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.
BOSTON, MA –November 8, 2017 - The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) applauds the Massachusetts House of Representatives for passing H.4009, An Act Relative to Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security In Our State (ACCESS) today. The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad and Representative John Scibak requires insurers to provide women with access to FDA-approved forms of contraception without cost sharing or co-pays.
Today, the SJC held that a survivor of domestic violence may invoke federal housing protections when seeking to intervene in an eviction matter. In Beacon Residential Management LP v. R.P., the WBA filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Plaintiff, arguing that survivors of domestic violence should have standing, pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act, on behalf of themselves or their children, when seeking to intervene in an eviction proceeding.
BOSTON, MA – September 11, 2017 – The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) has kicked off its fifth Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), a program that brings together senior women attorneys and up and coming stars of the legal profession for leadership development and mentoring. The program is chaired by WBA Emeritus Board Members Mary Ryan of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP (also a past President) and Jayne Tyrrell of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.
The Lelia J. Robinson Award honors women attorneys who have captured the spirit of Lelia J. Robinson, the first woman admitted to practice in Massachusetts. The award recognizes women who, like Robinson, are pioneers in the legal profession and have made a difference in the community. This year, the WBA is proud to recognize Hon. Margot Botsford (ret.) and Hon. Geraldine Hines with this award: two women who have made immeasurable contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession.