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.
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."