Boston University School of Law

June 6, 2008

BU Law's Young Alumni Council volunteers a hit at Boys & Girls Club West End House

Thanks to volunteers Sherley Cruz ('03), Lourdes German ('04) and Gigi Walker ('04), the West End House teens had the chance to learn about family and corporate law and nonprofit legal services. Working for companies such as Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge, Wilson & Orcutt and Greater Boston Legal Services, the three lawyers came together through their association with their alma mater and participation in the Boston University Law School Young Alumni Council. This was the council’s first visit to the West End House, although plans are in the works to create a volunteer series through this new community partnership.

BU Law alumnae with the Boys & Girls Club West End House

During the first hour, the three women split into three small discussion groups, allowing the teens to ask them questions about their field and also inquiring about the school work and preparation needed to attain a law degree. After 15 minutes of discussion, the kids rotated to the next table to meet with the next attorney, earning this program the title “speed networking.”

Building on the career presentation made by attorney Tim Fraser from the prior week, these volunteers further explained that with a juris doctor degree one can enter the public or government sector, work for a private practice, become an elected official, start a business, or work in the field of education. After the speed networking, the lawyers formed a panel and the kids could ask all three questions such as how their networking has helped them succeed and more specifically, if they could enter another field with their degree.

The West End House salutes Walker, Cruz and German for their work and also thanks Julia Andrus and Deanna Gard, also of the BU Law School Young Alumni Council, for making this event possible.

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Reported by Katie Healey, Community Partnership Coordinator, the West End House