A recent edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Hannah Joseph in a story titled “Small-firm associates band together to create group of ‘colleagues’.”
The article describes the idea behind BANG and quotes Hannah as follows:
It all started with a humor column in a bar association publication about ways to relax while waiting for bar exam results. The piece resonated with Jessica L. Conklin, so she decided to invite the author, Hannah T. Joseph, a fellow Boston College Law School alum, to coffee.
Before the two Boston associates knew it, they were bonding over their shared experience of working at a boutique law firm, both grateful for the variety of work and opportunity for informal interactions with partners.
But they also lamented that their big-firm peers had a benefit unavailable to them: a ready-made group of other associates with whom to discuss legal issues and form social ties.
So Conklin and Joseph decided to replicate the connection they had made with each other on a larger scale. Earlier this year, they formally launched the Boston Associates’ Networking Group — or BANG — for associates at small and midsize firms and in-house legal departments.
“When you’re in a room or on a floor with 15 to 20 other associates, there’s a word-of-mouth information exchange that happens naturally. We’re trying to re-create that,” says Joseph, who practices at Beck, Reed, Riden.
The article notes BANG’s growth and connection to the Boston legal community:
The group, which now includes some three dozen members from about 30 firms and companies, meets for a monthly lunch sponsored by one of the members’ firms. The willingness of those firms to host BANG “speaks volumes” about their support, according to Joseph.
“They realize that an important part of practicing law in Boston is engaging in the legal community,” she says.
The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Sheri Qualters.
You can visit BANG’s website at www.bang-law.com.
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