Governor Charles D. Baker, Jr.
Governor Charlie Baker was inaugurated on January 8th, 2015 as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In his first 100 days in office, Governor Baker tackled major challenges – including the difficult work of navigating the city and its transportation system through an unprecedented series of winter storms – established a bipartisan approach, and worked to craft a balanced budget. Moving forward, Governor Baker has outlined priorities that include addressing homelessness, opiate addiction, and educational opportunities for Boston youth.
Please join us to hear about his vision for Massachusetts in the years ahead.
Speaker Robert DeLeo
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo has
served as a distinguished legislator since 1991and as Speaker of the House
since 2009. Under his direction, the House has passed a number of major
legislative reforms that have made or maintained Massachusetts as a national
Perhaps most importantly, Speaker DeLeo has played
an important role in supporting both the judiciary and civil legal aid.
Through his friendship with former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick
Ireland as well as generous legislative funding increases, the courts have
flourished. The recent judicial pay raise will help assure that the
Commonwealth continues to benefit from the highest caliber judges. The
Trial Court is still in the midst of implementing its recent strategic plan and
the justice system as a whole is again able to innovate such as through the
implementation of specialty courts and probationary programs.
Speaker DeLeo has long been an
advocate for civil legal aid. Under his leadership, the House has passed
many funding increases for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.
Always concerned about the human element, it was the Speaker who pushed the BBA
Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid to include accounts of actual
people benefitting from legal services in its Investing
in Justice report. While he valued the studies and analysis of current
legal aid turn-away rates and the potential cost savings from increased
investment, he never lost sight of the real reason why legal aid is important –
it helps people secure life necessities such as shelter or protection from
Distinguished Legislator Award: Chairman John
Judiciary Committee Chairman John Fernandes has served
in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2007. In that time he
has been the force behind many positive changes in the state. Recently, he
co-chaired the legislature’s Alimony Reform Task Force, which wrote and secured
passage of sweeping reforms to the Massachusetts Alimony law, and has been
hailed locally and nationally as a model for alimony reform. He also
sponsored and secured passage of the Post Conviction DNA Testing bill that
provided a process for access to DNA testing of evidence by persons convicted of
serious crimes where that testing was not formerly available.
2013, he joined the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in
Massachusetts. He was an integral part of the Task Force, providing many
insights on the interplay of civil legal aid and the legislature. Since
then, he has been one of the leading voices for MLAC funding, which paid off
with an additional $2 million in the FY2016 state budget
He was also recently named House Chair of the Joint Committee
on the Judiciary, a Committee which considers many BBA bills. He is
already making an impact and we look forward to continuing to work with him in
About the Event
The BBA Annual Meeting Luncheon is the is the Boston Bar Association’s signature event of the fall season. Each year, the event draws over 1,300 judges, policymakers and lawyers from all sectors of the bar. The event begins with a popular welcome reception, followed by lunch and a keynote speech.
Firms, companies, law departments and offices can reserve tables of 10 for Annual Meeting Luncheon or purchase individual tickets. There are also opportunities to support the BBA through the purchase of advertisements in the program book. For more information, please contact Erica Southerland, Events & Fundraising Coordinator, at (617) 778-1930 or email@example.com.