The Boston Bar Association is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession by honoring exceptional leadership in diversity strategies, offering public service opportunities for lawyers looking to introduce diverse youth into the legal field, and providing valuable mentoring and professional experience to help retain a diverse population of lawyers in Boston. 


Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

  • Law Day in the SchoolsSummer Jobs

    The Summer Jobs Program has provided more than 350 diverse Boston Public High School students paid summer internships and financial literacy education.

  • Group Mentoring

    The BBA builds networks for diverse new lawyers to foster long lasting relationships in Greater Boston’s legal community.

  • Beacon Award

    The BBA Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion recognizes exceptional leadership on diversity strategies that will have a lasting impact on the Greater Boston legal profession.

  • Judicial Internship Program

    The BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section provides the Judicial Internship Program which offers diverse law students the valuable mentoring and professional experience needed to succeed after law school.



  • Summer Jobs Law Day in the Schools

    Volunteer lawyers and legal staff share their passion for the law by visiting elementary, middle and high school students to teach ABA approved curriculum.   








Section Leadership

Matthew McTygue
Section Co-Chair

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
(617) 239-0494
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June Duchesne
Section Co-Chair
EMC Corporation
(508) 293-6754
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Diversity & Inclusion Committees

  • Affinity Bar Relations Committee
    This committee collaborates with the Affinity Bar Associations to continue and strengthen affinity bar relationships with each other and the BBA.
  • Committee for Attorneys with Disabilities
    The goal of the Committee for Attorneys with Disabilities is to build fellowship between attorneys with disabilities and their professional allies; share experiences, resources and career advancement strategies; and provide a forum for increased communication and understanding within the legal community. The Committee will work to develop opportunities for attorneys with disabilities and their allies to converge in social and educational settings.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Education Committee
    This committee is responsible for providing a forum to discuss challenging topics related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Mentoring Committee
    The Boston Bar Association (BBA) recognizes the need to create long lasting relationships within the legal community in Boston. In order to do this, the BBA launched a Mentoring Program populated with seasoned attorneys in the Boston area to provide guidance, encouragement and necessary exposure to a diverse group of attorneys.
  • Pipeline and Recruitment Committee
    This committee works closely with law schools and pre-law programs to help promote Boston among lawyers of color and augment existing law school orientation efforts to help these professionals feel more comfortable in the local community.
  • Retention and Promotion Committee
    This committee provides information to the legal community on retaining and promoting attorneys of color in Boston. It also supports minority attorneys in their career trajectory through education, outreach and networking programs.
The BBA recognizes that a diverse and inclusive legal profession is a strong one. That’s why it has partnered with six local bar associations to provide them with meeting rooms and offices in its 16 Beacon Street headquarters. Learn more about these partners here.

News

From the Boston Bar Journal - Rethinking Law School Admissions Through Accreditation: A Simple Proposal

There is a glut of new law school graduates.  One former law school dean has estimated that there is a need for approximately 25,000 new lawyers each year.  Tamanaha, Failing Law Schools p.139 (2012).  On average, law schools have been graduating almost twice as many lawyers each year. Id.  This situation has persisted since 2009.  One result of this glut is that many well-educated men and women pay (or borrow and pay) up to $200,000 for a law school degree, but then are unable to find employment as lawyers.  There is a market disconnect, an inefficiency of staggering proportions.
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From Issue Spot: Summer SCOTUS Update

The latest session of the Supreme Court may have ended several weeks ago, but there have still been some recent developments on cases of BBA interest, namely marriage equality and the use of affirmative-action measures in higher education. 
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