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
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
Professional Development & Growth Partner
Holland and Knight
Elaine Herrmann Blais
Head of Litigation
Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Head of Government Relations
Professor of Law and Faculty Director
Suffolk University Law School
Chief, District Courts and Community Prosecutions
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Peabody & Arnold
Rosenfeld & Rafik, P.C.
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford
First Assistant Attorney General
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Ropes & Gray