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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:
“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
Volunteer attorneys are the backbone of the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases or provided consultation through the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program or the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Program in May and June:
Lawyer for the Day Volunteers
Nicholas Bentley, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Jennifer Brown, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Alison Burr, Ropes & Gray LLP
Andrew Cohn, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Brent Davis, Roger Williams School of Law
Sally Davis, Ropes & Gray LLP
Jennifer Gorman, Ropes & Gray LLP
Esther Laine, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Justin Murphy, Law Office of Justin M. Murphy
Christopher Pavlow, McCarter & English, LLP
Daniel Sieck, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
Stephen Thompson, Ropes & Gray LLP
Heather Ward, Law Office of Heather M. Ward
Katy Ward, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Program
David Baker, Law Office of David G. Baker
Eric Blythe, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Scott Hubbell, Hubbell Law
Marques Lipton, Law Office of Timothy Mauser
H. Luke Mitcheson, Mitcheson Viana LLP
Kristofer Munroe, Lallier Munroe P.C.
Nina Parker, Parker & Associates
Steven Pohl, Brown Rudnick LLP
Adrienne Walker, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Kevin Walsh, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Neil Warrenbrand, Law Office of Neil Warrenbrand
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, a 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.”
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.
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.
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.