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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.

Real Estate Committees

  • Affordable Housing Committee
    The purpose of this committee is to educate the local bar concerning new initiatives in financing and developing affordable housing.

    Contact Information

    Terrence M. McNeil

    Boston Properties, Inc.

    Karen Kelleher

    Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency

    (617) 723-0500

  • Construction Law Committee
    This committee addresses all aspects of construction law, including contract documents and alternative project delivery systems; construction litigation, arbitration and ADR; public contract law and other legal issues of interest to practitioners who handle matters relating to construction.

    Contact Information

    Rhian M.J. Cull

    Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

    (617) 378-4120

    Michael P. Sams

    Kenney & Sams, P.C.

    (508) 490-8500

  • Land Use and Development Committee
    This committee focuses on issues related to land use and development in the context of real estate transactions.

    Contact Information

    Johanna W. Schneider

    Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster

    (617) 951-1162

    Mark A. Kablack

    M. A. Kablack & Associates, PC

    (508) 366-2900

  • Leasing Committee
    This committee studies issues affecting this area of practice and plans educational programs led by experienced leasing lawyers and other senior real estate practitioners.

    Contact Information

    Timothy J. Famulare

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3000

    John N. Affuso

    Massachusetts Port Authority

    (617) 568-3144

  • Real Estate Finance Committee
    This committee is concerned with all aspects of financing real estate transactions.

    Contact Information

    Amanda S. Eckhoff

    Robinson & Cole LLP

    (617) 557-5988

  • Real Estate Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Real estate attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    John J. Goldrosen

    Kopelman and Paige, P.C.

    (617) 556-0007

    Kathleen E. Connolly

    Murtha Cullina LLP

    (617) 457-4000

  • Real Estate Public Service Committee
    This committee oversees the BBA’s Lawyer for the Day in Boston Housing Court. The Real Estate Section has provided educational programs both membership-wide and to the public on issues related to landlord and tenant law and the Housing Court.

    Contact Information

    Seth A. Malamut

    STAG Industrial, Inc.

    (617) 574-4777

    Katy E. Ward

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 348-1850

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Title & Conveyancing Committee
    This committee covers topics such as mechanic's liens, survey matters and affirmative coverage; sophisticated title insurance endorsements; lis pendens; real estate litigation; title insurance claims; bankruptcy and creditors' rights; the land registration system; offers to purchase real estate; purchase and sale agreements; hazardous substances; forms of ownership; mortgages, foreclosures, easements and restrictions; and broker and lender relationships.

    Contact Information

    Sophie Stein

    Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company

    Richard D. Vetstein

    Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

    (508) 620-5352