Earlier this month, the incoming Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) participants attended an orientation meeting to review the year ahead. Orientation was followed by a reception for PILP alumni to meet the new class and provide advice for the upcoming year.
The incoming class joins a network of over 150 attorneys who’ve pledged their time to promote public service and civic engagement in their communities.
Since we last caught up with the Summer Jobs Program, the students participated in a speed networking seminar, meeting attorneys and legal staff from a wide variety of practice areas and fields. This provided the students a chance to ask questions about particular career paths and hear advice for a young person considering law school in the future. Ashley Berger (Student, Suffolk University Law School), Lurleen Gannon (First Deputy General Counsel, MBTA), Michael Kippins (Associate, Prince Lobel Tye LLP), Natasha Lewis (Supervising Staff Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project), Daniel McGarry (Paralegal, Robins Kaplan), and Sammy Nabulsi (Assistant, Corporation Counsel, City of Boston) all spoke to the students about their experiences and reinforced Tidwell’s remarks at the Kickoff that there’s no one clear path to becoming a lawyer or working in law. For many of the students, this is one of their favorite seminars because it exposes them to work they might not see in their office.
This week, the students were introduced to the importance of local government by participating in a mock Boston City Council hearing with past City Council president, Larry DiCara (Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP). DiCara described what it was like being the youngest person appointed to City Council and how much he enjoyed serving his city. For their mock hearing, the students broke into various interest groups to discuss a hypothetical curfew of 9:00 PM for teens 16 years old and younger. After hearing arguments from all sides, the students appointed to the mock council voted to keep the curfew but raise the time it’s implemented each day to 11:00 PM. After the seminar, one student noted that the mock hearing was good practice to participate in local government.