DEI Summer Fellowship Program

George Boateng, class of 2024, stands out in front of the MassPort building

The BBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Summer Fellowship Program provides law students with paid summer internship opportunities in public interest settings. The program aims to ensure that law students from all backgrounds can gain meaningful experience in public interest law. Students placed in summer fellowships also gain practical experience in developing legal research and writing skills, expanding professional networks, and access to programming at the BBA. Fellows are also paired with a mentor from the BBA’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Section. 

Ten Fellowship positions are available for Summer 2022. Each Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer made possible by law firm sponsorships and generous donations to the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF).

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Catherine Garcia Summa headshot.

Leaving the Office and the relationships I developed is difficult, but I am leaving with quite a bit: a greater sense of confidence in myself; a group of mentors who were instrumental in my success this summer and who I will continue to reach out to throughout my career; contacts in numerous government organizations, including the SJC, and friends within the legal community who I am excited to watch do great things.

Catherine Garcia Summa, 2021, UMass Law – Dartmouth  Summer Fellow, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General

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Travis Salters headshot.

Throughout these two months, I worked on six different cases ranging in topics including retirement law, health law, and family law. I wrote memos on questions of statutory construction, drafted motions, participated as a judge in a moot court, and assisted with a multi-state amicus brief. In addition to these meaningful work experiences, I received mentorship, guidance, and teaching from some of the brightest people I’ve ever met.

Travis Salters, 2022, Boston College Law School  Summer Fellow, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

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Frankly, there aren’t enough lawyers who look like me. One thing I learned is that in the court of law, optics matter. Appearances are paramount in the theater of litigation. Every time I was in the courtroom, I saw the difference my presence made to those defendants especially the ones who looked at me. I saw how their loneliness shifted with a head nod or a grin. I made sure to always see them as fellow members of my community. Not just because that’s what I was taught in class or because we share similar traits, but because as a prosecutor we represent the community and every defendant is included in that representation. In the interest of justice, they matter too.

William D. Merriweather III, 2024, New England Law | Boston Suffolk Country District Attorney’s Office

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I believe that this program does an excellent job of creating lifelong connections that I can rely on in my career.

Keanna Joseph, 2024, Northeastern University School of Law Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

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To advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession requires a similar charge to expand the profession with varied insights and voices. This requires acknowledging the concerns that hinder Black and Brown Law students from accessing certain legal spaces. Moreover, providing the resources for them to thrive when put in these spaces. The opportunity provided by the DEI Summer Fellowship is pivotal because of the access and the mentors.

George Boateng, 2024, Boston University School of Law Massachusetts Port Authority

Applying for the Program

The program accepts applications from students at ABA-accredited Massachusetts law schools who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing DEI in the legal profession, and who will have completed their 1L or 2L year by the summer in which they will participate in the program. Fellowships offer an opportunity for substantive work in a public interest law office, including supervision, skills development, and building one’s professional network. In addition to gaining work experience, Fellows attend professional development programming created by the BBA and receive a mentor through the BBA’s DEI Section. Participating fellows are expected to work full-time for 10 weeks. Application details for each position are listed below. Applicants selected for interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.

The deadlines to apply for the 2022 program have passed. 

Questions? Contact Solana Goss at sgoss@bostonbar.org

Summer 2022 Positions

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court Fellow will intern remotely in Judge Elizabeth D. Katz’s chambers and may attend in-person trials and events at the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Boston. This Fellow will work directly with Judge Katz and have the unique opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings, become familiar with bankruptcy and commercial law, and enhance their legal research and writing skills.

The Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Charles P. Normandin Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation.

Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services

Through this program, the Fellow will work alongside a team of CPCS attorneys, social service advocates and investigators in an office committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation. Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 will represent clients at arraignments, bail appeals, and pretrial motions, all under the close supervision of experienced attorneys. Out-of-court work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys with the preparation of trials.

The intern will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Beacon Fund for Diversity & Inclusion. The Summer 2022 Fellowship position at CPCS is sponsored by BBA Sponsor Firm Partner, Nutter.

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

Through this program, the selected law student will participate in the AGO’s Summer Legal Internship Program. As part of this unique opportunity, the selected law student will receive substantive work; supervision and skills development, particularly in legal research and writing; and invaluable mentorship and networking in an office committed to serving the needs of the Commonwealth. Considering students’ areas of interest, interns are assigned to a particular division within the office.

The Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Beacon Fund for Diversity & Inclusion.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Through this program, the Fellow will intern at the MCAD in the General Counsel’s Office and will have the opportunity to assist with evaluating legal strategy, prepare discovery requests and responses, interview witnesses, conduct legal research, and draft legal documents. The MCAD internship program gives students firsthand experience working at the state agency charged with protecting the people of Massachusetts from discriminatory treatment through the investigation and adjudication of discrimination complaints as well as discrimination prevention education, outreach, and training.  

The Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding for the Summer 2021 Fellowship position at the MCAD is sponsored by Pierce Atwood. 

Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

Through this program, the Fellow will work in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Children & Families (DCF). The DCF strives to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children can grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF’s Office of the General Counsel provides advice and representation to the agency in appeals of care and protection and termination of parental rights cases, employment matters, tort claims and administrative reviews in Superior court.

The intern will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Through this program, the selected law student will participate in the MassDEP’s Office of General Counsel Summer Legal Internship Program. The MassDEP’s Summer Legal Internship Program is a structured program of trainings, events, and presentations. The Office of General Counsel (OCG) encourages interns to attend as many OGC events as possible. These include prehearing conferences, adjudicatory hearings, public hearings, mediation sessions, settlement negotiations, legal practice group sessions (discussions among attorneys focused on a particular area of law), and/or meeting with the program staff.

The intern will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Through this program, the Fellow will work in the Litigation Bureau of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) and work on cases involving state tax law, including principles of administrative law, constitutional law, federal tax law and other disciplines as relevant. The Fellow will act under the direction of litigators and will be assigned research, writing, fact investigations, and other activities that are legal in nature. The Fellow may apply to become certified law students under SJC Rule 3:03 and appear before a court or administrative tribunal.

The Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.

Massachusetts Port Authority

Through this program, the Fellow will participate in Massport’s Legal Internship Program. Massport is a dynamic quasi-public entity with operations that include Boston-Logan International Airport, Worcester Regional Airport, Hanscom Field, Flynn Cruiseport Boston, Conley Terminal, and Authority-owned property in South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown. The Legal Department advises the Authority in every aspect of the Authority’s operations, including litigation, employment, security, real estate, finance, construction, contracts, environmental and other matters. The Fellow will perform research and other legal assignments in these various areas, gaining valuable experience applicable to both the public and private sector.

The Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.

Office of the Inspector General

Through this program, the Fellow will participate in the OIG’s Summer Legal Internship Program. The Legal Intern works under the direction of the Office’s Legal Division. Legal Interns will have the opportunity to draft legal research memoranda in various areas of law related to fraud, waste, and abuse in the expenditure of public funds and the administration of the Office. Legal Interns may also have the opportunity to work with the Office’s Policy and Government Division, including analyzing legislative matters and attending hearings at the State House. Legal Interns may also have the opportunity to draft document requests and participate in the Office’s investigations into fraud, waste and abuse of public funds.

The Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Through this program, the Fellow will participate in the SCDAO’s Summer Legal Internship Program. As part of this unique opportunity, the selected law student will receive substantive work; supervision and skills development, particularly in legal research and writing; and invaluable mentorship and networking in an office committed to serving the people of Suffolk County and to making the criminal legal system more equitable, transparent, and responsive.

The Fellow will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Beacon Fund for Diversity & Inclusion.

Public Interest Leadership Program meeting.
This program is supported in part by the Boston Bar Foundation.