BOSTON, MA – February 24, 2020 – Today the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) shared its 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda with legislators at the organization’s annual Legislative Breakfast at the Massachusetts State House. This event provides the WBA the opportunity to share its legislative priorities for the upcoming year.
WBA President Jennifer Saubermann highlighted the organization’s accomplishments during the 2019 session, noting the integral role that the WBA’s Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) serves in furthering the organization’s mission of advocacy on behalf of women. President Saubermann also presented Representative Marjorie Decker and Senator Sal DiDomenico with the 2020 Public Official of Year Award for their distinguished leadership on issues important to children and families including welfare assistance and civil legal aid.
Representative Decker and Senator DiDomenico then discussed their support of two WBA priorities for 2020:
Other speakers then provided remarks in support of other legislative priorities for 2020:
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan then spoke about her support for the WBA’s work and the real effects of its legislative advocacy efforts on the everyday lives of women in the Commonwealth.
Finally, the WBA LPC Co-Chairs announced and urged action on the other WBA legislative priorities for 2020: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (H1345/S1057); Defense Against Abusive Waivers (DAWA) (H1625/S1049); and Ensuring Gender Parity and Racial and Ethnic Diversity on Public Boards and Commissions (H4153). They also urged attendees to get involved with the LPC, which tracks the development of priority items, identifies new issues that require the WBA’s support, and shares information about the legislative process with attorneys across the state.
“The WBA’s legislative advocacy work is integral to our mission of improving women’s lives in the Commonwealth. I want to thank the legislators and their staff that attended the event today. We look forward to continuing to partner with legislators and advocates to advance our legislative priorities, including reducing the number of families living in poverty, supporting increased funding for legal services, fighting against the inhuman practice of female genital mutilation, and supporting women’s reproductive health,” said WBA President Jennifer Saubermann.
About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association (“WBA”) boasts a large membership of women lawyers 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 the work of its committees, events, and the development and promotion of a robust legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues. Other WBA activities include networking and professional development, amicus advocacy, 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.
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