Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2011
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Top: MBA President Denise Squillante, third from left, at the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers' Annual Banquet.

Bottom: MBA President Denise Squillante, left, and Kimberly E. Winter, right, at the banquet.

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Squillante delivers keynote at MAWL's annual banquet

June 28 program honored SJC Associate Justice Margot Botsford

Massachusetts Bar Association President Denise Squillante gave the keynote speech at the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers' Annual Banquet on June 28 at the University of Massachusetts Club, Boston. The event honored Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Margot Botsford and included a presentation of scholarship awards to law students.

Squillante, who is the MBA's eighth female president and has led the association through its centennial year, spoke to banquet attendees about the role of female leadership in the legal community.

"I am troubled by my observations of what I will refer to as 'the demise of women in our profession,'" said Squillante, who noted that at many meetings she attends as a representative of the MBA, women are noticeably absent from leadership positions. Squillante established the MBA's Lawyers in Transition Committee, in part to add lifelines to women attorneys who may feel they 'can't have it all,' while juggling a family and career.

"Women have differing challenges facing them in the practice of law, and do not let anyone tell you any differently," said Squillante, who encouraged attendees to mentor young, female attorneys and set good leadership examples. "We have a responsibility to see what is happening and make a conscious effort to stem the tide [of women leaving profession and absent in leadership positions]."

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