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Mentees Celebrate at the BBA

On Tuesday evening, mentees and mentors from the Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Group Mentoring Program braved the sweltering heat to celebrate a successful year of group mentoring at the BBA.

Steven Joseph (MA Office of the Attorney General), Caitlin Peale (Conservation Law Foundation), Chuck Walker (MA Division of Professional Licensure), Jason Savageau, and Tai Antoine.

Steven Joseph (MA Office of the Attorney General), Caitlin Peale (Conservation Law Foundation), Chuck Walker (MA Division of Professional Licensure), Jason Savageau, and Tai Antoine.

The program brings together diverse Boston-based attorneys in mentoring groups composed of 10 new lawyer mentees and 2 seasoned mentors, for monthly meetings designed to address the common professional development challenges that all new lawyers face while fostering supportive professional relationships. If you are interested in participating in the program in the upcoming year, contact Susan Helm at shelm@bostonbar.org for more information or see the program handbook here.

Mentors with Diverse Backgrounds

In preparation for the next program year, the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section Group Mentoring Program is proud to announce the Mentors for the upcoming program year. Each Mentoring group has two Mentors who work together to provide their 6-10 mentees with a welcoming environment to learn, ask questions and seek advice.

Mentors are chosen not only for their racial and ethnic diversity, but also for their legal diversity. This year our Mentors are partners in law firms, in-house counsel, government attorneys, small business owners, solo practioners, legal services attorneys and bar leaders. Following different paths they were able to reach their current positions in both their profession and legal communities. Having access to these Mentors of this caliber is what makes the BBA Group Mentoring Program a continued success.

Take it from June Duchesne, current Mentoring Committee co-chair and former mentor: “Mentors can be critical to the success of new lawyers.  The mentors I had early in my career were invaluable in helping me navigate the ins and outs of our profession.  I am excited that our new class of incoming mentors, all respected and experienced attorneys with a lot of talent and knowledge to share, will be able to do the same for so many young lawyers in Boston.”

June Duchesne, Co-Chair

EMC Corporation

 

 

 

Richard Moore, Co-Chair

Planet Fitness

 

 

 

Lindy Aldrich

The Victim Rights Law Center, Inc.

 

 

 

Adam Foss

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

 

 

 

Christopher Kauders

Pre-Trial Solutions, Inc.

 

 

Jessica Massey

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

 

 

 

Richard Quinby

Craig and Macauley Professional Corporation

 

 

 

Mala Rafik

Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C

 

 

 

Randall Ravitz

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

 

 

 

Anita Sharma

PAIR Project

 

 

 

Laura Unflat

The Law Office of Laura M. Unflat

 

 

 

Thuy Wagner

Boston Medical Center-Office of the General Counsel

 

 

 

Charles Walker

Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure

 

 

 

For more information on the BBA’s Group Mentoring Program contact Susan Helm at shelm@bostonbar.org.

BBA’s Group Mentoring Program Opens Application Process

Now moving into its 4th year, the BBA Mentoring Program has geared up to accommodate an increase in mentees eager to benefit from the program. BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section established the Group Mentoring Program in 2009 to promote career advancement and career satisfaction for  pools of diverse new lawyers.

Beyond the Billable reached out to Mentor Mala Rafik and Mentee Cristina Serrano to get the insider’s take on the value of participating in the program. Here’s what they said:

“I feel privileged to have been a Mentor this past year. I never would have been where I am today without the generosity of lawyers in Massachusetts who took the time to meet with me early in my career to answer my endless questions about the practice of law, to introduce me to other like-minded attorneys and to just listen to my fears about succeeding in this business. The opportunity to connect with new lawyers, to share our experiences and to learn from each other was invaluable. It reminded me why what we do as lawyers is so special and rejuvenated me in a way few things have over the course of my career. It was truly a gift.” – Mala Rafik, Managing Partner, Rosenfeld & Rafik, P.C, BBA Mentor

“The BBA Group Mentoring Program has been a fantastic experience and a wonderful resource.  Initially I signed up because I wanted to find mentors who could help me navigate the workplace as a new attorney. While I wasn’t quite sure what questions or concerns I had, or what I could contribute to the Program, the small group of strangers quickly became a productive sounding board and think tank. Our group discussions ranged from work-life balance and networking, to salary negotiations and career changes, to workplace drama and resume building.  The mentors and fellow mentees alike ended up providing a reliable support network to discuss, inquire, complain, laugh, and share.  This year’s Program may have wrapped up, but I plan on maintaining these relationships through the summer and beyond.” – Cristina Serrano, Associate, Wayne, Richard &Hurwitz LLP, BBA Mentee

Mentoring groups meet monthly for discussions about career paths, work life balance and professional challenges, and participants also gather for program-wide seminars and networking events.  The 4th program year will begin in September. Mentee applications will become available in July; interested participants are encouraged to contact Susan Helm at shelm@bostonbar.org for more information.