Statement on Jennifer Saubermann’s Elevation to President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Last week, Jennifer Saubermann, Acting General Counsel for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, was named President of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts. Below is a statement from MassTech's executive directo reacting to the news:
“This is a well-deserved honor for Jennifer and it’s clear that the WBA’s members recognize the same qualities that we see every day – a talented, smart, hard-working attorney who has been a strong advocate for women’s leadership throughout her long career in public service,” said Carolyn Kirk, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “We are privileged to work with Jennifer and wish her and the WBA of Massachusetts success over the coming year.”
The full press release announcing her new role is available below or via the WBA of Massachusetts website.
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WBA HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING AND RECEPTION
Women's Bar Association Ushers in New Leadership, Welcomes Newly Admitted Attorneys and Longtime Members
BOSTON, MA - April 3, 2019 - The Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its Annual Meeting and Reception, also welcoming newly admitted lawyers on March 28, 2019 at the Omni Parker House Hotel. At the event, the WBA introduced new leadership, shared exciting accomplishments of the past year and welcomed both longtime members and new women attorneys to the organization and to the Massachusetts legal community.
The WBA is thrilled to welcome Jennifer Saubermann as the organization's incoming President. Jennifer is the Acting General Counsel of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), a public economic development authority that supports the Commonwealth’s innovation economy. Prior to joining MassTech, Jennifer served as Director of Program Integrity and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, and worked for the Legislature as the General Counsel for both the House and Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and Legal Counsel for the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Jennifer has been actively involved with the WBA since graduating from law school. She was the President-Elect of the WBA during the 2018-19 term, served as the WBA Treasurer for four terms, and as a co-chair of the Government Lawyers’ Committee for six years. She has been on the board since 2007. She is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, and attended college at Binghamton University in New York.
At the annual meeting, the WBA voted on a slate of officers and elected members of the Board of Directors. The organization welcomes the following new and returning officers and directors for 2019-20.
- President: Jennifer Saubermann, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
- President-Elect: Nicole Forbes, Globalization Partners
- Vice President of Membership & Statewide Outreach: Kim Donlon, Major Lindsey & Africa
- Vice President, Operations: Sarah Gagan, Latham & Watkins, LLP
- Treasurer: Kristy Lavigne, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
- Secretary: Heather Gamache, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
WBA Immediate Past President
- Meredith Ainbinder, Emerson College
WBA Board of Directors
- Carolyn Alenci, Duane Morris LLP
- Jessica Babine, Cornetta Babine LLC
- Margaret Caulfield, Alkermes, Inc.
- Melissa Garlick, ADL
- Kate Isley, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
- Gwen Nolan King, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak, Cohen, P.C.
- Alexandra Mitropoulos, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
- Krina Patel, Biogen
- Tricia Rich, Fresenius Medical Care
- Emily Robey-Phillips, Jones Day
- Nancy Rothstein, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
- Jamie Sabino, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
- Kristin Shirahama, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
- Raquel Webster, National Grid
- Julie Dick, Community Legal Aid (Central Massachusetts)
- Camala Richardson. Law Office of Camala A. Richardson (Cape & Islands)
- Victoria Spetter, Law Firm of Victoria C. Spetter, PC (Middlesex)
- Brianna Sullivan, Beham Hambelton LLP (North of Boston)
The new board brings enthusiasm, a deep commitment to the WBA's mission, and a record of leadership and results on issues important to women attorneys.
At the Reception, the WBA welcomed its keynote speaker, the Hon. Kimberly S. Budd, Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, whose thoughtful remarks reflected on the multiple demands of women in practice.
Attendees also heard from Representative Joan Meschino, Third Plymouth District, who spoke about the rewards and challenges of a career in public service.
Incoming WBA President Jennifer Saubermann stated, "It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as President of the Women's Bar Association, which has been an integral part of my professional and personal life for almost 17 years. The WBA has given me wonderful mentors and friends and many opportunities for leadership and professional development. Through my years of government practice, I have developed a deep understanding of the importance of our legislative advocacy work, and the impact the WBA can have in shaping policies that promote gender equality. I look forward to working with our members in the year ahead - using the power of our collective voice to influence policies and laws that make positive changes to better ourselves and all women in the Commonwealth."
Outgoing WBA President Meredith Ainbinder reflected, "Serving as President has been an amazing opportunity. I am grateful for every chance I had to collaborate with other women lawyers, represent the organization everywhere from law firms to the State House, and to be a voice seeking progress in the way women experience and advance in our profession. Last year, we celebrated our 40th anniversary and proved that our mission is more critical than ever. I was proud that we issued our study on workplace conduct in Massachusetts firms, offered programming on sexual assault, passed legislation that promotes equality and had a successful Gala that honored women who truly help other women. I congratulate Jennifer Saubermann, our new WBA President, and our new executive board and board of directors, as they continue our important work. Thank you to our members for the support, friendship, and this treasured opportunity.”
About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a vast membership of accomplished women lawyers, judges, and law students across Massachusetts. The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and taskforces and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues. Other WBA activities include drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through supporting its charitable sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.