In the fall of 2012, during my second year of law school, I worked at Action for Boston Community Development, interviewing and assisting low-income Spanish speakers in filling out their citizenship forms. I earned the school’s Public Service Transcript Notation for this volunteer work.
In the spring of 2013, I enrolled in the school’s Family Law Clinic and I was given an incredibly rewarding and valuable placement in the Probate and Family Court of Suffolk County. This experience enhanced my knowledge of family law in an unparalleled way.
I was required to interact with a clientele that was composed of more than 90 percent self-represented litigants. I answered questions from these individuals and counsel daily concerning jurisdictional and procedural issues dealing with domestic relations and probate pleadings. I also was called upon several times to explain to Spanish-speaking litigants the proper submission of legal pleadings and forms before the court. It was a rewarding experience and I have the most respect for the employees and judges of the Probate and Family Court and the work that they do.
In the spring of my third year, I took the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Clinic and I was placed at Metropolitan Mediation Services (MMS) as an intern; I received training and a placement to mediate disputes in Dorchester Municipal Court. I primarily co-mediated with another MMS mediator and handled small claims cases. The Dorchester small claims court was literally a “cafeteria of conflict.” I believe that the conflict resolution field has the ability to expand even more in coming years and I definitely gained a lot from this clinic.