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THE 2024 WBA GALA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR GOLD SPONSORS:

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ABOUT THE GALA

THE 2024 WBA GALA

Rock the Gala

Tuesday
OCTOBER 15  6:00PM

REGISTRATION/COCKTAIL HOUR OPENS AT 6PM
JOIN US FOR NETWORKING FROM 6-7PM
PROGRAM BEGINS AT 7PM

BOSTON MARRIOTT COPLEY PLACE
110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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WHAT'S IN STORE THE EVENING OF THE GALA?

With so much going on in the world today, it is more critical than ever for women to gather, network, celebrate, and learn from one another. The WBA is proud to provide a celebratory evening to be together once again and look toward the future.

On October 15th, we will enjoy:

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Networking with your fellow WBA members

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Cocktails, chic bites, and sweet treats

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A welcome from our President, Jessica Babine

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Awarding of the Lelia J. Robinson Award 

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Recognition of the Emerging Women Leaders in the Law

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A very special fireside chat with Democratic Whip Katherine Clark led by our President, Jessica Babine

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OUR FEATURED GUEST:

Democratic Whip Katherine Clark

Since 2013, Katherine Clark has proudly represented Massachusetts’ vibrant Fifth District, which stretches from the coastal communities of Revere and Winthrop through the northern Boston suburbs to the thriving towns of MetroWest. 

In the fall of 2022, Clark was elected by her colleagues to serve as Democratic Whip – the second most senior position in the House Democratic Caucus. She previously served as Assistant Speaker of the House, as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

One of only two women to ever serve as Whip, she currently has the distinction of being the highest-ranking woman in Congressional leadership.

From the school board to Capitol Hill, Clark’s public service has been fueled by a passion for lifting up women and families. She is a leading proponent for ending wage discrimination; safeguarding access to abortion; ending gun violence; improving access to affordable, quality child care; and guaranteeing paid leave. 

Before her election to Congress, Clark served her community in elected office as a state senator, state representative, and member of the Melrose School Committee. She also served as general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services and as policy chief for the Massachusetts Attorney General.

She lives in Revere with her husband and has three children.

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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: 

  • Justice Judith Cowin (Ret.), Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

  • Taramattie Doucette, Greater Boston Legal Services

  • Joan Lukey, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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EMERGING WOMEN LEADERS IN THE LAW

The Women’s Bar Association introduced this 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 four emerging women leaders:

  • Julie Dick, Bulkley Richardson and Gelinas LLP

  • Avana Epperson-Temple, Peabody & Arnold LLP

  • Tram Nguyen, State Representative, 18th Essex

  • Whitney Williams, Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office

NETWORKING

COME MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS OF THE WBA!
We know how important networking is to our community and we want to make this fun and easy for all! Please join us for some dedicated networking tables with WBA board members at 6PM before the program begins.

  • New to town?

  • New to law?

  • Looking to learn more about what the WBA does and who we are?

 

This is a terrific opportunity to meet new folks and learn more about the power of our organization.


See you there!

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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 45 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

ABOUT THE WBA

Through your generous support, the WBA is able to:

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  • 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

DONATE

DONATE TO THE WBA

Feeling generous? Donate to our amazing organization. Every little bit helps us achieve our mission.

SPONSOR/ADVERTISE

BE A SPONSOR OR ADVERTISE WITH US

The Gala is the WBA’s major annual fundraiser and this year your support is even more important to help us continue our work serving our members, the legal profession, and the underserved members of our communities.

Through your generous support, we are able to continue the important work of the WBA in achieving the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society.

FABULOUS SPONSORS

MEET OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

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GOLD EVENT SPONSORS

SUPER SUPPORTERS

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CONTACT

CONTACT

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Margaret E. Talmers

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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617.973.6666 ext. 2218

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When/Where is the Gala?

The Gala will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at Boston Marriott Copley Place at 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116. Check-In will be at 6:00PM, networking is from 6:00PM – 7:00PM, and the program will begin at 7:00PM.

 

What is the attire?   

While the event is called a “gala," people wear business attire, as most come directly from the office. 

 

Do I need a physical ticket?

No, we will be checking in Gala Attendees using first & last names. We will have nametags printed out for you to pick up upon checking in.
 

Is there a sit-down dinner?  Are there assigned seats? 

The event is not a sit-down dinner.  Over the years, we received feedback that attendees prefer to mingle and not be confined to particular tables, though there are plenty of seats available for the speaking portion.  Food is served at various buffet stations. Vendor tables are available for purchase.
 

What kind of food is served? 

The event begins with a cocktail hour and passed hors d'oeuvres and light fare food stations. There are generally at least one or two vegetarian and vegan options. 

 

Does the event have an open bar? 

No, the event is a cash bar only.  Both cash and credit cards are accepted at the bars.

 

Is there parking? 

The Boston Marriott Copley Place is conveniently located near the MBTA Orange Line’s Back Bay Station, the Green Line’s Prudential station and the Green Line’s Copley station. 

 

Parking is available at the adjacent Copley Garage. If you arrive after 5:00PM, we will give you a discounted parking pass so you will pay $16 for the evening.

COVID-19
The WBA is excited to celebrate Gala in-person this year and is looking forward to seeing many of you on October 15th. We kindly request that you only attend the in-person celebration if you are fully vaccinated and not experiencing any symptoms of COVID. 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 15, 2024.

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