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.
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 7, 2017.....Drawing on life experiences she said gave her a "master's in poverty," Rep. Marjorie Decker on Thursday urged support for legislation that would ease certain restrictions on welfare benefits to families.
Speaking at a Women's Bar Association advocacy breakfast, Decker, a Cambridge Democrat, recounted growing up in public housing with a father who was a disabled veteran and a mother whose wages as a nursing aide were "not enough to feed myself, my brother and her and my father."
The WBA is deeply disappointed that President Trump has reinstated what is known as the “Mexico City” policy, also known as the Global Gag rule, which bars United States aid for groups that provide or “promote” abortion abroad.
In a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly November 3, 2016 article titled "Snap judgments: Local lawyers react to study showing gender-based disparity in partner pay", WBA members Maureen Mulligan and Debra Squires-Lee, WBA President Kristin W. Shirahama, and WBA Vice President of Membership & Statewide Outreach Bronwyn Roberts reacted to a study by Major, Lindsey & Africa on gender-based disparity in law firm partner pay.