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Nine Small and Boutique Firms Become Boston Bar Sustaining Members

Highlighting its appreciation of the role that small and boutique law practices play in the vitality of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), BBA President James D. Smeallie today announced the launch of the BBA's Sustaining Firm Membership. Nine Boston firms -- all of whom have one or more partners that have held significant leadership posts at the BBA -- have accepted a special invitation to become charter Sustaining Firm Members.

The nine are Arrowood Peters; Beck Reed Riden; Chu, Ring & Hazel; Desmond Strang & Scott; Hiscock & Barclay; Laredo & Smith; Mackie Shea O'Brien; Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan; and Stone, Stone & Creem. None of the firms has more than ten lawyers, and each serves its own unique client roster of institutions or individuals or a combination of the two.

"Lawyers from these firms have served on our governing Council, on our Executive Committee, on our Finance Committee, and as Section Co-Chairs," said Smeallie. "They have helped shape BBA public policy, professional development initiatives, or worked with us to address complex issues facing our profession and our community. We owe these charter Sustaining Members our appreciation for helping to advance professional excellence, access to justice, service to the community, and diversity."

The charter Sustaining Firm members announced today will receive BBA membership for all attorneys and professional staff in their offices. At the same time they are making a statement about the impact of the BBA on their professional lives and in the community.

The Boston Bar Association 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 advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.