Honoring Six Organizations: Unified in Justice and Service at the 6th Annual Beacon Award

At the 6th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion The Boston Bar Association recognized the collaborative spirit and practice of six Massachusetts Affinity Bar Associations – the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.

The six Affinity Bar Associations were recognized for the impressive impact they have made on Boston’s legal community and the community at large by bringing together attorneys committed to the values of professional excellence, service, and diversity. They not only foster camaraderie through networking and mentorship, but serve as a valuable source for members’ professional development. In particular, the Beacon Award Nominating Committee was struck by the affinity bars’ extensive collaboration in cross-cultural support of all diverse professionals.

Meet the Affinity Bars

Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
Massachusetts Black Women Attorney (MBWA)
South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABAGB)
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA)
Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA)
Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM)

Since 2010, the Beacon Award has brought together the legal community to celebrate, inspire and learn from those who have made a true and measurable difference. The Beacon Award event continues to remain free to attend, thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors. This year’s event welcomed over 200 guests from law firms of all sizes, in house legal departments and corporations, non-profits, government agencies, law schools and companies. See the full event album here.

Wadner Oge, of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners,
Aude Penden, from Boston University, MBLA President
Angela Gomes, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and
Ern Haddad of Boston University School of Law

2013 Beacon Award Recipient and founding AALAM President Paul Lee of Goodwin Proctor LLP,and BBA Council Member June Duchesne of the EMC Corporation, who emceed the event.

The Selection Committee

The Boston Bar Association thanks the following individuals for their work as part of the Beacon Award Selection Committee.

Mark Roellig - Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (Chair)
June Duchesne - EMC Corporation, Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Section
Mandie A. LeBeau - New England Law | Boston
Kevin Nolan - Proskauer Rose LLP
Matthew V. P. McTygue - Locke Lord LLP, Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Section
Gauri P. Punjabi - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
José P. Sierra - Laredo & Smith, LLP

The support of our sponsors enables us to keep the Beacon Award free and open to all members of the Boston legal community, as well as helps further our ongoing efforts in advancing diversity and inclusion. Thank You to our 2015 Sponsors.

Thank You to our 2015 Sponsors

Champion of Diversity

Leaders in Diversity

Partners in Diversity

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Locke Lord, LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Morgan Lewis LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP

Supporters of Diversity

Burns & Levinson LLP
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Foley Hoag LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Goulston & Storrs PC
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Hinckley Allen
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
Jones Day
Proskauer Rose LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP