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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 08, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • John J. Moakley Courthouse 1 Courthouse Way Boston, MA 02210
    Join the Women's Bar Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, Asian-American Association of Massachusetts, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston for this dynamic conference.

    Special thanks to O'Brien & Levine Court Reporting Services and the Boston Bar Association for sponsoring this event.

    Welcoming remarks by Chief Judge Patti B. Saris and Chief Justice Judith Fabricant.


    Panelists & Sessions

    Empirical Data on Women Lawyers as Lead Counsel

    Get real data and hear from the authors of two groundbreaking reports on the importance of women on trial teams, together with juries’ perceptions.

    Dana Alvare, Research Fellow, Temple University's Beasley School of Law, "Vying for the Lead in the 'Boys Club' Understanding the Gender Gap in Multidistrict Litigation Leadership Appointments"

    Galina Davidoff, Ph.D., Litigation Conflict Resolution Consultant, Juries' Perceptions of Women Lawyers

    Stephanie A. Scharf, Scharf Banks Marmor, LLC, Co-Author of "First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table"

    Women Lawyers on Trial Teams: How In-House Counsel are Making a Difference

    This distinguished panel of top in-house counsel will discuss how companies are ensuring that women have important roles on trial teams. Having in-house counsel insist on women at the counsel table is one of the best ways to increase the number and experiences of women in the courtroom, as well enhancing advocacy and improving the effectiveness of trial teams.

    Moderator: Mark Roellig, Chief Technology and Administrative Officer, MassMutual

    Ellen L. Farrell, Assistant General Counsel/Product Law, Toyota North America

    Karen V. Morton, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Litigation, Liberty Mutual

    Kate O'Leary, Global Executive Litigation Counsel, General Electric Corporation

    Tips from Experienced Trial Lawyers

    This panel will discuss how top female trial attorneys have gained experience in the courtroom and achieved success. They will explore the importance of not only staffing trial teams with women, but also ensuring that they play significant roles on those teams gaining the skills necessary to develop into seasoned trial lawyers.

    Moderator: Michelle Peirce, Co-Chair of Litigation Practice, Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    Lisa G. Arrowood, Partner, Arrowood Peters LLP

    Mayeti Gametchu, Assistant Regional Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, Boston Office

    Hon. Nancy Gertner, United States District Court of Massachusetts (ret.), Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School

    Joan A. Lukey, Practice Group Leader, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    Maureen Mulligan, Partner, Peabody & Arnold LLP

    The Next Generation of Women Trial Lawyers

    This panel of up and coming stars will discuss the current climate and how they have gained trial experience or positioned themselves to take that next step to try their first case. They also will share their experiences as to what has helped to open the door to that coveted lead counsel role.

    Moderator: Pamela E. Berman, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

    Kimberly A. Dougherty, Managing Partner, Boston Office, Andrus Wagstaff, P.C.

    Heather M. Gamache, Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP

    Elizabeth A. Kayatta, Associate, Arrowood Peters LLP

    Sa'adiyah K. Masoud, Associate, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    Scarlett M. Rajbanshi, Associate, Peabody & Arnold LLP

    A View from the Bench

    Our judges will discuss what they have observed in successful lead female trial counsel and what judges can do through appointments, mentoring and encouraging women to have a role during trials and hearings to help increase the number of women trying cases. They will provide advice, based upon their experiences, of the best way to attain the lead counsel roles.

    Moderator: Hon. Barbara Lenk, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

    Hon. Heidi Brieger, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

    Hon. Allison D. Burroughs, United State District Court for the District of Massachusetts

    Hon. Denise J. Casper, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

    Hon. Janet L. Sanders, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    12 PM - 5 PM, Reception 5 PM - 6 PM

    Moakley Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

    One Courthouse Way

    Boston, MA 02210

    $40 for WBA members and members of co-sponsoring organizations, $100 for non-members.

    Please email Maura Bastarache at for the discount code for co-sponsoring organizations.


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    • Thursday, June 15, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Boston College Club, 100 Federal St., 36th Floor
    • 2

    AALAM hereby invites to you attend the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Annual Reception to be held at the Boston College Club, 100 Federal St., 36th Floor on Thursday, June 15 at 6 pm.

    Preference will be for paying members. Non-members, law students and guests can attend for the discounted price of $10 (tickets are otherwise $100) and whereas dues paying members can attend for FREE. Only 10 tickets available, so RSVP soon. We will have a waitlist.

    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Goodwin, 100 Northern Ave, Conference Center

    All AALAM members and friends as well as all Asian American law students working in the Greater Boston area are invited to a special luncheon on July 12, hosted by Goodwin. 

    Please save the date. 

    • Thursday, July 20, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • (PDT)
    • Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 26 S. 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112


    Hosted by APABA Silicon Valley

    Official Conference Location
    Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 26 S. 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112

    Hotel Accommodation
    A room block is available at the San Jose Marriott. For more information on hotel reservations and to book a room, click here.

    Contact the Western Regional organizers at

    Click here to visit the APABA Silicon Valley Western Regional Conference website. 

    • Thursday, August 24, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Friday, August 25, 2017
    • (CDT)
    • St. Louis, Missouri

    Hosted by Missouri Asian American Bar Association

    Call for Programs
    The Call for Programs for the Central Regional Conference is now open! The deadline to submit a program proposal is May 31, 2017. Submit a program proposal here 

    Contact Richard Juang at

    Click here to visit the Central Regional Conference website.

    • Friday, September 08, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, September 10, 2017
    • (CDT)
    • Philadelphia, PA

    Hosted by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA)

    "Diversity in the Face of Adversity"

    Call for Programs
    The Call for Programs for the Northeast Regional has been extended to April 15! If you would like to submit a program proposal for the Northeast Regional Conference, please complete our Call for Programs available online here.

    Contact the Northeast Regional organizers at

    Click here to visit the APABA-PA Northeast Regional Conference website. 

Past events

Friday, May 26, 2017 Asian American Commission Unity Dinner
Friday, May 19, 2017 Chinese Progressive Association’s 40th Anniversary Gala
Monday, May 15, 2017 BBA 2017 Law Day Dinner
Thursday, May 04, 2017 Mass Bar Association 2017 Annual Dinner
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 AALAM Annual Banquet
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 Career Development Panel
Friday, April 28, 2017 NUSL Solo and Small Firm Symposium
Friday, April 28, 2017 Asian Community Development Corporation - Dim Sum Breakfast
Thursday, April 27, 2017 MBA CLE: Navigating Unconscious Bias
Sunday, March 26, 2017 Lunch with NAPABA President, Cyndie Chang
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 MBA: How to Identify Implicit Bias in Jury Selection Through Voir Dire
Friday, February 10, 2017 Suffolk APALSA Lunar New Year Celebration
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Judicial Application Process: An Evening with Experts
Thursday, February 02, 2017 Networking Across the Bar "Alphabet Soup" Mixer
Monday, December 05, 2016 AALAM Holiday Party
Friday, December 02, 2016 31st Annual Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund Dinner
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 AALAM Kick-Off Event and Trivia Night
Saturday, November 05, 2016 2016 Silk Road Gala
Saturday, November 05, 2016 AALAM lunch at 2016 NAPABA San Diego Convention
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Boston Bar Association 2016 Annual Meeting Luncheon
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 Meet the Asian Outreach Unit
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 CAPABA's 16th Annual Dinner
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 AALAM Institute Series: Attorney-Client Privilege
Saturday, September 17, 2016 Annual BBQ
Friday, August 05, 2016 AALAM Dim Sum
Saturday, June 11, 2016 Golf Day
Friday, June 10, 2016 AALAM Dim Sum at Hei La Moon
Thursday, June 09, 2016 Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice: 2016 Annual Reception
Friday, June 03, 2016 Asian American Commission Unity Dinner
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 My Trip History: A Conversation with Salle Yoo, General Counsel of Uber
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Volunteering at Ricesticks & Tea
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Government and Public Interest Attorneys Mix and Mingle
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Lunar New Year Celebration

The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
c/o The Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3774

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