The 2017 Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion was a resounding success!

Please watch the event highlights video and share it with your friends and colleagues.

Check back with us later in the year for news about the next Beacon Award reception.

Honoring Paulette Brown

The Boston Bar is proud to present the 7th annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion to Paulette Brown, former President of the American Bar Association. We will recognize Brown for her leadership and extensive work around diversity issues, highlighting ABA Resolution 113, an initiative Brown designed with the aim to increase diversity in the legal profession.

Paulette Brown is the first woman of color to serve as ABA President. In her time at the ABA, Brown spearheaded many organization-wide initiatives focused on improving diversity and inclusion within the ABA and more widely throughout the justice system. Her passion for diversity extends into her current role as partner at Locke Lorde, LLP, where she focuses on labor and employment law. Brown also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Learn more about Paulette Brown and ABA Resolution 113.

We hope you join us for an inspirational evening as the Boston Bar once again hosts the Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion. The annual event is an opportunity for the Boston legal community to gather and collectively recognize exceptional leadership that creates a lasting impact and illuminating path toward a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

This event is free to attend, open to Boston Bar members and their colleagues in the legal community.
RSVP is required and space is limited
. Please log into your member account to RSVP or contact
Carolyn Mitchell: 617.778.1932 |

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Taj Boston Hotel | 15 Arlington St | Boston


Champions of Diversity

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming Beacon Award, please contact Erica Southerland: 617.778.1930 |



Committee Chair
Karen O’Toole
Fidelity Investments


Mark Fleming


Yalonda Howze
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC


Matt McTygue
Locke Lord LLP


Reza Mollaaghababa, Ph.D.
Pepper Hamilton LLP


Kevin Nolan
Proskauer Rose LLP


Robert Quinan
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

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