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BBA Judicial Internship Program - More than Just a Summer Job

The Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Summer Judicial interns are fully immersed in what has been a very busy summer. Currently in its second year, the program offers diverse first year law students the opportunity to work directly with a judge, observe courtroom proceedings, enhance their legal research and writing skills while building meaningful connections within the legal community. The BBA’s 24 Judicial Interns are spending their summers alongside judges in the Boston Municipal Courts, District Courts and Probate & Family Courts, but that’s not all the program has to offer.

In addition to their work in the courts, interns participate in weekly professional networking luncheons held at the BBA where they have been introduced to practitioners from various corners of the profession.

According to Matt LaMonaca, of Boston College Law School:

“The lunch meetings have been a good way to learn what's out there. A lot of us still aren't sure what kind of lawyers we want to be, or what it's like to be a lawyer in any specific field. Now that we're starting our job searches it's extremely helpful to hear first-hand what it's like to practice from different types of attorneys and judges.”

Students have observed oral arguments at the Appeals Court, participated in a tour of the Supreme Judicial Court and even met with Justice Gants on Wednesday.

Here’s what intern Michelle Lum had to say about her time at the SJC:

“Being able to hear Justice Gants’ perspective on the SJC, his experiences on the bench, and his advice to us was invaluable.  It was a great experience that I am lucky to have been a part of.”

Under the direction of Diversity & Inclusion Section Co-chair Christina Miller, students are also working on researching and writing case summaries each week on the cases decided by the Appeals Court and SJC this year. At the end of the summer, their write-ups will be compiled on a blog which can be used as writing sample resource for the students going forward.

Extremely understaffed, the courts welcome the assistance students are providing. Without a doubt, the career development opportunities offered through this program provide an immeasurable benefit to the students too.

Talyia Hithe of New England Law Boston, explains: “I have learned to have an open mind when it comes to any employment options I may face in my future. It is great learning about different professions and the path some of the attorneys took to get into those professions.”

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

    Karen Kelleher


    (617) 723-0500

    Robert M. Ruzzo

    Holland & Knight LLP

    (617) 305-2030

  • 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

    Carolyn Marie Francisco

    Corwin & Corwin LLP

    (617) 742-3420

    Jeff D. Bernarducci

    Holland & Knight LLP

    (617) 854-1408

  • 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

    Mark A. Kablack

    M. A. Kablack & Associates, PC

    (508) 366-2900

    Susan M. Kincaid

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    (617) 526-6577

  • 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

    Jonathan Nichols

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    (617) 310-6049

    Geoffrey H Smith

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

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

    Contact Information

    Ashley A Brooks

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    (617) 338-2800

    Kimberly L. Martin-Epstein

    Hackett Feinberg P.C.

    (617) 422-0200

  • 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

    Joseph Callanan

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

    Kathleen E. Connolly

    Louison, Costello, Condon & Pfaff, LLP

    (617) 439-0305

  • 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

    Maureen McDonagh

    Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

    (617) 390-2542

  • 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

    Richard D. Vetstein

    Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

    (508) 620-5352

    Sarah Ricciardelli

    Ricciardelli & Small , LLC

    (617) 242-4100