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graeter has public interest in mind

Phillip Graeter ’99, an associate at Todd and Weld LLP, has been named as one of a select group of eight attorneys who will participate in the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program.

The program is specifically designed for lawyers who have practiced law for less than a decade. The lawyers, who will spend a minimum of twenty-five hours a month on public service and leadership development activities, were nominated by their employers. Over the next twelve months, they will meet with prominent community leaders, develop insight into the challenges confronting community organizations, and learn about the elements of successful community leadership.

Graeter, who received his BA from Baylor University in 1990, has served the community in a number of ways. During law school, he volunteered with the Shelter Legal Service Foundation, eventually working as a clinic director and member of its board of directors. Since law school, he has been an officer of the Gift Foundation, cochair of his firm’s Citizen Schools’ mock trial team, and a longtime BBA Law Day in the Schools volunteer. He has performed pro bono work involving housing and disability issues.

The Public Interest Leadership Program was established by the BBA in 2003 to honor and encourage a small group of talented and highly motivated lawyers who have demonstrated a commitment to pro bono, public service, and organized bar activities. The goal of the program is to advance the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, profession, and the Commonwealth.

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