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.