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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
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The Massachusetts Bar Association's fourth annual Tiered Community Mentoring Program on Oct. 25.

MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program kick-off focuses on importance of networking

Networking can open up doors of opportunity that would otherwise remain closed, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland told participants at the kick-off of the Massachusetts Bar Association's fourth annual Tiered Community Mentoring Program. The Oct. 25 event was held at the John Adams courthouse in Boston.

"Those of you who are here are making the right choice," said Ireland, a long-time supporter of programs that introduce young people of diverse backgrounds to the possibility of careers in the law. "This is great opportunity. Take advantage of it."

The program, the idea of Norfolk Probate and Family Court First Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, matches up practicing lawyers with 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.

MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr., who called the program terrific, shared how networking has helped him advance his career and build his business.

Program alum Loren Forbes, a student at UMass Boston interested in pursuing a career in law, said his experience shaped his education path. "Use the program. It does work," he said.

The kick-off included an overview of its requirements, introductions of the teams and a lesson on the art of networking from Mandie LeBeau, Esq. , the director of career services at New England Law | Boston.

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