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From Beyond the Billable: Trainings Spark Interest in Legal Careers

Monday, February 11, 2013

Throughout the month of January, BBA attorneys volunteered their time to conduct training sessions on a variety of legal topics for new interns working at the BBA.  These interns are undergraduates in the Northeastern University Co-op program.  The training sessions helped the interns sharpen their legal acumen, and gave them the tools to do their jobs effectively.  This is what they had to say about the training sessions:

“The trainings gave me the opportunity to sit down and understand the legal system through the eyes of different attorneys.  I started my internship at the BBA with a definite interest in law, but I wasn’t sure how I would weave that interest into my career path.  Despite practicing in different areas of law, all of the attorneys had one thing in common–their desire to ensure that each client was provided with the tools to understand their rights and seek appropriate legal services.  As an International Affairs major with an interest in human rights, the underlying compassion of the attorneys expressed during the trainings appealed to me.  The pursuit of justice in both law and human rights helped me realize that there are many avenues I can pursue with my interest in law.

The trainings have also been a critical aspect of the progress I’ve made since beginning of my internship at the BBA and have made it significantly easier for me to streamline the intake process for the Lawyer Referral Service.  The trainings provided a huge foundation of knowledge about the different areas of law; consequently, this information makes it easier for me to provide suitable referrals for each client.”

Gaciru Matathia is working in the BBA Lawyer Referral Service for 6 months.  Gaciru studies International Affairs, and is pursuing a minor in Social Entrepreneurship.    

The LRS trainings with BBA members were extremely helpful to me as an intern, especially because of my plans to attend law school in the future. The attorneys who were selected for the training were all very knowledgeable in their respective fields, and the passion they exhibited for their work was even more impressive. I was able to learn about specific laws in particular practice areas, something that a lot of prospective law school students don’t have the opportunity to do. With the help of the attorneys’ advice and instruction, I feel confident in my decision to go to law school and to pursue the career I’ve always wanted.”

Alixandra Powers is working in the BBA Membership Department for the next 6 months. Alixandra is a History major, and is a cadet in the school’s ROTC program.  She hopes to attend law school after graduation, and is interested in becoming a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Military.

The trainings were organized by the Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, the largest public service program of the Boston Bar Association, dedicated to helping members of the public in need of assistance connect with attorneys.  We would like to thank the following attorneys who volunteered their time to conduct training sessions for the BBA’s new interns:

Roger Bertling (Law Offices of Roger Bertling) – Bankruptcy

Dan Biagiotti (Legal Advocacy & Resource Center) – LARC & Legal Services Overview

Kyle Crossley (Audax Group) – Torts

Vilas Dhar (Dhar Law, LLP) – Business Law & Consumer Law

Robin Gorenberg (Law Office of Robin Gorenberg) – Trusts & Estate Planning

Joseph Gregory (Joseph Gregory Esq.) – Immigration Law
Andrea Lance (Lance Law, LLC) – Criminal Law

Mary Lee (Mary K.Y. Lee P.C.) – Real Estate & Landlord/Tenant Law

William McLeod (United States Bankruptcy Court) – Bankruptcy

Chik Mone (Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP) – Torts

Dino Santangelo (Law Office of Dino R. Santangelo) – Public Benefits & Health Law

Nancy Shilepsky (Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP) – Employment Law

Laura Unflat (The Law Office of Laura M. Unflat) – Family Law

If you are interested in joining the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, or becoming involved in training sessions in the future, please contact Solana Goss, the LRS Intake Coordinator, atsgoss@bostonbar.org .

To reach the BBA Lawyer Referral Service please call (617)742 0625 or (800)552-7046 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. You can also email us atLRS@bostonbar.org or visit us on the web at http://www.bostonbarlawyer.org.


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