This summer, the BBA Summer Jobs students and the Nelson Fellows of the U.S. Federal District Court took yet another field trip to visit Chief Judge Bailey and Judge Feeney’s courtrooms at the Boston Bankruptcy Court. The trip to Bankruptcy Court was the final portion of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, which was folded in to the students’ weekly enrichment seminars. Through the Financial Literacy program, students were primed on how to budget, use credit wisely, and finance a car, and this final session gave them a glimpse of what happens if they make poor financial decisions from inside the courtroom.
This fieldtrip marked the end of the BBA Summer Jobs weekly enrichment seminar series, which included a mock City Council meeting in Boston City Council chambers, a “speed dating” session where they heard from lawyers of three different backgrounds, a trip to the John Adams Courthouse, and much more.
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The Nelson Fellows participated in the Consequences session with Chief Judge Frank Bailey.
The BBA Summer Jobs students visited Judge Joan Feeney’s courtroom at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the final session of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.
To culminate the Summer Jobs Student’s program, the BBA hosted a ceremonial event to congratulate the 64 Boston high school students on their hard work this summer. While the students still have another week of work at their internship before they head back to school, the ceremony brought together the students, their families, and their employers to celebrate their achievements. Summer Job star Ben Haideri spoke about his experience interning at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office during the past two summer, and keynote speaker, Christina Miller, the Chief of District Courts and Community Prosecutions for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, gave the students advice on how to continue to build their professional careers after this internship ends.
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As part of the weekly enrichment seminars of the Summer Jobs Program, Daniel Forster, the Assistant Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Services at Simmons College, met with the students to give them the run down on student loans, loan payments, financial aid, and scholarships. The students listened intently through the enrichment seminar and had no shortage of questions when it came to finding out the best ways to pay for college — and to repay their loans.
During the enrichment seminar, Daniel walked the students through how to read an award letter to introduce them to the oftentimes confusing financial information. In addition, Daniel passed out a sample student loans calculator and taught them the best way to calculate a monthly loan payment and the total interest paid.
We asked one of the BBA’s Summer Job’s Students, Alejandra, what she thought of the seminar and here’s what she had to say:
“He kept it interesting the whole time, was very funny, and I feel a lot more knowledgeable about student loans and the process behind them. I asked Daniel a lot of questions and he answered them directly and his answers turned into full conversations, which helped us learn about a lot more than just student loans. I asked him about questions relating to loan guarantors and how family member’s credit can impact your loans — he explained that special circumstances happen all the time and part of his role is working with these special cases. Daniel also pointed out that admissions and loans don’t just depend on academics but schools look for a diversity of talents, backgrounds, and many other factors.”
Next week, the Summer Jobs Students will be finishing up their Financial Literacy portion of the enrichment seminars by taking a trip to the US Bankruptcy court for a session on consequences, so stay tuned!
With the end of summer in sight, we are taking the opportunity to catch up with Summer Jobs students funded by the Boston Bar Foundation. You’ve already heard where the 14 BBF students are working this summer, but we wanted to offer our loyal readers a closer look at what they have been working on this summer. Take a look below to hear about three of the interns’ current projects and their takeaways from their internships so far.
Student: Alexandra Suazo
Employer: Massachusetts Department of Labor
Job Responsibilities: While working at the Department of Labor Alexandra has concentrated on several different projects. One of her first projects was to identify and sort records in accordance with the Statewide Record Retention Schedule. She has also been focused on improving the agency’s webpage by updating information and adding links to resources. Her most recent project included making the website more accessible to reading-impaired constituents. At her internship, Alexandra also got to witness Massachusetts history when she witnessed the Governor signing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
Alexandra says: “This has been a great experience, something that I won’t hesitate to do again if I was given the option. Seeing the Governor sign a bill was something that I never thought would have happened. I found it very interesting how he signed the bill with about 20 different pens then he handed them out!”
Student: Cesaltina Barros
Employer: Committee for Public Counsel Services – Palmer Street Roxbury
Job Responsibilities: Cesaltina’s experience at the Committee for Public Counsel Services has centered on criminal cases. She has been responsible for opening and closing criminal cases, handling database work, drafting subpoenas, scanning police reports, operating the switchboard, and much more. Tina has also had the opportunity to attend court sessions, and observe criminal justice in action.
Cesaltina says: “I like learning about the criminal cases. I like to talk to people and get to know new cases and new things that I never thought people would do. I also go to court and I love that. It’s exciting because of the way they speak to each other and the way they try to express things.”
Student: Hannah Givertz
Employer: U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Job Responsibilities: At the U.S. District Court, Hannah has been observing court cases, cataloging and organizing files, and editing memos. Hannah is also the coordinator for the Ward Fellowship where she is in charge of projects, such as scheduling and confirming meetings with various public servants and organizing an annual trip to Washington D.C. In addition, she assists the Honorable Judge Mark L. Wolf by editing memos and working with law clerks.
Hannah says: “Getting to know how the courthouse runs has definitely been the highlight of my work this summer. Doing the behind-the-scenes work with the law clerks has helped me to better understand the work of a lawyer, while observing court sessions and watching the judge preside over cases has helped me to better understand the justice system.”
Stay tuned to meet the other BBF funded students.
The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program enrichment seminars continued this week with an exciting take on “speed dating,” which rapidly introduced students to a variety of legal careers. At “Exploring Legal Careers,” the Summer Jobs’ students formed small groups for sessions with three different attorneys: Manisha Bhatt, a Senior Attorney working at the Family Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, Adam Foss, Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and Colin Van Dyke, an Associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
This enrichment seminar gave Summer Jobs students an opportunity to hear firsthand what it’s like working in a big law firm, at a legal services agency, and as a prosecutor. Armed with bios and sample questions, the students had 15 minutes to grill the attorneys about their careers and lives. Manisha Bhatt spoke to the students about how it is important to find a career you’re passionate about, such as her work in family law at Greater Boston Legal Services. Adam Foss captivated the students with his explanation of his work as a prosecutor and the importance of understanding why people commit crimes, and Colin Van Dyke explained what it is like to work for a large law firm in Boston, answered questions about his environmental law work, and also entertained the students with stories about his chickens.
We reached out to a few of the summer job’s students and asked them what they thought of today’s seminar, here’s what they had to say:
“I thought today’s enrichment seminar was really good. We got different perspectives from people who work in different fields of law. I thought the most interesting part of today’s seminar was when we talked about working with juveniles. Adam talked about how our mind works and how our brains aren’t really done developing and how that affects the minds of people who commit crimes. “– Kylie Webster-Cazeau, a rising junior at Boston Latin School , working at the Federal District Court this summer.
“I thought that today’s enrichment seminar was really informative and really interesting. We got a perspective of different types of law, which we haven’t gotten from our law firms. The most interesting thing I learned today is that actually there are two different types of prosecutors, and I found that really interesting because I always thought of a prosecutor as just someone that puts people in Jail.” Jerry Rodriguez, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy, working at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP this summer.
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Manisha Bhatt (Greater Boston Legal Services) explained what it means to be a legal services attorney and encouraged the students to find work that they are passionate about.
Colin Van Dyke (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.) had the students laughing with stories about his chickens after he told them about his environmental law work and careers at large law firm.
As you may remember from this article, the Boston Bar Foundation funded 14 Boston public high school students to work in legal service and government agencies through the BBA Summer Jobs Program with the help of Boston law firms. In addition to money allocated from the Foundation itself, local firms donated to the BBF to help support a summer job. This morning, the sponsoring firms had the opportunity to hear first-hand from the students at the BBF Summer Jobs Breakfast, where the students shared stories of their experiences going to court and helping with large office projects.
The BBF would like to thank the following firms for their generous contribution to the BBA Summer Jobs Program:
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Glenn Mangurian, Chairman of the Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB), recently visited with PILP 11 to discuss what he’s identified as the three main prongs of leadership: collaboration, finding your purpose, and self-awareness. When it comes to leadership, Glenn is a guy who knows what he’s talking about. He is a respected business leader with a 35-year track record in industry and management consulting. He has worked with Global 500 business executives in North America and Europe on managing large scale change and performance improvement. In addition to his current role as Chairman of the Court Management Advisory Board, he continues to be active in consulting, speaking and coaching to business leaders. Mangurian also teaches leadership at the University of Massachusetts.
After having the opportunity to meet Glenn, Beyond the Billable checked in with the PILPers to hear about their experiences:
“Listening to Glenn Mangurian talk is like a Rorschach test. Each of us had such varied reactions. It seems this is not at all unintentional. One of his primary modules, after all, is self-awareness. Becoming aware that my own responses differed from legitimate responses of my respected peers helped me to learn about them and myself, and ultimately will allow us to work together as a more productive team.”
Nita Kumaraswami, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
“I enjoyed the discussions about what leadership traits we admire in others – it caused me to reflect on groups I have been in that have failed or succeed, and encouraged me to think about my own strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Additionally, Glenn’s lesson that purpose isn’t something that’s always easy to attain, but rather is the result of honest searching and the observation of others, was a great reminder.”
Sarah Schendel, Masferrer & Associates
To learn more about the Glenn, check out the BBA’s interview with him in our “Tipping the Scales” blog.
The two Boston public high school students interning in at the BBA’s 16 Beacon Street headquarters through the BBA Summer Jobs Program have been in high demand this summer. In between their long list of projects, office duties, enrichment seminars, and field trips, Alejandra and Harmoun have also been receiving legal lessons from members of the BBA Lawyer Referral Service on various areas of law.
Beyond the Billable checked in with Alejandra and Harmoun to hear more about the trainings. Here’s what they had to say:
“I honestly loved all of them because I learned so many new things that I’ve never heard of. I feel grateful because I am going to leave this internship having a lot of knowledge about law, especially the family law one and the public benefits one. I found a little bit of my passion in these trainings.”- Alejandra Bautista, rising junior at Boston Community Leadership Academy
“All of the LRS trainings were extremely helpful. I learned a variety of different laws that I have never heard of before. I also had the pleasure to meet different attorneys from local law firms. The LRS trainings gave me a better understanding of different areas of law and the type of law I would like to pursue as a career. My favorite training was on immigration law. I emigrated from another country and I would like to help other immigrants because I think they need to have a second chance.” – Hermuna Taib, rising senior at East Boston High School
Last Thursday, new lawyers and law students gathered at 16 Beacon to get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in legal services as part of the BBA’s Summer Career Series. Attendees gained insight from attorneys of diverse backgrounds with years of legal services experience, asked questions about the profession, and learned tips on how to pursue a career in legal services. Panelists also recommended pursuing volunteer and pro bono opportunities at various organizations as a means of identifying areas of law they are interested in pursuing professionally.
The all-star lineup of panelists includes:
- Yugo Nakai and D’Andre Fernandez, both attorneys from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, shared stories about the types of cases they handle and offered tips on how to deal with these clients, whose circumstances offer a unique and often challenging experience.
- Katharine Milton, an attorney at Casa Myrna Vazquez, emphasized that because legal service organizations do not have extensive support staff or large budgets, working in legal services calls for patience and resourcefulness.
- Sherley Rodriquez, an attorney working at a fellowship program through Suffolk University Law School, further emphasized the importance of making positive connections with other attorneys in legal services who will remember you further down the line when more opportunities and positions open up.
After the luncheon, Beyond the Billable checked in with BC Law student Caryn Sigurdson about the panelist discussion and her interest in legal services. Here’s what she had to say:
“The Legal Services panel for the Summer Career Series was informative and helpful. I have always considered working in legal services, but didn’t really have an idea of what that meant. Now I’m convinced that it is something I want to do at some point in my career. I find it frustrating that everything in law school and at networking events focuses on firms, and everyone assumes that working at a large firm is your life’s goal, so it is nice to have an opportunity to meet with other public interest-minded people whose passions are to help those in need.”
Interested in attending a Career Series lunch? Check out the final lunch called “What’s it REALLY Like Being a Real Estate Attorney?” tomorrow at 12:30 pm. Stay tuned for more career series programs in the fall!
The BBA Summer Jobs students continued their summer adventures with a stop at the Adams Courthouse for VIP tour and crash course on the history of the Massachusetts legal system. After touring the building and taking turns posing in the Justices’ seats, the students met with Justice Cynthia Cohen to learn more about her career path and her role as an associate justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Take a look below for more highlights from the field trip: