When uprisings and violence engulfed Syria two years ago,
sisters Marine and Vana were forced to make a difficult decision.
Their family in Aleppo was specifically targeted by a rebel group
because of their Armenian heritage and Christian religion. Many of
their friends had even been killed. Leaving family members behind,
the two sisters decided to flee Syria for the United States, afraid
and not knowing what the future might hold.
After a few months in the U.S., the two sisters sought help for
their situation through the Irish International Immigrant Center in
Boston (IIIC), a nonprofit organization founded in 1989, which
assists immigrants from Ireland and around the world as they
integrate into American society. Knowing it would be extremely
dangerous for the sisters to return to Syria, the IIIC helped them
apply for temporary protected status, which had just recently been
announced for Syrians.
One of the wonderful things about belonging to the Massachusetts
Bar Association is the opportunity to make meaningful contributions
to our profession, our system of justice and our communities.
The MBA is proud to partner with organizations dedicated to helping
the less fortunate, especially at this special time of year. The
MBA's Young Lawyers Division just concluded their Thanksgiving Food
Drive with the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, and many families had a
very special Thanksgiving due to the acts of kindness of the MBA
members who donated.
Dozens of law students across the commonwealth honed their
interviewing skills by participating in the Massachusetts Bar
Association's Mock Interview Program this fall. First piloted in
2013 by the MBA's Law Practice Management Section and Suffolk
University Law School, the program offers law students and recent
graduates the opportunity to interview with an attorney in a real,
but low-pressure, setting.
The MBA's Mock Interview Program was developed around a similar
one that MBA member Susan Letterman White had been involved with in
Pennsylvania. In addition to Suffolk, the program expanded to
include four other area law schools this year: New England Law |
Boston, Massachusetts School of Law, Western New England University
School of Law and the University of Massachusetts School of