Tiered Community Mentoring Program wraps up 5th year

Issue June 2014

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Tiered Community Mentoring Program wrapped up its fifth year with an event and reception at the John Adams Courthouse on Tuesday, April 29. A dozen mentor-mentee teams heard from several speakers before tackling one final exercise during a breakout session.

MBA President-Elect Marsha V. Kazarosian welcomed all the mentors and mentees, and conveyed her gratitude for all their dedication during this past year's program.

"To the attorneys, law students and college students, we thank you for your willingness to share your wisdom and perspective with program participants," said Kazarosian. To the students, she added: "Even though we're wrapping up today, you should all continue to seek out mentoring and networking opportunities. Mentoring and networking are so important as you complete your education and move into the professional world."

Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez also addressed the students and mentors, each expressing their strong support for the program and the importance of mentors in one's professional career.

The MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program provides high school, undergraduate and law school students access to legal professionals, an understanding of the legal profession and an awareness of the career opportunities available. Participating schools are New Mission High School, Roxbury Community College, Northeastern University and Suffolk University Law School. This year, the program expanded to nearly 50 participants.

The MBA is looking for attorneys with a diverse practice willing to make a rewarding, year-long commitment to mentor high school, college and law students during the upcoming 2014-15 Tiered Community Mentoring Program.