Mentoring program celebrates successful third year

Issue June 2012

Mentors will play a large role in your career success. That was the message from three keynote speakers at an April 26 event celebrating the completion of the third year of the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program. The wrap-up event was held at the John J. Moakley U.S. District Courthouse in Boston.

The event featured Carmen M. Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts; Massachusetts U.S. Marshal John Gibbons; and U.S. District Court of Massachusetts Judge Denise J. Casper.

"Dare to dream … if you don't have dreams, you can't make things happen," said Ortiz, who shared that it was mentors who helped convince her to apply for her current position. "Surround yourself with people who encourage you, who believe in you as you make decisions along the way."

Massachusetts U.S. Marshal John Gibbons and U.S. District Court of Massachusetts District Judge Denise J. Casper also made remarks.

The program, the idea of Norfolk Probate and Family Court First Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, matches 10 practicing lawyers with more than two dozen students from high school, college and law school. The program was honored with the 2011 ABA Partnership Award from the American Bar Association because of its commitment to diversity.

A total of $1,500 in scholarships were also awarded to students of Suffolk University Law School, Roxbury Community College and New Mission High School.