Michele Liu Baillie named President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts

WBA HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING AND NEWLY ADMITTED LAWYERS RECEPTION Women’s Bar Association Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Lawyers and Awards Distinguished Public Service Award

BOSTON, MA – March 31, 2017 – The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its 2017 annual meeting and reception for newly admitted lawyers on March 23, 2017 at the Omni Parker House Hotel.  At this event the WBA transitioned to new leadership, welcomed new women attorneys to the Massachusetts legal community, and awarded its Distinguished Public Service Award, an award recognizing those who have made significant commitments to public service and who have contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession.

At the annual meeting, the WBA voted on a slate of officers and elected members of the Board of Directors. The organization welcomes the following new and returning officers and directors for 2017-18.

WBA Officers:

Michele Liu Baillie, North Shore Patents, P.C., President; Meredith Ainbinder, Emerson College, President-Elect; Bronwyn Roberts, Duane Morris LLP, Vice President, Statewide Outreach & Membership; Marie Chafe, Cornell & Gollub, Vice President, Operations; Jennifer Saubermann, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Treasurer; Nicole Forbes, Globalization Partners, Inc., Secretary.

WBA Immediate Past President: Kristin Shirahama, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP.

WBA Board of Directors:

Margaret A. Caulfield, Alkermes, Inc., Nancy Cremins, Globalization Partners, Kara DelTufo, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Kimberly Dougherty, Andrus Wagstaff, PC, Suzanne Elovecky, Todd & Weld LLP, Laura Gal, Community Legal Aid, Heather Gamache, Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Kate Isley, Office of the Attorney General, Kristy Lavigne, Office of the Attorney General, Sandy Lundy, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C., Crystal Lyons, Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Jody Newman, Collora LLP, Krina Patel, athenahealth, Cam Richardson, Law Offices of Camala A. Richardson, Jamie Sabino, MLRI, Vicki Spetter, Victoria Spetter, Law Firm of Victoria C. Spetter, Brianna Sullivan, On Point Legal Solutions, and Raquel Webster, National Grid

Each promises to bring dedication to the WBA’s mission, demonstrated leadership and many years of WBA experience to the Board.

At the Newly Admitted Lawyers Reception, the WBA welcomed its keynote speaker, the Honorable Barbara A. Lenk, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), who provided welcoming remarks.

The WBA then recognized Massachusetts Representative Patricia Haddad (D-5th Bristol) with the WBA Distinguished Public Service Award for her demonstrated commitment to public service and to improving the lives of women in the Commonwealth.

About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts

Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a large membership of women lawyers, judges, policy makers, and law students across Massachusetts.  The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and task forces and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues.  Other WBA activities include drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation.  For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.

Michele Liu Baillie named President-Elect of WBA

We are proud to announce that Michele Liu Baillie of North Shore Patents has been named President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association for 2016-2017.  “I’m proud and honored to be President-Elect of the WBA.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance women in the legal profession and to work toward a just society for everyone.”

Other members of the WBA Executive Board include:  President, Kristin W. Shirahama of Bowditch & Dewey; VP of Membership, Bronwyn Roberts of Duane Morris; VP of Operations, Marie Chafe of Cornell & Gollub; Treasurer, Jennifer Saubermann of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative; and Secretary, Nicole Forbes of Gesmer Updegrove.

Proud Supporter of the Women’s Bar Association Gala

North Shore Patents is proud to be a supporter of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) Gala for the 4th straight year.  The Gala is the WBA’s annual signature event, showcasing the WBA’s support of women attorneys and honoring the recipients of the Lelia J. Robinson Award.  The annual Lelia J. Robinson Award recognizes women who, like its namesake, have captured the spirit of pioneering in the legal profession, served as mentors and role models, and/or made a difference in the community while exemplifying professional excellence.  This year’s awards recognize Hon. Carol Kenner (ret.) and Susan Sard Tierney.

Gala is also the WBA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, providing a substantial portion of the organization’s operating budget.  This funding allows the WBA to create programs and events that support leadership and business opportunities for women attorneys, including the work of 26 committees (Amicus, Appointments, Awards & Endorsements, Business Development, Employment Issues, Government Lawyers, In-House Counsel, Law Firm Advancement, Law Student, Legislative Policy, Mother’s Forum, New Lawyers, Public Relations, Rosa Parks, Senior Practice Group, Solo and Small Firm, Women in the Courtroom, and Women of Color, and 9 regional committees:  Cape Cod and The Islands, Central Massachusetts, Greater Boston, Metro West, Middlesex County, New Bedford/Fall River, North Shore, South Shore, and Western Massachusetts).  This year’s gala will be on December 1, 2015 at the Marriott Copley Place, starting with a cocktail reception.  To join us at the gala, please purchase tickets here:  WBA Gala 2015.