Blog Archives

Summer Jobs Students Speed Date with Attorneys

Adam Foss (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office) told the students about his work as a prosecutor during the new Summer Jobs enrichment seminar on “Exploring Legal Careers.”

Adam Foss (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office) told the students about his work as a prosecutor during the new Summer Jobs enrichment seminar on “Exploring Legal Careers.”

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:

Kylie Webster- Cazeau“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.


Jerry Rodriguez

“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.

Please see below for more images from the morning:

 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.

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.

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.

Advertisements

BBF Students Meet Firms Who Made Their Summer Possible

 

BTB Cover

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:

Arrowood Peters LLP
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
Peabody & Arnold  LLP

Take a look below for more highlights from the morning:

Students and supervisors from LARC, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court discussed their experiences in the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Students and supervisors from LARC, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court discussed their experiences in the BBA Summer Jobs Program.

Supervisors and students from the Department of Labor Standards, Massachusetts IOLTA, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services told BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator Katie D’Angelo about their internship highlights.

Supervisors and students from the Department of Labor Standards, Massachusetts IOLTA, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services told BBA Public Service Programs Coordinator Katie D’Angelo about their internship highlights.

Cesaltina Barros, who is interning at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Roxbury, told Michael McDermott (Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.), who’s firm sponsored a student this summer, BBF Director of Marketing & Development Megan Leppert and her supervisor, Keisha Taylor (Committee for Public Counsel Services), about her experience.

Cesaltina Barros, who is interning at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Roxbury, told Michael McDermott (Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.), who’s firm sponsored a student this summer, BBF Director of Marketing & Development Megan Leppert and her supervisor, Keisha Taylor (Committee for Public Counsel Services), about her experience.

The interns and supervisors at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Volunteer Lawyers Project discussed their job responsibilities with BBF Trustee and BBA President-Elect Julia Huston.

The interns and supervisors at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Volunteer Lawyers Project discussed their job responsibilities with BBF Trustee and BBA President-Elect Julia Huston.

Volunteer Lawyers Give BBA Summer Jobs Interns Legal Lessons

Mirna Diaz  (Diaz Law Group) spoke with the Summer Jobs interns and LRS intern about family law as part of the LRS training series.

Mirna Diaz (Diaz Law Group) spoke with the Summer Jobs interns and LRS intern about family law during an LRS training session.

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:

Alejandra Bautista

“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 LHarmoun TaibRS 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

Summer Jobs Students on the Bench at the SJC

Students tested out the Justices’ seats during a tour of the Adams Courthouse yesterday.

Students tested out the Justices’ seats during a tour of the Adams Courthouse yesterday.

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:

Barbara Berenson, a senior attorney at the Supreme Judicial Court, gave the students a tour of the building and provided an overview of the Massachusetts legal system.

Barbara Berenson, a senior attorney at the Supreme Judicial Court, gave the students a tour of the building and provided an overview of the Massachusetts legal system.

Justice Cynthia Cohen spoke with the students about her role as an associate justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court and her career path.

Justice Cynthia Cohen spoke with the students about her role as an associate justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court and her career path.

Summer Jobs Key to Addressing Unemployment Crisis Among Young Minorities

Unemployment rates among minorities under the age of 25 are particularly high. Graph Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, courtesy of NPR

Unemployment rates among minorities under the age of 25 are particularly high. 

Our dedicated readers may remember this recent post about inequalities in the current summer jobs market for teens. If you’re interested in learning more the unemployment among minorities under the age of 25, this recent NPR piece is a must listen. The piece highlights the long-term career implications of the lack of summer job opportunities, particularly for minority teens.

Here’s what William Spriggs, an economist from Howard University, had to say about the value of a summer job in the interview:

“It’s very important, and again it’s that network. It’s getting to know other people who work. It’s getting an employer who can vouch for you when you go to get another job. It’s having on your resume that you have that experience. And it’s understanding an industry and understanding what the opportunities are within that industry.”

This is why programs, such as the BBA Summer Jobs Program, play such a critical role in shaping the future of many of our Boston teens. Our students walk away with a network of professional contacts and skills that lay the groundwork for a successful career and future opportunities. Learn more about our program, which set a record high of employing 64 Boston teens this summer, here.

Image source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, courtesy of NPR  

Not Your Standard Summer Job – Students Get Crash Course on Credit & Budgeting

The BBA’s Summer Jobs Students excitedly answered participated in their first Financial Literacy Program.

Our loyal Beyond the Billable readers are well aware of the plethora of long-term benefits of offering Boston public high school students professional experience. The short-term benefit (and a major plus for the students) is, of course, the opportunity to earn a paycheck. Now that the students have already earned their first summer paycheck, they are beginning to make decisions about how to spend it. Should they buy new clothes, see a movie, or save for their first semester of college? The BBA Summer Jobs Program enrichment seminars are offering the students guidance on educated decisions about their money via the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program. So far, the students have learned how to create a budget, the importance of paying yourself first, how interest on credit cards work, and the difference between a debit and credit card. Over the next few weeks, the students will continue to acquire tools through additional sessions on buying a car and learning about the consequences of making poor financial decision at Bankruptcy Court.

Beyond the Billable checked in with two BBF-funded students working at the Volunteer Lawyers Project this summer to hear what they’ve learned so far. Here’s what they had to say:

Liraniz Colon

“I thought the sessions were pretty good because I already have a debit card. I tell myself all of the time now that I shouldn’t go over a certain amount on my debit card because I want to save money. If I know I have enough money in my account, I’ll save my paycheck for something like school. [The volunteers] really taught me to budget.”

Liraniz Colon, a rising senior at John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science

“In [the Using Credit and Credit Cards] seminar, I learned that you have to be really careful with your credit and how you spend your money and what company you choose. You have to choose wisely and you have to make good decisions about what you spend. You have to ask yourself do I need this or not; can I wait or can I not. You have to be very responsible.”

Mackaila Garcia, a rising senior at Charlestown High School

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.”

BTB RUSH

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.

BBA Summer Jobs Program Kicks Off

The 64 Boston public high school students pose with Summer Jobs Co-Chair Jeff Mittleman, MBLA President Doreen Rachal, Mayor Marty Walsh, BBA President Paul Dacier, and Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo.

The 64 Boston public high school students pose with Summer Jobs Co-Chair Jeff Mittleman, MBLA President Doreen Rachal, Mayor Marty Walsh, BBA President Paul Dacier, and Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo.

 

Monday morning marked the start of the 21st year of the BBA Summer Jobs Program with the annual Kickoff Event. This star-studded event, featuring Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association President Doreen Rachal, and Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo (also a former BBA Summer Jobs student), celebrated the start of the program and pumped students up for their first day of work. Both Doreen and Mayor Walsh encourage the students to take advantage of their summer internship. When Mayor Walsh addressed the students, he explained, “You can start to build you career this summer and you can start to build your dreams.” With these words of encouragement fresh in their minds, the 64 students headed out to their law offices for their first day of work.

If you missed the excitement,  Beyond the Billable has you covered. Take a look below for highlights from the morning:

Keynote speaker Doreen Rachal, the president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, told the students about her own career path and encouraged the students to take advantage of this opportunity to gain professional experience.

Keynote speaker Doreen Rachal, the President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, told the students about her own career path and encouraged the students to take advantage of this opportunity to gain professional experience.

 

Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City Boston and former BBA Summer Jobs Student, spoke with Summer Jobs Interns Jerry Rodriguez and Romana Hussain about their internships.

Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City Boston and former BBA Summer Jobs Student, spoke with Summer Jobs Interns Jerry Rodriguez and Romana Hussain about their internships.

 

Mayor Marty Walsh emphasized the students’ unique opportunity to learn about the legal field and encourages the students to take full advantage of this experience.

Mayor Marty Walsh emphasized the students’ unique opportunity to learn about the legal field and encouraged the students to take full advantage of this experience.

Emily Schnure (Nixon Peabody) introduced BBA Council Member Navjeet Bal (Nixon Peabody)to their Summer Jobs Student Thomas Vu, who just graduated from Boston Latin Academy, at the Kickoff Event.

Emily Schnure (Nixon Peabody) introduced BBA Council Member Navjeet Bal (Nixon Peabody)to their Summer Jobs Student Thomas Vu, who just graduated from Boston Latin Academy.

Romana Hussain, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy, will be interning at Thornton & Naumes, LLP with Loretta Connelly (Thornton & Naumes, LLP).

Romana Hussain, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy, will be interning at Thornton & Naumes, LLP with Loretta Connelly (Thornton & Naumes, LLP).

Mayor Marty Walsh posed with Sarah Lloyd-Wingard and Keila Gomes, who are interning at the City of Boston’s Office of the Corporation Counsel this summer.

Mayor Marty Walsh posed with Sarah Lloyd-Wingard and Keila Gomes, who are interning at the City of Boston’s Office of the Corporation Counsel this summer.

Summer Jobs Students Prepped for Success at Orientation

 

BeyondtheBillable1

Last Thursday, 16 Beacon bustling with its usual activity. What set this particular Thursday apart was that it wasn’t lawyers packing the BBA’s conference rooms for networking and legal education events, but 64 Boston public high school students.  The BBA Summer Jobs students started their morning in the Conference Center getting to know one another and getting the low down on what to expect, not only on their first day of work, but throughout the entire summer.  Career Specialist Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) and former Summer Jobs student Emmanuelle Renelique (WilmerHale) helped calm the students’ first office job nerves by offering helpful tips to prepare them, including appropriate dress code for an office setting and suggestions on how to interact with their coworkers.

Take a look below for highlights from the morning:

Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) teaches the students the importance of introducing yourself to coworkers in the office and being confident when you meet new people.

Teresa Alleyne (Boston Private Industry Council) teaches the students the importance of introducing yourself to coworkers in the office and being confident when you meet new people.

Students listen carefully to the tips on how to make the most of their summer internships.

Students listen carefully to the tips on how to make the most of their summer internships.

Emmanuelle Renelique (WilmerHale) participated in the BBA Summer Jobs Program when she was in high school and now works at WilmerHale. She shared her own experience with the students and explained how this job was the first step in building their future careers.

Emmanuelle Renelique (WilmerHale) participated in the BBA Summer Jobs Program when she was in high school and now works at WilmerHale. She shared her own experience with the students and explained how this job was the first step in building their future careers.

Stay tuned for more on our Summer Jobs students as they get situated in their offices.

 

Employers Gear Up for Summer Jobs Students

Boston Private Industry Council Career Specialists Teresa Alleyne and Rose Delorme spoke with employers about working with Boston public high school students and provided tips for helping students to excel in their first professional job.

Boston Private Industry Council Career Specialists Teresa Alleyne and Rose Delorme spoke with employers about working with Boston public high school students and provided tips for helping students to excel in their first professional job.

With the start date of the BBA Summer Jobs Program fast approaching, the students’ supervisors from the various law firms and offices gathered at 16 Beacon yesterday morning to prep for a great summer. With the help of Boston Private Industry Council Career Specialists Teresa Alleyne and Rose Delorme, attendees learned more about the variety of the students’ backgrounds (which we addressed in this post) and how to help high school students excel in their first professional job. Veteran Summer Jobs employers Matt McTygue (Edwards Wildman Palmer), Christina Miller (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office), and Elaine Carmichael (DLA Piper) also presented, offering suggestions on potential projects and enrichment opportunities so employers can help students maximize their summer.

Interested in learning more about the exciting opportunities that our employers provide to their interns? Check out a few highlights below. This summer, students will:

  • Research a Supreme Court case and present the key facts to partners at their firm.
  • Learn to network by striving to collect 100 business cards from legal professionals throughout the summer.
  • Summarize cases and write legal memos.
  • Work with their employer to fill out the Common Application for college.

Don’t worry. We’ll be keeping our loyal readers updated on all of the exciting projects our students will be working on this summer.