Beacon Award 2019 Recap

Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street
East Cambridge, MA

Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion

The 2019 Beacon Award brought together over 200 members of Boston’s legal and business communities to recognize the strides made by our honorees to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and the Boston community at large.

The event’s silent auction raised nearly $11,000 for the BBF Beacon Fund to support our Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship program, placing Massachusetts law students into paid internships in public interest law offices. Click here to learn more about the program and hear from last year’s Fellows on the positive impact of their summer experience. Thank you to our generous silent auction prize donors and our winning bidders!

Thank you to our incredible sponsors and attendees!


Voice of Change Award
Yalonda T. Howze, Mintz

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.

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Empowerment Award
Partnership between Greater Boston Legal Service’s Asian Outreach Project and the Asian American Resource Workshop

Awarded to a powerful advocate that works to create systemic change in the wider community by amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups and advancing civil rights, access to justice, and/or diversity & inclusion.

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Corporate Champion Award
Liberty Mutual

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

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Beacon Award Silent Auction Preview

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Bill of Rights

Copy of the United States Bill of Rights, signed by Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, author of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Opinion

Donated by Matt McTygue, Locke Lord

A Glimpse of History

Local artist rendering of the Boston Bar Association building at 16 Beacon Street

Donated by the Boston Bar Association

The Greatest Rivalry in Sports

2 tickets to the June 13, 2020 Red Sox game vs. New York Yankees in the State Street Home Plate Pavilion Club;
$100 gift card to Eastern Standard

Donated by Beck Reed Riden and Eastern Standard

A Private Box at the Wang Theatre

10 tickets in a private box to a showing of Shen Yun, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, during their one-week run in Boston. Shen Yun performs classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance and story-based dance with orchestral accompaniment and solo performers. The company is known around the world for their stunningly beautiful costumes and dance, state-of-the-art patented backdrop technology; original scores and cast of award-winning world-class artists.

Donated by the Wang Theatre at the Boch Center

Title Town

2 tickets to the April 21, 2020 Red Sox game vs. Toronto Blue Jays;
2 SportsDeck tickets to the January 3, 2020 Celtics game against the Atlanta Hawks;
$100 gift card to Haley Henry or Nathalie Wine Bar

Donated by Schwartz Hannum; Bob Gorton of Gorton & Co; and Haley Henry/Nathalie Wine Bar

Treat Yourself

½ hour custom facial at DeRosa Clinic;
$250 gift card to Waterhouse Wellness in Arlington, MA;
A 5 class pack to Exhale Spa & Fitness;
$100 Gift card to the Alpine Restaurant Group (Burro Bar, Rosebud, Posto and more)

Donated by DeRosa Clinic & Spa and Exhale Spa & Fitness

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

2 box seats to a 2020 season Boston Red Sox game;
Baseball signed by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts;
$200 gift card to Eastern Standard

Donated by Locke Lord, The Boston Red Sox and Eastern Standard

Museum of Science Package

4 Museum Exhibit Hall;
4 Omni passes;
4 Planetarium passes;
4 4-D Theater passes;
4 Butterfly Garden passes;

Donated by the Museum of Science and Chinh Pham of Greenberg Traurig

Everything but the Babysitter

Two tickets to the Boston Ballet;
$400 Mooncusser Fish House;
One night stay at the Boston Element Hotel

Donated by the Boston Ballet and the Marriott International

Arts Night Out

Two tickets to the Boston Philharmonic;
Two tickets to the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra;
2 tickets to a show at Boston City Winery + A bottle of wine;
$200 gift card to the Coda Group (SRV; Salty Pig and Coda Restaurant)

Donated by Tom Gallitano of Conn Kavanaugh; Boston City Winery and the Coda Group

Tokyo Getaway

Up to one week at a private apartment in Tokyo, Japan (travel not included)

Donated by Megan Gates, Mintz Levin

Stowe Vacation House

Up to one week at a private home in Stowe, Vermont

Donated by Diana Lloyd, Choate, Hall & Stewart

“We Want the Cup”

Two tickets to the 12/7 Boston Bruins game against the Colorado Avalanche;
8 passes to the Bruins practice facility, Warrior Ice Arena for open skate;
Hockey puck signed by Bruin’s left wing, Jake DeBrusk;
Hockey stick signed by the 2019 Bruins team

Donated by Goulston & Storrs; Warrior ice Arena and the Boston Bruins

A Day and Night at the Museum

2 Patron Level tickets to the annual Boston Bar Foundation John & Abigail Adams Benefit including access to the pre-reception with 2020 Public Service Award honoree Bob Rivers;
A $250 gift card to the restaurant at the MFA, 465 Bar & Restaurant;
4 VIP Passes to the Museum of Fine Arts included access to the traveling exhibit, Art of Ancient Nubia

Donated by The Boston Bar Foundation and Restaurant Associates

Go Green

2 Floor Seats to the March 13th Celtics game against the Washington Wizards;
2 tickets to the February 24th Celtics game against the Houston Rockets;
Basketball signed by the entire 2019-2020 Celtics Roster

Donated by Dan Tighe of Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar; JD Smeallie of Holland & Knight; The Boston Celtics

Beacon Award Steering Committee

Shiva Karimi
McLane Middleton
Co-Chair, 2019 Beacon Award

Rolando Medina, PhD
Co-Chair, 2019 Beacon Award

A. Hether Cahill
Burns & Levinson

Javier Flores
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Angela Gomes

Mary McCooe
Maselan & Jones, PC

Nadine Peters

Kevin Prussia

Payal Salsburg
Laredo & Smith, LLP

Anita Varma
White & Case LLP

Beacon Award Selection Committee

The 2019 Beacon Award Selection Committee has been appointed to select honorees for the upcoming 10th Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion.

Macey Russell
Committee Chair

John Affuso
Massachusetts Port Authority

Christopher Hart
Foley Hoag LLP

Liliana Ibara
Northeastern University School of Law

Renee Inomata
Casner & Edwards

Jasmine Jean-Louis
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

Doreen Rachal
Sidley Austin LLP

Champions of Diversity

White & Case

Leaders of Diversity

Biogen | Choate | MassMutual | Nutter | Prince Lobel | Ropes & Gray | Skadden | Sullivan | White & Case

Supporters of Diversity

Burns & Levinson | Casner & Edwards | Day Pitney | Dinsmore & Shohl | Fidelity | Foley Hoag | Goodwin | Goulston & Storrs | Greenberg Traurig, LLP | Harvard Pilgrim | Hinckley Allen | Hogan Lovells | Holland & Knight | Littler Mendelson | McLane Middleton | Morgan Lewis | Nolan Sheehan Patten | Nelson Mullins | O’Hagan Meyer | Partners HealthCare | Proskauer | Riemer & Braunstein | Robins Kaplan LLP | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP Sugarman Rogers | Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP | Verrill

Thank You to Our Affinity Bar Partners

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