FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/8/2010

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Looney & Grossman LLP Contributes to Austin Jones Fund to Support Summer Jobs

The Boston Bar Foundation today announced that the Boston law firm of Looney & Grossman LLP has given $2,500 to the Austin Jones Fund.

The Austin Jones Fund provides opportunities for Boston high school students to participate in the BBA Summer Jobs/Academic Enrichment program during the summer of 2011.

"Austin Jones . . . was a black man who came out of Roxbury and became Chief Deputy Clerk of the United States Court for the District of Massachusetts. On the way he helped a lot of us deal with the intricacies of being in court. He left his unique stamp on the . . . Court where he served for 30 years. In a broader sense, he elevated the practice of law in Boston." - John J. Curtin, Jr., February 1981

Each year, the BBA Summer Jobs Program places a diverse group of Boston Public School students in law firms, offices and departments around the city for an eight week internship.  Students gain valuable professional skills, learn about law as a profession and attend weekly enrichment seminars.  To date, over 300 students have graduated from the program.

For information on contributing to the Boston Bar Foundation, the Austin Jones Fund, or the Summer Jobs Program, contact BBA/BBF Director of Development & Events, Megan Leppert, mleppert@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.