Posts Tagged: US Bankruptcy Court

Students Selected for the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program

Earlier this winter, The Boston Bar Association announced its new Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program, giving two outstanding law students access to critical work experience through paid summer internships. These internships provide practical experience in developing legal research and writing skills, expanding professional networks, and accessing tailored programming at the BBA.

This year’s summer interns are Anna Cardoso, a first-year Boston University Law student, who will be interning at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, and Emaan Syed, second-year Suffolk University Law student, who will be interning at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, under Justice Melvin S. Hoffman.

Cardoso previously interned with Bay Area Legal Aid as a JusticeCorps member, where she discovered how income equality and lack of access to healthcare, healthy housing, and support keeps domestic violence victims in a cycle of violence. She also assisted litigants with filing court forms and writing declarations in support of these forms, which helped her effectively communicate legal issues to individuals without legal experience. She noted on her application, “I am dedicated to advancing social justice and equity from all sides. Preventing health care abuse is particularly important to me because no one deserves to be exploited at their most vulnerable.”

Syed’s focus is on bankruptcy law. She worked at BNY Melon as a fund accountant, where she managed accounting and custody reporting for several billion-dollar portfolios. She also interned at both the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure and at the Massachusetts Appleseed Center, where she researched the effects of the court cell phone ban policy on indigent clients. From her application, she stated, “As a Pakistani Muslim immigrant, I understand that it is of utmost importance to look at the disparity of low-income families and individuals and address the issues the people in these communities face. As an intern at the Bankruptcy Court, I will use my experience to pursue a career in protecting and advocating for the underprivileged, an opportunity that I hold as an honor in the ability to better their lives.”   

These new internships supplement the BBA’s longstanding summer internship program, which has been providing unpaid legal internships for law students from diverse backgrounds to work in courts and government offices across the Commonwealth for nearly a decade. More than 130 promising law students have participated in the program, gaining critical work experience through this unique opportunity.

Funding for these new positions has been provided by the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF). A generous donation provided to the BBF will provide a $5,000 stipend to the intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Funding for a second $5,000 stipend for the intern working in the judges’ chambers of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will be provided by the BBF’s Charles P. Normandin Fund. Established in 2006, this fund supports the BBA’s bankruptcy law-related public service projects, including our popular M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

We’re proud to expand our existing diversity initiatives, and to further support the passion and commitment of law students dedicated to the public interest.

Reflections on an Internship at the US Bankruptcy Court

This semester, the BBA’s Judicial Internship Program welcomed a new partnership with the US Bankruptcy Court to place one deserving student in a semester-long internship with Chief Judge Frank Bailey. Suffolk Law 3L Roxana Babaei was selected after a competitive application process. Beyond the Billable reached out to Roxana to see how her semester is going so far. Here’s what she had to say:

“I discovered the Judicial Internship program while exploring the BBA’s website over the summer.  I submitted my application in hopes of finding an internship position which was in line with my interests and potential practice areas of law.  I was thrilled when the BBA contacted me regarding the opportunity with Chief Judge Frank J. Bailey at the US Bankruptcy Court here in Boston.

It’s such a privilege to be working with Judge Bailey and the other members of his chambers.  The internship has added a dynamic layer of learning to my law school experience.  As a 3L at Suffolk University Law School with a professional background in banking and business, the internship is providing me with an interesting new view of debtor/creditor relationships and greater insight into both consumer and corporate finance issues.  I look forward to working with Judge Bailey through the end of the semester and remain very optimistic regarding my future professional opportunities as a result of this placement.”

The Judicial Internship Program is sponsored by the BBA’s Pipeline & Recruitment Committee of the Diversity & Inclusion Section. The program places diverse Boston area law students in part-time internships in Boston Municipal Courts, District Courts and now the US Bankruptcy Court during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer. Students interested in participating in the program for the spring semester should contact Susan Helm at [email protected] for details. More information on the program is available here.