FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/25/2014

Contact: Contact: Kerry Crisley

617-778-1902

BBA Summer Jobs Program Kickoff Event (Media Advisory)

WHAT:
A Breakfast Conference to Kick Off the 2014 Boston Bar Association's Summer Jobs Program

ATTENDEES: 
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, keynote speaker Doreen Rachal (President, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association), BBA President Paul Dacier, members of firms participating in the Summer Jobs Program, and students selected for the Program and their families

WHEN: 
June 30th, 2014, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 
Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

NOTABLE  FEATURES:
2014 represents a record-breaking year for the BBA's Summer Jobs Program: 64 Boston public high school students will hold a position that offers both paid employment and professional education. Here are the details:

• Mayor Martin Walsh, a champion of summer jobs for Boston teens, will offer remarks to students, their families, and employers about the importance of youth employment. Doreen Rachal (U.S. Attorney's Office), President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, will also offer a few remarks about her own career path and the value of a professional and educational summer experience.

• Of the total 64 jobs, 14 positions are at nonprofits, government agencies, or legal services organizations funded by the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the BBA, and the generous donations it has received to make this possible. The rest of the 64 jobs are funded by top-tier law firms and law departments throughout the City of Boston.

• The Summer Jobs Program represents a collaborative effort between the BBA, Boston Private Industry Council, and the City of Boston to reach a diverse population of enthusiastic, driven high school students.

• Students will shadow highly skilled attorneys and learn about the legal field. They will also gain valuable office administration skills. Throughout the course of the summer, students will complete a financial literacy program, participate in a mock hearing at City Council, tour the Adams Courthouse, and take part in other enrichment seminars.

*Space at this conference is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact BBA Communications Assistant Gabrielle Guarracino at gguarracino@bostonbar.org.

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.