WBA New Bedford/Fall River Area Committee

WBA New Bedford/Fall River Area Committee The Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts is committed to achieving the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society.

The New Bedford/Fall River Area Committee provides WBA members residing and/or practicing in Southeastern Massachusetts with a forum where they may meet, network, share ideas and participate in local programming. The Committee seeks to support the personal and professional goals of members in our geographical location through social and educational events. For more information, contact the Committ

The New Bedford/Fall River Area Committee provides WBA members residing and/or practicing in Southeastern Massachusetts with a forum where they may meet, network, share ideas and participate in local programming. The Committee seeks to support the personal and professional goals of members in our geographical location through social and educational events. For more information, contact the Committ

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We are deeply saddened by the death of MarDee Xifaras. She was an inspiration to all women lawyers and a member of our committee. Our condolences to Judge Xifaras and their family. MarDee will be greatly missed by the legal community and the Democratic Party where she was a leader locally and nationally. ❤️🙏🏻


Please join us tomorrow for our Summer Gathering!!!


From Atty. Eve Gates: NB friends please join Massachusetts Juvenile Bar Association co-president Attorney Jillian Ellis and myself in a walk downtown on 6/29 to hand deliver the Lawyer Moms of America open letter to Congressman Bill Keating’s office. Lawyer moms and their kids are encouraged to attend!! Meet at the corner of William and Eighth in New Bedford at 1 p.m.!!




Several of the agencies (Immigrants Assistance Center, Southcoast Counties Legal Services, Catholic Charities, the Community and Economic Development Corporation CEDC in the North End of New Bedford, the Immigration Clinic and the Law School, etc). will be joining us to review their work and clarify where they could use our help.

RSVP: Email Judge Borders at [email protected] or MarDee Xifaras at [email protected].


Women's Advocacy Day at the State House is May 16th! If you are interested in attending please contact Jordan Pouliot
Girls Exclusive Coordinator at the YWCA at 508-999-3255.

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WBA Board of Directors applications deadline Tuesday, Feb. 14:
The nomination and application process for the WBA's Board of Directors is now open. If you are interested in running for election to the Board, please submit your application by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 14.

Each board candidate will have the opportunity to speak briefly about her candidacy at the Annual Meeting which will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Boston Omni Parker House Hotel. All candidate applications and bios will be posted on the WBA website.

WBA marched in Boston On Saturday.

WBA marched in Boston On Saturday.


The New Bedford/Fall River Committee of WBA will host a Holiday gathering at the Abbey Grill, 100 Rock Street, Fall River, MA 02720 on Thursday, December 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. There is a fee of $10.00 for nonmembers and we will have applications available to join the WBA.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sharon Puccini & Julie Lynch

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Save the Date: Thursday, June 23 @ 5:00 pm to 7 pm, Tequlia Lime, 197 Bank Street, Fall River
Judge Cynthia Brackett & Asst. Clerk Cynthia Vincent Thomas will discuss district court practice.
Join us for appetizers and cocktails (cash bar)
$10 non-members
No cost members
Join the WBA today or renew your membership!
Email Sharon Sullivan-Puccini at [email protected] to rsvp


In Memory of Rosemary Cooper

I got this from another woman attorney - who posted it. It was an email we received from one of the most wonderful, bravest women we knew. She was a defense attorney in Springfield who stood up to the Judges who tried to force her to take cases without compensation. An ardent fighter for our causes. Rosemary passed away not long after she sent this. Love you Rosemary!

To the Sisters and Women Friends of all Ages; this is for you. It was sent to me by a woman attorney who was both zealous and courageous and worked so hard on behalf of all appointed counsel.

January of 2007

From: [email protected]/RIP

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea
and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage,about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, themother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.

"Don't forget your sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves
to the bottom of her glass.

"They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much
you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you mayhave, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them. "Remember that 'sisters means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. "You'll need other women. Women always do."

'What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't
I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters
and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents die.
Colleagues forget favors.
Careers end.


Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end. Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you... Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law,
sisters, sisters-in-law, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousinsand extended family all bless our life! The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still. Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful. I just did.

Short and very sweet:

There are more than twenty angels in this world. Ten are peacefully sleeping on clouds. Nine are playing. And one is on facebook at this moment. Send this message to ten of your friends
including me. If you get 5 replies, someone you love will surprise you.
Happy days!


Happy Public Defense Day to all my Bar Advocate friends. I challenge each of you to share a story about something you did to prove why we do this work and how important it is.

I recall the young woman I represented who was accused of breaking her child's leg. This young woman had grown up in Foster Care herself, so she really didn't trust many people. When she was homeless, she had taken her two children and was living in a shelter. She had sent her newborn to daycare one day and the child came home with what ended up to be a broken leg. She swore she had done nothing to her her child but everyone was against her - althoigh no one had seen anything - she was automatically assumed to have been the one who hurt this child. The staff at the house was against her, as were the child's teachers, her social worker, even some of the other residents at the house. You cannot imagine the number of times I asked her if she had done anything - even by accident - that could have caused this injury. I knew that this young woman's world would end if this case went badly. Not only could she be found guilty of this crime, but she would also lose both of her children to DCF. I had a polygraph done - results inconclusive. We were offered a continuance without a finding, but that would be conditioned upon an admission - and ANY admission - even to accident - would mean the kids would be taken away. We had no option but to try the case. The District Attorney assigned was considered to be one of the toughest in the office - it was rumorred that she had never lost a trial. After two days of trial - in which the staff, the teachers, two of the residents, and even a doctor from Boston Children's hospital testified, I had my client take the stand. She told her story calmly, not unemotionally, but remained controlled. Within an hour of the jury getting the case - they came back NOT GUILTY to all charges. I saw this client on the street a few mothsa ago - she had since had two more children - and she had all four with her - they had been reunited - she had her own apartment - and she and her children were together.


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Hope you can join us Thursday, November 19th from 5 to 7 PM at Mesa 21 in Fall River! We will be hearing from our Governor's Councilor Joe Ferreira.

Senate Passes Resolution to Encourage Corporate Gender Diversity
Senate Passes Resolution to Encourage Corporate Gender Diversity

Senate Passes Resolution to Encourage Corporate Gender Diversity

The Senate today voted in favor of S1007, a resolution to encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on boards of companies in the Commonwealth. Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) and l...

Equal Pay Day Tuesday April 24 from 2 to 4 pm at State Househttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/equal-pay-day-tickets-1618685130...
Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day Tuesday April 24 from 2 to 4 pm at State House

Equal Pay Coalition, invites you to Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of the wage gap and our new bill: An Act to Establish Pay Equity Where: Grand Staircase, Massachusetts State House When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2 p.m. Confirmed speakers include Treasurer Deborah Goldberg,…


Save the Date: Join us for dinner at the Cove Restaurant on Monday, April 27 after work (time to be determined). The Cove has 2 for one dinners for $35. Newly elected WBA Board member Julie Lynch will discuss the Board's plans for the next year. Hope you can join us!


Congratulations Julie Lynch on being elected to the WBA Board of Directors!

Instead of seeing 50 Shades of Grey, donate to @WBFofMA to help low-income victims of DV http://goo.gl/8NaKom  #50dollar...
Donate to the WBF - Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts

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Please consider helping the Women’s Bar Foundation by purchasing the 2015 Entertainment® book. It’s full of 50% off and 2-for-1 offers to restaurants, theaters, sports, travel, retail, and much much more in your area. The books are being sold at a special price and you can easily save more than that…


2015 Women's Bar Association's Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015, 5:30 PM
Where: Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston , MA (Following the annual meeting is reception for newly admitted bar members)
www.womensbar.org (to register)


WBA Annual Legislative Breakfast
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015, 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Where: Massachusetts State House Great Hall
Boston, MA


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