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, and plans the annual Law Student Reception. 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 Committee is co-chaired by MyShawndria Ward ([email protected]) and Drew Collins ([email protected]), and the Law Student Reception sub-committee co-chairs are Annika Bockius-Suwyn ([email protected]), Daniel Ball ([email protected]) and Anthony Lombardi ([email protected]).
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 Law Student 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. Law students are encouraged to liase directly with the Law Student Committee which consists of MyShawndria Ward ([email protected]) and Drew Collins ([email protected]).
The Mentoring 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 Mentoring Committee consists of Eva Jellison ([email protected]) and MyShawndria Ward ([email protected]). To find more information about the Mentoring Program, including current attorney and law student applications for 2020-2021, click here.
The Scholarship Committee administers the Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship, whereby the Mass. LGBTQ Bar awards up to $5,000 to one Massachusetts law student to defray the costs associated with law school, such as tuition, fees, books, and similar school-related expenses. The Committee is co-chaired by Matt Barison ([email protected]) and KG Gasseling ([email protected]). To find more information about this Scholarship, please visit our Alec Gray Scholarship page.