MRR Involvement in Bar Associations
One of our litigation associates, Emmanuel ("Manny") Fishelman graduated from the Bar Association of Montgomery County's Leadership Academy in April 2016. The Leadership Academy is a program created to train and cultivate young practitioners from different areas of law practice into future leaders of the bar association. Manny's Leadership Academy class included 12 motivated young attorneys from law firms, government agencies, and nonprofits.
For their group project, the Leadership Academy worked with Montgomery College's paralegal certificate program. The goal of the collaboration was to provide guidance and professional contacts to future paraprofessionals and students interested in the law, while also helping local practices tap into an underused resource of volunteers/employees from the paralegal certificate program.
The Leadership Academy members went to both the Takoma Park and Germantown campuses of Montgomery College to put on presentations informing the students of different opportunities available. Some opportunities available to students were workplace observation at several different firms as well as courtroom observation. Students were also assigned a Leadership Academy member as a "mentor" to assist with resume review and to serve as a contact for law school advice (for those interested).
In addition to serving as a mentor for two students in the program, Manny organized a happy hour where students in the paralegal certificate program had the opportunity to meet and network with dozens of members from the Leadership Academy, bar association, and Montgomery County law firms.
Despite completion of the program, Manny plans to remain involved in the bar association.