MBA holds kickoff events for Tiered Community Mentoring Program

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019
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Top: MBA President-elect Denise I. Murphy speaks to Worcester participants on Oct. 18.

Bottom: Barnstable Probate and Family Court Associate Justice Angela M. Ordoñez discusses the history of the Tiered Community Mentoring Program on Oct. 25.

The Massachusetts Bar Association recently celebrated the start of its Tiered Community Mentoring program at kickoff events attended by participants from Boston and Worcester. Held on Oct. 18 at the Worcester County Courthouse and on Oct. 25 at the MBA in Boston, the events offered students an overview of the program and an opportunity to meet their attorney mentors and fellow mentees. 

Both events began with opening remarks by MBA President-elect Denise I. Murphy and continued with presentations by program leaders and members of the two local legal communities. TCM’s founder, Barnstable Probate and Family Court Associate Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, spoke to students in Boston about the structure and history of the program, following a similar presentation given by Worcester TCM Committee Chair Geoffrey E. Spofford. 

Students also learned about the art and importance of networking from Quaime V. Lee, associate director for emerging careers and J.D. advising at Suffolk University Law School, and from Worcester TCM Committee member Teresa C. Scibelli. Massachusetts Superior Court Associate Justice Valerie A. Yarashus and Worcester TCM Committee member Luke Rosseel provided attendees in Boston and Worcester with brief introductions to the Massachusetts court system.

The MBA’s TCM program is beginning its 11th year overall and its third year in Worcester. Participating students, who come from local high schools, undergraduate institutions and law schools, benefit from career advice and other guidance courtesy of their attorney mentors.