Monthly Archives: July 2020

BBA Hosts “How to be an Effective Ally” Webinar

On Tuesday, June 30th, the BBA was honored to host a webinar on allyship in the workplace sponsored by the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section. The program focused on the importance of allies to marginalized groups, as well as on practical tips for those who seek to be allies and what they can do to be more impactful and considerate. 300 individuals registered to attend the program, moderated by Bill Gabovitch, In-house Counsel at Primark US Corporation. Our four distinguished panelists were as follows:

  • Laura Rees Acosta: Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Goodwin
  • Ben Sigel: Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District and President of the Hispanic National Bar Association – Region 1
  • Nahomi Carlisle: Director of Diversity & Inclusion & ADA Compliance at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Jamie Whitney: Senior Vice President and Head of Legal at State Street Corporation.

Some topics covered included the importance of tact when seeking to be an ally. Allies need to be mindful of how marginalized communities have felt the pain that comes with the subject matter, and avoid the contention “I’ve read all the books, therefore I understand.” It was also noted that the action of allyship must be shared by all, not simply by one department in a company or exclusively by marginalized groups.

A list of additional resources on the topic of allyship compiled by Jameel Moore of the U.S. Department of the Interior can be found at this link. This includes suggested readings, books, podcasts, films and other resources on the topic.

If you missed the program, don’t worry – it can be viewed in full for no charge at this link. You can also listen to the program as a podcast here. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Doug Newton at

BBA & SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being Collaborate on Affinity Bar Town Halls

The Boston Bar Association is pleased to collaborate with the SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being to support a series of Affinity Bar Town Halls engaging with members of the legal community in candid discussions on well-being challenges.

The SJC Committee’s July 2019 Report identified the need for “[a] strong and on-going commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all our practices to improve our individual and collective well-being.” As a way to foster conversation on that topic, the SJC Committee is hosting a series of Town Hall style meetings with individual Affinity Bar Associations to discuss specific well-being challenges for their communities and ideas for change. We want to thank the Affinity Bar Associations – listed below – that have already hosted Town Halls in the pursuit of greater well-being for lawyers and legal professionals throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage interested members to reach out to Heidi Alexander at for more information.