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The M. Ellen Carpenter Fund

The Carpenter Fund was established through the Boston Bar Foundation to support the public service programs of the Boston Bar Association that focus on mentoring young people and that fulfill Ellen Carpenter’s vision of creating opportunities for the personal and professional enrichment of Boston’s youth.

Donations to the M. Ellen Carpenter Memorial Fund will be used to support the public service programs of the Boston Bar Association that focus on mentoring Boston’s young people and creating opportunities for their personal and professional enrichment. The Fund has traditionally supported fellowships for Boston public school students to participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program - working in public sector and/or non-profit legal offices. The Fund may also support other initiatives of the Boston Bar Association that serve the needs of the young people of Boston, under the direction of the Boston Bar Association Public Service Committee and the Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

About M. Ellen Carpenter

In December 2006, M. Ellen Carpenter, a very distinguished and beloved member of the legal community passed away.  Ellen was the first bankruptcy lawyer to serve as President of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), and was also a committed member of the Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.  She was a member of the American College of Bankruptcy and a former Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. Ellen’s commitment to her profession and to the community, especially Boston’s children and youth, were legendary.  She was a driving force behind the creation of a Financial Literacy Program established for teens by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the BBA, and also a passionate advocate for the BBA Summer Jobs Program, believing that it provided important opportunities for youth, while helping to expand the pipeline of lawyers of color entering the legal profession.