Diversity & Inclusion Timeline
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.
Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in MA
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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Issue Spot: Review of Gun Laws in the Commonwealth Continues
Eric Fullerton | Aug 14, 2013
Gun violence, gun safety and gun licensing are just a few of the issues that the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety has been considering during the last few months. With some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Massachusetts lawmakers have had a renewed focus on gun issues because of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There are several efforts going on simultaneously that focus on reducing gun violence; public hearings are being held by the Joint Committee on Public Safety, a gun violence “listening tour” hosted by Chairman Harold Naughton has been making stops across the state, and Speaker DeLeo’s independent task force on gun issues is expected to make recommendations soon.
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