The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its 2018 annual meeting and reception for newly admitted lawyers on March 28, 2018 at the Omni Parker House Hotel. At the event, the WBA introduced new leadership, welcomed new women attorneys to the organization and to the Massachusetts legal community, and honored Massachusetts Senate President Harriette L. Chandler for her continuing commitment to public service and for her work championing issues that affect women in Massachusetts.
The 2018 annual meeting marks Michele Liu Baillie’s completion of her term as President of the WBA. Ms. Baillie, a Patent Attorney with North Shore Patents, P.C., most recently represented the WBA in awarding the inaugural WBA Outstanding Advocate Award to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, at an event on March 8, 2018 to honor the 40th anniversary of the WBA and the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF).
Outgoing WBA President Michele Liu Baillie reflected, “Being President of the WBA is a once in a life time experience. It is exhilarating and inspiring, and at times overwhelming and exhausting. Some may wonder why we do it. In a nutshell, we serve because we believe in the mission of the WBA – the same mission now as it was 40 years ago at our founding. I end my term knowing that I’ve been part of an incredible legacy of women lawyers, who believed in persistently pursuing equality. I congratulate Meredith Ainbinder, our new WBA President, and our new executive board and board of directors, as they continue our important work. I also want to extend a personal thank you to Patricia Comfort, our Executive Director, for her partnership through this past year. Last but not least, I want to recognize my husband, Edward Baillie, for his unending support. To our members, it has been an honor and a privilege to be your president. Thank you for a great year.”