Deval Patrick
The Boston Bar Association was delighted to honor Governor Deval Patrick with its fifth annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion, in celebration of his groundbreaking work in creating a more diverse judiciary in the state of Massachusetts. 

Governor Patrick appointed the first African American Chief Justice, African American female Justice, Asian American Justice, and openly gay Justice on the Supreme Judicial Court; the first Native American District Court Judge; and the first South Asian Superior Court Justice. To date, the Governor has filled 164 judicial openings during his two terms in office, which represents 40% of the judiciary. Nearly half of those judges were female, and one fifth represented a minority group.  

He has been a leader in the state and in the nation in creating a judiciary that better reflects the diversity in our Commonwealth.


Paul Lee
The Boston Bar Association presented the 4th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion to Paul Lee for over 30 years of community leadership and for making Boston a city in which Asian American lawyers and all diverse lawyers feel more welcome. Paul Lee is founding President of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM), a Corporate and Securities Partner at Goodwin Procter, and a leader whose efforts have helped boost the supply of affordable housing in Boston’s Chinatown. See the video honoring Paul.

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Macey Russell (Choate Hall & Stewart) with Beacon Award winner Paul Lee.


GLAD and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

The Boston Bar Association honored GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) and the Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts for their work as lawyers in advancing same sex marriage and for effectively expanding the meaning of Diversity and Inclusion through their effort to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a statute that discriminates against legally married same-sex couples.
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BBA Past President Renee Landers (Suffolk Law School) presented GLAD Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley


Northeastern University School of Law

The BBA honored Northeastern University School of Law with the 2011 Beacon Award for their exceptional leadership on diversity strategies that will have a lasting impact on the legal profession in Greater Boston.  "The fact that Northeastern University School of Law fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion is itself impressive, as documented by the numbers," said Wendell Taylor, Co-Chair of the 2011 Beacon Award Committee. "Even more impressive is the number of Northeastern University School of Law alums making a serious commitment to replicating that culture within their own professional venues."

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Northeastern School of Law Dean Emily Spieler with Roberto Braceras (Goodwin Procter)



The BBA honored MassMutual with its first ever Beacon Award in 2010. According to Renee Landers, co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section and member of the nominating Committee, "MassMutual stood apart because it has programs that successfully implement a range of diversity strategies including focus on the pipeline of young professionals and hiring practices of both inside and outside counsel. We wanted this award to help the Section teach and inspire. The breath and depth of MassMutual should be celebrated and will likely spark some ideas for in-house law departments, law firms and law schools."

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Brent Henry (Partners Healthcare) with Executive VP and General Counsel Mark Roellig (MassMutual)