Edwards Wildman Attorneys Teach Dorchester Students How to Manage the Celtics

Edwards Wildman, MFS Investment Management, and Citizen Schools have teamed up on an exciting project. This spring, 11 sixth grade students at the Dever-McCormack school in Dorchester board a bus every Thursday afternoon to learn about "Managing the Celtics" in Edwards Wildman's offices. Four Edwards Wildman attorneys -- Kelly Donahue, Adam Grandy, Mike Harrison, and Alex Mancebo -- as well as two MFS professionals and a Citizens School Teacher Leader teach a class about managing a sports team that addresses a host of business issues, such as revenues vs. expenses vs. profit, how to increase revenue streams, and strategies of different spending (e.g., should I groom a cheap team or hire superstars?). The apprenticeship program lasts 10 weeks.

A diverse mix of students hailing from a wide range of backgrounds are participating in this apprenticeship program, which has sparked their interest in pursuing higher education and careers in business and law. Alex Mancebo, an associate in the Business Law Department at Edwards Wildman, is an energetic and engaging teacher who connects with the students on many levels: as the child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, a bilingual student, and a graduate of public schools. "The support I received from teachers and other positive role models was essential to my leadership development at a young age," said Mancebo. "Volunteering with Citizen Schools has been a very rewarding and exciting way to pay it forward to others growing up in the Boston area."

The program will culminate in a presentation by the students in Edwards Wildman's offices, at which they will showcase what they have learned during the course.

"We are thrilled to support this life-changing educational opportunity," said Matthew McTygue, partner-in-charge of Edwards Wildman's Boston office. "Our attorneys and staff strongly believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and it is gratifying to see the program's positive impact in building a pipeline for future diverse leaders in Greater Boston."

Edwards Wildman has strong ties to Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives and opportunities of inner city youth. This is the third time that Edwards Wildman has offered this apprenticeship program through Citizen Schools.

Edwards Wildman, under the leadership of Boston-based partner George Ticknor, initially developed the curriculum as a pro bono project for lawyers in its Business Law Department. Ticknor has served as a member of the Massachusetts board of directors of Citizen Schools for the past five years.

Over the years, Edwards Wildman has supported Citizen Schools in a number of ways. The firm’s Boston office hosted a breakfast event late last year for community and business leaders at which Larry Summers, President Emeritus at Harvard University and former US Treasury Secretary, announced that he would become the chairman of the board of Citizen Schools. In a nod to the close partnership between Edwards Wildman and Citizen Schools, Tom Birmingham, a former Edwards Wildman attorney and former President of the Massachusetts State Senate, joined Citizen Schools as Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts in March 2014 to become more personally involved in advancing education reform.