The Boston Bar Association is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession by honoring exceptional leadership on 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.

  • Boston Debate League

    BBA volunteer judges and mentors help Boston youth enhance their academic skills and aid in expanding the pipeline of racially and ethnically diverse future attorneys.

  • 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.

    Contact Information

    Rachel Lee

    EMC Corporation

    (508) 435-1000

    Angela Gomes

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

    (617) 573-4885

  • Diversity & Inclusion Education Committee
    This committee is responsible for providing a forum to discuss challenging topics related to diversity and inclusion.

    Contact Information

    Michael Joseph Carpentier

    Electric Insurance Company

    (800) 342-5342

    Akiyo Fujii

    Tufts University, Office of University Counsel

  • 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.

    Contact Information

    Leslie F. Su

    (978) 494-4695

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    (617) 439-2276

  • 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.

    Contact Information

    Natasha Varyani

    New England Law Boston

    Sarah G. Kim

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

  • 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.

    Contact Information

    Kevin K. Nolan

    Proskauer Rose LLP

    (617) 526-9469

    Janeen A. Blake

    DLA Piper LLP

    (617) 406-6016

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
The BBA recognizes that a diverse and inclusive legal profession is a strong one. That’s why we have partnered with six local bar associations to provide them with meeting rooms and offices in our 16 Beacon Street headquarters. Learn more about our partners here.

News

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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Abim Thomas: “With Governor Patrick, I Learned How Important It Was Not Just to Listen, but Also to Have a Voice”

Abim Thomas is a counsel in Goodwin Proctor’s Litigation Department and a member of its White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, Securities Litigation, and Gaming, Gambling & Sweepstakes Practices. Abim joined Goodwin Procter in 2012 after serving as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and focuses her practice on representing operating companies, entrepreneurs, and investors in the gaming and gambling field. Abim is President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, serves on the board of the Women’s Bar Foundation and was recently selected by the Women’s Bar Association to serve as a mentor for its Women’s Leadership Initiative. At the BBA, she served as a member of the 2013-2014 Beacon Award Selection Committee and serves on the Board of Editors of the Boston Bar Journal. She is a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and has worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in both Boston and San Francisco.
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