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The 2015 Judicial Interns worked at nine courts in Greater Boston for a total of over 4,100 hours throughout the summer.
Beyond the Billable would like to congratulate the 2015 Judicial Interns on all of their hard work volunteering in the courts. The program gives law students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience while working closely with a judge at one of nine participating courts in and around the Greater Boston area.
This summer marks the fifth year since the internship was created by the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section, with the goal of retaining a diverse population of young lawyers here in Boston. Additionally, the program aims to provide law students with the valuable mentoring and professional experience needed to succeed after graduation. This year we had a total of 24 students from our five sponsor schools, George Mason University School of Law, and Western New England School of Law collectively volunteer over 4,000 hours!
We caught up with Alexander Conley (New England Law | Boston Class of 2017) to hear more about his experience working with Judge Catherine K. Byrne in Boston Municipal Court; here’s what he had to say:
“One of the most memorable moments during my internship happened after being on the job for only a little while. After observing a motion to suppress, the judge that I was working with asked me if I ’wanted to take this one.’ At first I had no idea what she meant. However, when she explained that she wanted me to draft the opinion for her I was very surprised. It was the first time during the internship that I was asked to do something of such substance, and when I got the assignment I was both excited and nervous.”
When we asked Christopher Boutin (Suffolk University Law, Class of 2017) what his most memorable moment during the internship was, here’s what he told us:
“The most memorable experience of the summer was getting the opportunity to watch the Tsarnayev sentencing hearing in the Federal Courthouse. Judge Tochka urged us to attend so we could experience how a high profile case differs from other cases.
I would highly recommend the judicial internship to ALL law students. Overall, this experience provided me with the kind of knowledge that you cannot learn in the classroom. It provides with the knowledge that only comes from years of experience.”
Congratulations to all of the 2015 summer interns, and we wish you all the best of luck during this upcoming school year!
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With honors at our next Adams Benefit going to Roca, and the state legislature discussing options for sentencing reform, reducing recidivism and mass incarceration has been top of mind at the BBA.
The BBA Reentry Education Program Committee wrapped another successful year teaching probationers about civil legal issues, and with the help of PILP11, it expanded to include the CHOICE program at Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury Division. Between the two programs, the program served over 100 probationers and presented 12 civil legal education workshops.
In March, Judge Leo Sorokin and Volunteer Adrienne Walker (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.) spoke with participants about financial literacy through the BBA Reentry Education Program.
With continuing co-chair Julia Devanthery (Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School) and new co-chair Sarah Schendel, the committee hopes to continue the great work in both federal and state court.
“This year the Re-Entry Education Committee will be working with the District Court of Massachusetts to refine our know-your-rights workshop offerings, and to make sure that our volunteers are reaching as many probationers as possible,” said Julia Devanthéry. “To that end, we’re looking into moving some of our more popular sessions from the court to community-based locations that are more easily accessible to probationers. We hope that this simple change may allow our volunteers to empower more probationers, and support their successful reentry into the community.”
“Since first working with incarcerated individuals and their families over 10 years ago, I’ve seen the challenges that await those released from prison,” added Sarah Schendel. “However, when we help our incarcerated friends, family members, and neighbors access the support, information, and opportunities they need, they are empowered and able to thrive. I’m excited to continue working with the BBA’s Reentry Committee to support individuals involved in both the state and federal courts, and honored to serve as co-chair.”
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Guest Post: Jacqueline Lopes is working at the Boston Bar Association as a Co-Op Student. She is a rising senior at Northeastern University.
I am a Northeastern Student pursuing a Double Major in Political Science and Business Administration, and I am working at the Boston Bar Association in the Lawyer Referral Service for my 6 month Co-Op placement.
One of my main duties is fielding calls from individuals looking for legal assistance. At first it was hard to assist the people that were calling for legal help, since I did not know all the legal terms for all of the practice areas. Being on the phone and assisting someone that really relies on your help and direction was harder than I thought. I quickly realized that I always need to make sure that I am using the right words, tone of voice, and asking the right questions to find out how to best assist the caller. In the first month that I was here, I had trainings almost every week with different attorneys specializing in different practices. They would tell us about their practice and also give us great advice for screening calls, and our career plans. Not only the trainings made me feel more comfortable speaking on the phone, but it was amazing meeting the attorneys that came to talk with us. The BBA has a great structure to help new interns feel comfortable when assisting clients
After the trainings, I felt more confident helping the clients that were calling us for assistance. Now that I know how to direct the clients to the correct place, I really feel that the LRS program does make a difference in the lives of many people. Some clients call us and have no idea where to start, and being able to give them some kind of guidance by sending them to an attorney or to a legal service that might be able to help them is an amazing feeling. I am really excited to see what I will learn and who I will help in the next couple of months.
My dream always has been to go to law school one day, and being at the BBA is a great opportunity for me to better understand how the legal world works in real life. Meeting attorneys, going on field trips to courts, and seeing how the BBA runs as a business is definitely going to help me develop as a person and as a professional. I know that interning here for six months will have a great impact on the next step I take towards my career.
Jacqueline Lopes is a rising senior at Northeastern University. She has joined the BBA Lawyer Referral Service as part of her 6 month cooperative education program through Northeastern.
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