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.
December 8, 2016 - The WBA is thrilled that the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition, founded by the WBA and Mass NOW in 2014, was honored with the Be the Change Award at the 12th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women which was held on December 8, 2016. Kristin Shirahama, WBA President, Jill Ashton, Chair of the Equal Pay Coalition and Director of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Sasha Goodfriend, Co-President of Mass NOW, and Katie Donovan, Co-President of AAUW-MA, represented the Coalition in accepting the award.
"The WBA is a unique organization because it provides unparalleled opportunities for attorneys—young as well as more senior— to advance their careers and take on a leadership role. The WBA is committed to helping its members advance at any stage of their legal career by offering substantive programming and topical discussions on the latest developments in the legal community. By providing members numerous opportunities to learn from each other, whether through formal mentoring or informal partnerships, the WBA provides members the tools to overcome historical roadblocks to success, whether it is business development, law firm advancement, or through its Trial and Tips for women litigations, there is something for everyone."
The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators presented the WBA with the Resolution Condemning the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation and All Forms of Gender Based Violence which had been passed by the Senate and the House on July 30, 2016. The WBA was honored by the Caucus for its advocacy on behalf of women, specifically those who have been victims of female genital mutilation.