Since its inception in 2015, the Boston Bar Association’s Bar Exam Coaching Program has matched 341 exam takers with coaches that assist with the non-substantive aspects of the bar exam. The program has two sessions each year, preparing exam takers for both the February and July exams. We recently wrapped up the July session for those taking the bar on July 26th and 27th.
This program would not be possible without our volunteer coaches. Coaches provide applicants with advice as they prepare for the bar-exam as well as a direct support system from someone who has been in the applicant’s shoes before. Join us in thanking our list of volunteers below!
Jon Bartelson (Committee for Public Services)
Karen Bobadilla (De Novo)
Sydney Burns (Prince Lobel Tye LLP)
Jessica Conklin (Laredo & Smith, LLP)
Lesley Chuang (DLA Piper)
Alexa Daniel (Boston Bar Association)
Blair Edwards (Cooley LLP)
Rontear Farmer (Department of Labor Standards)
Scott Garland (Affiliated Monitors, Inc.)
Lauren Hamill (Day Pitney LLP)
Kaitlyn Hansen (Peabody & Arnold LLP)
Alexandra Klindienst (Massachusetts Appeals Court)
Kristy Lavigne (Massachusetts Office of Bar Counsel)
Ginny Lee (Mintz)
Cathleen Liacos (Arrowood LLP)
Leslie Ann Lopez (Buoy Health)
Sara Mackey (Boston Bar Association)
Mackenzie Mayberry (Buoy Health)
Jenna Miara (MA IOLTA Committee)
Josh Miller (Acadia Management Co.)
Carlos Monroy (Chartwell Law)
Chris Mooney (Sullivan & Young, LLP)
Kaitlin Morel (Strang, Scott & Giroux)
Sean Nabi (Olympus Corporation)
Kianna Phillips (Mintz)
Mikaela Rice (Strang, Scott & Giroux, LLP)
Julia Royce (Sherin & Lodgen)
Anant Saraswat (Wolf Greenfield)
Dimitri Skuret (Rob Levine & Associates)
Rachna Vyas (Choate)
William Walsh (Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C.)
In addition to the coaching component of our program, the BBA also hosted four workshops. These workshops provided substantive and practical advice to applicants, providing them with crucial information to help improve their scores and overall well-being while preparing for the bar exam.
Our first workshop, led by Adrian Velazquez (Committee for Public Counsel Services), Eunice Aikins-Afful (Dragonfly Therapeutics), and Jonathan Schreiber (Massachusetts Association of Realtors) on June 1st, provided attendees with crucial tips for the essay portions of the exam. Our Stress Management workshop on June 8th, led by Dr. Healy (Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc.), encouraged our bar applicants to prioritize their mental health as they prepare for the exam and it provided them with valuable resources to rely on for support. Our last set of workshops, led by Nicholas Horan (Boston University School of Law) on June 14th and June 15th, focused on preparing for the MBE and MPT portions of the bar exam.
We wish all of the July 2022 applicants in our Bar Exam Coaching Program the greatest luck and success with the exam and we look forward to offering this program again to February 2023 applicants!
The BBA Bar Exam Coaching Program is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Public Service Grant, which supports the public service and pro bono projects of the BBA.