August 06, 2013

    MassMutual Legal Clerkship Program Completes Another Successful Year

    MassMutual Legal Clerkship Program Completes Another Successful Year

    (Springfield, MA) - Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its 2013 1L Diversity Clerkship program.

    This summer, four outstanding first year law students participated in the program which is designed to offer summer clerks with the unique opportunity to experience the “in-house” practice of law at a Fortune 100 Company. The program combines challenging assignments from various practice areas with networking and other events both within and outside of the company. Highlights of the summer included networking events with a number of the top law firms that MassMutual partners with, exposure to MassMutual subsidiaries, including OppenheimerFunds, Inc. and Babson Capital Management LLC, and “split summer” positions with two of MassMutual’s partner law firms.

    “I’d like to offer my congratulations to our four 2013 clerks. They did an outstanding job working within MassMutual, and my hope is that they benefited just as much from the program as we did from their service,” said Mark Roellig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MassMutual. “They were truly an impressive group of students.”

    The following students participated in the 2013 program:

    • Xiaoxiao Zhang joined the MassMutual Law Department after completing her first year at Boston College Law School. Xiaoxiao graduated from the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business in 2011 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Xiaoxiao is fluent in Chinese, English, basic Arabic and Spanish.
    • Brandon Whittaker joined the Babson Capital Law Department after completing his first year at Harvard Law School. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Japanese Concentration) and Political Science. Brandon is proficient in Japanese. 
    • Alejandro Espitia joined the MassMutual Law Department after spending the first half of his summer working with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Boston and completing his first year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Alejandro graduated from North Carolina Central University, summa cum laude, in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. Alejandro is an avid tennis player and is fluent in Spanish and Italian as well as intermediate French.
    • John Wei joined the MassMutual Law Department after spending the first half of his summer with Day Pitney LLP in Hartford, CT and recently completed his first year at Yale Law School. John graduated from Princeton University, magna cum laude, in 2003, earned an M.A. and M. Phil. in History from Yale University in 2006, and a Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2008. John has published articles on topics such as medieval law, theology, and education. He is fluent in Chinese, French, German, Latin, intermediate Italian, elementary Japanese, and reads Spanish.

    “Through this program, MassMutual is not only helping law students get valuable experience and connections, but we’re also developing lasting relationships which can help them throughout their legal careers,” said Dominic Blue, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Chairman of the MassMutual Law Department’s Diversity Committee. To learn more about MassMutual’s Diversity Clerkship Program or to apply visit:

    About MassMutual
    Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

    MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.