February, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly,
the Commonwealth’s leading weekly legal newspaper, began distributing 100
copies of its weekly publication to Suffolk University Law School students, at
no charge. The beta program was made possible by a grant from the Boston law
firm of Parker Scheer LLP.
The copies of the newspaper will be delivered each Monday to a custom newsstand
donated by Parker Scheer and located on the fourth floor of the school, in the
hub of student activity. With the added goal of bringing a “green” element to
the program, students are strongly
encouraged to return copies to the newsstand after reading, so as to achieve
the highest circulation of each copy, among the greatest number of students.
The idea to provide Suffolk’s law students with free copies of the leading
Massachusetts newspaper was the result of an extended conversation between
Suffolk Law School Associate Dean, Ilene Seidman, and Parker Scheer’s managing
partner, Eric J. Parker. Parker, a 1986 graduate of Suffolk Law, and an adjunct
professor at the Law School, has consistently argued that law students with the
greatest knowledge about legal decisions, trends, and developments impacting
the Massachusetts legal community, are more likely to fare better in a
competitive hiring environment.
“As someone who routinely interviews and hires
both summer law clerks and first year associates, it is instantly clear to me
which candidates are up-to-date on the areas of legal practice we concentrate
in”, says Parker. “In simple terms, we want to hire candidates that demonstrate
a genuine interest in their chosen profession.”
Susan Bocamazo, the Publisher of Massachusetts
Lawyers Weekly, who received the “pitch” from Dean Seidman and Parker, found
the idea compelling. “Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly is committed to meeting the
information needs of the entire legal community, which includes both current
law students and past graduates. They are our future leaders,” said Bocamazo.
From the Law
School’s perspective, the program was a no-brainer. According to Dean Seidman, “this
program serves our overarching goal – to educate students to be excellent
professionals, fully informed and fully engaged as future leaders in the legal