Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 3, 2012
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Images from the April 26 MBA Tiered Community Mentoring event.

Photos courtesy of Norfolk Probate and Family Court First Justice Angela M. Ordoñez.

MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program celebrates a successful third year

Wrap-up event features Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Massachusetts U.S. Marshal John Gibbons and U.S. District Court of Massachusetts District Judge Denise J. Casper

Mentors will play a large role in your career success. That was the message from the three keynote speakers at an April 26 event celebrating the third year of the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program. The wrap-up was held at the John J. Moakley U.S. District Courthouse in Boston.

"Dare to dream . . . If you don't have dreams, you can't make things happen," said Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, who shared that it was mentors who helped convince her to apply for her current position. "Surround yourself with people who encourage you, who believe in you as you make decisions along the way."

Remarks were also presented by Massachusetts U.S. Marshal John Gibbons and U.S. District Court of Massachusetts District Judge Denise J. Casper.

The program, the idea of Norfolk Probate and Family Court First Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, matches up 10 practicing lawyers with more than two dozen students from high school, college and law school. The program was honored with the 2011 ABA Partnership Award from the American Bar Association because of its commitment to diversity.

A total of $1,500 in scholarships were also awarded to students of Suffolk University Law School, Roxbury Community College and New Mission High School.

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