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Margaret E. Talmers, Executive Director Rachel B. Biscardi, Deputy Director 617.973.6666
BOSTON – February 7, 2019 – The Women’s Bar Foundation is looking forward to hosting its annual “Whoop it Up for Women!” Comedy Night event at the Boston Harbor Hotel on May 16, 2019. It will be an evening of entertainment and laughter which will raise critical funds for the Women’s Bar Foundation.
The WBF will present two volunteers with the Nery J. Arrano Award for their outstanding service to the WBF’s low-income clients. Jessica M. Dubin from Lee & Rivers LLP will be recognized for her dedication to mentoring and representing low-income survivors of domestic violence through the WBF’s Family Law Project for Domestic Abuse Survivors (FLP). Jessica has volunteered with the FLP for over ten years and has worked on some of the WBF’s most challenging cases.
“As a patent and trademark litigator, I would be totally at sea handling my child visitation/domestic abuse case without the advice and encouragement of Jess Dubin. Jess has guided key strategic decisions and given valuable insights into the judges on my case. I am very grateful that Jess uses her hard-won experience not only to benefit her own clients but also fellow lawyers who would otherwise stumble while trying to help victims of domestic violence.” Joel Leeman, Sunstein Law.
The WBF will also honor Wyley S. Proctor from McCarter & English for her leadership in developing a referral relationship between McCarter & English’s pro bono panel and the WBF’s Abuse Prevention Order Panel. Wyley has taken eight domestic abuse cases in the past three years. On one case, the judge specifically noted in his findings of fact what a difference the volunteer attorneys working on the case made in his ability to render a fair judgment. Wyley has spoken at FLP trainings about professional skills she developed by taking a FLP case.
“Wyley is one of the most enthusiastic ambassadors of the value of pro bono work to the law firm community. She elevates the quality of representation we can give our clients and has made McCarter & English a force in the access to justice movement for low-income clients.” Jennifer Furey, Women’s Bar Foundation President.
For the WBF’s “Whoop it Up for Women, Comedy Night, the generous sponsorship of more than 70 law firms and companies, as well as the proceeds from the live auction and raffle, help to raise nearly forty percent of the WBF’s annual budget. These funds make possible the vital work of the WBF’s pro bono projects: the Family Law Project for Domestic Abuse Survivors, the Elder Law Project, and the Women’s Prison and Reentry Project. These projects provide low- income women and their families with desperately needed legal assistance in matters related to domestic violence, homelessness, end-of-life decision making, and other critical legal issues.
Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1993 by the Women’s Bar Association, the WBF is dedicated to ensuring access to justice for low-income individuals, by creating a community dedicated to providing free legal assistance to those individuals and their families. The WBF recruits and trains volunteer attorneys to address legal issues that disproportionately affect low- income women and their children. To date, the WBF has served thousands of low-income domestic violence survivors, homeless women, incarcerated women, and elderly women and men. For more information, please visit www.wbawbf.org.
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