Each Tuesday, a group of twelve juniors heads over to Morgan Lewis for the Law Firm Tutoring Program. After a quick bus trip downtown, students arrive at the firm and are greeted by Lisa Thompson, one of the LFT coordinators at Morgan Lewis.
Students and Ms. Thompson eat dinner together, often discussing current events or life skills for the first few minutes of the evening. The group also uses their time to catch up about the week and discuss students’ upcoming assignments and projects.
After dinner, students head over to the study area and begin working on homework with tutors, who help with anything from AP US History notes to Pre-Calculus projects!
Morgan Lewis has been a LFT partner since the program’s beginning in 2001, and it’s easy to see how committed everyone at the firm is to helping students succeed and stay on track with their classes. Whether it’s motivational discussions with the students or one-on-one check-ins, students and tutors work together each session to make the most of their shared experience.
As Lisa notes: "I remember when I received an email from our former Chair, Tom O’Brien, about the upcoming training meeting that would take place for those who were interested in tutoring students from Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School. I was so excited because this was the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the community and also never leave my building. What started out as just a passion to give back, has blossomed into me co-chairing the program with Michael Berenson, Senior Counsel, here at our office.
"Each Tuesday, I look forward to seeing the students come to our dining center so that we can talk, find out how they are doing with their studies and also give them some practical life-skills help when necessary. I have also kept in touch with many of the students who have now graduated from TMA and gone on to college. I love working with the TMA Law Firm Tutoring program."
As the evening of tutoring wraps up, students and their tutors talk as they head toward the elevators, with pairs at times continuing the conversations right up to the time students board the bus!