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Exclusive Program Provides Class of 2010 with Boston Bar Association Memberships

(Boston, Revised 12/17/09) New England Law | Boston: The recession has impacted all sectors of the economy – including the legal market.  Today’s employment environment calls for innovative approaches, which is why New England Law | Boston’s partnership with the Boston Bar Association (BBA) is so significant. 

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Geoffrey Howell (Co-Chair BBA Real Estate Section; DLA Piper LLP), Amber Beaverson ’10 (BBA photos by Aaron J. K. Ostrow)

New England Law is the only law school in Massachusetts to offer students one-year BBA memberships, granting access to all of the association’s resources, publications, and discounts.  These include over 500 free educational programs, networking opportunities, and social events that can lead to guidance, referrals, and career advice.  The new partnership was formally launched with a festive reception and information session at the law school on October 6.

Dean John F. O’Brien noted, “Recent articles have confirmed the impact of the economic downturn on the legal job market – deferred job offers, cut-backs in on-campus recruiting and summer associate programs, and cancellation of some judicial clerkship offers.  This climate makes the job search for graduates tougher than any in recent memory.  In light of these challenging times, I’m pleased that we are offering this creative approach to networking to the Class of 2010.”

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Matthew Welniki (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.; BBA Public Interest Program), Professor Robert Coulthard, Associate Dean Judith Greenberg, Ellen Keif (Co-Chair BBA Solo & Small Firm Section; Law Office of Ellen S. Keif), Associate Dean Susan Calamare, Director of Career Services Mandie Araujo

Dean O’Brien continued, “Membership in the BBA offers ample networking opportunities, particularly with attorneys in the private sector, at regularly scheduled programs.”

Additional professional benefits include participation in all practice area sections and committees; invitations to high-quality continuing legal education programs at discounted rates; subscriptions to informative BBA Week and Boston Bar Journal publications; and information regarding pro bono opportunities through the BBA’s Public Service Department.

Jack Regan, president of the Boston Bar Association, said law students are a vital component of the profession. “We are especially pleased to welcome the Class of 2010 at New England Law | Boston to participate in every facet of Boston Bar Association life. As we seek to draw on an increasingly diverse and inclusive talent pool, we feel very fortunate to enjoy the active involvement of law students.”

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(Front) Amber Beaverson ’10, Professor Lawrence Friedman (Back) Adria Mello ’10, Sam Louden ’10, Gerrit Betz ’10, Marie Giraud ’10, Martha Drane ’10, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Martin C. Foster ’80, Leiha Maccauley (Co-Chair BBA Estate Planning Committee; Day Pitney), Michael Palumbo ’10

Director of Career Services Mandie Araujo pointed out the importance of participation in bar associations.  “Bar associations are an important resource for a new attorney’s career and an excellent way to make connections with the local legal community, build a network, and learn more about a particular practice area.”

The Career Services Office provides a wealth of resources for job seekers, including the “top five reasons to join a bar association” (listed on the CSO blogspot entry for October 9, 2009).

For further information please contact the Office of Career Services, 617-422-7229,; or the Boston Bar Association, 617-778-2040;




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