Judicial Internship Offers First Hand Look Inside the Courts
Beyond the Billable caught up with New England Law | Boston 2L, Krzysztof Momot, following his fall semester internship in the Boston Municipal Court to learn more about his experience working alongside Judge Ronquillo, the soon to be Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court. Here is what he had to say about his internship in the BMC:
“When I saw an opportunity to intern for a judge, through the BBA, I immediately applied for it. I was thrilled when I found out that I would intern for Judge Robert Ronquillo Jr. at the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court. I did not know what to expect when I first started the internship. Judge Ronquillo was very open and welcoming and made me feel comfortable at the courthouse from the first day. I was introduced to the court staff and learned that they do just as much work at the courthouse if not more than the judge. He showed me a whole new perspective of how the courthouse works.
I thought the most valuable aspect of the internship was the one on one time with the judge. After Judge Ronquillo stepped from the bench and we went back to his chambers he always started the conversation by saying “Questions?” and I always had plenty. Another great part of the internship was that Judge Ronquillo always wanted my advice on things he was doing and got me involved. He gave me assignments that mattered not just for the sake of giving me something to do. Those assignments provided me with a lot of satisfaction and self-confidence after hearing positive feedback from the Judge.
Judge Ronquillo really wanted me to learn and get experience during my internship. He introduced me to other judges with whom I got to intern for a day. Over the course of my internship I got an opportunity to learn from: Judge Fiandaca, Judge Leoney, Judge Yee, Judge Karstetter, Judge Lyons, and Judge McDonald. In addition, I got to sit in on trials, jury selections, motions, mental health hearings, pleas and arraignments. To sum it up I feel the experience I got from this internship gave me the knowledge and confidence to walk into a courthouse and feel like I belong there.”
The BBA will be sending student interns to the Boston Municipal Court, District Courts, Probate & Family Court & the US Bankruptcy Court for internships for the spring semester as well as during the summer. In January and February, the BBA will be hosting Judicial Internship information sessions at law schools, so stay tuned for updates. For more information on the program, click here