35th Anniversary Celebration and Ida B. Wells Award Afternoon Tea


Dear MBWA members, friends and supporters,

Wow! What an absolutely phenomenal day we had on Saturday, April 9, 2016! On behalf of the MBWA Board, I extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you who attended and supported our 35th Anniversary Celebration & Ida B. Wells Award Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel in Boston. The afternoon was pure magic with over 120 guests gathered to join our celebration. Thank you to our Platinum sponsors – Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC, Sanofi-Genzyme and Ropes & Gray LLP and our Silver sponsors – the Boston Bar Association, Lawson & Weitzen, LLP and Sherin and Lodgen LLP.
Thank you also to our amazing Mistress of Ceremonies, Abim Thomas, and a huge thank you to our keynote speaker, the Honorable Shannon Frison, Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, who graciously stepped in for Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine S. Hines at the last minute and delivered a powerful speech that captivated and inspired all of us. Finally, congratulations again to our honorees – Yalonda T. Howze of Mintz Levin (Ida B. Wells Award), Tracey L. McCain of Sanofi Genzyme (Ida B. Wells Award), Jacquelynne J. Bowman of Greater Boston Legal Services (Public Interest Award) and Valerie C. Caldwell (Member Appreciation Award) of the Boston Municipal Court, Dorchester Division. We could not be prouder of your accomplishments and thank you for all of the ways in which you demonstrate the skill, talent and power of Massachusetts black women attorneys.

More event photos will be posted on our page, so be sure to check back here in the next couple of days or so. In the meantime, thank you again for your support in celebrating MBWA’s 35 Years of Excellence. It is truly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again at next year’s Ida B. Wells Afternoon Tea, if not before.

Warmest regards,

Deborah L. Johnson
Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys

Congratulations to the 2016 MBWA Ida B. Wells Award, Public Interest Award
and Member Appreciation Award Recipients:

Yalonda T. Howze, Esq.
Ida B. Wells Award
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Jacquelynne J. Bowman, Esq.
Public Interest Award
Executive Director
Greater Boston Legal Services

Tracey L. McCain, Esq.
Ida B. Wells Award
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Sanofi Genzyme

Valerie C. Caldwell, Esq.
Member Appreciation Award
Assistant Clerk Magistrate
Boston Municipal Court – Dorchester Division

We also want to thank the following sponsors:

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silver level





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