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Summer Jobs Roster Grows as Recruitment Begins

Monday, February 04, 2013

Nineteen law firms have already committed to hiring one or more Boston public high school students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. That’s before the very enthusiastic BBA Summer Jobs Committee, co-chaired by Edward Notis-McConarty of Hemenway & Barnesand Jeffrey Mittleman of Holland and Knight, begins a recruitment drive to increase the number of participating firms. A partnership of the BBA, the Boston Private Industry Council, and the Boston Public Schools, the program provides a unique opportunity for underserved youth to earn money, learn about the legal profession through on-the-job experience, and help to increase diversity and inclusion in Boston’s legal community. To hire a student, or get more information about the program, please contact Katie D'Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

 Over the past 19 years, the BBA has introduced over 385 students from Boston’s public high schools to the legal profession. When speaking with past employers, the BBA learned the students at law firms and law offices provide new energy and enthusiasm – in addition to help with tasks including data entry, internet research, and other administrative tasks. Here is what they have to say about the students:

“The students are bright, highly motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic.  All of them have specifically expressed an interest in pursuing careers in legal fields.  Their talents have been valuable to many people in our firm, particularly our Library, Document Production Department, IT Department, Marketing Department and Records Department.” 
- Matthew V. P. McTygue, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP 

“Having a student in the office adds a unique perspective to our daily activities. Students come to us with fresh minds, inquisitive about both the legal system and workplace.”
- Amy Egan Cook, Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar LLP

“The students have improved the organization of the office and have grown to be relied upon for certain tasks, freeing the time of other employees for other tasks.” 
- Christina Miller, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

“The students are a huge help throughout the year. One of our Marketing Assistants came to us through the BBA program when she was in high school, and was hired full time when she graduated from college.”   
- Rachel Krasowski, Burns & Levinson LLP

This program is funded in part by the Austin Jones Fund and the M. Ellen Carpenter Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation.

Intellectual Property Law Committees

  • Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Committee
    This committee provides resources for lawyers who represent clients in the arts, in entertainment and in associated industries, including visual artists, writers, publishers, film and TV producers, songwriters, music producers and publishers, performing artists and those involved in other creative pursuits.

    Contact Information

    Brooke Penrose

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3287

    Stacey C. Friends

    Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

    (617) 570-3578

  • Computer and Internet Law Committee
    This committee covers areas including federal and state regulation, intellectual property, contracts, employment, civil and criminal litigation, corporate and business law, taxation, export control, finance, libel, privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, defamation, antitrust and international law, as well as technical standards and commercial protocols.

    Contact Information

    Ellen Giblin

    Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

    (617) 239-0484

  • Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee brings together lawyers from diverse IP law fields, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and transfer of technology, know-how and publicity rights law.

    Contact Information

    Daniel A. Lev

    Pierce Atwood LLP

    (617) 488.8112

    Meenakshy Chakravorty

    Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

    (781) 418-9211

  • Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
    This is a joint committee between the Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections. This committee provides education concerning the enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets rights as well as the defense of those accused of infringing on such rights, in federal and state courts and before the International Trade Commission.

    Contact Information

    Kelli Powell

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    (617) 526-6819

    Dalila Wendlandt

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (617) 951-7884

    Christina M Licursi

    Wolf Greenfield

    (617) 646-8384

  • International Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee brings together practitioners and others concerned with the state of IP in multiple countries and pursuant to multinational accords. Areas covered include perfection and protection of IP rights, defenses against IP abuses, technology transfer and other licensing and venture transactions, as well as collateral affecting IP development and exploitation.

    Contact Information

    Asya Calixto

    Prince Lobel Tye LLP

    (617) 456-8110

    Hsuanyeh Chang

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3218

  • Life Sciences Committee
    This committee addresses the business and patent issues that arise in biotechnology, health care services, laboratory services, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

    Contact Information

    Lawrence Cogswell

    Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, PC

    Lesley Chuang

    Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, PC

    (617) 902-0501

  • Privacy Law Committee
    This committee covers the full range of issues involved with the collection, use, sharing and securing of personal information, as relevant to Massachusetts-based entities. Areas covered include website and online privacy; information management practices; physical and system monitoring; healthcare, financial and other sector-specific privacy rules; international data collection and transfers; RFID and other tracking technologies; workplace privacy concerns; and new developments in privacy and compliance law and practice.

    Contact Information

    Seth Carlton Harrington

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (618) 951-7226

    Kent David Ballaty Sinclair

    Stroz Friedberg, LLC

    (617) 848-5650

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.