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BusinessWest ’40 Under 40′ – Alexandra Hogan

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Every year, BusinessWest honors western Mass. residents who not only succeed in their profession, but also shine in the community as well.

Tonight, the story of a Springfield-based lawyer who gives her time and energy to those in need.

Alexandra Hogan fights for those in need as a lawyer for Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin in Springfield. After majoring in travel studies, she quickly became interested in the law at Bay Path College

“I switched from the travel major which I had been accepted into in my senior year right into the legal studies major,” says Hogan.

Hogan was recognized by BusinessWest as one of their “40 Under 40″ for her dedication to the community, often providing free legal services to those with AIDS and HIV who are struggling with there finances

Hogan adds, “There’s a real need for people out there. Obviously when people are in financial struggle, they can’t afford the fees for bankruptcy like any other legal profession. Bankruptcy costs people money, so it’s just my way of giving back to the community.”

Hogan is also a believer in teaching young people about business and learning good financial habits while they are still in school. She does this through her volunteer efforts with Junior Achievement.

“Junior Achievement’s main goal is to teach workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Other classrooms that I teach for Junior Achievement are in the high school, really dealing with the financial literacy aspect of it,” Hogan notes.

Hogan says giving back is the most rewarding part of her work.

The awards ceremony for “40 Under 40″ is Thursday night at The Log Cabin in Holyoke.

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