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Jermaine Kidd, '07

b.a., morehouse college

As a high school student, Jermaine Kidd participated in the Judge David Nelson Fellowship at the U.S. District Court in Boston, where he interned under Judge Reginald Lindsay. The fellowship, named after a BC Law Alumnus, convinced Kidd that he wanted to pursue a legal career. “I was able to witness how great an impact the law has on every facet of society,” he says. “Learning about Judge Nelson’s legacy was a source of inspiration that still motivates me today.”

When looking at law schools, he was impressed with BC’s reputation in the South, where he attended college. “I learned about alumni such as Lamar Willis [Atlanta City Council Member] and Thomas Cox [partner at Miller & Martin] who work so hard to uphold BC’s commitment to community service,” he says. “Their loyalty to the BC Law community really drew me here.”

During his first year, Kidd has found that community to be both welcoming and energizing. “The professors love what they do, and this comes across in the classroom, in their office, or simply chatting with them in cafeteria,” he says. “The second- and third-year students make the incoming students feel comfortable and help guide them through their first year…the camaraderie of my classmates dispelled the notion that law school is an isolating experience.”

Kidd was a 1L representative for the Black Law Student Association, and serves as the group’s Vice-President this year. After his first year he worked as a summer associate at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston. After graduation he wants to stay in Boston, working in the areas of labor & employment, real estate, and civil rights. “My goal is to contribute to Boston’s inner city, and ultimately to become a judge.”