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WBA HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING AND NEWLY ADMITTED LAWYERS RECEPTION
Women's Bar Association Ushers in New Leadership, Welcomes New Lawyers and Honors Public Service Leader
BOSTON, MA - April 2, 2018 - The Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its 2018 annual meeting and reception for newly admitted lawyers on March 28, 2018 at the Omni Parker House Hotel. At the event, the WBA introduced new leadership, welcomed new women attorneys to the organization and to the Massachusetts legal community, and honored Massachusetts Senate President Harriette L. Chandler for her continuing commitment to public service and for her work championing issues that affect women in Massachusetts.
The WBA is thrilled to welcome Meredith Ainbinder as the organization's incoming President. Meredith is the Deputy General Counsel of Emerson College in Boston, where she provides legal services to a wide array of internal clients on topics including academics, intellectual property, contracts, labor & employment, campus life, and higher education policy. Prior to joining Emerson, Meredith was Senior Litigation Counsel at a major global lighting services and manufacturing corporation. She started her career at IP boutique Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers, where she was elevated to partner in the litigation practice. Meredith has long been involved with the WBA and the greater legal community. She was the President-Elect of the WBA during the 2017-18 term. She has been a WBA board member for 9 years, including serving a term as Secretary and two terms as Vice President of Membership & Statewide Outreach. Meredith was a chair of the Public Relations Committee and the In-House Counsel Committee, and was a member of the Charter Class of the Women's Leadership Initiative. She is a member and former committee chair of the Boston Bar Association, a member of the Civil Rights Committee of the Anti-Defamation League, and a member of the National Association of College & University Attorneys. She is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.
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 2018-19.
WBA Officers: President: Meredith Ainbinder, Emerson College; President-Elect: Jennifer Saubermann, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative; Vice President of Membership & Statewide Outreach: Nicole Forbes, Globalization Partners; Vice President, Operations: Sandy Lundy, Lundy Legal, LLC; Treasurer: Kristy Lavigne, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General; and Secretary: Krina Patel, Freedom for All Massachusetts.
WBA Immediate Past President: Michele Liu Baillie, North Shore Patents, P.C.
WBA Board of Directors:
At-Large Directors - Margaret Caulfield, Alkermes, Inc.; Nancy Cremins, Globalization Partners; Kim Donlon, Major, Lindsey, & Africa; Kim Dougherty, Andrus Wagstaff; Sarah Gagan, Latham & Watkins, LLP; Heather Gamache, Prince Lobel Tye; Kate Isley, Office of the Attorney General; Jody Newman, Hogan Lovells US LLP; Gwen Nolan King, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak, Cohen, P.C.; Tricia Rich, Fresenius Medical Care; Jamie Sabino, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; Kristin Shirahama, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP; Raquel Webster, National Grid
Regional Directors - Laura Gal, Community Legal Aid (Central Massachusetts); Camala Richardson (Cape & Islands); Victoria Spetter, Law Firm of Victoria C. Spetter (Middlesex); Brianna Sullivan (North of Boston).
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 Hon. Allison D. Burroughs, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, whose remarks impressed and motivated all in attendance.
In celebration of the WBA's 40th anniversary, attendees also heard from Elaine Epstein, a partner at Todd & Weld, and the WBA's first president. For so many members, Elaine is a mentor, friend and the very model of leadership.
The WBA was also pleased to highlight the contributions of Massachusetts Senate President Harriette L. Chandler (D-First Worcester District) who is the recipient of this year's WBA Distinguished Public Service Award. While she was unable to attend in person, the organization noted her long history of commitment to advancing legislation that has dramatically improved the lives of women in the Commonwealth.
Outgoing WBA President Michele Liu Baillie reflected, "Being President of the WBA is a once in a life time experience. It is exhilarating and inspiring, and at times overwhelming and exhausting. Some may wonder why we do it. In a nutshell, we serve because we believe in the mission of the WBA - the same mission now as it was 40 years ago at our founding. I end my term knowing that I've been part of an incredible legacy of women lawyers, who believed in persistently pursuing equality. I congratulate Meredith Ainbinder, our new WBA President, and our new executive board and board of directors, as they continue our important work. I also want to extend a personal thank you to Patricia Comfort, our Executive Director, for her partnership through this past year. Last but not least, I want to recognize my husband, Edward Baillie, for his unending support. To our members, it has been an honor and a privilege to be your president. Thank you for a great year."
Incoming WBA President Meredith Ainbinder stated, "It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as President of the Women's Bar Association, which has inspired me and provided me with leadership opportunities for more than a decade. I am so proud of our work supporting women as they develop their legal careers and of the role we play as a reliable voice for women and families who need an advocate in government. I look forward to a year of new possibilities for us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary and navigate the many challenges that still exist for women lawyers."
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.