November 19, 2015
6:00 PM
The Liberty Hotel, Boston

Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” --American Poet Mattie Stepanek

Honoring Six Organizations: Unified in Justice and Service

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 – has earned them the 6th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion.

Each of these volunteer-led organizations has made an impressive impact 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

The Event: A Celebration Open to all Members of the Boston Legal Community

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. Each year, we welcome between 300 and 500 attendees from all sectors of the bar - law firms of all sizes, in house legal departments and corporations, non-profits, government agencies, law schools and companies.

The event will take place on November 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Liberty Hotel, and will consist of a cocktail reception and the award presentation.

Beacon Award Sponsors

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. To learn more about sponsorship, click here or contact us at (617) 778-1930 or

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

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