WBA AND WBF ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENT OF MARGARET TALMERS AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BOSTON, MA – The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Women’s Bar Foundation of Massachusetts announce the appointment of Margaret Talmers to serve as the Executive Director of both organizations, effective April 9, 2018. Talmers begins her new role as the WBA celebrates its 40th anniversary and the WBF marks its 25th, both huge milestones generating excitement among members and volunteers.
Talmers, a longtime leader in the Massachusetts legal community, most recently served as the Director of Judicial Clerkships and J.D. Advising at Suffolk University Law School, where she played a key role in building a highly successful program, established important relationships within the legal community for the school, worked closely on strategic planning, and prioritized the incorporation of diversity and inclusion efforts. Talmers also taught at the Northeastern University School of Law and worked in private practice. She began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable A. David Mazzone in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Talmers also has a distinguished record of service in the nonprofit sector, including as President of the Board of Directors for the Brookline Education Foundation. In addition, she was a member and eventual co-chair of the Brookline Special Education Parent Advisory Council, where she advocated for families. Talmers is a graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law and the University of Michigan.
“We are delighted that Margaret is joining us as Executive Director,” said WBA President Meredith Ainbinder. “She is known as an experienced leader who can bring people together and motivate them to give their all to causes that shape their communities.”
WBF President Sharon Jones noted, “Margaret’s extensive background in fundraising and advocacy make her a natural fit for the WBF. We look forward to working with her as we continue to expand the reach of our pro bono legal services through the WBF’s capacity-building initiative.”
Talmers will replace Patricia Comfort, who served with distinction as Executive Director for six years. Comfort led the WBA and WBF during a period of growth and ensured that both organizations executed on their core missions to improve the status of women lawyers and to provide legal assistance to women and families throughout the Commonwealth.
“I am thrilled to take the helm of the WBA and WBF,” said Talmers. “It is an honor and a new challenge to have the opportunity to work with these two organizations, particularly as they reflect on their accomplishments in their respective anniversary years and set about making new history in the years to come.”
About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a large membership of women lawyers, judges, policy makers, and law students across Massachusetts. The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and task forces and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues. Other WBA activities include drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.
About the Women’s Bar Foundation of Massachusetts
Founded in 1993, the Women’s Bar Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to justice for low-income women. The WBF works with volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono legal services through its Family Law Project for Domestic Abuse Survivors, Elder Law Project, Women’s Prison & Re-Entry Project, and other initiatives. To administer its programs, the WBF recruits volunteer attorneys, conducts intensive training led by experts throughout the Commonwealth, and provides mentors to ensure that our volunteers receive the guidance necessary to provide excellent legal assistance. The WBF is also the charitable sister organization of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.wbawbf.org.