The Mass. Women’s Bar Association Names Friedman Public Official of Year

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The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) honored Sen. Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) with the organization’s 2022 Public Official of the Year award at the group’s annual Legislative Breakfast.

This event, organized by its Legislative Policy Committee and held virtually this year, on February 16, serves as a platform for the WBA to define its pressing legislative priorities.

WBA President-elect Kristy Lavigne presented the award to Friedman, citing the senator’s distinguished leadership on policy issues that impact women and children and her unwavering support of women lawyers and women-led organizations. women.

Friedman spoke of her passion for advocating for policies that positively affect families and working women, and she encouraged voters and organizations like the WBA to continue to play a proactive advocacy role in the policy-making process. state policies.

“I want to thank the WBA and all of its members for honoring me with this award,” Friedman, Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, said in a Feb. 23 press release. “The WBA is such a valued partner in the policy-making process in our state – it is critically important that women lawyers continue to weigh in on the policy issues that affect them and their clients, because their voices, their experiences people and their knowledge can help make sound policy become law and prevent harmful bills from being passed.

Friedman also drew attention to legislation she sponsored, including bills aimed at ending sexual harassment in venture capital relationships, raising awareness of the dangers of using toxic chemicals in children’s products and to improve access to appropriate immediate care for families dealing with mental illness. .

During the event, the WBA also highlighted the organization’s priority legislation, including increased funding for civil legal aid, job protection for victims of abusive behavior, hotline services for prisoners, pay transparency and reducing child poverty. Senator Friedman supports many of these efforts.

Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the WBA has a large number of women lawyers throughout Massachusetts. The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society.

The group strives to accomplish this mission through the work of its committees, events, and the development and promotion of a strong legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues.

WBA activities include networking and professional development, amicus advocacy, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the bench, recognizing women’s achievement in law and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.


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