Earlier this week, the BBA Council voted to approve new BBA by-laws,
following a nearly year- long review process overseen by a special By-Laws
Committee overseen by BBA Past President Kathy Weinman.
“The BBA’s tax-exempt mavens Martha Frahm
and Melissa Sampson
deserve a great big thank you for their outstanding work in amending and
restating the BBA’s by-laws,” said BBA President Lisa C. Goodheart. “Well
drafted, well thought out by-laws are essential for well-run organizations.”
The BBA’s new by-laws reflect the Committee’s five objectives, which were
- Simplify, streamline and modernize the by-laws
- Improve governance consistent with the latest best
practices and law
- Reflect in the by-laws what the BBA is doing that
- Concentrate authority in the Council
- Reconcile the practices of the BBA and its charitable affiliate, the
Boston Bar Foundation, to the greatest extent possible.
The By-Laws Committee was chaired by BBA Past President Kathy Weinman. In
addition to Martha Frahm and Mellissa McMorrow, those serving on the committee
included Boston Bar Foundation Immediate Past President Shaw McDermott, BBA
President-Elect and BBF Trustee J.D. Smeallie, and BBA and BBF Executive
Director Richard M. Page, Jr.