It’s easy to get distracted by the fun and games of the
Casino Night event -- taking place this year on Thursday, March 27th at 16
Beacon Street -- but it’s important to remember the real beneficiaries of the
money raised that night. This year, 100% of the proceeds from BBF Casino Night
will support the BBA
Summer Jobs Program. We will be running a weekly series of profiles on
Summer Jobs students whose jobs were supported by BBF funds. To learn more about
how to sponsor or attend the event visit our website or contact Erica Southerland
The Boston Bar Association
Summer Jobs program works in concert with the BBF to provide Boston-area high
school students with paid summer employment in area firms, businesses,
non-profits and government agencies. Last year, funding from the BBF made
non-profit and government jobs possible for 13 area students.
As all lawyers know, communication is key. Whether it be with
colleagues or clients, knowing how to effectively communicate is a vital skill
in the professional world. Last summer, Roberto Rodriguez, a senior at East
Boston High, learned first-hand how important communication in the workplace is
when he interned at the Legal Advocacy Resource Center (LARC), a position funded
through the BBF's M. Ellen Carpenter Fund.
"One big takeaway of my job is that it left me better prepared to communicate
in a professional manner. I have learned a lot of legal terms and I actually get
to talk to people most of the time, so I get a sense of what the lawyers are
doing there." Roberto's experience, wasn't just about learning the ins and outs
of office professionalism, it also taught him that taking initiative in the
workplace can bring new opportunities. As Roberto's summer progressed, his
ability to speak Spanish became an asset for LARC. Thanks to his skills, he
spent part of his summer translating for staff and screening calls.
Despite his opportunities to work hands on in a legal office environment,
Roberto says his favorite part of the job was seeing the professionals at work.
"The best experience at my summer job at LARC was seeing the different types of
cases and that advice that the attorneys would give (the clients). It really
showed me the large variety in law."