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Who Called You Today? Mayor Walsh Makes Calls on Behalf of Boston Youth

Mayor Walsh

Are you on the 2014 BBA Summer Jobs Roster? If not, watch your caller id — you may receive a call from Mayor Marty Walsh encouraging you to hire a Boston teen this summer. The Mayor is working tirelessly to secure 12,000 jobs for Boston teens. Take a look at the video below for a firsthand look at the recruitment effort:

Law firms can support the Mayor’s initiative by participating in the BBA Summer Jobs Program, which partners with the City of Boston and Boston Private Industry Council to place Boston Public High School students in eight week internships in the legal field. Click here to see who has already made the commitment to support a a program record of 63 Boston youth this summer.

For more information on the Mayor’s efforts, check out this article in the Boston Globe.

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Legal Offices Share Their “Adopting A Classroom” Stories

Students from Another Course to College learning about Using Credit and Credit Cards, as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

Students from Another Course to College learning about Using Credit and Credit Cards, as part of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

While students are still traveling the Boston and Worcester Bankruptcy Courts, the classroom based sessions of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program have wrapped up in the Greater Boston area. This year, four legal offices stepped up and “adopted a classroom” to help meet the growing demand for the program in fifteen schools. In this model, legal offices commit to providing 3-6 volunteers to cover each of the three classroom based sessions. In return, the legal offices were able to provide their employees with an opportunity to give back while partnering with a fellow colleague.

Beyond the Billable reached out to the legal departments of Sun Life Financial and Liberty Mutual, both of whom participated in the “adopt a classroom” model last year as well, to hear more about the experience. Sun Life Financial adopted a classroom at Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham and Liberty Mutual adopted four classrooms at Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park.

Here’s what they had to say:

Why did your legal office choose to participate in the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program?

“As in house counsel and compliance professionals in the financial services industry, supporting a financial literacy program has been a great way for us to give back to the community and utilize our skills. We selected the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Program for a few reasons. First, volunteers don’t have to be attorneys and this allows us to make the opportunity available to more people in our department. We also like being able to sponsor the same school every year. We have found that consistency of the same teacher, class format and class size every year enhances the success of the program. Volunteers know what to expect and can build off of best practices from prior years to improve upon our delivery of the program for a technical high school. Lastly, the volunteer materials provided by the BBA are very comprehensive, which helps cut down on preparation time, and are designed such that the volunteers can be flexible about deciding how to select content of an organization for a particular session.” – Michelle Greco, AVP & Senior Counsel, Sun Life Financial

“The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program provides a unique opportunity for both the students and the Liberty Mutual Insurance volunteers. Students have the opportunity to learn about finance-related topics from volunteers who have significant real-world knowledge, which we think enables the students to continue to build practical skills as they enter young adulthood. The volunteers enjoy interacting with the high school students and having the chance to make a difference in their lives. In addition, the program gives some of our volunteers with backgrounds in finance a chance to make an impact and help students avoid financial pitfalls in advance, rather than merely helping after the fact.”— Andrew Fagenholz, Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual

What was the highlight of the program for your volunteers?

“Spending any amount of time in a high school is like taking a step back in time. As you think about the decisions that are on the horizon for the young adults who will soon be graduating, you realize that while you may have come to talk about the specifics of buying a car, what you are really there for is to impress upon the students the important differences between what they want, and what they really need and can afford. That theme runs through the various modules, and hopefully our discussion about the realities of owning a car helped the students understand the kind of tough financial decisions they will have to make when they are on their own. The students were interested and active, which made the session a lot of fun, and I hope I can participate in this program again in the future.” — Scott Davis, SVP & General Counsel, Sun Life Financial

“Without a doubt, the primary highlight for our volunteers was the chance to provide guidance to young adults through a live, interactive classroom session with a dynamic group of students. Most of our volunteers do not regularly teach high school classes, and they reported that the experience was energizing and exciting. They enjoyed the hands-on exposure and fielding questions from their classrooms both on the finance topic of the day and other matters the students might raise.”— Andrew Fagenholz, Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual

Our volunteers were so excited to share their experiences that we had to turn this into a two part statement! Stay tuned for part two when we hear from Choate Hall & Stewart and the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission volunteers about their experiences.

 

 

BBA Summer Jobs Program Raises the Bar, Sets New Record

The BBA's Summer Jobs Program is part of the City of Boston's efforts to employ Boston teens in meaningful positions each summer.

The BBA’s Summer Jobs Program is part of the City of Boston’s efforts to employ Boston teens in meaningful positions each summer.

As our readers know, the City of Boston has always strived to secure summer jobs for Boston’s teens. In a recent Boston Globe article, Mayor Walsh stressed a new high water mark for the City’s Summer Jobs Program – to provide Boston youth with 12,000 jobs in the summer of 2014, a significant increase of the previous goal of 10,000 jobs. As a longtime partner of the City, the BBA and the sponsors of our Summer Jobs Program have stepped up to answer the call by hitting a record 59 positions and counting for Boston public high school students at law firms and legal agencies this summer, surpassing the program record of 58.

Is your employer on the list? Don’t miss the opportunity to support Boston’s future workforce by providing high schools students with an opportunity to gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field. Take a look below at the firms and legal departments that have already committed to hiring one or more students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program:

Anderson & Kreiger LLP 
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Boston Bar Association*
Boston Bar Foundation++
Burns & Levinson LLP*
Choate Hall & Stewart 
Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP
City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel *
Collora LLP
Cooley LLP
DLA Piper
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP***
Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele 
Fish & Richardson P.C. 
Foley Hoag 
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP 
Goodwin Procter LLP
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
**
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP 
Holland & Knight LLP 
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
LPL Financial 

Margolis & Bloom LLP 
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. 
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 
Nixon Peabody LLP 
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP 
Pierce Atwood 
Prince Lobel Tye LLP 
Proskauer Rose LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP*
Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C. 
Rubin & Rudman LLP
Shaevel & Krems 

Sherin & Lodgen LLP
Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP 
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. 
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP 
Todd & Weld LLP 
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP 

*Firm has committed to taking more than one student
**Firm has funded position for government or nonprofit legal office
***Firm has committed to taking four students
++This year the Boston Bar Foundation’s M. Ellen Carpenter Fund will be funding summer jobs for 10 Boston Public Highs School students at public agencies and nonprofits this summer. Learn more about the fund here.

PILP Alums Create Curriculum for Law Day in the Schools

Last year, 41 volunteers traveled to seven Boston public high schools for the Law Day in the Schools Program

Last year, 41 volunteers traveled to seven Boston public high schools for the Law Day in the Schools Program

With May fast approaching, PILP alumni are hard at work developing the elementary school and middle school/high school curriculum for the annual Law Day in the Schools Program. This year, volunteer attorneys will teach students about voting rights under the American Bar Association theme “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

Beyond the Billable checked in with Sheryl Howard (Krokidas & Bluestein LLP), a former PILPer who is developing on the high school and middle school curriculum, to get the inside scoop on what to expect this year.

Here’s what she had to say:

Why did you volunteer to help develop the curriculum?

“I taught high school in Oklahoma for a brief period of time, so working on the curriculum is a chance to get back to my teaching roots. This year’s topic – voting rights – has such an important history and will likely be an important issue for years to come. During a meeting of the group working on the high school curriculum, one member mentioned that, at other points in time, the entire working group would have been denied the vote. The challenge is to find a way to engage elementary to high school students on this issue in a way that is meaningful and interesting.”

Why should attorneys volunteer for the Law Day in the Schools Program?

“First, it is tremendous fun, and the students can really surprise you. A few years back, my class was discussing what rights should be in a constitution, and one student made a passionate case for greater property rights for 8 year olds. It’s a chance to talk about what we do as lawyers (and to perhaps inspire the next generation). Younger students may not have a clear picture of what lawyers do, and some students may have few positive contacts with the legal profession. This year’s topic – voting rights – is particularly timely. Last, the project involves a very short time commitment. There is virtually no prep time; the lesson plan will be provided. All you have to do is show up!”

Thank you to the following PILP alumni who volunteered their time to help develop the interactive curriculum on voting rights:

Elementary School
Darren Braham, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Dara Kesselheim, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Lucy Rivera
Sherley Rodriguez, Greater Boston Legal Services
Matt Welnicki, Melick & Porter, LLP

High School/Middle School
Ann Braga, City of Boston
Jane Harper, State Street Corporation
Sheryl Howard, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Bonnie McGuire, FINRA
Katie Milton, Casa Myrna Vazquez

Are you interested in volunteering? Contact Katie D’Angelo at kdangelo@bostonbar.org for more information.

Brighton Students Get Crash Course on Using Credit Wisely

Student’s from Another Course to College ask questions about how to build credit.

Student’s from Another Course to College ask questions about how to build credit.

On Friday, students in Jerry Howland’s law class at Another Course to College in Brighton had a crash course in credit cards. With the help of Attorneys Adam Ruttenberg (Looney & Grossman LLP) and Patricia Saint James (Looney & Grossman LLP), the students learned the basics of credit and how to build credit while making smart choices about their finances. This is the second session in the four-part M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program (you may remember this post about the personal finance and budgeting session).

Take a look below for more on the session:

Volunteer attorneys Patricia Saint James (Looney & Grossman LLP) and Adam Ruttenberg (Looney & Grossman LLP) taught the students about using credit wisely at Another Course to College.

Volunteer attorneys Patricia Saint James (Looney & Grossman LLP) and Adam Ruttenberg (Looney & Grossman LLP) taught the students about using credit wisely at Another Course to College.

Students answer questions about the difference between debit cards and credit cards.

Students answer questions about the difference between debit cards and credit cards.

Students from Another Course to College review the Financial Literacy materials on credit cards.

Students from Another Course to College review the Financial Literacy materials on credit cards.

Next up for the students is the ever popular “Buying a Car” session, which will be followed by the “Consequences” session at the US Bankruptcy Court. Stay tuned for more!

Take a Student to Work Day – BPS Students Shadow at Law Firms

The PIC's Job Shadow Day introduces Boston public school students to different careers, and in some cases, leads to summer employment opportunities through programs, such as the BBA Summer Jobs Program

The PIC’s Job Shadow Day introduces Boston public school students to different careers, and in some cases, leads to summer employment opportunities through programs, such as the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Each year, our friends (and partners of the BBA Summer Jobs Program) at the Boston Private Industry Council coordinate a Job Shadow Day for Boston public high school students. This year, we are pleased to report that seven local law firms hosted twenty students from Boston Community Leadership Academy, Josiah Quincy Upper High School and Charlestown High School.

Beyond the Billable touched base with School-to-Career and Employer Engagement Director Josh Bruno (Boston Private Industry Council) and Summer Jobs Co-Chair Matt McTygue (Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP) to hear more about the day.

Take a look at what Josh had to say about the importance of Job Shadow Day:

“For many students, Job Shadow is the first school-to-career activity that they participate in. It’s a unique introduction to the workplace and an opportunity for these students to imagine themselves in a professional career. Supervisors get the chance to meet students one-on-one as they consider hiring teens for summer employment. The experience is beneficial for everyone and so successful that every year, a number of students are offered full time summer employment on the spot.”

Here’s what Matt had to say about why his firm participates in the program:

“First, our firm is committed to increasing the diversity of the legal profession in Boston, so we enthusiastically support programs like the Job Shadow Day that help build a pipeline of diverse future attorneys in our community. Second, the Job Shadow Day program allows us to screen potential applicants for the Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program. Edwards Wildman anticipates hiring at least two summer interns through this program, and we hope our Job Shadow Day students will apply for these positions.”

Is your firm or office looking for an opportunity to support Boston public high school students? While Job Shadow Day has already passed, there’s another opportunity around the corner. Hire a student to work at your office through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. Join this growing list of firms and offices who have already committed to providing a Boston public high school student with an opportunity to gain professional experience and exposure to the legal field. Click here for more information.

Below are the firms who participated Job Shadow Day:

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Rindler Morgan, P.C.
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Thornton & Naumes, LLP

Boston Public High School Students Have Skills for Firms of Any Size

Stephan Pierre, a senior at Brighton High School, worked on an assignment at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP last summer.

Stephan Pierre, a senior at Brighton High School, worked on an assignment at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP last summer.

We’ve already heard from 31 law firms and offices who have committed to hiring 45 Boston public high school students. We know every firm in Greater Boston wants to show their commitment to Boston youth by offering them a paid internship, but some of our midsize and smaller firms aren’t sure if they have enough work for the students to fill an eight week internship. Our Summer Jobs students are of the highest quality, selected from a competitive application and interview process by our friends at the Private Industry Council. We’ve compiled a few ways students can make an impact around the office:

  1. Standard office work: this includes all of those projects you’ve been putting off for months, such as data entry, filing, mailings and scanning. For example, students have helped transition law firms to paperless offices.
  2. Legal assistance: students have typed memos, summarized depositions, prepared documents, created client files, and conducted internet research.  One of our former students decided to draft a closing statement for a case he observed and the prosecutor ended up using a portion of it in her own closing statement. Another student researched law journal articles on cybercrime and wrote summaries for her employers.
  3. Anything IT or computer-related: from helping to answer simple help desk inquiries to creating well-designed powerpoints, the students often possess strong tech skills.
  4. Human resource assistance: Students can help sort and file I-9 forms, format job descriptions, compile lists of recruiting agencies, create welcome letters for new employees, and make interview and new employee packets.
  5. Receptionist duties: the students are excited to work in professional environments and gain experience. In the past, students have enjoyed greeting everyone coming into the office and answering phones in reception, which in turn frees up your front desk staff to tackle other projects.
  6. Language skills: In addition to English, many students speak Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole, Chinese, or one of the 77 languages spoken by Boston public school students. They have been known to help with interpretation and translation in some instances.
David Lozano, a senior at Boston Latin Academy, interned at Nixon Peabody last summer.

David Lozano, a senior at Boston Latin Academy, interned at Nixon Peabody last summer.

Regardless of the task—however big or small—you are affording the students an opportunity to work in a professional environment and exposing them to the legal field. We are here to help you brainstorm potential projects for the summer.

With 45 position secured, the Summer Jobs Committee continues to work hard to secure additional summer positions for Boston public high school students. The BBA would like to thank the 31 firms and organizations that have already committed to the Summer Jobs Program and its mission to enrich the lives of Boston’s youth:

Anderson & Kreiger LLP 
Boston Bar Association *
Boston Bar Foundation *
Burns & Levinson LLP*
Choate Hall & Stewart 
City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel *
DLA Piper
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP *
Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele 
Fish & Richardson P.C. 
Foley Hoag 
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP 
Hemenway & Barnes LLP **
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP 
Holland & Knight LLP 
LPL Financial 
Margolis & Bloom LLP 
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. 
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 
Nixon Peabody LLP 
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP 
Pierce Atwood 
Prince Lobel Tye LLP 
Ropes & Gray LLP *
Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C. 
Shaevel & Krems 
Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP 
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. 
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP 
Todd & Weld LLP 
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP 

*Firm has committed to taking more than one student
**Firm has funded position for government or nonprofit legal office

If you are interested in hiring a student, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

Four Reasons to Volunteer for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

 Through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, volunteer attorneys teach students how to make smart financial decisions during three-classroom based sessions and a trip to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, volunteer attorneys teach students how to make smart financial decisions during three-classroom based sessions and a trip to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program kicks off on Monday with sessions at New Mission High School and Boston Community Leadership Academy. Even though the program is about to get started, the BBA is still looking for volunteers to help meet the demand. That’s why Beyond the Billable checked in with one of our Financial Literacy Co-Chairs, Janet Bostwick (Janet E. Bostwick, PC); to hear the four best reasons you should volunteer for the program. Here’s what she had to say:

(1)    Because you don’t know the fun you are missing.  I have received numerous calls from volunteers after teaching their first class, who tell me they can’t wait to sign up again.  Volunteers enjoy going to the classroom and interacting with the students, while teaching them about budgeting, credit cards or buying a car.
(2)    Because as little as five hours of your time will make a big difference in the lives of the students.  From start to finish (training, preparing, travel, and class), the time commitment is typically five hours or less.  Helping the students learn the basics about personal finance and credit will provide them with skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
(3)    Because you wish someone had told you about credit and personal finance when you were their age.  Maybe it was your first paycheck (when you saw how little you took home).  Maybe it was that first car you bought (when the salesman talked you into a pricier model.)  Or, maybe it was juggling that first credit card and the minimum payments.  We all had to sort through personal finance and credit issues at some point in our life, but often on our own.  You can help provide these students with the information now, and prepare them for those crossroads.
(4)    Because you will be an ambassador for your profession.  This spring we are in 15 schools in Boston, Greater Boston, and Worcester.  Some of our students had little prior contact (or positive contact) with attorneys and the legal profession.  Your presence and involvement will help them have a better understanding about our profession.  (And, maybe you will be the spark for one of them to consider becoming a lawyer in the future.)

Are you convinced? Click here to sign up for an open volunteer session.

Sitting Down with Former Mayor’s Youth Council Representative Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero

As you may know, the BBA has provided the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) with lawyer-mentors since its inception in 1994. To get a better sense of their experience, we sat down with Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, who represented his community of East Boston on the MYC from 1997-2000. Rauseo-Ricupero is a Government Investigations associate at Nixon Peabody and a member of the BBA’s Litigation Section Steering Committee.

Why is it important to give youth a voice in the city?

“Youth are the greatest stakeholder in the city because they are some of the largest consumers of city programs. They attend the public schools, utilize community centers, and access city services. However, they do not have the ability to vote and voice their opinion. The MYC draws on youth and engages them in dialogue with top officials about the issues that affect them.”

How did MYC influence your future education and/or professional decisions?

“Mayor Menino was a great leader and inspiration. He showed me what a government can do if it’s genuinely dedicated and brings all voices to the table to make actual change. MYC is the reason I have stayed involved in civic affairs. I learned how to do creative work when working together.”

Why are attorneys uniquely qualified to serve as mentors for the Mayor’s Youth Council?

“A lot of the work the MYC does is public speaking and advocacy… Youth have wishes, dreams, and hopes but they need help channeling them into something constructive that acknowledges the other competing issues at hand… The main role of the mentor is to help high schoolers, who know their view but have trouble with other person’s views, understand the other perspective. Attorneys are trained in negotiation skills and understanding other perspectives.”

Rauseo-Ricupero remains committed to civic engagement and his city, which he attributes in large part to what he learned from Mayor Menino and the MYC. He currently is a member of the Board of the John William Ward Public Service Fellowship, serves on the City of Boston Scholarship Committee, and assists with programming for the MYC.

For more information on how to get involved with the Mayor’s Youth Council, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

New Lawyers Team Up with Cradles to Crayons to Provide Essentials for Children

Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons

New Lawyers Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons Warehouse

This past Saturday, a group of New Lawyers spent the morning volunteering at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton. For those of you who are not familiar with the organization, Cradles to Crayons provides essential items like clothes, shoes, books and school supplies, for children who are homeless or living in low-income situations with the help of volunteers. During their shift, the BBA volunteers inspected donated books and sorted them into categories based on gender and age group, which helped provide books for 85 kids, ages 12 and under.

This opportunity, along with the recent Franklin Park Clean Up and Food Project events, allows New Lawyers with busy schedules a way to positively impact their local community while meeting other Boston-area attorneys.

If you’re a new attorney interested in socializing and giving back, be sure to check out the New Lawyers Section’s Holiday Extravaganza on December 5th where you can donate items to Toys for Tots. Click here for more information.