BBF to Honor Diane Patrick with Public Service Award at 2019 John and Abigail Adams Benefit

The Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) is proud to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Public Service Award will be Diane Patrick, Senior Counsel at Ropes & Gray, former First Lady of Massachusetts, and longtime advocate for vulnerable populations across greater Boston.  The Public Service Award will be presented on January 26th, 2019 at the John and Abigail Adams Benefit.

Ms. Patrick’s distinguished legal career spans more than three decades, accentuated by exemplary public service. A longtime advocate for vulnerable populations across Greater Boston, Ms. Patrick has been a champion for domestic violence survivors and underprivileged youth, and has worked to eliminate the devastating stigma attached to those with mental illnesses. She currently serves on the Boards of the Epiphany School, the Posse Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare.  She has held numerous other volunteer posts including as a volunteer member of the Commonwealth’s Foster Care Review Unit, Trustee and Director for ArtsBoston, Trustee for the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Overseer at Children’s Hospital Boston, and Trustee for both Cambridge College and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. She has also been a volunteer for the Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer for a Day program in the Housing Court.  Ms. Patrick’s public contributions to and support of various organizations has led to a more diverse and inclusive Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The John & Abigail Adams Benefit is the premier fundraising event of the Boston legal community, raising money to support the work of the BBF as it expands access to justice for those in need and fosters public service and pro bono work by lawyers. Taking place for the tenth consecutive year at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Benefit welcomes over 1,000 guests annually for the Public Service Award presentation, gourmet food, live entertainment, and a late night event welcoming new lawyers and law students. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Erica Southerland at

The Boston Bar Foundation is the charitable affiliate of the Boston Bar Association, which traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to promote justice by funding and fostering innovation in legal services, enhancing access to justice for the underserved and supporting the public interest activities of the bar.