Thank you for attending 2014 Annual Meeting!

To kick off the event, guests packed the Westin Copley Place for a reception where they could reconnect with colleagues and network with new ones.

The reception was a who's who of the Boston legal community. Pictured L-R: Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margaret Marshall, BBA President Julia Huston, keynote speaker Adam Liptak of the New York Times and Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Ralph Gants.

As the reception concluded, the 1,200 guests filed into the America's ballroom to their tables, enjoying the opportunity to share lunch firm colleagues, judges, and clients.

BBA President Julia Huston kicked off the event by honoring members of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts with the President's for their hard work over the past 18 months. The Task Force Report will officially be released by the end of September. For more on the Task Force, click here.


"The Task Force set out to prove that civil legal aid is not only the right thing to do, but is also a smart investment, because giving people access to their basic legal rights saves the government money in the long run." - Julia Huston

Julia then honored Paul T. Dacier, the BBA's 92nd President. Julia highlighted some of the many successes of Paul's year as President, including his work advocating for court funding, leading the BBA to take a stand against the federal death penalty, and advancing civility in the profession.

"Paul, you have been a thoughtful and decisive leader who has guided the BBA with care and great wisdom, always fully cognizant of its role in the community.  You constantly worked to advance its professional reputation as a convener of attorneys from all areas and to uphold its mission to foster excellence in the profession, access to justice, and service to the community."  BBA President Julia Huston

Julia then presented the BBA Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward Barshak of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen. Ed was President of the BBA from 1974-1976 and lead the BBA to take a prominent role in the desegregation and busing crisis by organizing a committee to educating the public on these complex issues. For more on the BBA's involvement in the busing crisis, click here.

Every once in a while, you meet one of those rare individuals who truly reflects the values we should strive to emulate as stewards of the law.  Ed Barshak has had an inspiring legal career both in the office and in his professional activities. But more than that, he has shown us all how to be more gracious, kind, and thoughtful leaders in the law. - BBA President Julia Huston

Above, Ed is joined by colleagues from Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen.

 To conclude the event, keynote speaker Adams Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for the New York Times. Adams spoke about the "Iconoclastic" First Amendment views of his predecessor Anthony Lewis and offered comments on the state of Supreme Court reporting today. For more on Adam's speech, click here.

See all the photos from Annual Meeting here.


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