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Michaela Duff, HR Specialist at Sullivan & Worcester, and Danielle Miles-Langaigne, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy, will be working together through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.
Last Wednesday, the BBA Summer Jobs students headed out for the first day of work. Many of our students have never had a professional job before, and they were quite nervous for about starting their summer internships in the legal field. However, the students are quickly getting settled thanks to the support of our employers.
Here’s what Danielle Miles-Langaigne, a rising junior at Boston Latin Academy, had to say about her first day of work at Sullivan & Worcester in an email to her PIC Career Specialist Terry Alleyne:
“My first day, Michaela Duff [Human Resources Generalist at Sullivan & Worcester], hospitably showed me around the law office. The building was beautiful and the layout was very structured. Everyone there is also very courteous and welcoming, which was very comforting and made me feel less uneasy. Seeing the various faces and ranging ages of people there definitely interested me.
Also, I found out that I would not only be getting my own cubby/desk, but I would also be acquiring my own phone and PC. There’s a name plate outside of my little space that I nearly lost it over because it was surreal to see my name plastered on a decal in front of a mini-office. All in all, being in the atmosphere of an actual law firm was more exhilarating than I thought it would be, even if I was assigned to filing and cleaning up a data base. I told the woman who was teaching me about software on my PC that even if I was not being paid, I would still continue with the job anyways. I look forward to continuing my intern experience at the firm this summer.”
We were thrilled to hear about how much fun Danielle had on her first day at Sullivan & Worcester and are looking forward to hearing more stories from students as they immerse themselves into their new positions. Stay tuned for more updates about our Summer Jobs students and their experiences over the next couple of months.
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BBA summer jobs students with keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall, and Summer Jobs Steering Committee co-chairs Matt Mctygue and Colin Van Dyke.
The 22nd BBA Summer Jobs Programs is officially underway. Yesterday, the students headed to 16 Beacon Street for a crash course in business etiquette at the program orientation. This morning, they returned to 16 Beacon to meet their employers at the annual Kickoff Event. This year’s keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall, the Deputy Director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, shared some words of wisdom and encouragement with the students.
Here’s what the BBA‘s own Summer Jobs interns had to say about the event:
It was amazing to attend the Kickoff Event. I really liked Rahsaan Hall’s speech. It was inspirational and motivating. It opened my mind to more possibilities.
Jennifer Le, a recent graduate of Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park
Rahsaan Hall’s speech at today’s Kickoff was very inspiring. I was feeling insecure and uncomfortable when I got here, but his speech about the man who chose the broken down bucket really spoke to me. The idea that we all offer something even if we don’t know what it is motivated me, and I am definitely ready for the rest of the summer.
Elijah Oyenuga, a recent graduate of Another Course to College in Brighton
As you may remember, the BBA Summer Jobs Program is part of the City of Boston’s citywide summer jobs initiative for Boston teens. If you missed this article last month, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the city will be creating 200 more summer job positions for Boston youth in addition to the 10,000 positions already secured, including our 65 positions in the legal field.
Check out the pictures below for some highlights from this year’s Orientation and Kickoff event:
Boston PICs Senior Career Specialist Teresa (Terry) Alleyne gives the Summer Jobs students a few business etiquette tips at orientation.
Terry Alleyne helped the students get excited about their new Summer Job positions.
Summer Jobs Steering Committee co-chair Colin Van Dyke at this years Summer Jobs Kickoff event.
Summer Jobs Kickoff keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall.
Summer Jobs students listen attentively to Rahsaan Halls useful advice.
DLA Piper’s Elaine Carmichael and Summer Jobs student Hermuna Taib.
Vincent Fichera, Ashley Commito, and Jennifer Carpenter from LPL Financial and their Summer Jobs student Maylerin Valdez.
Stay tuned for more updates about the Summer Jobs students throughout the summer.
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BBA interns in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.
Guest Post: Jennifer Le is one of the Summer Jobs Student working at the Boston Bar Association. Jennifer recently graduated from Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and will be participating in the Foundation Year Program at Northeastern University next year.
Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit John Joseph Moakley Courthouse with the BBA Judicial Interns. The Moakley Courthouse is a beautiful building filled with amazing, interesting architectural design and one of Boston’s historical tourist spot. This courthouse is also known for its famous federal cases, including the Boston Marathon Bomber (United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) and the Whitey Bulger cases (United States of America v. James J. Bulger).
Our tour guide educated us on the architecture of the building. The front of the building is made up of metal that’s nearly indestructible to prevent bombings and injuries of any kind. The courthouse is also designed to emphasize equality amongst criminals, citizens, lawyers, and Judges. For example, the Judge’s seat is at eye level of a lawyer when the lawyer stands up and criminals are not to wear orange jumpsuits at sentencing.
We had the chance to observe three court cases, including a child pornography case, kidnapping case, and an alleged fraudulent workers compensation case. At the end of the kidnapping case, we even spoke with Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton about the court proceeding in greater detail.
It’s astonishing to see how much history is embedded into one building and to realize that it will continue to amaze and motivate people like myself. I can’t wait to see the long and exciting future that the Moakley Courthouse holds, with all the amazing cases, the art and design. The knowledge and experience will be endless! I’ve always wanted to become a lawyer, and I feel even more motivated after visiting the Moakley Courthouse.
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