MassBar Bulletin: Member Updates

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Suffolk County

Janette headshot 600pxHirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP has announced that Janette A. Ekanem was elected the president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) effective this month. Founded in 1981, the MBWA is committed to the advancement of justice and equality for people of color, with a particular emphasis on Black women and/or women of African descent.

Ekanem represents businesses, nonprofits, human service providers, colleges, universities and other entities in a variety of employment matters. Her practice involves training, providing comprehensive counsel, litigation, and conducting investigations.

Ekanem was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2019 and a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2020. Most recently, she was recognized as one of 2021’s “Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch.”

Ekanem serves as chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Working Group and is a member of the MBA’s Labor & Employment Section Council. She is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association.


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