Daily Archives: Thursday, November 19, 2015

BBA Veteran’s Day Reception Draws Crowd

Congressman Seth Moulton spoke about the VA Healthcare System and the need to support veterans at the BBA's Veterans Day Reception last week.

Congressman Seth Moulton spoke about the VA Healthcare System and the need to support veterans at the BBA’s Veterans Day Reception last week.

The Claflin Center at 16 Beacon Street was buzzing with energy last Thursday. Attorneys mixed and mingled and talked to one another about their shared experiences serving in the military. The event, which was chaired by former Navy Lieutenant John J. Regan (Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP) and retired Marine Corps Colonel William F. Sinnott (Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C), also featured a lively speech and Q & A with Congressman Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps Captain who served four tours in Iraq. In particular, the Congressman discussed his own experience with the VA Healthcare System and his plans to help improve the system for veterans. He encouraged everyone in the room to focus on helping servicemembers transition from active duty.

This event aimed to build a community for servicemembers in the legal field to share common experiences and challenges. If you missed this event but want to get involved, don’t miss the follow up Veterans Meet & Greet Luncheon on January 29th at noon. Click here to learn more.

Take a look below for more images:

BBA President Lisa Arrowood, founding partner at Arrowood Peters, and Congressman Seth Moulton during a Veterans Day Reception held at the BBA on November 12.

BBA President Lisa Arrowood, founding partner at Arrowood Peters, and Congressman Seth Moulton during a Veterans Day Reception held at the BBA on November 12.

 

Six-year Army veteran Fritz Barthelemy, an intern at WilmerHale through the BBA’s Veteran Internship Pilot Program, Congressman Seth Moulton, and Dwayne Smith, an aspiring lawyer studying at Suffolk University and former intern at Edwards Wildman (now Locke Lord) who served in the Marine Corps, at a Veterans Day Reception.

Six-year Army veteran Fritz Barthelemy, an intern at WilmerHale through the BBA’s Veteran Internship Pilot Program, Congressman Seth Moulton, and Dwayne Smith, an aspiring lawyer studying at Suffolk University and former intern at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (now Locke Lord LLP) who served in the Marine Corps, at a Veterans Day Reception.

PILP Meets with Carol Fulp

Carol Fulp (The Partnership, Inc.) met with PILP about the importance of diversity in the legal field.

Carol Fulp (The Partnership, Inc.) met with PILP about the importance of diversity in the legal field.

On November 4, 2015, Carol Fulp, President and CEO of The Partnership, Inc. addressed members of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). The Partnership is an organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, developing, retaining and convening multicultural professionals. In addition to being the President and CEO of The Partnership, Ms. Fulp is a Trustee of the Boston Public Library, and was appointed by President Obama as a Representative of the United States to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the discussion, Ms. Fulp gave an outline of the work that The Partnership, Inc. does, and why diversity is important not just in the legal workplace, but in all sections of civil society. She emphasized that Boston is a city of innovation, and from a business perspective, having a diverse work place isn’t just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. “The world is changing, and we, Boston-the city of innovation- need to be at the forefront of this change and stay ahead of the curve in every way we can.”

Ms. Fulp ended the talk by asking each of the attendees to mention why they believe diversity is important, or what actions they hope to see in the future in order to have a more diverse legal community.  PILP member Christopher Hart said the following about the meeting :

Carol led an engaging, productive, and eye-opening discussion about diversity in each of our professional environments and in the greater Boston area.  I felt like I learned a great deal from my PILP peers about what concerns they have, and issues they’re facing, when it comes to diversity in the workplace.  And I thought Carol did a great job not only encouraging our candor, but making us feel empowered to act to shape and improve diversity in the legal community.  Aside from all of that, Carol’s optimism and enthusiasm is infectious; the time we had with her was incredibly well-spent and appreciated.

PILP and the BBA would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Fulp for taking the time to speak at this meeting.