BOSTON, MA - April 8, 2014 - The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) today commends the Massachusetts House of Representatives for passing H 4037, An Act Enhancing Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence. The comprehensive bill, which was unveiled by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Attorney General Martha Coakley last week, establishes new criminal offenses related to domestic violence, creates new legal protections for victims and imposes training requirements for judges and court personnel.
BOSTON, MA – June 11, 2014 - The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) commends the Governor’s Council for unanimously confirming Justice Ralph Gants as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.
BOSTON, MA –June 26, 2014 –The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) expresses its deep disappointment with the United States Supreme Court’s decision in McCullen v. Coakley, which strikes down portions of the Massachusetts buffer zone statute, G.L. c. 266, §120E1/2, that established a 35-foot fixed buffer zone around driveways and entrances of reproductive healthcare facilities. The WBA along with 31 other organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, the National Women’s Law Center and the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, signed on to the National Abortion Federation’s amicus brief that was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2013 in support of the buffer zone statute. The amicus brief argued that the statute’s 35-foot buffer zone did not violate the First Amendment, but rather is a necessary element to protect reproductive healthcare providers and their patients.