As the BBA prepares to graduate 58 summer jobs students, Beyond the Billable wanted to take the opportunity to look back at some of our past graduates to see where they are now. Fortunately for us, we had a chance run in with Sam Faisal, who interned at the BBA last summer through the Summer Jobs Program. During our chance encounter with Sam we found out he is spending the summer working for William Roa, a public defender in Boston. He has been going to court, interviewing clients, and preparing for the start of a new case next week.
Beyond the Billable asked Sam how the BBA Summer Jobs Program prepared him for his current summer internship. Here’s what he had to say:
“It prepared me for the office environment. I also realized that some days may not be what you expect, but you have to make the best of it. The more experience you get, the better prepared you will be. “
Sam is a rising sophomore at Johnson & Wales University where he studies criminal justice.
The Summer Jobs students participated in the Consequences module of the Financial Literacy Program this morning at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
At the last session of the BBA’s Financial Literacy Program, the Summer Jobs students received firsthand lessons about the consequences of poor financial decision-making directly from the source — the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. With the help of Judge Joan Feeney and a number of volunteer bankruptcy attorneys, the students witnessed a mock Meeting of Creditors and mock Chapter 13 hearing. The session finished with a brief presentation by Beatriz Mejia, a BBF-funded students who interned at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court this summer. She outlined the different chapters of bankruptcy and reiterated the importance of saving and planning your finances for college, especially because students loans are nondischargeable in bankruptcy.
Here’s a look at the morning:
Beatriz Mejia, a Summer Jobs intern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, walked the students through the different chapters of bankruptcy.
Judge Joan Feeney showed the Summer Jobs students how the court’s computer system works during their visit to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The BBF hosted a breakfast this morning for the 13 BBF-funded Summer Jobs students, their employers, and the sponsoring firms.
This morning, the BBA’s Claflin Center was abuzz with Summer Jobs students exchanging stories about their summer positions, including interesting office projects and recent courtroom experiences at the BBF Summer Jobs breakfast. Thanks to donations from a number of local law firms, the BBF increased its support of the Summer Jobs Program by funding 13 positions at nonprofit and government agencies this year. In order to celebrate this record-breaking year and the hard work of the students, the BBF hosted a celebratory breakfast to thank the firms for their donations and congratulated the students on their hard work this summer. Last week BBF students shared their favorite experience of the summer with BBA Week, and this morning they had the chance to share with those who made their summer experience possible.
Christina Miller (Suffolk District Attorney’s Office) and her summer intern Benjamin Haideri and Georgia Katsoulomitis (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute) and her summer intern Sarah Williams shared their summer experiences with Kate Carter (Dain Torpy, P.C.). Dain Torpy, P.C. generously donated to the BBF to support the Summer Jobs Program.
Summer Jobs Steering Committee Co-Chair Ned Notis-McConarty (Hemenway & Barnes) thanked the sponsoring firms for their support of the program and encouraged the students to share what they have learned this summer.
BBA Week features two articles that highlight the Summer Jobs students at the their placements. Stephan Pierre, a rising senior at Brighton High School, is interning at Hinckley Allen & Snyder this summer.
Throughout the summer, Beyond the Billable has updated readers on the Summer Jobs Program, including the enrichment seminars and kickoff event. Last Thursday’s BBA Week featured two great articles that show a closer look at the day-to-day experiences of the students in their job placements. In the first article we hear from the 13 Boston Public High School students funded by the Boston Bar Foundation on their work this summer at local nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The second piece is the first in a series of articles showcasing students and their summer internships, including feedback from their supervisors. The BBA Summer Jobs Program wrapping up in the coming weeks, so check back soon to hear what students have to say about their summers.
Jillian Vorce spoke with the Summer Jobs students about professional networking this morning.
This morning at 16 Beacon, BBA Summer Jobs students milled around the room smiling and shaking each other hands. No, they weren’t just happy to see each other – they were participating in an exercise as part of their most recent enrichment seminar on professional networking. Jillian Vorce from the Jillian Group led the exercise and provided the students with advice and guidance on the importance of networking, tips on how to network, and ways to continue to nurture your network. Jillian emphasized the importance of “building your bridge before you need it,” and encouraged the students to start building a network while they were in high school.
Here is what two Summer Jobs interns said about the session:
Jesus Martinez, an intern at Casner & Edwards who just graduated from Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
“It was a really good refresher on applied networking. I had forgotten about a lot of the tips she mentioned.”
Nathalie Lamour, intern at DLA Piper who just graduated from West Roxbury Academy
“I really like the session. When she discussed the importance of smiling and shaking people’s hands, I realized I never do this. I am going to put in more effort now.”
The Summer Jobs students will attend their last Thursday morning enrichment seminar at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court next week.
The Nelson Fellows completed the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program with a trip to the Bankruptcy Court for the Consequences module this morning.
As you’ve heard in past posts, one of the benefits of the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program is their weekly enrichment programs, including modules of the BBA’s M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program on important issues like buying a car and learning the consequences of poor financial decisions. Due to the popularity of the BBA program, however, summer jobs students at the Judge David S. Nelson Fellowship Program of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Boston Private Industry Council students working at Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have all benefited from lessons on the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances
The BBA and its group of volunteers were thrilled to offer this program to more youth in Massachusetts.
This morning, the Summer Jobs students traveled to the John Adams Courthouse for a tour of the courthouse and a meeting with Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margot Botsford. Highlights of the morning included touring exhibits on John Adams and the Sacco and Vanzetti Trial and meeting with Justice Margot Botsford to learn more about the legal system in Massachusetts.
Beyond the Billable asked Lauren Galloway, a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Pierce Atwood, why she enjoyed the session.
“I was able to roam the rooms of past judges, including Oliver Wendell Holmes. I took an AP History course in school and it was cool to be able to relive history.”
Here are a few more photos from the visit:
The Summer Jobs students met with Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margot Botsford to hear about her career and the legal system in Massachusetts.
Students toured the John Adams Courthouse this morning.
The students will return to the John Adams Courthouse on August 22nd for their graduation ceremony.
The Summer Jobs students participated in a mock City Council meeting this morning.
This morning, an ordinance filed by the Mayor about a curfew for young people under the age of 17 was hotly debated in the Boston City Council Chambers. The Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly, the Association of Main Street Businesses, the Mayor’s Youth Council, and Pediatricians for Peace presented their positions to the City Council Committee, which after deliberating, voted against the curfew for teenagers.
Surprised you didn’t hear about this issue in the local news? Don’t be — this was an enrichment exercise for the BBA Summer Jobs students, who debated a pretend ordinance to learn more about the legislative process. Larry DiCara, a partner at Nixon Peabody and former president and member of the Boston City Council, led the session and gave the students a firsthand look at how City Council makes decisions. We asked Larry to discuss the value of the seminar:
“Young people need to understand the importance of the legislative process. They also need to be aware of the role which interest groups play in advancing the passage of legislation. Playing the role of the Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly might not be easy for high school juniors, but is essential to their grasping how democracy works.”
After the seminar, Beyond the Billable caught up with a couple of students after the session to hear about their experience.
David Lozano, a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Nixon Peabody, played the Council President.
“I think it was really cool to use the room. Even if the mock City Council meeting was not real, it is a good representation of what really happens. Debating the issue showed that City Council’s decisions aren’t based on one person’s position but that decisions are based on a lot of deliberation.
Julia Pan, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy and intern at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, provided a spirited performance as the representative for the Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly.
“[The enrichment seminar] was really interactive and I liked that I got to participate throughout the session. Larry really engaged all of the students.”
Here are a few more highlights from the morning:
Cynthia Peguero, a rising senior at Jeremiah E. Burke High School and intern at Shaevel & Krems, presented the position of the Association of Main Street Businesses to the City Council Committee.
After hearing from the different interest groups, the City Council Committee discussed their opinions on the ordinance before voting.
Next week, the students travel to another offsite enrichment seminar at the Supreme Judicial Court.
David Rozenson taught the Summer Jobs students about car loans and the cost of purchasing a car as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.
This morning, BBA Summer Jobs students participated in “Buying a Car,” a module of the BBA’s M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. This module is just one session of the four part program, which teaches high school students about the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances. The program has set records this year, reaching more than 1,300 students across Massachusetts. Here’s another incredible stat: the program provided financial literacy education to more students during the 2013 program year than it reached in all of its previous years combined, 2005-2012. This incredible growth is thanks to the BBA’s volunteers and the quality of its programming.
Raenelle Teesdale, a recent graduate of John D. O’Bryant School who is interning at Chu, Ring, and Hazel LLP this summer, has been thinking about buying a car.
Here is what she had to say about this morning’s session:
“The session had me thinking about all of the possible expenses when buying a car including gas, insurance, and the payments. I’m not saying I won’t buy a car, but I now know that I need to be more financial stable before purchasing one.”
In mid-August, the Summer Jobs students will visit the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the final module—Consequences—to learn about the repercussions of poor financial decision-making.
Alexandra Williams, a 2008 Summer Jobs alum, is interning with the BBA’s finance department this summer.
After her sophomore year at Boston Latin School, Alexandra Williams landed her first office job as a summer intern at Holland & Knight through the BBA’s 2008 Summer Jobs Program. Now a rising senior at Georgetown University majoring in operations and information management, Alexandra again connected with the BBA to procure a summer job – but in a new role. She is interning with the BBA’s finance department this summer, compiling data for the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts launched by BBA President J.D. Smeallie earlier this year.
Beyond the Billable sat down to talk to Alexandra about her Summer Jobs experience and the impact of the program. She explained that was the first time that she worked in a professional setting with adults:
“I remember being scared before my first day because it was my first office job working with adults. [The Holland & Knight employees] treated me like a regular employee. It gave me more confidence because no one was treating me like a child anymore. That confidence not only helped me that summer, but as I went on to college and worked at other jobs and internships.”
Alexandra is yet another example of the lasting impact of the program on the students’ professional experiences—even outside of the field of law. After another legal internship, Alexandra decided that becoming a lawyer was not the right career choice for her. Nevertheless, the program helped prepare her for her future professional and academic endeavors by giving her confidence early in her career.
For the record, Alexandra stills calls Holland & Knight her favorite job and highlighted the benefit of participating in the program’s enrichment seminars while working throughout the summer.
After hiring Alexandra this summer, the BBA can personally attest to the quality of the students that the program produces.