Boston and former BBA Summer Jobs Student, spoke with Summer Jobs Interns Jerry Rodriguez and Romana Hussain about their internships.

 

Mayor Marty Walsh emphasized the students’ unique opportunity to learn about the legal field and encourages the students to take full advantage of this experience.

Mayor Marty Walsh emphasized the students’ unique opportunity to learn about the legal field and encouraged the students to take full advantage of this experience.

Emily Schnure (Nixon Peabody) introduced BBA Council Member Navjeet Bal (Nixon Peabody)to their Summer Jobs Student Thomas Vu, who just graduated from Boston Latin Academy, at the Kickoff Event.

Emily Schnure (Nixon Peabody) introduced BBA Council Member Navjeet Bal (Nixon Peabody)to their Summer Jobs Student Thomas Vu, who just graduated from Boston Latin Academy.

Romana Hussain, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy, will be interning at Thornton & Naumes, LLP with Loretta Connelly (Thornton & Naumes, LLP).

Romana Hussain, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy, will be interning at Thornton & Naumes, LLP with Loretta Connelly (Thornton & Naumes, LLP).

Mayor Marty Walsh posed with Sarah Lloyd-Wingard and Keila Gomes, who are interning at the City of Boston’s Office of the Corporation Counsel this summer.

Mayor Marty Walsh posed with Sarah Lloyd-Wingard and Keila Gomes, who are interning at the City of Boston’s Office of the Corporation Counsel this summer.

Summer Jobs Students Prepped for Success at Orientation

 

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Last Thursday, 16 Beacon bustling with its usual activity. What set this particular Thursday apart was that it wasn’t lawyers packing the BBA’s conference rooms for networking and legal education events, but 64 Boston public high school students.  The BBA Summer Jobs students started their morning in the Conference Center getting to know one another and getting the low down on what to expect, not only on their first day of work, but throughout the entire summer.  Career Specialist Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) and former Summer Jobs student Emmanuelle Renelique (WilmerHale) helped calm the students’ first office job nerves by offering helpful tips to prepare them, including appropriate dress code for an office setting and suggestions on how to interact with their coworkers.

Take a look below for highlights from the morning:

Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) teaches the students the importance of introducing yourself to coworkers in the office and being confident when you meet new people.

Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) teaches the students the importance of introducing yourself to coworkers in the office and being confident when you meet new people.

Students listen carefully to the tips on how to make the most of their summer internships.

Students listen carefully to the tips on how to make the most of their summer internships.

Emmanuelle Renelique (WilmerHale) participated in the BBA Summer Jobs Program when she was in high school and now works at WilmerHale. She shared her own experience with the students and explained how this job was the first step in building their future careers.

Emmanuelle Renelique (WilmerHale) participated in the BBA Summer Jobs Program when she was in high school and now works at WilmerHale. She shared her own experience with the students and explained how this job was the first step in building their future careers.

Stay tuned for more on our Summer Jobs students as they get situated in their offices.

 

Employers Gear Up for Summer Jobs Students

Boston Private Industry Council Career Specialists Teresa Alleyne and Rose Delorme spoke with employers about working with Boston public high school students and provided tips for helping students to excel in their first professional job.

Boston Private Industry Council Career Specialists Teresa Alleyne and Rose Delorme spoke with employers about working with Boston public high school students and provided tips for helping students to excel in their first professional job.

With the start date of the BBA Summer Jobs Program fast approaching, the students’ supervisors from the various law firms and offices gathered at 16 Beacon yesterday morning to prep for a great summer. With the help of Boston Private Industry Council Career Specialists Teresa Alleyne and Rose Delorme, attendees learned more about the variety of the students’ backgrounds (which we addressed in this post) and how to help high school students excel in their first professional job. Veteran Summer Jobs employers Matt McTygue (Edwards Wildman Palmer), Christina Miller (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office), and Elaine Carmichael (DLA Piper) also presented, offering suggestions on potential projects and enrichment opportunities so employers can help students maximize their summer.

Interested in learning more about the exciting opportunities that our employers provide to their interns? Check out a few highlights below. This summer, students will:

  • Research a Supreme Court case and present the key facts to partners at their firm.
  • Learn to network by striving to collect 100 business cards from legal professionals throughout the summer.
  • Summarize cases and write legal memos.
  • Work with their employer to fill out the Common Application for college.

Don’t worry. We’ll be keeping our loyal readers updated on all of the exciting projects our students will be working on this summer.

 

 

Straight from the Students Part 2: Why Do You Want to Participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

 

BBA Summer Jobs students look forward to the exploring the legal field and gaining professional experience each summer.

BBA Summer Jobs students look forward to the exploring the legal field and gaining professional experience each summer.

Last week, Beyond the Billable shared some amazing responses from three of our future Summer Jobs students on why they wanted to participate in the program. Those weren’t the only student we heard from, but the responses we so good that one Beyond the Billable post couldn’t contain them. In part 2 of “Straight from the Students,” we’re sharing three more responses from this year’s students.

Take a look below:

“I am considering a career in the legal profession because I know that as a Lawyer, I would be able to confront many unjust actions and help maintain a balance in society. I am an immigrant from a country called Bangladesh. From my experiences in Bangladesh, I remember all the wrongs in society I have witnessed…In Bangladesh, I used to think such chaos was normal, but being in the USA, I have changed that perspective, and I want to help others to recognize it too. The laws and rules keep a balance in society which inspires me to consider a profession in the field of law.”– Romana Hussain, rising junior, Boston Latin Academy

“I think my experience so far in life has really shown me how important a legal professional can be in someone’s life. I was not born in the United States. I was born in a Sudanese refugee camp. But, my family is from another country in Africa called Eritrea. My family left Eritrea because of the violence and political problems. Sudan is also a place that has a lot of issues and instability. In both of these places I have seen a lot of hate and violence against people because they have different ethnicities, religions, and races…And, this all has happened because there was no law to protect the people from such injustice. One day, I want to work with the law to be able to help people from my country and communities have peace, justice, and a better life.”— Hermuna Taib, rising senior, East Boston High School

“This Summer Job opportunity would provide me not only with the chance to experience what working in a legal office may be like, but also with the chance of discovering what truly interests me and to discover the means of getting myself here. It will also give me insight on what I would like to focus on: do I want to be a lawyer for a transactional firm or a civil litigation firm?”— Margaret Peña, rising senior, Boston Latin School

Stay tuned for more on the 64 Boston public high school students participating in the program this year.

Boston Bar Foundation Funds 14 BPS Students This Summer

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Last Year’s  13 BBF-funded Summer Jobs students, their employers, and the sponsoring firms at a BBF sponsored Breakfast that took place at the BBA.

Our longtime readers are very familiar with the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. They know all about this year’s 64 students and the amazing diversity they represent in our city. They’ve followed past students through their first day of work, weekly enrichment seminars and graduation. One thing we haven’t talked as much about is the impact Boston Bar Foundation funds have on the program.

This year, 14 students will benefit from paid summer internships at legal service and government agencies across Boston thanks to the BBF. In the past, these students have had some pretty incredible experiences.

We thought Beyond the Billable was the perfect place to clarify the BBA/BBF Summer Jobs relationship as we get ready to kick off an amazing summer. We’ll keep it pretty simple. The BBA runs the program, which includes organizing enrichment seminars, the Kickoff and graduation, working with the PIC and Boston Public Schools to select the students, and recruiting law firms and offices to fund positions for the students. The BBF funds additional job placements in legal service and government agencies thanks to the generosity of area law firms, businesses and individuals, as well as the support of the sponsors and attendees from the BBF’s Casino Night fundraiser.

This year’s BBF students will gain experience in a professional setting and participate in enrichment seminars on professional development, financial literacy, and student loans.  Check out where the BBF funded students will be working below:

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

We’ll be following the BBF students closely this summer, so make sure to keep checking Beyond the Billable for more. To learn more about how the BBF supports the Summer Jobs Program, please visit the BBF’s website here.

The BBF would like to thank Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Hemenway & Barnes, Arrowood Peters LLP and Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Weist & Garner, P.C. for their generous donations to the BBF to fund Summer Jobs positions.

Straight from the Students Part 1: Why Do You Want to Participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

 

The students who participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program are looking for opportunities to learn about the legal field, gain work experience, and earn a pay check.

The students who participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program are looking for opportunities to learn about the legal field, gain work experience, and earn a pay check.

As all of our Beyond the Billable readers know by now, the BBA Summer Jobs Program places Boston public high school students at law firms and offices throughout the city. With over 100 qualified applicants vying for 64 positions, the application process is a competitive one. Each student must submit an application, resume, recommendations, and a written an essay detailing why they want to participate in the BBA’s program. We’ve received some very impressive responses, and are delighted to share what some of our accepted students had to say in their essays about spending their summer interning at law firms and legal offices.

Here’s a look at what the students had to say:

“I wish to participate in the Boston Bar Association’s program because I want to gain experience working in a law firm. In addition, this program offers the opportunity to attend law-related seminars, which I would love to experience… I know that this opportunity will help me sharpen my reasoning, analytical and critical thinking skills and help me become the passionate and dedicated lawyer I know I can be.”– Joyce Huang, rising senior, Fenway High School

“I would love to participate in the summer jobs program because it will give me great insight into a day in the life of a legal professional. The amount of experience that the program will provide me with is priceless. I will be very grateful to be gaining such plentiful experience in high school so that I can have a head start on my law career.”– Fatima Doumbia, rising junior, Boston Community Leadership Academy

“I would like to specialize in cases such as divorce, child or elder abuse, domestic violence, and confidentiality. I believe that paying attention to these problems will reduce the amount of the times it happens…This internship will be helpful because it would not only begin preparing me for the career, but it will also be preparing me for college and life.”– Janelys Pimentel, rising senior, West Roxbury Academy

Impressed? So were we. But that’s not all – we got so many great responses that we had to break this post into two parts. Stay tuned next week for part 2 and throughout the summer to hear more about the students’ once they begin work on June 30th.

A Snapshot of Our Summer Jobs Students

The BBA Summer Jobs Program places students from various Boston neighborhoods and schools at internships at law firms and legal departments throughout the city.

The BBA Summer Jobs Program places students from various Boston neighborhoods and schools at internships at law firms and legal departments throughout the city.

As the start of the BBA Summer Jobs Program approaches (Kickoff is scheduled for June 30th), we are hard at work finalizing job placements for the 64 Boston public high school students who will be interning at various law firms and offices throughout the city. One thing that stuck out to us was the incredible diversity of this year’s students. Check this out — this year’s students hail from

  • 12 of Boston’s neighborhoods,
  • 19 different Boston Public Schools,
  • and perhaps most incredibly, speak 15 different languages.

We broke down the amazing variety of schools, languages and neighborhoods for our readers below. Take a look:

Languages
Amharic
Arabic
Bengali
Cantonese
Cape Verdean Creole
English
French
Haitian Creole
Hindi
Mandarin
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Vietnamese
Yoruba

Schools
Another Course to College
Boston Community Leadership Academy
Boston International High School
Boston Latin Academy
Charlestown High School
Codman Academy
Community Academy of Science and Health
Cristo Rey High school
East Boston High School
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
English High School
Excel High School
Fenway High School
Jeremiah E. Burke High School
John D. O’Bryant High School of Math & Science
Josiah Quincy Upper School
New Mission High School
TechBoston Academy
West Roxbury Academy

Neighborhoods
Allston
Brighton
Charlestown
Dorchester
East Boston
Hyde Park
Mattapan
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West Roxbury

Stay tuned for more the students, we’ll be regularly updating our readers on the students’ progress this summer as they head off to work at the end of the month.

Numbers Don’t Lie – Summer Jobs Make a Difference

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Each summer, the City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel hires two students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Our longtime Beyond the Billable readers know how focused the BBA is on providing Summer Jobs for Boston youth. That’s why in addition to sharing stories of our own student’s successes, we are always looking to track down research supporting the impact of these initiatives. In a recent Boston Globe article by Ruth Graham titled: Are Teen Jobs Becoming a Luxury Good?, Graham investigates racial and wealth inequalities of high schools students working during the summer, and how that can impact their overall success when it comes to education and income later in life. Here’s one excerpt that struck us:

They end up with better adult jobs and higher incomes, according to studies, as well as stronger “soft skills” like dependability, punctuality, confidence, and communication. For boys, especially, the chances of enrolling in and graduating from college are significantly higher for those who worked in high school. “Work experience matters a lot,” said Paul Harrington, director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University.

The article also shared some sobering statistics on the current summer jobs situation*:

  •  On average only about 25% of students age 16-19 work in a given month, the lowest rate since the 1940’s, and 20% lower than in 2000.
  •  In summer 2012 only 21 % of teenagers from low-income families worked at all
  •  38 % of teenagers with household incomes between $100,000 and $150,000 worked last summer.
  •  White teenagers were 2 times as likely to have worked last summer as black teens.
  •  Last summer, almost ½ of all white male teens with family incomes between $100,000 and $149,000 had jobs
  •  Only 9.1 % of black male teens with families in the lowest income group had jobs last summer.
  •  Teenagers who work in high school and college wind up with salaries 16 % higher than teens who don’t work.
  •  “Low-promise” respondents—those who have poor grades and low education goals—were almost 3 times as likely to acquire a college degree if they worked consistently approximately 14 hours a week.

These studies, and others, have shown that low-income teens and those who struggle in school benefit most dramatically from working, and in addition, are more likely to contribute their income to family earnings. Through the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program, thanks to the generous support of law firms and legal organizations, we are able to find paid summer jobs for 64 Boston public school students and help change the cycles of inequality in our city. Learn more or join our effort to support Boston youth here.

*Please reference article for citations

Who Called You Today? Mayor Walsh Makes Calls on Behalf of Boston Youth

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Are you on the 2014 BBA Summer Jobs Roster? If not, watch your caller id — you may receive a call from Mayor Marty Walsh encouraging you to hire a Boston teen this summer. The Mayor is working tirelessly to secure 12,000 jobs for Boston teens. Take a look at the video below for a firsthand look at the recruitment effort:

Law firms can support the Mayor’s initiative by participating in the BBA Summer Jobs Program, which partners with the City of Boston and Boston Private Industry Council to place Boston Public High School students in eight week internships in the legal field. Click here to see who has already made the commitment to support a a program record of 63 Boston youth this summer.

For more information on the Mayor’s efforts, check out this article in the Boston Globe.