Lawyers Journal

MBA’s Tiered CommunityMentoring Program observes SJC hearings

Students in the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program observed two Supreme Judicial Court hearings on first-degree murder appeal cases at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston on March 9.

The program provides high school, undergraduate and law school students access to legal professionals to give them an understanding of the legal profession and an awareness of the career opportunities available to them. The program is based in Boston in an effort to reach urban high school students, with a focus on building a diverse mentoring network.

More than 30 students attended, including those from the New Mission High School, Roxbury Community College and Suffolk University Law School. Also in attendance were several of the program's attorney mentors.

In addition to observing two hearings, the students were given two presentations. The Hon. James F. McHugh, a recently retired associate justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, opened the event by giving an overview of the SJC and the appeals process. The Hon. Peter Agnes Jr., an associate justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, closed the event by answering students' questions.

On April 26, all mentor and mentee participants in the 2012 MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program attended the formal wrap-up event at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. District Courthouse. Certificates of merit were handed out to participants as well as scholarships to several chosen students from New Mission High School, Roxbury Community College and Suffolk University Law School.

During the program, mentees and mentors heard presentations from Richard P. Campbell, MBA president; the Hon. Denise J. Casper, U.S District Court Judge; Carmen M. Ortiz, U.S. attorney, District of Massachusetts; and John Gibbons, U.S. marshall for the District of Massachusetts.

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