MBA mentoring program kicks off second year

Issue December 2010 By Jennifer Rosinski

Boston Municipal Court Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the second year of the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program on Oct. 28.

Held at Suffolk University Law School, the event also featured remarks from Susan Prosnitz, executive director of Suffolk's Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service.

"I wish I were one of you," said Johnson, who urged the participants to work toward living a balanced life while striving for professional greatness. "If you want to become part of something important, you can choose no better profession than that of a lawyer."

The mentoring program matches up 10 practicing lawyers with 28 law school, college and high school students from Suffolk University Law School, Boston University Law School, Roxbury Community College, UMASS Boston and New Mission High School. Among the attorney mentors are MBA Past President Valerie A. Yarashus.

MBA President Denise Squillante shared with students how important mentors had been for her, enabling her to achieve successes she never could have predicted as child growing up in Fall River. "You should dream big," she said. "You end up where you aim."

Each team of mentors will participate in several events throughout the year, including observing a Supreme Judicial Court hearing in December, and attending a networking and mentoring event at Roxbury Community College in February.
The innovative mentoring series was the idea of Norfolk and Family Court Associate Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, who also delivered remarks.