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Nine Small and Boutique Firms Become Boston Bar Sustaining Members

Monday, November 05, 2012

Highlighting its appreciation of the role that small and boutique law practices play in the vitality of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), BBA President James D. Smeallie today announced the launch of the BBA's Sustaining Firm Membership. Nine Boston firms -- all of whom have one or more partners that have held significant leadership posts at the BBA -- have accepted a special invitation to become charter Sustaining Firm Members.

The nine are Arrowood Peters; Beck Reed Riden; Chu, Ring & Hazel; Desmond Strang & Scott; Hiscock & Barclay; Laredo & Smith; Mackie Shea O'Brien; Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan; and Stone, Stone & Creem. None of the firms has more than ten lawyers, and each serves its own unique client roster of institutions or individuals or a combination of the two.

"Lawyers from these firms have served on our governing Council, on our Executive Committee, on our Finance Committee, and as Section Co-Chairs," said Smeallie. "They have helped shape BBA public policy, professional development initiatives, or worked with us to address complex issues facing our profession and our community. We owe these charter Sustaining Members our appreciation for helping to advance professional excellence, access to justice, service to the community, and diversity."

The charter Sustaining Firm members announced today will receive BBA membership for all attorneys and professional staff in their offices. At the same time they are making a statement about the impact of the BBA on their professional lives and in the community.

New Lawyers Committees

  • New Lawyers Membership Committee
    This Committee seeks to engage new lawyers (those admitted to practice for 10 years or fewer) and law student members with the local legal community by encouraging participation and diversity at the BBA. This Committee also oversees the alumni ambassadors to Boston law schools and supports the BBA's sponsor law school student liaisons.

    Contact Information

    Tali Shulman

    (617) 633-5033

    Paul Momnie

    (413) 519-0599

    Azure Marie Abuirmeileh

    Collora LLP

    (617) 371-1008

  • New Lawyers Practical Skills Committee
    This Committee creates programming geared towards the needs of new lawyers to help them develop basic and advanced skills, both generally and within their substantive areas of practice, and to practice more effectively. Programming consists of presentations and panels covering a broad range of topics—from how to file an appeal, how to work with partners, to the basics of a purchase agreement. Committee members, who are responsible for managing these events from concept through to completion, have the opportunity to work closely with senior lawyers in numerous practice areas when facilitating these programs.

    Contact Information

    Deborah Durant

    Medical Legal Partnership - Boston

    (617) 414-7430

    Elizabeth J. McEvoy

    Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    (617) 720-5090

    Michael C. Birch

    Lurie, Lent & Friedman, LLP

    (617) 367 1970

  • New Lawyers Public Service Committee
    This Committee serves as a resource for new attorneys interested in starting or expanding their pro bono and community service work. The committee runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program which offers free tax help to low-to-moderate income persons in Massachusetts.

    Contact Information

    Michael Sugar

    Kate Swartz

    Torres, Scammon & Day LLP

    (617) 307-4428

  • New Lawyers Section Liaisons
    List of NLS Liaisons
  • New Lawyers Social Events Committee
    This Committee organizes monthly gatherings for the New Lawyer's Section, including wine tastings, a casino night, happy hours, and more.

    Contact Information

    Michael Licker

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1197

    Adam M. Veness

    Acceleron Pharma Inc.

    (617) 649-9348

    Laura A Hadley

    (774) 644-5661

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.