BOSTON, MA – June 13, 2014 - The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) commends Governor Deval Patrick’s nomination of Appeals Court Justice Geraldine Hines to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Hines, if confirmed, would be the first African-American woman to serve on the state’s highest court.
“The WBA applauds the historic nomination of Justice Hines, who has devoted a large part of her accomplished career to advocating for civil rights. Diversity on the bench is essential to helping our judiciary deliver equal justice and to countering perceptions of systemic bias. The WBA has long promoted the benefits of a diverse bench, and we are thrilled that Justice Hines will serve as a role model for more women and persons of color to enter the Judiciary,” stated WBA President Kara DelTufo.
The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) commends both the Senate and the House for their commitment to reducing domestic violence (DV) and has reviewed both bills. The WBA has advocated for many of the provisions included in these bills and asks you to consider our specific requests below.
The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) is writing to express strong support for S865, An Act Relative to Parental Leave. S865 passed the Senate unanimously on October 24, 2013, and we urge you to bring this very important bill to the House floor for debate and passage prior to the end of this session.
The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) is a professional association of women attorneys and judges founded in 1978, with over 1,500 members across the Commonwealth with the mission of achieving the full and equal participation of women in every aspect of a just society. The WBA has a long-standing commitment to protecting women’s rights and freedom of choice. We understand the importance of protecting patients and employees entering reproductive health facilities. That is why we supported the 2007 buffer zone statute and 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 that law. The WBA has supported strong buffer zone laws for over 15 years, and we will continue to vigorously advocate for the safe, unfettered access to reproductive clinics around the state. We are here to support SD2106.
The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) is writing to express strong support for HB 3883, An Act Relative to Comparable Work, as amended. The WBA is a professional association of women attorneys and judges founded in 1978, with over 1500 members across the Commonwealth. At the WBA, our purpose is to achieve the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. Women have not yet achieved full and equal participation in the work place. For over a decade our organization has supported An Act Further Defining Comparable Work (originally filed as HB 1767 this Session), which has now advanced to the House Ways and Means Committee.