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.