Women’s Leadership & Advancement Forum

Promoting the Pow[h]er of Attorney

This fall, the Boston Bar Association will introduce a forum 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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Boston College Club – 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA

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Michele Coleman Mayes
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
The New York Public Library

Michele Coleman Mayes is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library (NYPL).  Ms. Mayes joined NYPL in August 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company since 2007. She served as Chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. She served as a Senior Vice President and the General Counsel of Pitney Bowes Inc. from 2003 to 2007 and in several legal capacities at Colgate-Palmolive from 1992 to 2003.  In 1982, Ms. Mayes entered the corporate sector as managing attorney of Burroughs Corporation.  After Burroughs and Sperry Corporation merged, creating Unisys Corporation, she was appointed Staff Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Worldwide Litigation.  From 1976 through 1982, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit and Brooklyn, eventually assuming the role of Chief of the Civil Division in Detroit.  Ms. Mayes received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Ms. Mayes served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013-2014. She served as Chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. Effective in 2015, she was appointed as an Advisor to the ABA Business Law Section, and in that same year, became a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. In August 2016, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO).

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR

FORUM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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Lisa Arrowood
Founding Partner
Arrowood LLP

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Deborah Barnard
Professional Development & Growth Partner
Holland and Knight

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Elaine Herrmann Blais
Head of Litigation
Goodwin

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Margaret Brown
Retired Partner
Skadden

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Susan Finegan
Partner
Mintz Levin

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Sula Fiszman
Partner
Morgan Lewis

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Kathy Henry
General Counsel
Eastern Bank

Peggy Ho

Peggy Ho
Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Head of Government Relations
LPL Financial

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Renée Landers
Professor of Law and Faculty Director
Suffolk University Law School

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Deborah Manus
Managing Partner
Nutter

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Christina Miller
Chief, District Courts and Community Prosecutions
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

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Maureen Mulligan
Partner
Peabody & Arnold

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Mala Rafik
Founding Partner
Rosenfeld & Rafik, P.C.

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Ruth Silman
Managing Partner
Nixon Peabody

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Carol Starkey
Partner
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford

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Mary Strother
First Assistant Attorney General
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

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Jane Willis
Partner
Ropes & Gray

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