FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/21/2013

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58 Boston Teens Celebrate Completion of BBA Summer Jobs Program (Media Advisory)

WHAT: 
Boston Bar Association's Summer Jobs Program Graduation Ceremony

ATTENDEES: 
Rachael Rollins (General Counsel, MBTA, and Immediate Past President, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association), BBA President J.D. Smeallie, representatives from the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and the Mayor's office, representatives of firms and law departments that participated in the Summer Jobs Program, and students who completed the program this summer.

WHEN: 
August 22, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

WHERE: 
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108

NOTABLE FEATURES: 
Rachael Rollins, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, will deliver the keynote address to the audience, and David Lozano, a rising senior at Boston Latin Academy and Summer Jobs student at Nixon Peabody, will share the student experience of the summer. BBA President J.D. Smeallie will present each of the 58 Summer Jobs students with a certificate of recognition and congratulations. Following the graduation ceremony, there will be a reception for students, their families, PIC representatives, and employers.

The Summer Jobs Program represents a collaborative effort of the BBA, Boston Private Industry Council, and the City of Boston to reach a diverse population of high school students. This year, the BBA provided a record high of 58 jobs. Of these, 13 are positions at nonprofits or government agencies funded through the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the BBA. The rest of the jobs provided a valuable introduction to the legal profession in top-tier law firms and departments throughout the city of Boston. Over the course of the summer, students also completed a financial literacy program, participated in a mock hearing at City Council, toured the Adams Courthouse, and took part in other enrichment seminars.

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.