Today is my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, and is also the day I am sitting down to write my first blog post as President of the BBA. What an exciting time of firsts! I am very much looking forward to the coming year. The BBA will be focusing on a number of important issues, including court funding, civil legal aid, livable wages for prosecutors and public defenders, the injustice of mass incarceration, and the challenges facing law students and new lawyers in the changing economy.
My involvement in the BBA has always been an important part of my personal and professional identity, and has allowed me to advocate for issues affecting the administration of justice which do not come up in my “day job” at Foley Hoag. In fact, it is one of the reasons that I love being a lawyer. As Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” I am glad that my search for professional fulfillment has led me to the BBA.
The mission of the BBA is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, and serve the community at large. If you share my passion for these issues, I hope that you will be active in the BBA in the coming year and join us in this important work.