OFFICERS

PRESIDENT ׀ Lisa G. Arrowood

Lisa is a founding partner of Arrowood Peters LLP, whose practice concentrates on business litigation, employment disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury, and legal malpractice. At the BBA, Lisa has served as the President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary of the Council, the Co-Chair of the BBA Torts Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee, as well as various other committees. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and immediate past Chair of the ACTL Massachusetts State Committee. Lisa previously held a three year appointment as the First Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and was a member of the Board of Bar Overseers.

Lisa is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

PRESIDENT-ELECT  ׀ Carol A. Starkey

Carol is a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP. Her practice concentrates in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, regulatory law, commercial litigation, and employment litigation. Carol serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar and Regulatory Practice Group and on the firm’s management committee. Prior to joining Conn Kavanaugh, Carol was Chief of the Economic Crimes Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where her work concentrated in the areas of white-collar crime and public corruption. She has served as the BBA’s Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, a member of the Council and the Executive Committee, the Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Group Mentoring Program, and the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section Steering Committee. Carol was a past Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and the former Vice Chair for the White Collar Defense & Investigations Committee for the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Carol is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Suffolk University Law School.

VICE PRESIDENT ׀ Mark D. Smith

Mark is a partner at Laredo & Smith, LLP where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. He has served as Chair of the BBA’s Education Committee and as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. Prior to entering private practice, Mark served for eleven years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office including as Chief of the Public Integrity Division and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Bureau. Mark began his legal career in New York City, where he worked as a public defender for four years. He also clerked for the New York State Supreme Court.

Mark is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Suffolk University Law School.

SECRETARY | Jonathan M. Albano

Jon is a partner at Morgan Lewis. He focuses his practice on commercial, constitutional, and media-related litigation. Jon is a member of the BBA’s Amicus and Executive Committees and is also a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation. He previously served as a member and as Treasurer of the BBA Council, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Co-Chair of the BBA’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section. Jon has also served as a member of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee.

Jon is a graduate of Boston College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and Boston College Law School, where he was an executive editor of the Boston College Law Review.

TREASURER | Christine M. Netski

Chris is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she focuses her practice on business and employment litigation. She currently Co-Chairs the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. At the BBA, Chris is a member of the Executive Committee and the Boston Bar Foundation Fellows Committee. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Law Day Steering Committee, the Future of the Profession Task Force, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Boston Bar Journal. Additionally, Chris serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

Chris is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.

COUNCIL MEMBERS


Russell Beck

Russ is a founding partner at Beck Reed & Riden LLP, where he has a national trade secrets and noncompete practice, handles complex business and intellectual property disputes, and serves as a mediator. Russ teaches Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law and is a member of the Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and the BBF Fellows Committee. He Co-Chaired the 2015 BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee and served as a member of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. Russ has also served as the Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section and as a member of the BBF Communications & Fundraising Committee.

Russ is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law.

Jacquelynne J. Bowman

Jacqui is the Executive Director of Greater Boston Legal Services, the primary provider of free civil legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and 31 surrounding cities and towns. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Jacqui was the Deputy Director of GBLS and was formerly the Managing Attorney of its Family Law Unit.  Jacqui also spent time at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute where she was the staff attorney for Juvenile and Family Law.  Prior to arriving in Massachusetts, Jacqui worked as an attorney in Tennessee and was a George Edmund Haynes Fellow at the National Urban League in New York.  Jacqui is a current member of the BBA’s Delivery of Legal Services Section Steering Committee and is active in the MBA and the ABA.  She is an appointed Commissioner of the SJC’s Access to Justice Commission and is a Member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense.  Jacqui is also a frequent trainer on law practice management, family law, and child welfare topics. She serves on the board of the Massachusetts Advocates for Children and is a former member of the board of Jane Doe, Inc.

Jacqui is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Antioch University School of Law.

Margaret (Peggy) A. Brown

Peggy is head of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Boston office and is the leader of the Boston-based Mergers and Acquisitions Group. She works on a wide variety of corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Peggy also counsels clients on a broad range of business-related matters, including directors’ duties and responsibilities and other aspects of corporate governance, disclosure issues, corporate compliance matters and internal investigations. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors at Tufts Medical Center, a Member of the Board at Tufts Medical Center Trust, and served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission from 2005-2007. Peggy Co-Chaired the 2015 Boston Bar Foundation’s John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee.

Peggy is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Law School.

Paul G. Cushing

Paul is the head of the Litigation and Compliance Section in the Office of General Counsel at Partners HealthCare.  He is also the Secretary and Managing Counsel for the North Shore Medical Center and North Shore Physicians Group.  Paul is a member of the BBA’s Executive Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Ethics Committee and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and he has served as a member of various other committees.  He is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and its development committee.  Paul is on the board and is a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is a founder and past chair of the chapter’s Ethics Committee and its Diversity Committee.  He is a frequent panelist for in-house counsel events and has taught Negotiation as an adjunct professor at New England Law | Boston.

Paul is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.  He is also a graduate of the General Electric Company Financial Management Program.

June Duchesne

June is Senior Vice President and Deputy Assistant General Counsel of EMC Corporation. EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. At EMC, June works on a wide variety of corporate and securities matters. She leads a team responsible for providing legal support on M&A, securities, corporate governance, executive compensation, real estate, and other general corporate matters and also works with key committees of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining EMC, June was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Boston. At the BBA, June is currently completing her two-year term as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section. She has served on the Beacon Award Nominating Committee, the Boston Bar Foundation John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Mentoring Committee.

June is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia Law School.

Jennifer Sevigney Durand

Jennifer is an associate at Schmidt & Federico, P.C., where she focuses her practice in all areas of domestic relations and family law. Jennifer is also a trained Conciliator and a mentor for the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project. Prior to joining Schmidt & Federico, Jennifer clerked for two years for the justices of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court. She is a co-author of Divorce Law Practice Manual, Chapter 13 Marital Agreements, MCLE, 2nd Edition, 2008. At the BBA, Jennifer is the Co-Chair of the Public Service Oversight Committee, a past Co-Chair of the Family Law Section, a past Co-Chair of the Family Law Section Education Committee, and a member of the 2014 Annual Meeting Steering Committee. She is a member of the Greater Boston Family Law American Inn of Court and a former member of the Board of Directors (and Past President) of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Jennifer is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Providence College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Michael C. Fee

Mike is a shareholder at Pierce & Mandell, P.C. where his practice focuses on transactions and litigation in the fields of real estate and development, health care, non-profit organizations, and probate and fiduciary matters. At present, he is the outgoing Co-Chair of the BBA’s Real Estate Section, a member of the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Land Court’s Working Group on Cost Effective Litigation. Michael also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Parmenter Community Health Care Center, Inc., a community based, home health care and hospice service provider, as well as the Parmenter Foundation. He previously chaired Sudbury’s Planning Board for nearly a decade, and has recently been elected Sudbury Town Moderator.

Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School.

Mark Fleming


Mark is a partner at WilmerHale, where he practices appellate litigation and other complex litigation matters. Mark has argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States; the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Eighth, Ninth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits; and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court. Mark’s prior experience includes clerkships with the Honorable David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Honorable Michael Boudin of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Honorable John C. Major of the Supreme Court of Canada. He also served as an associate legal officer in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. At the BBA, Mark is Chair of the Amicus Committee, and he has served as Co-Chair of the International Law Section, and as a member of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the International Dispute Resolution Committee.

Mark is a graduate of the University of King’s College/Dalhousie University and Harvard Law School.

Megan Gates

Megan is a member at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., where she is Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group. She represents biotechnology and high technology companies in public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and general corporate matters. Before joining Mintz Levin in 2000, she was Associate General Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where she handled securities reporting and compliance. At the BBA, she has served as Co-Chair of the Business Transactions Section and Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee. She is also a Boston Bar Foundation Fellow. She is a board member of the Pine Street Inn and recently completed a five year term, including serving as Chair of Casa Myrna, a nonprofit focused on ending domestic violence.

Megan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston College Law School.

Lisa Goodheart | Boston Bar Foundation President    
        

Lisa is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she focuses on environmental, real estate and business disputes.  She is a member of the Court Management Advisory Board, a former Chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, and a past President of New England Women in Real Estate (now CREW Boston).  Lisa is the current President of the BBF, and at the BBA, she has served as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, as a member of the Council, the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and the Nominating Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Section and Chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee.  She is also a supporter of the performing arts, and has served on the boards of several dance companies.

Lisa is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Hon. Margaret R. Hinkle (retired)

Judge Hinkle is a Mediator/Arbitrator/Discovery Master at JAMS.  She served for 18 years as a Superior Court Judge, and more recently, as a Judicial Magistrate handling drug lab cases.  During her last two years on the bench, she was the Administrative Justice of the Business Litigation Session.  Before going on the bench, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston and the Director of the New England Bank Fraud Task Force.  She is also a former partner at Goodwin Procter LLP.  She recently served as Co-Chair of the BBA Death Penalty Working Group.

Judge Hinkle is a graduate of the College of Saint Catherine, Columbia University and Boston College Law School.

Julia Huston | President Emeritus

Julia is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, where she chairs the firm’s Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition Practice Group. Her practice includes litigation, counseling and strategy in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, patents, Internet commerce, domain name piracy, false advertising, and unfair competition. Julia has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary on the Council and as Chair of the Amicus Committee, Co-Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section, the Litigation Section, and the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee. Julia previously served as Chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, President of Greater Boston Legal Services, and President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. Julia also served as a member of the BBA Executive Committee and is currently a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation.

Julia is a graduate of Boston University, Harvard University, and Boston University School of Law.

Sarah Kim

Sarah is General Counsel at the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts, where she works on legal matters  pertaining to the Massachusetts Treasury, including its subsidiary agencies and affiliated programs. Previously, Sarah served as the Assistant Attorney General in the Fraud & Financial Crimes Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Before entering public service, Sarah worked for ten years at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where she focused her practice on securities enforcement, securities litigation, and broker-dealer defense. At the BBA, Sarah is Co-Chair of the Securities Enforcement & Litigation Committee and a member of the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and the Pipeline and Recruitment Committee. She has also served as a member of the Beacon Award Nominating Committee and the Summer Jobs Steering Committee. Additionally, Sarah is a past president of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.

Sarah is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Villanova University School of Law.

Deborah J. Manus

Deb is Managing Partner of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and former chair of the Trusts & Estates Department. She represents high net worth individuals and families on estate and trust administration and estate planning, helping to structure large, tax-efficient gifts, and implementing other planning techniques to reduce transfer taxes. Deb is a member of the BBA Trusts and Estates Steering Committee and serves as a representative on the ad hoc committee formed by the BBA, the MBA, and the WBA to recommend proposed revisions to the Commonwealth’s elective share legislation. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and serves on the Society of Fellows Committee.

Deb is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell Law School.

Christopher M. Morrison

Chris is a partner at Jones Day where he practices commercial and intellectual property litigation.  He is the Boston office’s hiring partner and served for two years as its Pro Bono Coordinator.  An alumnus of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program, Chris most recently served as a member of the BBA’s Public Service Oversight Committee and Co-Chair of its Public Interest Leadership Program Subcommittee.   In his 14 years of involvement at the BBA, he has been Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, Co-Chair of the Business Litigation and Antitrust Committee, and a member of several BBA committees. Chris also Co-Chaired the BBA Law Day Dinner and the BBF’s Adams Benefit Steering Committees.  He is a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and serves on Medfield School Committee. 

Chris obtained his B.A., M.Ed., and J.D. from Boston College.

Suma V. Nair

Suma is a director at Goulston & Storrs PC in the Private Client and Trust group, where she provides sophisticated estate and tax planning advice for high net worth individuals, counsels clients regarding charitable giving, and advises generally on family and tax matters involving business and wealth succession.  She also represents professional and family fiduciaries in connection with estate and trust administration.  Suma currently serves on the BBA Executive Committee and as a co-chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting Luncheon Steering Committee.  She is an active member of the Trusts and Estates Section and previously served as Section Co-Chair.  In addition, she was a member of the 2013 Annual Law Day Dinner Steering Committee.  Suma also serves as a volunteer lawyer for the Legal Advocacy & Resource Center and is actively involved with On The Rise, a day program that supports and advocates for homeless women in the greater Boston area. 

Suma is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School

Kevin J. O’Connor

Kevin is a partner at Hinckley Allen, where he focuses on complex business, securities and intellectual property litigation.  At the BBA, Kevin has served as Co-Chair of the Antitrust and Business Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of the Law Day Dinner, and a member of the Litigation Section Steering Committee, the BBA Annual Meeting Luncheon Steering Committee, the John and Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and the Diversity Committee.  He currently sits on the Board of the New England Legal Foundation, and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Boston Lawyers’ Group, an organization devoted to increasing diversity in Boston’s legal community.  

Kevin is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston College Law School

Karen O’Toole

Karen is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel with Fidelity Investments.  In her role, she counsels Fidelity’s oversight groups such as compliance, audit, security and risk, manages internal investigations and represents the firm in regulatory matters. In particular, she advises Fidelity on issues relating to global anti-corruption compliance, anti-money laundering, political contributions and pay to play laws, insider trading and broker dealer compliance. Karen is currently a member of the BBA Executive Committee. She has served as Co-Chair for the BBA Financial Services Section. In addition, she is a member of the Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows and has Co-Chaired the Law Day Dinner Steering Committee. Karen is a sought after moderator and speaker at industry conferences and is actively involved in financial services industry organizations.

Karen is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

Chinh H. Pham

Chinh is a Shareholder at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he co-chairs the Boston Office Intellectual Property Practice Group, co-leads the firm’s Emerging Technology Practice Group, and heads the firm’s Nanotechnology Group.  He focuses his practice on the strategic creation, protection, and acquisition of intellectual property rights for technology clients, many in the emerging tech space.  Chinh previously served as a member of the BBA Education Committee and as a Co-Chair of the BBA’s International Intellectual Property Law Committee. In addition, he currently serves as an Attorney-in-Residence at Harvard Innovation Lab, a MassChallenge mentor, a member of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Science, Boston, and a board member of Code2Play, Inc., a nonprofit for kids to apply math, art, and programming through the development of video games. In his personal time, Chinh mentors law students from Boston area schools, and is a frequent speaker and writer on the intersection of technology, intellectual property, and business.

Chinh is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Jeffrey J. Pyle

Jeff is a partner at Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where he focuses on commercial, First Amendment, criminal defense, and media litigation matters. He has represented media organizations and individuals in a range of matters involving constitutional rights, including defamation cases, disputes over subpoenas to the press, and proceedings for access to sealed court documents. Jeff also serves on the firm’s pro bono committee.  At the BBA, Jeff is a past Chair of the Amicus Committee. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, and on several ad-hoc committees and working groups.  Jeff is the Treasurer of the Petra Foundation and serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, Inc.

Jeff is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston College Law School.

Elizabeth A. Ritvo

Liz is of counsel with Brown Rudnick LLP where her practice focuses on media, First Amendment and commercial litigation matters.   Liz  has served as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Grants Committee and served on the BBA’s Task Force on Confidential Settlement Agreements.  Liz is a past President and trustee of the Women’s Bar Foundation of Massachusetts. For the ABA Forum on Communications Law, Liz has served as Co-Chair of Women in Communications Law.  Liz has served on the Board of the Media Law Resource Center and is a past President of its Defense Counsel Section.  She is also on the Board of the New England First Amendment Coalition and the Advisory Board of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

Liz is a graduate of Yale College and University of Virginia School of Law.

Mark D. Roellig

Mark is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and is responsible for all legal affairs of the company. He is also responsible for the corporate secretary, corporate compliance, internal audit, government relations, and the corporate administration and real estate/facilities departments of MassMutual. Prior to joining MassMutual in 2005, Mark was general counsel and secretary to three public companies before their sales/mergers. Mark received the ACC Excellence in Corporate Practice Award (2012), is Co-Chair of the PLI Corporate Counsel Institute, is on the boards of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, and the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

Mark is a graduate of University of Michigan and George Washington University Law School. He earned his M.B.A. at the University of Washington.

Rachael Rollins          

Rachael is currently enrolled in the Harvard Business School. She previously served as the Chief Legal Counsel of the Massachusetts Port Authority as well as the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA. She was the first female General Counsel in the history of the MBTA and the first person to ever serve jointly as General Counsel for both entities. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. As an AUSA, Rachael prosecuted both civil and criminal cases, defended the United States and its agencies in a wide array of civil and criminal suits.  Prior to joining the USAO, Rachael was an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP and Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Rachael is a former Co-Chair of the BBA Mentoring Program and current member of the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee. She is a  past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

Rachael is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Northeastern University School of Law. She earned her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

David P. Rosenblatt

David has practiced at Burns & Levinson LLP throughout his 33-year legal career. He has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since 1998 and the Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group since the late 1980s. Over the years, David has participated in the BBA in a wide variety of activities and leadership positions. He served as Co-Chair of the BBA Summer Jobs Program from 2010-2012 and served as a member of the Steering Committees of the Environmental Law Section and the John and Abigail Adams Benefit on numerous occasions. Among his professional achievements, in 2008, David was elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers and in 2013 was elected to the College of Law Practice Management. David is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Chamber of Commerce.

David is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston College Law School

Vincent Rougeau

Dean Rougeau is the dean of Boston College Law School, where he has led a reorganization in leadership structure that supports a more holistic approach to student services, expanded the school’s national and international recruitment of a diverse student body, and enhanced the school’s commitment to experiential learning and global engagement. The School recently opened its Center for Experiential Learning, the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, and launched a Global Practice Program. Dean Rougeau is active in discussions on legal education at the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools. His teaching interests are in contract and real estate law, as well as in law and religion. Before entering the academy, he practiced law at the Washington, DC office of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Dean Rougeau is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Sara J. Shanahan

Sara is a partner at Sherin and Lodgen LLP, where she focuses on complex business litigation and insurance coverage disputes.  Sara is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and is Co-Chair of the Business Litigation and Social Media and Digital Technology Practice Groups.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a member of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows, and a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Council for the New England Legal Foundation.  Before entering private practice, Sara served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Sara is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School.

David M. Siegel

David is Professor of Law at New England Law | Boston, where he teaches criminal procedure and evidence and directs the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, which engages faculty and students in public interest work. David Serves on the BBA Amicus committee. In addition, a member of the BBA 2008-09 Task Force to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, he assisted in drafting its proposed legislation that became Gen. Law Chapter 278A, providing for post-conviction access and testing of evidence.  He also served on the BBA’s 2013 Gun Law Study Group.  Before teaching, he was a public defender in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on capital and juvenile transfer cases.  He is a founding member and Chairman of the board of the New England Innocence Project, a board member of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc., and a member of the SJC’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure.

David is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Law School.

Wendell C. Taylor

Wendell is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where his practice focuses on domestic and international corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, initial public offerings, and continuing public company reporting requirements. Wendell has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion and as Co-Chair of the International Transactions Committee. Wendell is a lecturer at the Boston University School of Law where he teaches “Negotiated Mergers & Acquisitions.”  Wendell also has an active pro bono practice, which includes providing legal services to the firm’s nonprofit partners in the Youth and Education Initiative.

Wendell is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Boston University School of Law.

Laura M. Unflat

Laura is a sole practitioner in Wellesley, concentrating her practice in family law, including divorce and post-divorce matters, custody, representation of children and (for a portion of her practice), the representation of clients with modest incomes and assets.  A second-career attorney, Laura previously worked as a human resources professional.  Laura is a past Co-Chair of the BBA’s New Lawyers Section and, more recently, of the Solo & Small Firm Section, and is an active member of the Family Law Section. She is a current member of the BBA’s Finance Committee. She is active in the Women’s Bar Association, where she Co-Chairs the Employment Issues Committee. Laura mentors newer lawyers and law students through the BBA, the Women’s Bar Foundation, Senior Partners for Justice, and Suffolk Law School, and is active in the Newton community.

Laura is a graduate of the Harvard Extension School and Suffolk University Law School.