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.
The Women’s Bar Association signed on to an amicus brief in the case of Karen Partanen v. Julie Gallagher – supporting the position which would extend protections to non-married parents who used assisted reproductive technology to conceive a child. In its recent decision, the Supreme Judicial Court effectively rendered the Massachusetts paternity statute (MGL c. 209C) gender neutral by holding that parentage may be established so long as a non-married couple intended to create a child together and each of them outwardly represented themselves as the child’s parents. Congratulations to everyone – including Mary Bonauto, C. Thomas Brown, Patience Crozier and WBA members Elizabeth A. Roberts, Teresa Harkins La Vita, and Joyce Kaufmann representing the plaintiff - who worked on this case and helped extend protections to same sex couples and their children.
"Duane Morris is thankful for its partnership and firm membership with the WBA. Over the years, we have enjoyed the opportunity to host WBA events that have provided meaningful networking opportunities for our attorneys, both women and men. Duane Morris has its own sophisticated women’s initiative that offers programming on a national level for our female associates and partners, with the goals of retention of our women lawyers and advancing them into the leadership pipeline. We view the local programming, networking and leadership opportunities at the WBA as an important addition to our national programming."
Michael R. Gottfried
Managing Partner Boston
Duane Morris LLP
This year, the gala will be on November 29 at the Marriott Copley. The event is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old colleagues, network, promote your business, and enjoy an evening with delicious food and beverages while also supporting leadership and business opportunities for women through the WBA.
The Becker case highlights the need for Massachusetts to carefully examine sentencing in rape and assault and battery cases. We want a system that treats people of all races equally, ensures that the wishes of rape survivors are considered, and holds criminals accountable for their crimes. However, our focus on a specific judge’s sentencing in one particular case is causing the legal community to miss the bigger picture.