With more than 100 summer associates and young attorneys
at this year's Strategies for Success Summer Associates Diversity &
Inclusion Luncheon, BBA Week was eager to get reactions. We caught up
with Elmer Peter Alvarez (BU School of Law 2014) who just finished up a
clerkship at the City of Boston Law Department and is a legal intern at Kids in
Need of Defense this summer and Jose Lopez (Suffolk Law 2014), Summer Associate
at Adler Pollack & Sheehan to see what they had to say.
Why did you attend this program?
Elmer: Even though I grew up on Dorchester, I am still
familiarizing myself with the Boston legal community. I thought this event was a
great way to immerse myself into the BBA programming and establish relationships
with BBA members.
Jose: I have observed that the Boston Bar Association
has a reputation for cultivating and supporting Boston’s legal community.
As a first year summer associate I trusted that the Strategies for Success event
would provide me with practical advice on adding value to my employer, and
cultivating professional relationships that may guide me to a successful career
as a lawyer.
What did you take away from the program?
Elmer: I took away three main things. 1) Seek out and
maintain mentor relationships. 2) A legal career is a marathon, not a sprint,
and 3) Always ask questions and seek feedback on assignments.
Jose: There were three distinct quotes that remained
with me after the program. 1) “A profession in the law is a marathon, not
a sprint.” This statement spoke volumes to me as I thought about my long
term goals as an aspiring attorney. The demands of a summer associate are
high, and the work is rigorous; however, keeping in mind that I am only at mile
marker two keeps things in perspective.
2) “It begins with your
work.” In the rush of concurrently running projects with varying degrees
of complexities, I take time to make sure each is thoroughly completed with the
same amount of professionalism, and it was reassuring to hear successful
practitioners place value in that.
3) “You want them to cut a
cake.” While I do not necessarily wish to celebrate my summer with a
farewell cake, I understood the value in creating a professional presence that
would be missed because of the value I added, and the consistent quality of my