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WBA HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING AND NEWLY ADMITTED LAWYERS RECEPTION
Women’s Bar Association Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Lawyers and Recognizes Distinguished Public Service
BOSTON, MA – March 27, 2017 – The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its 2017 annual meeting and reception for newly admitted lawyers on March 23, 2017 at the Omni Parker House Hotel. At this event the WBA transitioned to new leadership, welcomed new women attorneys to the Massachusetts legal community, and bestowed its Distinguished Public Service Award, which recognizes those who have made significant commitments to public service and have contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession.
The WBA welcomes Michele Liu Baillie as the organization’s incoming President. Michele is the founder and Principal at North Shore Patents, P.C., a virtual IP firm, where she focuses her practice on patent prosecution law in the computing and electronic arts. Michele has demonstrated her dedication to the WBA mission and shown herself to be a strong leader for the organization over her many years as a member. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 and has served on the Executive Board since 2014.
At the annual meeting, the WBA voted on a slate of officers and elected members of the Board of Directors. The organization welcomes the following new and returning officers and directors for 2017-18.
WBA Immediate Past President: Kristin Shirahama, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP.
WBA Board of Directors:
Margaret A. Caulfield, Alkermes, Inc., Nancy Cremins, Globalization Partners, Kara DelTufo, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Kimberly Dougherty, Andrus Wagstaff, PC, Suzanne Elovecky, Todd & Weld LLP, Laura Gal, Community Legal Aid, Heather Gamache, Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Kate Isley, Office of the Attorney General, Kristy Lavigne, Office of the Attorney General, Sandy Lundy, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C., Crystal Lyons, Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Jody Newman, Collora LLP, Krina Patel, athenahealth, Cam Richardson, Law Offices of Camala A. Richardson, Jamie Sabino, MLRI, Vicki Spetter, Victoria Spetter, Law Firm of Victoria C. Spetter, Brianna Sullivan, On Point Legal Solutions, and Raquel Webster, National Grid
Each promises to bring dedication to the WBA’s mission, demonstrated leadership and many years of WBA experience to the Board.
At the Newly Admitted Lawyers Reception, the WBA welcomed its keynote speaker, the Honorable Barbara A. Lenk, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), who provided welcoming remarks. Born in Queens, New York, Justice Lenk received her B.A. from Fordham University in 1972, her Ph.D. in political philosophy from Yale University in 1978, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. After law school, Justice Lenk practiced at the firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer (now Brown Rudnick), where she became a partner and focused her practice on civil litigation and First Amendment matters. In 1993, Governor Weld appointed her to the Superior Court, where she served until 1995 when he then appointed her to the Appeals Court. In 2011, Governor Patrick appointed Justice Lenk to serve as associate justice on the Supreme Judicial Court.
The WBA recognized Massachusetts Representative Patricia Haddad (D-5th Bristol) with the WBA Distinguished Public Service Award for her demonstrated commitment to public service and to improving the lives of women in the Commonwealth. Representative Haddad is Speaker Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and represents the communities of Dighton, Somerset, Swansea and Taunton. A member of the House since 2000, she has served on a variety of committees including Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Health Care, Medicaid, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Rules, Ethics and Ways and Means. Haddad served two terms as Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Education and prior to her recent appointment as Speaker Pro Tem was Assistant Majority Whip.
Outgoing WBA President Kristin Shirahama concluded the annual meeting by stating, “I am delighted that the organization is represented by such an outstanding group of women again this year. Under their strong leadership the organization will continue to grow and promote the full and equal participation of women in a just society and the legal profession.”
In her remarks, WBA President Michele Liu Baillie said, “Since the U.S. Presidential election, we have rallied around each other and with others who are in the fight for equality in all its many facets. Under the leadership of Kristin Shirahama, our immediate past president, the WBA took action. A contingency of WBA members took part in the Women’s March on January 21st. On March 8th, we held a Women’s Advocacy Summit, which brought together experts from across the spectrum to speak about workplace discrimination, interpersonal violence, hate crimes and discrimination, and reproductive rights. We took these actions because we know that women attorneys like you are looking for ways to engage with others on issues of equality, tolerance and justice. In 2018, the WBA will celebrate its 40th anniversary. This means that the WBA has been here, doing this work, through eight Massachusetts Governors and seven U.S. Presidents. And when the day comes that the current administration leaves the White House, the WBA will still be here - fighting for the full and equal participation of women lawyers - fighting for a just society.”
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.