Students Experience City Council Firsthand

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) met with the students who served as City Council members at yesterday’s enrichment seminar to go over how the voting process works.

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) met with the students who served as City Council members at yesterday’s enrichment seminar to go over how the voting process works.

Yesterday morning, Boston City Council Chambers was filled with sounds of students debating the pros and cons of a law which would create a 9 pm curfew for people under the age of 17. Through the annual Mock City Council enrichment seminar, the BBA Summer Jobs students had the opportunity to test out their acting skills as they learned about the legislative process in the City of Boston.

With the help of former Boston City Council President Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody), students took on a variety of roles.  Some students served as representatives of the Boston Senior Alliance and the Pediatricians for Peace who advocated on behalf of the law, while other students acted as members of the Boston Teen Council and Neighborhood Merchants Association who opposed the law. The students put their debate skills to work in an effort to convince their peers, who served as City Council members, to vote in their favor. Not surprisingly, the student-led council voted again a curfew, which was viewed as too restrictive on the rights of teens.

Jose Maria, btb josea rising senior at New Mission High School and an intern at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, argued on behalf of the Boston Teen Council. Here’s what he had to say about the Mock City Council hearing:

“I really enjoyed [the Mock hearing] and it’s a really good opportunity to learn what happens in the City…It was nice to know that we were dealing with real life situations.”

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We also checked in with Rusheika Gordon, an intern at Pierce Atwood LLP, who served as the spokesperson for the Neighborhood Merchants Association. Beyond the Billable asked Rusheika why she volunteered to speak for her group and what she learned from the experience. Here’s what she had to say:

“I felt like it was time for me to step up and do something out of my comfort zone and try to present my ideas. I enjoyed having questions posed and being prepared to respond back. I learned to think on my feet. “

Take a look below for more images from the morning:

Thomas Vu, who is interning at Nixon Peabody LLP this summer, served as City Council President.

Thomas Vu, who is interning at Nixon Peabody LLP this summer, served as City Council President.

 

Jose Maria, who is interning at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, presented arguments against the proposed curfew on behalf of the Boston Teen Council.

Jose Maria, who is interning at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, presented arguments against the proposed curfew on behalf of the Boston Teen Council.

Liraniz Colon, who is interning at the Volunteers Lawyers Project, cited the importance of sleep for teenagers and argued in favor of the proposed law on behalf of the group, Pediatricians for Peace.

Liraniz Colon, who is interning at the Volunteers Lawyers Project, cited the importance of sleep for teenagers and argued in favor of the proposed law on behalf of the group, Pediatricians for Peace.

 Rusheika Gordan, who is interning at Pierce Atwood LLP, responded to questions from the City Council members after presenting arguments against the law on behalf of the Neighborhood Merchants Association.

Rusheika Gordon, who is interning at Pierce Atwood LLP, responded to questions from the City Council members after presenting arguments against the law on behalf of the Neighborhood Merchants Association.

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) handed over the gavel to his firm’s summer intern, Thomas Vu, who served as City Council President during the hearing.

Larry DiCara (Nixon Peabody) handed over the gavel to his firm’s summer intern, Thomas Vu, who served as City Council President during the hearing.

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