FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/28/2010

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BBA Summer Jobs Program Reaches High Water Mark

The Boston Bar Association (BBA) Summer Jobs Program, a promising tool for introducing young people of color to the legal profession, today reached a high-water mark in its 17 year history. After participating in a news conference featuring Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Damian Wilmot, President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, among others, 46 Boston Public High School students began their first day working at some of the most prestigious law firms and law related entities in the city of Boston.

This year's numbers, marking a 58% increase from the previous year and a 180% increase from the inaugural year of the BBA Summer Jobs Program, can be attributed to the commitment of law firms and law offices to help build a more diverse and inclusive Boston legal community. An aggressive campaign co-chaired by David Rosenblatt, Managing Partner of Burns & Levinson, and Paula Andrews, a Partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder -- buttressed by the generosity of the Boston Bar Foundation -- proved especially effective in increasing the number of jobs the program was able to offer this summer.

A longstanding collaboration of the BBA, Boston School Department and Boston Private Industry Council, the program requires students to submit written applications, persuasive essays, and recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors. As part of the program, the 46 students will also learn about vital constitutional issues and financial literacy in weekly seminars held at the BBA's 16 Beacon Street headquarters.

Participating Law Firms and Students are listed below:

Law Firm

Student's Name

Student's High School

Barron & Stadfeld LLP

Christine Obierika

John D. O' Bryant School of Math and Science

BBA

Raul Lopez

Brighton High School

BBA

TBA

TBA

BBF Austin Jones  (United States District Court)

Cinique Weekes

Boston Latin School

 

BBF Austin Jones (United States District Court)

Lily Wu

Boston Latin School

 

BBF Carpenter Fund - MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Daissy Restrepo Gomez

East Boston High School

 

BBF Carpenter Fund - U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Noelia Soledad Munoz Tavarez

Boston International High School

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Jessica Romulus

John D. O' Bryant School of Math and Science

Burns & Levinson LLP

Genesis Dominguez

Brighton High School

Burns & Levinson LLP

Terry Alice Garcia

Brighton High  School

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Melissa Bennett

Boston Latin School

Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP

Keven Mendes

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

City of Boston

Escarolyn Garcia

New Mission High School

City of Boston

Nathanael Kelly

Hyde Park High School

 

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Mia Smith Willis

Excel High School

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Maria Olivencia

Dorchester Academy

Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar

Josdali Suyon

Boston International High School

Donovan Hatem LLP

Matthew Farmer

Another Course to College

Dwyer & Collora, LLP

Zakaria Hussein

Charlestown High School

 

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

Jasmine Boyd-Perry

Boston Latin School

 

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

Pascal Richa

John D. O' Bryant School of Math and Science

 

Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele P.C.

Breona Mullins-Hodges

Charlestown High School

Fish & Richardson P.C.

Foster R. Earl III

Excel High School

Foley Hoag LLP

Morgan McNeil

Jeremiah E. Burke High School

Goodwin Procter LLP

Tejonn Hendricks

Social Justice Academy

Harvard Pilgrim

Alex Cheung

Boston Latin School

Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP

 

El-Hadj-Amine Baghdad Zouggah

Boston Latin School

Holland & Knight LLP

Rose Vernet

Social Justice Academy

Mintz, Levin, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

Victoria Glover

Boston Latin Academy

 

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Bianca Wood

Charlestown High School

Partners HealthCare

Christopher Jean-Michel

Media Communications Technology High School

Proskauer Rose LLP

Eric Mac

Boston Latin School

Ropes & Gray LLP

Lucille Germain

John D. O' Bryant School of Math and Science

Ropes & Gray LLP

Daisy Sandoval

Brighton High

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Avaloi Atkinson

Boston Latin Academy

Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Renisha Austin

Boston Latin School

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Eliezer Rodriguez

Social Justice Academy

Suffolk Law School

Michayra Pena

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

 

Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen LLP

Kimberly McField

Boston Arts Academy

 

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

 

Myola Volcy

 

The Engineering School

Todd & Weld LLP

Mengning (Melinda) Wang

Boston Latin School

Verrill Dana LLP

Nikki Cohen

Boston Arts Academy

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Margaret Wogbeh

New Mission High School

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Lara Jimenez

Somerville High School

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Anairis Figueroa

Dorchester Academy

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Michael Domegan

John D O' Bryant School of Math and Science

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Terrence Bordrave

Somerville High School

The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 11,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.