For the second consecutive year, the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to provide $37,130 to fund summer jobs for ten Boston Public High School students. The funding of the ten students comes from the BBF’s Austin P. Jones and M. Ellen Carpenter memorial funds.
“Funding ten summer jobs for Boston Public High School students highlights the commitment of the BBF to increase the diversity & inclusion pipeline into the legal profession and providing ethnically and racially diverse teens with educational enrichment opportunities,” said Foundation President Jack Clymer. “I view it as a call to action to law firms in Greater Boston to join us in creating a strong future for Boston’s youth and the legal profession.”
The Summer Jobs Program, targeted towards Boston Public High School juniors and seniors, is an eight week, paid internship program that allows law firms, offices and legal departments to invest in Boston’s future. Since its inception in 1993, the program — a partnership of the BBA, the Boston Private Industry Council and the Boston Public Schools — has had a positive impact on more than 400 urban youths.
In addition to the BBF’s funding of 10 jobs, BBA Sponsor Firm Hirsch Roberts Weinstein has donated $2,600 — the amount it costs to hire one student — to the Boston Bar Foundation so a government agency or nonprofit legal office can employ a student for the summer. The donation demonstrates that even law firms unable to accommodate a student this summer can still support the Summer Jobs Program.
To date, 30 law firms and organizations have committed to hiring 34 students for the summer, thanks in large part to the hard work of 2013 Summer Jobs Co-Chairs Ned Notis-McConarty (Hemenway & Barnes) and Jeff Mittleman (Holland & Knight).
The BBA expresses its heartfelt thanks to the following public spirited law firms and organizations:
Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Burns and Levinson LLP*
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Boston Bar Association*
Choate Hall and Stewart LLP
Chu, Ring, and Hazel LLP
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP*
Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele, P.C.
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Foley Hoag LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP**
Holland and Knight LLP
Margolis & Bloom LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Pierce Atwood LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Ropes and Gray LLP*
Shavel & Krems
Shilepsky Hartley Robb Case Michon LLP
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak, and Cohen, P.C.
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
*Firm has committed to taking two students
**Firm has funded position for government or nonprofit legal office