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Congratulations to the 2018-2019 PILP Class!
The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce the members of its 15th Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) Class. We look forward to working with these attorneys over the next year!
PILP Hears from Experts on Housing Needs & Programs in Massachusetts
Over the course of the spring, members of the current PILP class heard from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership as well as representatives from Suffolk Law School's Housing Discrimination Testing Program.
Inaugural BBA Energy Conference Brings 75 Attorneys Together for Discussion on Industry Trends
Sarah Colao Wallach, Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, was one of twelve distinguished panelists during the half-day conference last week. Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, delivered the keynote speech. Click below for more photos.
See the 2018-2019 Conference Lineup here.
Seven Restaurants Serve You. We'll Serve the Community.

Seven local restaurants will serve up delicious eats at the BBF's signature summer fundraiser. Will you join us for the Summer Soiree?


BBA President Mark Smith Issues Statement on Proposed "Independent Judicial Review"
In a free society, no judge should be shielded from legitimate criticism by those who disagree with decisions that fall within the judge's discretion. At the same time, if the principle of judicial independence is to mean anything, no judge should be subject to calls for removal from the bench-even temporarily-for the exercise of that discretion.
ICYMI: "Spotlight on Boston" Panelists Discussed Diversity Challenges in the Legal Field
The Boston Globe's Adrian Walker joined Tonysha Taylor of MLAC, April English of the Attorney General's Office, Beth Chandler from YW Boston, Macey Russell of Choate, and Kevin Prussia of Wilmerhale to discuss racial inequity in the legal profession in Greater Boston.
Boston Bar Launches Enhanced Lawyer Referral Service
This summer, the Boston Bar Association is pleased to unveil its enhanced Lawyer Referral Service (LRS), now featuring online referrals through its website,
Photos from the Haskell Cohn Award Ceremony
Last week, we shared our feature on Haskell Cohn Award recipient District Court Chief Justice Paul Dawley and his remarkable career on the bench in Massachusetts. Click below for the full photo album from the ceremony.
Society of Fellows Hosts Women's Leadership Forum, Casa Myrna
This week, Maureen Mulligan from the Boston Bar's Women's Leadership & Advancement Forum and Casa Myrna attorneys Marisa Gold and Katherine Schulte spoke to the Society of Fellows about the BBF's critical support of their work. Click below for more photos.
Final Trial Court Rule on Attorney Portal Use Reflects Comments from BBA Sections
Amendments to Trial Court Rule XIV, Rule 5(b) have been finalized and will be effective July 1, 2018. Learn more about the BBA’s history on this, the comments submitted by the Ethics Committee and the Steering Committees of the Business and Commercial Litigation Section and Criminal Law Section, and the final rule.
The Story of Re-Entry: Bruce Western's New Book “Homeward”
Harvard and Columbia professor Bruce Western has spent his career studying challenges facing prisoners re-entering society. He spoke to our members about his new book, "Homeward," at a recent program. Click below to read our recap.
BBA Council Unanimously Endorses Letter Opposing Family Separation

The BBA Council voted unanimously to endorse a June 12 letter from ABA President Hilarie Bass to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen expressing strong opposition to policies leading to “a drastic increase in the separation of children from their parents when arriving at the southern border.” The ABA Journal offers a number of ways attorneys can be supportive during this crisis.

Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Announced

Yale professor James Forman, Jr. is a former public defender and leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. He is the author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.


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