THE 2021 WBA GALA CELEBRATION IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR FABULOUS GOLD SPONSORS
THE 2021 WBA GALA
The gala where it happens
CHECK-IN OPENS AT 6PM | PROGRAM BEGINS AT 7PM (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)
ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY EPICENTER
100 W 2nd Street, Boston, MA 02127
Never fear, parking is near!
Situated in the innovation district, Artists For Humanity is ideal for parking and public transportation. The Channel Center Garage (116 W 1st Street Boston MA) is a mere 300 feet away. Public transportation is also conveniently located: take the MBTA Red Line to the Broadway stop and walk a couple blocks to AFH.
WELCOME TO THE 2021 WBA GALA CELEBRATION!
We’re thrilled to be throwing a good ol’-fashioned party as we have SO much to celebrate. AND, we’re going to celebrate in TWO WAYS! Come join us...
in the “room where it happens”…get your ticket to attend the event in person!
online and stream the event in the comfort of your own home.
We are excited to come together, celebrate our awardees, and network with each other (friendly reminder, cash bar!)
We recognize that some folks may not be comfortable gathering but still want to celebrate, so we have included an online only option.
We have some AMAZING entertainment in store for both in-person attendees as well as our online attendees.
The WBA is excited to celebrate Gala in-person this year and is looking forward to seeing many of you on October 25th. We kindly request that you only attend the in-person celebration if you are fully vaccinated and not experiencing any symptoms of COVID. We are happy to host those who are not fully vaccinated at the virtual Gala. The WBA appreciates your vigilance in keeping us all safe and healthy.
Additionally, the WBA is monitoring guidelines and orders issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission and will adhere to all applicable guidelines and/or orders at Gala on October 25, 2021.
WHAT'S IN STORE THE EVENING OF THE GALA?
As we emerge from this past year, let’s look forward to all that the future holds by celebrating life, a sense of normalcy, and being together again.
On October 25th, we will enjoy:
In-person networking opportunities both before AND after the program
Cocktails, chic bites, and dessert buffet
A welcome from our President, Heather Gamache
A very special LIVE performance of Hamilton songs and Q&A by Miguel Cervantes, who currently plays Hamilton on Broadway
A top-secret backstage tour of the Hamilton set on Broadway
No one really knows how the parties get to “YES”
The pieces that are sacrificed in every game of chess
We just assume that it happens
But no one else is in the room where it happens.
The Room Where It Happens, Hamilton
LELIA J. ROBINSON AWARD
The WBA’s Lelia J. Robinson Award is named for the first woman to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and seeks to spotlight those women who have spent their careers demonstrating the importance of legal work and commitment to community. This year three amazing women will receive the LJR Award:
The Late Hon. Nonnie Burnes (Ret.)
EMERGING WOMEN LEADERS IN THE LAW
The Women’s Bar Association introduced the award in 2019 to recognize the significant professional achievements of women lawyers in the first 12 years of their careers. It honors women who have excelled in the legal field while guiding other women in achieving success and supporting their communities through volunteerism and social justice. We are excited to give this year's award to six emerging women leaders:
Ariel Clemmer, Western New England School of Law
Stesha Emmanuel, McCarter & English
Danielle Johnson, Greater Boston Legal Services
Elizabeth McEvoy, Hinckley Allen
Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor, City of Cambridge
Mian Wang, Greenberg Traurig
AT THIS YEAR'S GALA, WE'RE EXCITED TO
BRING TOGETHER WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE HIGHLIGHTING THE WORK OF THE WBA
The WBA is the largest local women’s legal organization in Massachusetts with nearly 1,500 members. For the past 40 years, we have worked relentlessly to: provide leadership and mentoring opportunities for women attorneys; run social justice programming; stay active at the heart of key legislative policies in the Commonwealth; and generally create an excellent professional and referral network for our members.
ABOUT THE WBA
Through your generous support, the WBA is able to:
help our members build a diverse and dynamic network with women working in firms, companies, government, and public interest
create business development and branding programs
assist members in gaining leadership positions in the legal industry as well as on corporate and non-profit boards
develop and promote a robust legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues
participate in amicus advocacy on issues important to protecting civil rights and families in the Commonwealth
encourage women to enter the judiciary, and recognize the achievements of women in the law