The BBA is committed to advancing the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitating access to justice, and serving the community at large. BBA President Paul Dacier's
focus this year has been on the Massachusetts justice system and specifically the role of the Massachusetts Judiciary.
See how the BBA and President Paul Dacier are supporting the Judiciary here
Today, the country’s capital punishment system in state and federal courts fails to live up to this ideal. The BBA now, as then, recognizes that capital punishment is simply too fraught with peril—too likely to lead to the execution of the innocent, too likely to result in discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities, and too expensive and time consuming—to deserve support.
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BBA President J.D. Smeallie has launched the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, the task force will examine the unmet need for civil legal aid across the state and to determine the most cost effective way to meet that need. Among those serving on the task force are the general counsels of five major Massachusetts based companies, a former president of one of our major universities, our attorney general, the governor’s chief legal counsel, the managing partner of one of our largest law firms, and the current President of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
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The BBA’s support of marriage equality came to the attention of the legal world when in 2002 we became one of the first bar associations in America to file an independent amicus brief in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health stating that denying civil marriage licenses to same sex couples is a violation of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.
In recent years, the BBA has demonstrated support for advancing the cause of marriage equality in a variety of ways.
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The BBA's has compiled "Highlights of BBA History: A Timeline to a More Inclusive and Diverse Community," which chronicle's all of our Diversity & Inclusion efforts dating back to 1969. See what we have accomplished here.
Want to see more of what we do? View the BBA's Public Policy Archive here.