Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

As we work toward making the vision of a more diverse and inclusive legal profession a reality, we look to the example set by agents of change in our city. Please join us for an inspirational evening to recognize exceptional legal community leaders for their dedication to building a more equitable, just, and welcoming profession and society.

This lively event will take place at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, MA, on December 6, 2018. Join us to celebrate this year’s honorees and enjoy gourmet food, an open bar, and live entertainment in a beautifully repurposed courthouse. The event will also feature an impressive array of silent auction items, with the proceeds from the auction benefitting the Boston Bar Foundation’s Beacon Fund for Diversity & Inclusion.

Tickets are now on sale – we hope to see you there!

For more information about this event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah McDonagh at or (617) 778-1932.


The Beacon Award recognizes exceptional leaders working to illuminate a new path forward toward a more diverse and inclusive legal profession in Greater Boston.

Voice of Change Award

Awarded to a luminary leader in the legal community who has forged a new path and has played an extensive role in advancing diversity and inclusion within the profession.
Macey Russell


Macey Russell is a partner in Choate’s Litigation Department and sits on the firm’s Diversity Committee. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, and a past member of the executive committee of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. Russell has served as co-chair of the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section and as a member of the section’s steering committee. As a steering committee member, he co-chaired a subcommittee on the diversity pipeline. Russell was also on the BBF Grants Committee from 2006 until 2010. In 2009, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named him a “Diversity Hero.”

Empowerment Award

Awarded to a powerful advocate who works to create systemic change in the wider community, advancing civil rights, access to justice, and/or diversity and inclusion, and amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups.
Yes on 3: Freedom for All Massachusetts

The Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition was convened to defend public accommodations protections for transgender people, after the 2016 law extending such protections was put at risk due to a ballot question this November. The coalition has launched a far-reaching public education campaign to inform voters about the facts of the issue; they are phone banking and canvassing multiple days per week, as well as utilizing social media and running ads in mainstream media outlets. There are over 1,250 members of the coalition, including businesses, non-profits, colleges & universities, public officials, faith leaders, law enforcement, bar associations, domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organizations, labor unions, and sports teams. The BBA is a member of the Coalition Leadership Committee, a group of 30 organizations with an elevated level of engagement in the campaign.

The coalition’s Executive Committee is made up of 9 organizations.

• Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
• MassEquality
• ACLU of Massachusetts
• Freedom for All Americans
• BAGLY: Boston Alliance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth
• Human Rights Campaign
• PFLAG of Greater Boston
• Fenway Health

Corporate Champion Award

Awarded to an in-house legal department that has been a leader in internal and/or external projects and practices that promote a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that has made diversity and inclusion an ongoing focus of its company culture and hiring practices. Employee Resource Networks are available to support and form connections between diverse employees. In 2017, Vertex celebrated its first Diversity Week, during which Employee Resource Networks collaborated with the company’s leadership to present workshops and activities. Employees were also encouraged to write personal messages about why diversity is important to them.



Margaret A. Brown


Mark C. Fleming


Ashley Brooks
Sullivan & Worcester

Kate Cook
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

Paul Dacier
Indigo Agriculture

Brent Henry

Peggy Ho
LPL Financial

Rolando Medina

Jody Newman
Hogan Lovells

Walter Rodriguez
Locke Lord LLP





Click here for event sponsorship opportunities or contact Erica Southerland at 617.778.1930 or


The Selection Committee is tasked with determining the event’s award recipients. 


Brent Henry
Mintz Levin

Angela Gomes

Angela Gomes
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


Christopher Hart
Foley Hoag LLP


Rodney Pratt


Manleen Singh
Robins Kaplan LLP


Natashia Tidwell
Hogan Lovells

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