Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
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Photograph by Jennifer Rosinski
Hon. Diana L. Maldonado, first justice of the Chelsea District Court (center, nametag) speaks with students at the Feb. 9 Tiered Community Mentoring Program.

Students hear about the importance of networking at MBA Tiered Community Mentoring Program event

Believe in yourself and connect with others who can help push you toward your professional best. That was the message from three guest speakers at today's networking event at Roxbury Community College for participants in the Massachusetts Bar Association's Tiered Community Mentoring Program.

"Everyone needs a push. Everyone needs a pull," said the Hon. Diana L. Maldonado, first justice of the Chelsea District Court. Maldonado said it was an attorney she worked with while a paralegal in the JC Penney legal department that pushed her to enroll in law school. And it was a tutorial assistant at Northeastern University Law School who pulled her toward a goal of improving her legal writing and analysis. "You have to believe in yourself. You have to trust in yourself," Maldonado said.

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Damian W. Wilmot, a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, also spoke about the professional roads they have traveled and how mentors helped them along the way. The event ended with a speed networking session.

Now in its third year, the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program matches up 10 practicing lawyers with more than two dozen students from high school, college and law school, including New Mission High School, Roxbury Community College, Middlesex Community College, Suffolk University Law School and Northeastern University Law School. The innovative mentoring program was the idea of Norfolk and Family Court First Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, who attended the event.

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