U.S. Attorney Ortiz offers keynote address at MBA mentoring event

Issue June 2010 By Jennifer Rosinski

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the first woman and first Hispanic to hold the job of the state's top federal prosecutor, delivered the keynote address to high school, college and law school students on April 27 to celebrate the first year of the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program.

The program, which kicked off in October, matched up four tiers of individuals: practicing lawyers and students from Suffolk University Law School, Roxbury Community College, and John D. O'Bryant High School in Roxbury.

The wrap-up was held at Suffolk University Law School, and also featured remarks from Bernard Keenan, Suffolk's interim dean and professor of law.

"You want to make an impression, wherever you are," said Ortiz, who recommended staying in touch with mentors and colleagues - even from internships - because you never know when those relationships will be revisited.

Ortiz first met her new boss, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, when she was a student at George Washington University Law School interning at the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section and Holder was a trial lawyer in the section.

Ortiz advised the group of students that they surround themselves with people who believe in them, remain confident in themselves, utilize education as a path to success and work hard. "The bottom line is you can do what you set out to do with hard work and determination," she said.

The program was the idea of Norfolk and Family Court Associate Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, who also delivered remarks.