Tiered Community Mentoring Program hosts kickoff event

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
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2016-17 Tiered Community Mentoring Program participants. Photos by Mike Vigneux.

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Tiered Community Mentoring (TCM) Program officially entered its eighth year with a kickoff event at the John Adams Courthouse on Oct. 28.

After a welcoming address from MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano and an overview of the program from Hon. Angela M. Ordoñez, chief justice of the Probate and Family Court, mentors and mentees listened to a presentation on "The Art and Importance of Networking," given by Quaime V. Lee, associate director of professional and career development at Suffolk University Law School.

The event also featured guest speakers Hon. Paula M. Carey, chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and Hon. Kimberly S. Budd, associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Both Carey and Budd spoke about the importance of mentoring.

"A mentor really affects the professional and personal life of his or her mentees, fostering insight, identifying needed knowledge and expanding growth and opportunities," said Carey.

"In the jobs where I've had a mentor or somebody who was looking out for me and making sure that I got opportunities, somebody who advised and believed in me, in those cases that's where I had the most success," added Budd.

The MBA's TCM 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 Brighton High School, Community Academy of Science and Health, Fenway High School, Roxbury Community College, New England Law Boston, Northeastern University School of Law, Suffolk University Law School and UMass Law School Dartmouth.