Voices of the Bar 9/24/15 – What is Your Favorite Thing About Fall?

With the beginning of the new program year, our annual meeting luncheon, and plenty of awards and accolades to go around, this is an important time of year for us — and for you, our members! Within all the hustle and bustle of programs and celebrations, we believe it’s important to find moments in the day to reflect on all the personal and professional changes each new season brings.

With the first official day of Autumn upon us on Wednesday, September 23, BBA Week reached out to our members and asked:

“What is Your Favorite Thing About Fall?”

Ajay Zutshi – Goodwin Procter
“Patriots wins, apple picking, and Thanksgiving dinner!”

 

Jacquelyn Redmond – J. Redmond Law PC
“I love Fall for so many reasons but especially because of the crisp weather, beautiful leaves, pumpkin flavored everything and the renewed energy that people often have as summer closes out and schools start back. This year I am especially excited about Fall because I am due to have our first baby (a boy) in November.”

Warren E. Agin – Swiggart & Agin
“It’s all about the football.”

 

Edward R. Wiest, PC
“As much as I enjoy my ice cream and seersucker suits (when I have reason to wear them in the business casual era), the best thing about Fall (even as “the days grow short when you reach September”) is the weather cooling down. Also, I hear professional football is played somewhere in New England this time of year . . .”

Jennifer Gallop – Krokidas and Bluestein
“Cider donuts!”

 

 

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 9/17/15 – Who Are Your Professional Role Models?

With the start of each new program year, there’s always so much to celebrate. This is a week of awards and recognition at the BBA. At our Annual Meeting on Friday, the BBA will honor House Speaker Robert DeLeo with our President’s Award and House Judiciary Chairman John Fernandes with our Distinguished Legislator Award. On top of that, we’re getting ready to announce the recipients of the Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

As we recognize community leaders for their great work, BBA Week reached out to our members and asked:

“Who are your professional role models? “

Tiffany (Howard) Bentley – Burns & Levinson
“As I prepare for the arrival of my first baby in November, my professional role models are all of the hard-working mothers that I am fortunate to call my colleagues and mentors in the Private Client Group at Burns & Levinson, especially Nancy Van Tine, Lisa Cukier, CiCi Van Tine, Robin Lynch Nardone, and Francine Gardikas. They each do it so well, with so many different strategies that I hope to learn from and emulate as I add “mom” to my job description!”

Justin O’Brien – Collora
“My role models as a lawyer have always included the Justice Department attorneys who represented the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations in major events of the Civil Rights Movement – John Doar, Nicholas Katzenbach, Burke Marshall, and John Seigenthaler. From Ole Miss to the Freedom Rides, from Governor Wallace’s “stand in the schoolhouse door” to the “Mississippi Burning” case, they served crucial roles in trying to secure the rule of law in this country. Despite always incredibly tense and often dangerous circumstances, they remained unceasingly professional and tirelessly dedicated to their work.”

Marcus Scott – ScottCollins
“As an African American Attorney, my professional role models have always been men and women who personified the organization that they have built, meaning that when you hear their name, you automatically think of that organization first and foremost and the fact that they built it. Its they way I try to live my professional life. Having said that my professional role models are: Al Davis, Bill Gates, Malcolm X, Steve Jobs, Rosa Parks and Jesus Christ.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 9/10/15 – What first brought you to 16 Beacon Street?

Ahh, September. The return of school buses, fall weather, and commuting delays. As our members and BBA Week readers know, the BBA swings into action each year on September 1. This year, our 24 Sections and 80+ committees will hold 400 educational programs and networking events. With our 2015-2016 programming underway, BBA Week reached out to our members and asked:

“What first brought you to 16 Beacon Street?”

David Mawhinney – K&L Gates LLP
“I attended a Young Bar Meets Bankruptcy Bench event in the fall of 2010 as a law student.  The bankruptcy bar is a great group of people.  I am lucky to be in a position this year as a BBA steering committee member to continue to foster a welcoming community for our new members.”

Ann Braga – City of Boston
“I first came to the BBA while a law student at Suffolk University Law School (in the old buildings).  I was working at Boston City Council and attending law school at night.  I learned about the value of professional associations while getting my MPA at UCONN and found my public sector legal home at the BBA through friends, internal groups, events and continuing education.  I am proud to be part of the first cohort of BBA Public Interest Leaders!  This fall will be 20 years with the BBA!!”

Elizabeth Kayatta – Arrowood Peters LLP
“When I was first starting out as a litigator, I attended a BBA brown bag lunch on responding to written discovery requests.  To this day I’m still using tips I learned from panel members!”

Kathryn Van Wie – Vertex Pharmaceuticals
“Having just finished law school in North Carolina, I relocated to Boston to take the bar exam and begin the job search in a state I had visited only twice. The BBA was my first stop and an integral step in connecting with the Boston legal community. I had my sights set to work in house, but I was aware I would be fighting an uphill battle to find an entry-level attorney position. Through the BBA’s industry-specific events, as well as general networking events, I was able to better hone my search, develop my network, and eventually found a role that continues to challenge and excite me. ”

Lisa Arrowood – BBA President
“When I found out about the brown bag lunches, I went to a few of them. It just knocked my socks off that I could go there at lunch and in 90 minutes get these incredible pearls of wisdom for free. That was just amazing to me.”

Read more about Lisa Arrowood’s introduction to the BBA in her President’s Page

Also in this edition of BBA Week, you’ll find an interview celebrating Nixon Peabody’s 20th anniversary as a BBA Sponsor Firm!! We’ve featured an excerpt of the interview below highlighting what first brought Nixon Peabody attorneys to the BBA. Read the full interview here.

Ruth Silman – Nixon Peabody
“The Environmental Law Section of the BBA is the preeminent gathering place for environmental practitioners in Massachusetts.  I was first introduced to the BBA ELS by now Judge Jim Milkey who told me that it was a great place to network with environmental leaders and to learn about substantive issues.  I started attending brown bag lunches and CLE programs and then became involved in the leadership of the Section, first as a committee chair and then as the Co-Chair of the Section.   The BBA ELS provides access to regulators and fellow practitioners, practical advice, updates on new developments in energy and environmental law and a great way to keep in touch with other energy and environmental lawyers.”

Danielle Pelot – Nixon Peabody
“My first impressions of the BBA came from attending the traditional big events – the annual meeting and law day lunch/dinner – as a junior lawyer just starting out, at the suggestion and invitation of senior members of the firm like Larry, Jack and Bill [Codinha]. It was helpful for reconnecting with classmates and learning who’s who in the Boston community – especially since Boston is not originally my home.”

Hannah Bornstein – Nixon Peabody
“I first became involved in the BBA by participating in the then-newly formed Immigration Section steering committee, as I was – and still – am actively involved in pro bono asylum cases. I then served as the co-chair of the Asylum Committee, helping to plan CLEs and trainings on topics relevant to practitioners representing asylum seekers. Over the past couple of years, I also have served on the steering committee for the BBF’s Passport to Pairings summer fundraising event, and the BBF’s John & Abigail Adams Benefit ball is one of my favorite events of the year.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Forums Co-Chairs Reveal What They Have Planned for the New Program Year

Don’t miss the change to meet fellow in-house attorneys, government lawyers, and recently elected partners. Stop by the BBA on Wednesday, September 16th at 5:30 p.m. for our Forums Fall Kick-off!

This fall, we’re formally launching the In-House Forum, the Government Lawyers Forum, and the Recently Elected Partners Forum to offer a new way to focus on the way you practice, not just the type of law you need to know.

With this in mind, BBA Week reached out to the co-chairs of these forums to ask them about what is on tap for the new program year.

Recently Elected Partners Forum:

Matt Miller – Foley Hoag LLP
“The Recently Elected Partners Forum is comprised of attorneys who have transitioned from associate to partner within the past six years.  This Forum serves these recently elected partners and attorneys transitioning from associate to partner. The REP Forum’s Advisory Committee works to provide programs that address issues that all “new” partners face at one time or another – topics ranging from marketing and business development, to taking on leadership responsibilities within a firm, to learning how to manage and delegate more effectively.  We also want to provide meaningful opportunities to network with other recently-elected partners in the Boston area from different practice areas, who work in firms of all types and sizes.

Shannon Lynch – Beck Reed Riden LLP
“The REP Forum has a great year of programing planned, starting off on October 6th with our expert panel presentation, Understanding Your Firm’s Business and Navigating Your Future: The Perks & Pitfalls of Partnership.  We’ll also have presentations throughout the year on topics including marketing and business development from the new partner’s perspective, and how to continue to build and develop important legal skills as a new partner (without looking like you don’t know what you’re doing).”

In-House Forum:

“As seasoned BBA members who moved from law firms to corporate law departments, we recognized a need for the BBA to offer educational resources and networking opportunities for in-house lawyers.  Providing this segment of legal professionals with a dedicated place to find common ground, will surely help individuals gain and share strategies for success as they explore the challenges of in-house practice.  It is our goal to develop the Forum to include programming on technical subject matters, legal department management initiatives, and career development, all the while stressing the community aspect of being involved in the BBA.  We hope that in-house counsel at all stages of their careers will collaborate with us in identifying events and areas of interest and sharing their experiences on the client side.”

Darren Braham – Spartan Races Headquarters
Meredith Ainbinder – Osram Sylvania

 

 

Government Attorneys Forum:

Tim Wilkerson – Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
“The Government Lawyer Forum is planning educational programs to help attorneys in the public sector stay current with their professional development needs.  We also plan to host social events to build camaraderie between government lawyers and their private sector colleagues. The Forum’s programs will be non-partisan and balanced.  We hope that all current, former, and prospective Federal, State, and municipal government attorneys in the Boston area will find a professional hub with the Government Lawyer Forum. We plan to cover election law, student loan forgiveness this fall and will gather for an Open House Reception in January.”

 

Questions about BBA Forums? Email us at [email protected].

BBA Week Thanks Outgoing Council

As the BBA prepares for the start of the 2015-2016 program year, we wanted to highlight the work of our governing Council. The Council is a group of 34 elected and appointed members who guide the Association everything from public policy decisions to initiatives for new lawyers.

You can read outgoing BBA President Julia Huston’s personal reflections on her term here. To add to her sentiment, Voices of the Bar reached out to a few outgoing Council members and asked them to reflect on their Council term. Here’s what they had to say:

Susan M. Alexander – Biogen
“Throughout my tenure on the BBA Council I have been impressed by the unwavering commitment of the BBA leadership, my fellow Council members and the BBA membership to the integrity of our legal and judicial system, the highest standards of legal practice and assuring access to justice for all. I am grateful to have had the chance to participate in this important work.”

Dustin F. Hecker – Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
“It is amazing how quickly three years of service as a member of the BBA Council can pass by. The issues that come before the Council, from fundamental public policy such as the death penalty, to the nuts and bolts of whether lawyers should be taxed on an accrual or a cash basis, were always interesting to think about and occasionally to debate at the meetings. I welcomed the insight into the operations of a tremendous organization with a great staff. As importantly as anything else, I appreciated very much the opportunity to work with and to get to know a bit better the members of the Council and the other leadership of the BBA. At the end of the day, the law is a people business, and I had the honor of working for three years with a great group of people.”

The BBA would like to thank the outgoing Council members and officers for their support, guidance, and dedication to our mission for the past three years. Thank you and we look forward to continuing our partnership.

Outgoing members:
Susan H. Alexander –Biogen
Roberto M. Braceras –Goodwin Procter LLP
Paul T. Dacier – EMC
Joseph M. Griffin – Law Offices of Joseph M. Griffin
Dustin F. Hecker – Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Geoffery A. Howell – DLA Piper
Sheila Hubbard – Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
Kelly Leighton– Barnes & Leighton
Christine Netski – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

Voices of the Students 8/20/2015: What has been the most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

This summer, a record breaking 65 Boston Public School students participated in the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. Not only did they gain valuable on-the-job professional experience, the students also participated in a series of enrichment seminars, attended a Mock City Council hearing, and visited Bankruptcy Court.

As the program comes to a close, we reached out to the students to find out,

“What has been the most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program?”

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Deluisa Depina – Intern at Department of Public Health
Rising Freshman at Umass Dartmouth
“The most memorable part of the job at the Boston Bar Association has to be the Friday morning. This is when everyone comes together for breakfast at the law library brought by one of the attorneys or staff. I think it’s a great way to just have a moment with each other to laugh and share stories. I also enjoy the conversations I had with my co-workers on a daily basis. I laughed and learned a lot from them. They made me feel welcome and that I could contribute to the job by helping them with their work.”

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Angus Cusack – Intern at Nixon Peabody LLP
Rising Freshman at Boston College
“Nixon Peabody has been both informative and exciting. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about the legal practice from associates and partners and the chance to examine how law influences many aspects of the professional world. ”

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Marcos Hernandez – Intern at Proskauer Rose LLP
John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science
“The most memorable part of the summer program has been the opportunity to network with litigators, paralegals, and lawyers to help decide my own career path.”

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YingYu Guan – Intern at U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Charlestown High School
“I was very happy to be part of the Boston Bar Association in this summer. I studied a lot of different things in the U.S Bankruptcy Court. I met the Judge in the Court and I learned what did the Judge at work. This helped me understand whether I want to be a lawyer in the future. I also learned to have more patience and work hard in life.”

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Nick Santiago – Intern at Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Boston Latin School
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program has undoubtedly been the time when we acted as members of the city council making a decision regarding a curfew for teenagers. This was a very unique opportunity and I’m happy to say that I’ve learned a lot from the experience.”

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Karen Wang – Intern at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Rising Freshman at Emory University
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program for me has been talking to various people in the legal field, whether it be at Mintz Levin or during the weekly seminars, and gaining new perspectives about the different types of law that interest me.”

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Kevin Truong – Intern at Goodwin Procter LLP
Boston Latin School
“My most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program is that I was able to file documents with the Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court. I think that it was quite an experience to see and interact with the centers of the legal world.”

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Jorgiana Martin – Intern at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Snowden International High School
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program was the enrichment seminar Exploring Legal Careers. This was the most memorable part the program for me because not only did the attorneys enlighten me, but meeting an actual lawyer in Boston, where I am from, and learning about the steps they took to become a lawyer, changed my life. I now am sure of my inner ambitions of what type of lawyer I want to become and the type of law I want to pursue. This is thanks to Adam J. Foss, you are a true inspiration and the BBA for this unforgettable experience.”

Voices of the Students 8/13/2015: What has been the most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

This summer, a record breaking 65 Boston Public School students participated in the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. Not only did they gain valuable on-the-job professional experience, the students also participated in a series of enrichment seminars, attended a Mock City Council hearing, and visited Bankruptcy Court.

As the program comes to a close, we reached out to the student to find out,

“What has been the most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program?”

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Kamay Gordon – Interned at Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Rising freshman at Emory University
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program was the seminar where BBA interns, like myself, got to meet different professionals in the law field. It was very eye-opening to not only see the different careers in law but also, to learn about the various types of law that one could practice. Overall, this seminar was very enlightening and showed me that within the law field, there isn’t one set path or career that I can pursue. The opportunities are endless. ”

Huang_JoyceJoyce Huang – Intern at Brown Rudnick LLP
Rising first year at Mount Holyoke College
“The most memorable part was having other interns in the same firm that I was in and being able to have the connection as peers. Occasionally, there would be projects where I was able to work with my peers and seek advice on approaching certain subjects or tasks to my supervisor and they helped a lot. I had a great experience at Brown Rudnick.”

Smith_TyTy Smith – Intern at Nutter Mclennen & Fish LLP
John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science
“The most memorable aspect of BBA Summer Jobs Program has to be the opportunity of getting to watch how people older than you manage themselves. Being able to speak to the many people in a firm and interact with them is what I found valuable and was critical to my growth. Not many people are exposed to this, so I definitely appreciated this experience.”

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Tateyauna Wilson – Intern at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Urban Science Academy
“There are so many ways I can answer this question. Mainly, the most memorable part has been growing as a person. When you surround yourself with positive people, it reflects on you. This program has been awesome for me to be a part of because I learned so much and found so many ways to reach success.”

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Nensi Gjata – Intern at Goodwin Procter LLP
Boston Latin School
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs Program so far would be drafting various Motions and knowing that such documents would be an integral part of an actual case. I mean, either that or the view from when I snuck onto the 28th floor of the Exchange Building.”

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Venus Pimentel – Intern at Prince Lobel Tye
Snowden International High School
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Program would be the actual opportunity to work in the office. You get to learn something new every day along such talented and understanding individuals. The office is so welcoming and kind, I wouldn’t have wished for anything else.”

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Lasaunna Powell – Intern at Committee for Public Counsel Services – Roxbury Youth Advocacy Division
Rising Freshman at UMass Boston
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs program was experiencing what happens in the court room. I’ve always wanted to experience the process of what really happens in the court room and how judges decide who is innocent and guilty. I was granted the opportunity to sit in on trials multiple times, and I think observing the process was memorable for me.”

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Lenita Lee – Intern at City of Boston Legal Department
East Boston High School
“The most memorable part of BBA would be the law office I worked in. This summer internship really helped me explore my interest and dislikes because of that I’m able to figure what career I want to gear towards later in life.”

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Danielle Miles-Langaigne – Intern at Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Boston Latin Academy
“The most memorable aspect of the BBA Summer Jobs internship so far has been the ability to network with various people. Although all tied to the legal profession in some manner, every being I have encountered through the program has brought a different yet informative insight on their life experiences and careers. The persons I have met through the program have been all so diverse, and have given me some token of knowledge that I plan on using for my future endeavors.”

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Meggie Noel – Intern at Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman, & Fink LLP
Boston Latin School
“The most memorable part of the BBA Summer Jobs so far has been … daily observations of what really goes on behind the scenes in a law firm. The attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and office staff all put in countless hours of work and dedication to do what they are passionate about and help others prepare for their future. It’s simply inspiring, and I am blessed with the opportunity to be a helping hand.”

New faces, new programs, new….carpet?

It’s that time of the year, again. As we enter late summer and enjoy the long, warm days, the BBA staff is anxiously preparing for a new program year! With only 25 days until September 1, the team at 16 Beacon Street is busy putting everything in order for our 12,000 members.

When you come through our front door in less than a month, what will be different? The BBA staff is here to give you the rundown:

  1. New BBA Leadership. Have you met the members of the 2015-2016 Council?
  1. New Programming – Have you visited our calendar lately? September and October programs are already on the books. Be sure to save the date for the BBA’s Fall Forums Kick-off on Wednesday, September 16th.
  1. New Law Students – Once again, the BBA is proud to partner with the five Boston law schools and welcome their law students as BBA members. On Thursday, September 3rd, our New Lawyers Section will host a Law Student Welcome Reception. We hope to see you there!
  1. New Look – Yes, you guessed it! The BBA ushered in a lot of upgrades this summer – new member space rooms, updated meeting spaces with new carpets (yay!), and a new front desk area. You may not know, but there are many talented photographers on the BBA staff, so Voices of the Bar is taking you on a virtual tour of 16 Beacon Street. Hold onto your hats and get ready for a sneak peek…
The Front Desk

The Front Desk

Sanding the Conference Room

Sanding the Conference Room

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Clafin Start

Claflin In Progress

Claflin In Progress

Almost There

Almost There

 

Voices of the Bar would like to give a special thanks to the BBA’s Facilities Supervisor Bill Santry for managing the renovations!

The BBA staff wishes you a fantastic August, and we are thrilled to welcome you back in September!

Voices of the Bar 7/30/2015 – If you could go on any dream vacation to any destination, where would you go?

This week’s Reception for International Lawyers got us thinking about exciting locales and far-off destinations. It’s the time of year when, if you haven’t gone on vacation already, you may have one planned – whether it will end up happening, or it’s all in your head!

With this in mind, BBA Week reached out and asked:

“If you could go on any dream vacation to any destination, where would you go?”

Alexis B. Kaplan – Law Offices of Alexis B. Kaplan, LLC
“I would travel to Italy, where my husband and I went on our honeymoon.  Venice in particular was beautiful and I would love to explore the city.  This time around I would share in my daughter’s excitement with riding the boats along the Venetian canals.”

 

Cassie Ramos  – Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
“I would love to visit Turkey. I’ve been interested in the intersection between the Christian and Muslim cultures in that country since I took a class on Turkey while studying abroad in Strasbourg, France. I’d especially like to visit the different religious sites and see the history of the country through art.”

 

Phelps T. Turner – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
“Without a doubt, I would go to Nepal. The country is currently recovering from the tragic earthquake of April 2015 and its aftershocks, but one day I would love to explore the Himalaya.”

 

Kathryn Rattigan – Robinson & Cole LLP
“If I could go on any dream vacation, I would love to visit the Greek islands –from the beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, exotic harbors and volcanoes, I’m sure there would be so much to see! ”

 

Lindsay Manning Burke – Kenney & Sams, P.C.
“I would visit the Portuguese Madeira Islands, where my grandfather’s family is from. I would go for the hiking, old churches, beautiful lace, a glass of Madeira wine at the end of the day, and maybe dinner with some long-lost cousins. Preferably right in the middle of a Boston winter!”

Matthew Yospin – The Law Office of Matthew M. Yospin
“It’s hard to choose, because there are so many great places to explore: Cape Cod, Maine, Paris (France, though Paris, Maine is nice too), Greece, Acadia, Yellowstone, Utah and Wyoming for dinosaur fossils, Puerto Rico, and plenty more. For a dream vacation, though, I’d go back to Hawai’i. Great weather, amazing and varied beaches, terrific mountains and hiking, great food, horse country, a huge mix of terrain and different islands to explore, active volcanoes, fantastic snorkeling and SCUBA diving… I could go on, but I’d rather go to Hawai’i.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a
 headshot, and contact Galen Byrne at [email protected].

What’s It REALLY Like Working at a Bar Association

You’ve probably seen updates and notices for the BBA’s popular Summer Career Series, which famously tells attendees “what’s it REALLY like” to work in certain areas of law.

“Well,” we thought to ourselves, “knowing about different practice areas and learning about them at the BBA is great…but what if we gave our members an inside peek at what it’s REALLY like to work at the BBA itself?”

What a mystery to delve into! First of all, working at a bar association is made rewarding by virtue of our enthusiastic volunteers and great members. (What can we say? We’re a little spoiled!) But there is much more to it than that.

 

So…What’s It REALLY Like to Work at the BBA?

Many of our members come to the BBA every month – sometimes every week! – for lunch programs, Section and committee meetings, and many other reasons. Along the way, they meet (eminently competent and, let’s face it, totally lovable) BBA staff members working across all areas of the organization.

The front line of the BBA staff is the membership department – those who help to coordinate programs, launch committee initiatives, and generally support our members in all areas. Working in Membership is a little something like this:

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…by which we mean, calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddling furiously as they keep the organization afloat.

 

Then there’s our marketing and events team…

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Always confident in directing people where to go and where to be for the best event experience possible, it’s a busy, high-energy world in events. Also, they know where the best snacks are.

 

Team Communications is always waiting to pounce on the next media opportunity and tends to be glued to the phone – kinda like this guy:

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(Definitely less fuzzy, but also definitely as good-looking.)

 

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Wondering how the BBA is always able to adapt to the ever-changing legal and political climate of the city? Thank Team Government Relations for having their eyes in all directions looking out for the latest legislative updates. It has moments of being slow, but when there’s movement, watch out – these guys are ready to move fast.

Public service is some of the most heart-warming work of all at the BBA, as it sees a direct impact on the community. It does include coordinating and overseeing a lot of volunteers and community members, meaning that working in public service is a little something like this:

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The final front line of the BBA – that is, staff members you’re most likely to see around the building – is the executive team, which handles working with the BBA’s leadership. It’s a job that requires a great memory for details and the ability to balance projects effectively. Maybe a little bit like this:

African elephant balancing on a beer barrel.

 

And then there are the staff members who are rarely seen, rarely heard, but incredibly valuable. Think of them as the BBA deep cut, if you will.

Like our finance & administration team:

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On the move ready to put their financial plans in action; known for their sound survival mechanisms; and…surprisingly cuddly?

 

Or how about our IT team? There are a surprising number of tech issues that come up at the BBA, so for them, working at a bar association is about quickly, quietly, and discreetly solving these issues before anyone notices them.

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And last, but certainly not least, our facilities team takes expert care of the BBA’s historic headquarters, 16 Beacon Street, making sure that all meetings and events inside its walls can run full steam ahead.

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We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about what it’s REALLY like to work at a bar association – and finding out what the different BBA spirit animals are. With the busy program year coming up, I guess you could say…

….sometimes it’s a zoo over here!