The Adams Benefit

Each year the John & Abigail Adams Benefit welcomes over 1,000 guests for an extraordinary evening benefiting the Boston Bar Foundation. Join us on April 6, 2024 at the Museum of Fine Arts for a one-of-a kind event that supports the work of the BBF in its mission to facilitate access to justice for the underserved, fund and promote innovation in the delivery of legal services and support impactful public service projects & pro bono work by lawyers in our community.

About the Event

The 2024 Adams Benefit will take place on Saturday, April 6th at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  Attendees will enjoy magnificent art, live entertainment and music, special performances, and gourmet food and drinks.  The signature fundraising event of the Boston Bar Foundation, the Adams Benefit is one of the largest events of the Boston legal community, welcoming more than 1,000 attendees annually to support the work of the BBF in our community.

Late Night at the Museum

Part of the Adams Benefit, Late Night at the Museum is an event that brings together law students and newer lawyers to meet, dine and dance and as they get to know each other and begin to lay the groundwork for successful careers in the law.

About the BBF

The Boston Bar Foundation serves as a beacon of the legal community’s enduring commitment to enhancing the lives of the most underserved individuals in our community. Through a dynamic granting program, the BBF works to serve the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community, including domestic violence survivors, immigrants, prisoners, workers, veterans, children and families.

As the charitable affiliate of the Boston Bar Association, the BBF supports projects and programs dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession, strengthening leadership development opportunities for young lawyers and engaging lawyers in serving our community.

The 2024 Honoree

Paul W. Lee, retired partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and founder and first President of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM), will receive the 2024 Adams Benefit Public Service Award.

“It is an honor to recognize Paul Lee for his nearly 40 years of service to the greater Boston legal community.  His professional accomplishments—of which there are many—touch not only the lives within this Commonwealth but also across the country.  His mentorship, support, and assistance has been invaluable for so many, especially within the AALAM community.  He is truly the embodiment of the values and commitment represented by this award.  We look forward to celebrating the impact of his work and service to our community.”
Stephen Hall, President, Boston Bar Foundation

History of the Public Service Award

The Adams Benefit Public Service Award is given annually to business or civic leaders who have shown exemplary leadership in community service and philanthropy and whose work aligns with the BBF’s mission to promote justice by funding and promoting innovation in legal services, enhancing access to justice for the underserved, and supporting the public interest activities of the bar.

Past Honorees

2023
Fletcher (Flash) & Benaree (Benny) Wiley

2022
Damian Wilmont, SVP, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Vertex

2021
Chief Justice Ralph Gants

2020
Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank

2019
Diane B. Patrick

2018 
Hon. Nonnie and Richard Burnes

2017
Chief Justice Margaret Marshall

2016
Roca

2015
John Hancock

2014
Thomas M. Menino

2013
Carol N. Fulp

2012
Paul S. Grogan

2011
John Fish

2010
Citizens Bank

2008-2009
James G. Keefe and Patrick A.T. Lee, President and Vice President of Trinity Financial

2007
Paul Guzzi, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

2006
Jack Connors, Jr., Chairman of Hill Holliday Connors and Cosmopulos

2005
The Boston Red Sox & the Boston Red Sox Foundation

2004
William C. Van Faasen, Chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

2003
Edward C. Johnson, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Investments

2002
Jeffrey Swartz, President and CEO of Timberland

2001
Teresa Heinz, Chair, Heinz Family Philanthropies

2024 Photo Highlights

Thank you to Our Sponsors!

For questions about sponsoring the Adams Benefit, contact Mariah Hanlon at mhanlon@bostonbar.org.

Champion Supporters

Mark Fitzgerald, Len & Peggy Ho, Jeffrey Hsi, Vivian Hsu, Vincent Lau, Matthew V.P McTygue, Daniel Park, Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck, Bryce Schintzius, Mindee Wasserman, William T. Whelan, & G. Perry Wu

Patron Ticket Sponsor

Victor Diune, Fernande Duffly, Jason Gish, Alexandra Mitropoulos, Peter Moser, & Connie Moser

Steering Committee

Co-chair
Peggy Ho
Commonwealth Financial Network

Co-chair
Regina Pisa
Goodwin

Kristin Abati
Choate

Laurie Burlingame
Morgan Lewis

Robert Chow
Burns & Levinson

Paul Dacier
Indigo Agriculture

Stacylyn Doore
Quinn Emanuel

Felicia Ellsworth
WilmerHale

Scott Faust
Proskauer

Renee Inomata
Casner & Edwards

Giselle Joffre
Arnold & Porter

Colleen Laduzinski
Jones Day

Rebecca Lee
Mintz

Lizette Perez Deisboeck
Battery Ventures