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.
The WBA is delighted that firm member Foley Hoag LLP will be promoting 8 lawyers to become partners, and more than half are women, including former Attorney General and former WBA President, Martha Coakley. 22% of Foley Hoag's partners are women and 6 of the 8 new associates are women. All 5 of the lateral senior hires in 2016 were women, including a woman of color.