A WBF Publication
The Women’s Bar Association (WBA) and Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) of Massachusetts are seeking an Executive Director to oversee all management, administrative, financial, fundraising and programmatic aspects of both organizations. The WBA is a vibrant statewide membership organization committed to achieving full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBF is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer attorneys to low-income individuals, primarily women and children.
On any given day in Massachusetts nearly 2,000 people seek help from domestic violence assistance programs. Nearly half of those people need legal assistance. With your generous support, the WBF staff and volunteer attorneys work tirelessly to meet this need.
The SJC’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services will recognize Chris Butler with its 2017 Adams Award at a ceremony on October 18 at 4:00 p.m. at the John Adams Courthouse. Chris is being honored for her four decades of pro bono work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, not only representing them, but developing comprehensive strategies to protect them, advocating for increased legislative safeguards, and training attorneys, judges, clerks, probation officers, and other advocates.
In this edition of Noteworthy, learn about how the WBF and Collora, now Hogan Lovells, have partnered to equip incarcerated women with the tools to successfully transition into the community.
Today is National Senior Citizens Day—a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements. At the WBF, we support senior citizens everyday through our Elder Law Project.
Each quarter, the WBF recognizes a volunteer attorney or firm that has gone above and beyond in representing their WBF client. This quarter, the volunteer attorney award is awarded to Crescent Moran Chasteen, Of Counsel at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, and her colleagues, Matthew Connolly, Senior Associate, Melanie Woodward, Associate, and Erin Whitney, Associate, who have dedicated more than 300 pro bono hours to support their client, Lucinda.
Boston, June 1, 2017 – The Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The WBF was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.
On April 24, the WBF and Victim Rights Law Center will co-host “Advanced Legal Strategies for Immigrant Survivors Facing Detention and Removal” with trainers from the Irish International Immigrant Center, Greater Boston Legal Services and National Immigration Project.
The goal of the training is to help those working with survivors develop strategies to support undocumented clients in the face of new immigration policies.
Comedy Night, 2017 will take place on May 18 at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Your support enables the WBF to sustain the pro bono programs that provide legal assistance each year to more than 2,000 low-income individuals, the majority of whom are women with young children.
Want to take a pro bono case? Please join the Family Law Project on April 12 at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Susan M. Finegan, Member of the Litigation Practice and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has been selected as a 2017 Pinnacle Award winner for outstanding achievement in the professions by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
The Women’s Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of five talented individuals to our Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Carr Pignatelli, Margaret Caulfield, Felicia Ellsworth, Meredith Leary, Kate Oberlies O'Leary, and John C. Skinner.
Deanna Flaherty is a recent graduate from Suffolk University Law School, earning her Juris Doctor in 2015. She was awarded the school's Pro Bono Service Award for most pro bono hours completed during her time there.
We know that the current election cycle has left many of us feeling frustrated, anxious, and wondering what to do next. We want you to know in this time of uncertainty that the Women’s Bar Foundation remains steadfast in our commitment to empower low-income women and children, elders, and families on the verge of homelessness. We are so proud of the community that we have built with all of you.
The three-year campaign will support expanded services to more than 2,000 low-income residents in the Commonwealth. Make your campaign pledge today.
Jessica M. Dubin is a partner at the domestic relations firm of Lee & Rivers LLP in Boston, MA. She has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine’s and Law & Politics’s Super Lawyer publication (2013 and 2014) and was previously recognized by that publication as a “Rising Star” (2007-2012).