The BBA New Lawyers Section preparing law students and new attorneys to successfully meet the challenges of practicing law through networking receptions, community outreach and practical skills programming. Want to get involved? Contact the New Lawyers Co-Chairs or check out our calendar for the next Steering Committee Meeting.

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From the Boston Bar Journal - Heads Up: Traps Associated with Hiring Unpaid Interns

by Paul Holtzman and Jill Brenner Meixel

Heads Up

With the economy’s ebbs more frequent than its flows during the past decade, private sector employers have tightened their financial belts, leading to a chronically elevated unemployment rate.  As an outgrowth of the tough market, job seekers are often willing to fill gaps between jobs by working as unpaid interns.  Employers welcome the additional help without any corresponding expense.  The interns covet the experience, networking and resume building.

This match between the interests of the private employer and the unpaid intern, however, has raised important legal issues which highlight the often blurred line between the “intern” and “employee” classifications.  In fact, this rise in internships has spurred additional scrutiny by the Department of Labor (DOL) with respect to employers’ compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and has resulted in increased litigation by interns against employers for failing to pay minimum wage.  Given the serious consequences of violating federal law and the Massachusetts wage laws, the importance of employers’ implementation of strict guidelines to ensure compliant intern programs is paramount.

Recent Case Law Relating to Unpaid Interns

The growing wave of intern lawsuits has led to some important decisions addressing whether interns must be treated as employees.  A number of courts have held that employers have misclassified employees as interns and therefore violated wage laws by failing to pay minimum wage.

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New Lawyers Committees

  • New Lawyers Membership Committee
    This Committee seeks to engage new lawyers (those admitted to practice for 10 years or fewer) and law student members with the local legal community by encouraging participation and diversity at the BBA. This Committee also oversees the alumni ambassadors to Boston law schools and supports the BBA's sponsor law school student liaisons.

    Contact Information

    Tali Shulman

    Towers Watson

    (617) 633-5033

    Paul D. Momnie

    DLA Piper LLP

    (617) 406-6047

    Azure Aronsson

    Collora LLP

    (617) 371-1008

  • New Lawyers Practical Skills Committee
    This Committee creates programming geared towards the needs of new lawyers to help them develop basic and advanced skills, both generally and within their substantive areas of practice, and to practice more effectively. Programming consists of presentations and panels covering a broad range of topics—from how to file an appeal, how to work with partners, to the basics of a purchase agreement. Committee members, who are responsible for managing these events from concept through to completion, have the opportunity to work closely with senior lawyers in numerous practice areas when facilitating these programs.

    Contact Information

    Elizabeth J. McEvoy

    Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    (617) 720-5090

    Michael C. Birch

    Lurie, Lent & Friedman, LLP

    (617) 367 1970

    Deborah A. Durant

    Medical Legal Partnership - Boston

    (617) 414-7430

  • New Lawyers Public Service Committee
    This Committee serves as a resource for new attorneys interested in starting or expanding their pro bono and community service work. The committee runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program which offers free tax help to low-to-moderate income persons in Massachusetts.

    Contact Information

    Michael Sugar

    Kate Swartz

    Torres, Scammon & Day LLP

    (617) 307-4428

  • New Lawyers Section Liaisons
    List of NLS Liaisons
  • New Lawyers Social Events Committee
    This Committee organizes monthly gatherings for the New Lawyer's Section, including wine tastings, a casino night, happy hours, and more.

    Contact Information

    Michael J. Licker

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1197

    Adam M. Veness

    Acceleron Pharma Inc.

    (617) 649-9348

    Laura A Hadley

    (774) 644-5661

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