(Springfield, MA) – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization (JTB-APO) are teaming up to once again offer a free summer program called the Springfield Summer Legal Institute (SLI) for Springfield and Enfield area high school students on July 7-11, 2014.
The program aims to provide students with a week full of hands-on experience exploring the legal system and what it takes to become a top-notch lawyer. Held at Western New England University School of Law, students will spend five days participating in mock trials, meeting local attorneys, practicing negotiation skills and attending workshops on college readiness and business networking. The program also includes a Federal Courts day, which will take place at the United States Courthouse in Springfield and will include a panel of United States and Massachusetts judges. Also new this year, three students who join the program will be chosen to participate in an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. in the fall where they will participate in a day-long program that includes meeting a Supreme Court Justice.
“Inspiring diverse students to pursue careers in the legal profession is the path to a more effective justice system,” said Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni. “We hope that many students in Springfield will attend this great program.”
Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization (JTB-APO) is a nonprofit service organization which seeks to develop and nurture an interest in the legal profession among young people from underrepresented groups and to support their continued advancement, with a long term goal of increasing diversity in the federal courts and the legal profession as a whole.
“We are thrilled to be working with Just the Beginning again this year,” said Mark Roellig, MassMutual’s General Counsel. “Diversity and inclusion, as well as strong educational foundations are extremely important to our company and our community so Just The Beginning’s goal of creating a pipeline of strong, diverse applicants to the legal profession makes them a great partner for us.”
As part of MassMutual’s Career Pathways educational program for area students and its pro bono legal program, the company provided a $25,000 grant to JTB-APO to bring the Summer Legal Institute program to Springfield. Members of MassMutual’s legal department and other local attorneys will also participate in the program as volunteers throughout the week.
The Springfield Summer Legal Institute is open to Springfield high school students ranging from incoming 9th graders through 12th graders (current 8th – 11th graders). The program is FREE to students, with public transportation passes available to students who express a need. Admissions are granted on a rolling basis. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications are available at www.massmutual.com/education.
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.