Beyond the Billable recently gave you the details on BBA’s Summer Career Series geared towards new lawyers, law students, and our Judicial Interns – but if you’re wondering how our Summer interns are faring in the courts, we’ve got you covered. We reached out to Boston College Law School student Kyle Litfin to hear more about his experience in his first two weeks working in the Boston Municipal Court’s Dorchester session with Judge James W. Coffey. Here’s what he had to say:
“It has only been two weeks and I feel like I have learned more about being a lawyer in my short time at the Dorchester Court than I have my entire first year in law school. Not only has the job provided interesting research and writing opportunities, but I have had the chance to witness pre-trial conferences, status conferences, and trials from start to finish. Watching an entire case, from jury selection to a verdict is truly remarkable. More importantly, watching lawyers give opening and closing statements, seeing different techniques for witness questioning, and observing when and how lawyers decide to object to statements and exhibits is both exciting and instructional.
Having the chance to work with Judge Coffey, the clerks, and my fellow interns allows for the experience to be extremely interactive. Not only does Judge Coffey always take the time to answer any and all of my questions, but the clerks, the court officers and all of the Dorchester Court staff are there to provide information and guidance whenever possible. Each day is something exciting and new, and I always look forward to going to work.”
Stay tuned throughout the summer as we check in with our Judicial Interns.
The BBA’s Summer Judicial Interns have started off their summers strong, not only putting in the hours in the courtroom but also getting first-hand knowledge of the profession thanks to BBA enrichment programs. Earlier this month they got their first taste of the BBA’s Summer Career Series, designed to give the interns a better sense of what lies ahead for them after graduation. In addition to volunteering at least 15 hours per week in the courts, they are taking part in numerous enrichment activities put on by the BBA. A particularly engaging day of enrichment activities for these law students took place early this month to expose the students to the practice of criminal law.
The series kicked off with “What’s It Like to Practice Criminal Law,” featuring speakers Christina Miller (Chief of District Courts and Community Prosecutions at the Suffolk County DA’s Office) and Lisa Medeiros (Committee for Public Counsel Services Supervising Attorney for Roxbury, Dorchester and West Roxbury), sharing stories about their respective career paths and cases they had worked on “while in the trenches.”
Beyond the Billable wouldn’t be doing our duty if we didn’t check in with our interns to see how the session was, so we asked Boston University School of Law student Chris York for some feedback on the talk:
“It was interesting to hear their humorous, candid, and differing views on the judicial process and their respective roles in it.”
We have more judicial intern takeaways from the talk here.
While others might have called it a day after that session, our interns did the opposite – they took a walk to the John Adams Courthouse to observe and also serve as jurists for the 2014 Advanced Trial Training Program’s final competition. Initiated by Judge Robert N. Tochka, the Program pairs newer prosecutors and defense attorneys from across Massachusetts with seasoned mentors for a trial advocacy skills competition (it’s friendly, we promise). Essex County, Norfolk County, Suffolk County, and Worcester County with seasoned mentors for friendly competition on trial advocacy skills.
Our interns observed and judged opening statements through direct and cross examinations, the two-person advocacy teams argued the mock case, “Commonwealth v. Green” with students from the Another Course to College charter school making a guest appearance as witnesses.
Silvia Stockman, a law student at Boston University, gave Beyond the Billable her impressions of the experience:
“The event was an entertaining way to observe real lawyers engaging in a colorfully written case, followed by a very moving reception that honored two fallen members of the legal community. It was a great way to bond with our fellow interns and do some networking with the competitors and audience members!”
As you can see, our Summer Judicial interns have a packed summer ahead of them, so be sure to check Beyond the Billable regularly for updates!
Beyond the Billable recently chatted with a few excited Summer Judicial Interns about their upcoming summer and what they were most looking forward to about their experience. Fortunately, for our 28 interns, the wait is over – their summer job has officially begun as of last evening’s orientation session at 16 Beacon. At the orientation students participating in the Program learned about general procedures for working in the courts from BBA’s Manager of Member Engagement Kristen Scioli White and Judge Robert Tochka. Kristen and Judge Tochka spoke with interns about the expectations for their internship and answered questions to help ease concerns about the law students’ first time working in a court. Following the presentations, the interns, participating judges, and past participants of the program gathered for a reception and celebrated the beginning of this year’s Summer Judicial Internship Program. We’ll be following our interns progress closely this summer, so be sure to check Beyond the Billable for more updates!
This summer, the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section has placed 28 law students in internships at courts throughout the Boston area as part of the BBA Judicial Internship Program. The program, which runs from the beginning of June until the end of August, will give these law students a chance to work closely with a judge and gain courtroom experience by both observing and working on cases. The program kicks off with an orientation next Thursday, followed by a reception where former program participants and participating Judges will meet with this year’s interns and share their stories.
This year, interns will be working at the Dorchester, Roxbury, and East Boston divisions of the Boston Municipal Court, as well as in Waltham District Court, Suffolk Probate and Family Court, and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
We figured our Judicial Interns are starting to get excited about their summer positions, but we wanted to find out for ourselves. We reached out to Kyle Litfin (Boston College Law School), who will be interning at the Dorchester Municipal Court with Judge James W. Coffey, to ask a few questions about his upcoming summer experience. Here’s what he had to say:
Have you ever worked at a court before?
“I have, but only very briefly. Over Spring Break I was lucky enough participate in the New Orleans Gulf Coast Recovery Trip and work with Judge Eldon E. Fallon at the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. It was a wonderful experience and is one of the main reasons I decided to apply to the BBA Judicial Clerkship program.”
What do you hope to gain out of this internship?
“I hope that by witnessing hearings, arguments, and working with a judge and his staff, I will begin to see what effective lawyering truly is. What better way to learn how to be a lawyer than watching them argue in court, and observing how a judge renders his decisions and responds to the issues at hand? I cannot think of a better experience for a young and aspiring lawyer than to be in court and working with a judge.”
As part of our weekly “Voices of the Bar” feature, we asked the judicial interns what they were most looking forward to as part of their summer internship. Hear from more of our Judicial Interns here.
On Thursday, representatives of the BBA’s Judicial Internship Program dropped by Suffolk Law School to give students a firsthand look inside the popular summer program. The representatives, program founder Judge Robert Tochka of the BMC, Denise Fitzgerald, Manager of Legal Research Services at the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court, and Mary Sharon, Clerk of U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit, stressed the highlights of the program to students, which include working directly with a judge, observing courtroom proceedings and enhancing their legal research and writing skills and professional development lunches at the BBA.
Diverse students who have completed their first year of law school and are able to work at least 15 hours per week are encouraged to apply. A flexible schedule is available to accommodate other commitments.
Throughout the winter months, representatives from the BBA’s Judicial Internship Program visited BU Law, New England Law| Boston and Suffolk Law to promote the promote the program and meet students. If you’re interested in applying, don’t delay! The BBA is accepting applications to for the summer program through March 1st. More information on the program and the application is available here. Please email Susan Helm, Member Programs Coordinator, at email@example.com with any questions.
This semester, the BBA’s Judicial Internship Program welcomed a new partnership with the US Bankruptcy Court to place one deserving student in a semester-long internship with Chief Judge Frank Bailey. Suffolk Law 3L Roxana Babaei was selected after a competitive application process. Beyond the Billable reached out to Roxana to see how her semester is going so far. Here’s what she had to say:
“I discovered the Judicial Internship program while exploring the BBA’s website over the summer. I submitted my application in hopes of finding an internship position which was in line with my interests and potential practice areas of law. I was thrilled when the BBA contacted me regarding the opportunity with Chief Judge Frank J. Bailey at the US Bankruptcy Court here in Boston.
It’s such a privilege to be working with Judge Bailey and the other members of his chambers. The internship has added a dynamic layer of learning to my law school experience. As a 3L at Suffolk University Law School with a professional background in banking and business, the internship is providing me with an interesting new view of debtor/creditor relationships and greater insight into both consumer and corporate finance issues. I look forward to working with Judge Bailey through the end of the semester and remain very optimistic regarding my future professional opportunities as a result of this placement.”
The Judicial Internship Program is sponsored by the BBA’s Pipeline & Recruitment Committee of the Diversity & Inclusion Section. The program places diverse Boston area law students in part-time internships in Boston Municipal Courts, District Courts and now the US Bankruptcy Court during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer. Students interested in participating in the program for the spring semester should contact Susan Helm at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. More information on the program is available here.
Beyond the Billable is excited to announce the release of the 2013 BBA Public Service Report. The report, which is titled Expanding Our Reach, focuses on the growth of many of the BBA’s public service programs over the past year. From the Marathon Monday Project to the Summer Jobs Program, it provides a comprehensive look at the impact of our programs and the partners and volunteers who help make them possible.
Click here to see how we expanded our reach.
As 25 Summer Judicial Interns finish up their busy summers, the Boston Bar Association is already looking forwards its fall program, where it will provide semester-long internships in Boston Municipal, District and Probate & Family Courts. The program offers diverse law students the opportunity to work directly with a judge, observe courtroom proceedings, enhance their legal research and writing skills and building meaningful connections within the legal community.
Take it from program founder Judge Robert Tochka of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court:
“The positive impact the Internship program has made on the participants has surpassed all our expectations. These diverse groups of students have demonstrated their determination to enhance their lawyering skills by working diligently on their assignments. Additionally, they have eagerly jumped at the opportunity to soak up real life experiences from such diverse venues as the Bulger trial and a conference in a judge’s lobby to lunch meetings at the BBA to hear personal stories of the career trajectories of various bar members. It has been a very rewarding and enriching experience for everyone.”
Students who have completed their first year of law school and are able to work at least 15 hours per week will be considered. Diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. A flexible schedule is available to accommodate other commitments. The internship program begins in early September and runs through the end of the semester.
Interested students should complete the application and submit it along with a cover letter, resume, and a letter of recommendation from a law school professor. Enrollment is limited so early applications are strongly encouraged. Applications will be collected on a rolling basis with priority placement given to early applicants. The application deadline is September 6, 2013. Interested students should send completed applications to Susan Helm at email@example.com. More information is available here.
The BBA’s Pipeline & Recruitment Committee of the Diversity & Inclusion Section welcomed 24 diverse law students to the Summer Judicial Internship Program at last night’s orientation meeting. Judge Tochka and Judge Ronquillo, both of the Boston Municipal Court, who have spearheaded this initiative at the BBA offered students tips for working in the court system and making the most of their summer internship. Pipeline & Recruitment Committee Co-Chairs Angela Gomes (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates) and Mia Friedman (Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service Suffolk University Law School) shared information on the Diversity & Inclusion Section and its programming.
These Judicial Interns students will work alongside judges in the Boston Municipal Courts, District Courts and Probate & Family Courts. In addition, interns are invited to engage in weekly professional networking meetings held at the BBA.
Contact Susan Helm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-778-1984 for more information on the program