Veterans & Servicemembers Law Forum

The Veterans & Servicemembers Law Forum includes servicemember and veteran attorneys and law students, as well as those working to further pro bono and public service initiatives that support this population. The forum works to spotlight legal needs, serve as a network for current and former servicemembers in the legal profession and their families, and advise the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service on its Military & Veterans Legal Help Line. Over the course of the year, the forum hosts open meetings, meet & greet luncheons, and pro bono trainings in collaboration with local legal services providers serving military personnel and veterans. Forum meetings and events are open to all BBA members. To read more about the forum’s initiatives, click here.

Co-Chairs

Dana Montalto

Forum Co-Chair

Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

(617) 522-3003

Ying Wang

Forum Co-Chair

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

(617) 619-4000

Upcoming Programs



Government Lawyer Forum

The Government Lawyer Forum serves to promote professional excellence, career development, and camaraderie among government lawyers and their cohorts in private practice. The Forum provides non-partisan and balanced educational programming focusing on topics of mutual interest amongst current, former, and prospective government attorneys.

Co-Chairs

Shamus Hyland

Forum Co-Chair

Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston

(617) 635-3557

Jameel Moore

Forum Co-Chair

Anderson & Kreiger LLP

(617) 621-6522

Upcoming Programs

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In-House Forum

The In-House Forum serves as a professional development hub for in-house counsel, providing career development and educational programs designed to meet the specialized needs and interests of in-house lawyers from all industries.

Co-Chairs

James Patrick Coughlin

Forum Co-Chair

Dell EMC

(617) 777-0327

Upcoming Programs

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Law Student Forum

The Boston Bar Association is partnered with all five Boston Law schools, providing free membership to students at Boston College Law School, Boston University School of Law, New England Law | Boston, Northeastern University School of Law, and Suffolk University Law School. The Law Student Forum provides an ongoing series of career advancement programming and networking opportunities for students both on campus and at the BBA.

Co-Chairs

Upcoming Programs

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New Lawyers Forum

The BBA New Lawyers Forum preparing new attorneys just starting out through their first 4 years in practice to successfully meet the challenges of practicing law through networking receptions, community outreach and practical skills programming. Want to get involved? Contact the New Lawyers Co-Chairs or check out our calendar for the next open Steering Committee Meeting.

Co-Chairs

Nicole Phe

Forum Co-Chair

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

(617) 217-4671

Alvin B Carter

Forum Co-Chair

Brown Rudnick LLP

(617) 856-8289

Upcoming Programs



Recently Elected Partners Forum

The Recently Elected Partners Forum is comprised of attorneys who have transitioned from associate to partner within the past six years. This Forum serves these recently elected partners, providing targeted career development programming to better equip new partners with leadership skills and business development skills. The REP Forum also provides meaningful opportunities to network with other recently-elected partners in the Boston area from different practice areas, who work in firms of all types and sizes.

Co-Chairs

Upcoming Programs

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Senior Associates Forum

The Senior Associates Forum serves as a professional development network for lawyers in practice for four years or more. Attorneys in firms of all sizes, government agencies, in-house legal departments, and legal services are welcome. This is the dedicated group at the BBA for practitioners to access to tools to build their practice, learn advanced skills, develop business, and plan their next career move.

Co-Chairs

Courtney Herndon

Forum Co-Chair

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

(617) 348-1871

Stephanie Merabet

Forum Co-Chair

Holland & Knight LLP

(617) 854-1421

Upcoming Programs

Transitioning as a Senior Associate

10/26/2021 - 10/26/2021


Solo & Small Firm Forum

Solo practitioners and members of firms with fewer than 10 lawyers come together in the Solo & Small Firm Forum for Meet & Greet Lunches and a range of other networking opportunities. Programs focus on management, marketing and technology issues, and often feature a guest speaker with subject matter expertise..

Co-Chairs

Kent David Ballaty Sinclair

Forum Co-Chair

Sinclair Law LLC

(781) 454-7208

Tamara Wilson

Forum Co-Chair

Wilson, Dawson & Brett

(617) 646-4411



Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum

The BBA Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum is dedicated to promoting and generating fundamental change across areas of gender inequality within the legal profession. Led by an advisory committee, the forum will bring together leaders in the legal community to discuss issues they face within their firms, corporations and other legal departments and seek to identify resources and best practices to empower women lawyers and bridge the opportunity gap. In addition, the Women’s Forum provides a series of programs to equip young women with the skills needed to advance in the profession and provide strategies for law firm and corporate leaders to implement within their organizations.

Co-Chairs

Deborah E. Barnard

Forum Co-Chair

Holland & Knight LLP

(617) 619-9240

Giselle J. Joffre

Forum Co-Chair

Foley Hoag LLP

(617) 832-1173

Upcoming Programs

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Law Firm Leadership Forum

Advisory committee for the BBA Law Firm Leadership Forum

Co-Chairs

Upcoming Programs

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Want to learn more about the BBA forums and upcoming programs? Contact Sara Mackey at smackey@bostonbar.org