Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 5, 2011
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Students pose with their lawyer mentors and keynote speakers at the finale event at the John J. Moakley U.S. District Courthouse on April 28.

Left to right: Camille A. Nelson, dean and professor of law, Suffolk University Law School ; Denise Squillante, president, Massachusetts Bar Association; John Gibbons, U.S. marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Carmen M. Ortiz, U.S. attorney, District of Massachusetts; and The Hon. Angela M. Ordoñez, first justice, Norfolk Probate and Family Court.

Keynote speaker Carmen M. Ortiz, U.S. attorney, District of Massachusetts, discusses how mentors helped shape her career.

MBA President Denise Squillante congratulates the students and lawyers who participated in this year’s program.

Photos by Jennifer Rosinski.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Suffolk Law dean talk about the importance of mentors at April 28 MBA event

The 10 principles she lives by and the mentors that guided her are what U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz credits with her successful rise to become Massachusetts' first Hispanic, and first woman, U.S. Attorney.

Surround yourself with people who believe in you, she told participants of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Tiered Community Mentoring program at its final event on April 28 at the John J. Moakley U.S. District Courthouse. "It's really important not to limit yourself and to not let others limit you," Ortiz said.

The program -- a collaboration among the MBA, Suffolk University Law School, Boston University Law School, Roxbury Community College, UMASS Boston and New Mission High School -- aims to reach urban high school students by building a diverse mentoring network. The program matches tiered groups, comprised of a high school student, an undergraduate student, a law student and an attorney or judge. The final event also included the distribution of four $500 scholarships to participating students.

"I look forward to seeing you make your way through undergraduate studies, law school and hopefully admission to the bar," MBA President Denise Squillante told the high school students in attendance. "Certainly, you will be well poised for that career track, should you decide to take it, thanks in part to this wonderful mentoring program."

Other featured speaker at the event were:

  • Camille A. Nelson, dean and professor of law, Suffolk University Law School;
  • John Gibbons, U.S. marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and
  • The Hon. Angela M. Ordoñez, first justice, Norfolk Probate and Family Court.
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