Thank you to all who joined us on May 12th for the 2016 Law Day Dinner at the Boston Westin Waterfront hotel. The evening began with the Boston legal community gathering together for the popular pre-event networking reception.



J.D. Smeallie, Past Boston Bar Association President
Holland & Knight
Boston Bar Foundation President Lisa Goodheart Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
past Boston Bar Association President Don Frederico
Pierce Atwood
Lisa Arrowood, Boston Bar Association President Arrowood Peters
Hon. Ralph Gants
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Margaret Hinkle
Ret., JAMS

The main event began with BBA President Lisa Arrowood honoring the Massachusetts Specialty Court judges. The BBA is thrilled to be able to promote the remarkable work of the judges running these sessions and the positive outcomes they are able to achieve for individuals suffering from some of the most pressing challenges facing society today such as substance abuse, homelessness, and mental health and veterans issues.


Ten Specialty Court judges accepted the President’s Award on behalf of the full Specialty Court system. The BBA was proud to honor Professor Daniel Nagin with the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award. Professor Nagin is the Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education and serves as the Faculty Director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center & Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School.


In 2012, Prof. Nagin founded the Veterans Legal Clinic, where students gain hands-on experience while representing veterans and the families of veterans who would not have access to legal representation otherwise. Most recently, Prof. Nagin started the Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) at the Legal Services Center, supported in part by the Boston Bar Foundation.

The BBA honored Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford with the President’s Award for her many contributions to the judiciary and legal profession over the course of nearly three decades on the bench.


Justice Botsford appointed to the Superior Court in 1989 and the Supreme Judicial Court in 2007. She has a long history of involvement with various court working groups and committees to effectuate changes and innovations for legal practice, increasing access to justice, and educating judges on best practices.

We presented the Thurgood Marshall Award to Jack Regan of WilmerHale for his work to improve access to justice for veterans and other vulnerable populations.


Mr. Regan has been practicing for nearly four decades, and during that time, he has shown a deep commitment to delivering pro bono services to veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families. During his term as BBA President, Mr. Regan created the Task Force on Legal Services for Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.


Following these awards was no small task, but keynote speaker Rebecca Love Kourlis was more than prepared. A former Colorado Supreme Court Justice, Kourlis now serves as Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver. In the last ten years, IAALS has become a widely-recognized, national, independent research center working on solutions to some of the most important issues facing the legal profession. Kourlis’s speech focused on “Laying the Foundations for Tomorrow’s Lawyers” and was presented in three parts – recognizing a problem, finding a solution, and identifying the role lawyers can play in affecting change.

In all, the Law Day Dinner was a great event and we thank you for attending (want to relive it? Check out our photo album here). We hope you can join us next year for another thought provoking discussion!

Thank you to our sponsors

Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Arrowood Peters LLP
Barclay Damon, LLP
Beck Reed Riden LLP
Berkeley Research Group LLC
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Brown Rudnick LLP
Boston Private Bank & Trust Co.
Burns & Levinson LLP
Casner & Edwards, LLP
Cetrulo LLP
Charles River Associates
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Collora LLP

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
CT Corporation
Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.
Demeo, LLP
DLA Piper LLP
Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.
Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP
Duff & Phelps
EMC Corporation
Evidox Corporation
Feldman Land Surveyors
Fidelity Investments
Floyd Advisory, LLC
Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley Hoag LLP
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Goulston & Storrs PC
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Inc.
HAYSTACKID, LLC
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Hinckley Allen
Holland & Knight LLP
JAMS
K&L Gates LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Laredo & Smith, LLP
LeClairRyan
Littler Mendelson, PC
Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
Locke Lord LLP
LPL Financial LLC
Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Massachusetts Port Authority
McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Morgan Brown & Joy, LLP
Morgan Lewis
Morrison Mahoney LLP
Murphy & King
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Partners HealthCare System, Inc.
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pierce & Mandell, P.C.
Pierce Atwood LLP
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
RSM US LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Rose, Chinitz & Rose
Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C.
Sally & Fitch LLP
Santander Bank, N.A.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Steward Health Care System LLC
StoneTurn Group LLP
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Todd & Weld LLP
Tufts Health Plan
Verrill Dana LLP
White and Williams LLP
Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP