Law Students & Mentorship Committees
The Mass LGBTQ Bar takes its responsibility to foster future LGBTQ lawyers very seriously. As such, the Mass LGBTQ Bar has a number of committees that deal exclusively with law students.
The Law Student Committee coordinates Mass LGBTQ Bar’s formal outreach to law students and law schools. In addition, each year, the Mass LGBTQ Bar awards the Alexander Gray Scholarship to a law student who demonstrates a commitment to and involvement in the LGBTQ community, leadership, maturity and responsibility. The Law Student Committee publicizes the Scholarship to law schools and law students, reviews applications for the Scholarship and recommends a recipient to the Board of Directors, and raises money to endow the Scholarship to ensure that the Mass LGBTQ Bar can reward hard-working law students for many years to come.
Each year, the Mass LGBTQ Bar holds an annual Law Student Reception which is customarily hosted by a Boston law firm. The Law Student Reception attracts new and returning law students as well as attorneys and judges from all over the state. It is one of Mass LGBTQ Bar’s most attended and most popular events. The Law Student Reception Committee does all the planning for this event. It is headed by Michael Xavier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Catherine Deneke (email@example.com).
In addition, the Law Student Committee is also responsible for organizing follow-up “fireside chat” events after the Law Student Reception. At these events, members of the Mass LGBTQ Bar travel to area law schools to meet with students on a smaller-scale basis than at the Law Student Reception. Each school is free to set up the event to fit their needs and interests and events have ranged from speaker panels to group discussions to cocktail receptions. The sub-committee works with the Mentoring Committee to ensure that law students get the benefit of the bar association’s mentoring-focused law student outreach, too. It is for these purposes that the Mass LGBTQ Bar has a designated Board Member to interact with each of the Massachusetts law schools. These Board Members are:
• Boston College Law School – Paul Wagoner
• Boston University School of Law – Daniel Levin
• Harvard University Law School – Catherine Deneke
• Massachusetts School of Law at Andover – Christine Williams
• New England School of Law – M. Barusch
• Northeastern University School of Law – Alex Coleman
• Suffolk Law School – Kelly Bonnevie
• University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth School of Law – Michael Xavier
• Western New England University School of Law – Bernadette Harrigan
The Mentorship Committee builds creative programming to meet the needs of LGBTQ law students and lawyers at all stages in their careers, and administers the Mass LGBTQ Bar’s Mentoring Program. The Committee is comprised of law students, new lawyers, and experienced lawyers. The Mentorship Committee is co-chaired by Ari Kristan (firstname.lastname@example.org).