Over 600 guests attended the 2015 MBLA Gala held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel Over 600 guests attended the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (“MBLA”) Annual Gala on April 8, 2015 to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of The Honorable Chief Justice Roderick L Ireland, Diane B. Patrick, Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Tony West. The event was held at The Boston Park Plaza and emceed by WCVB-TV CityLine host, Karen Holmes Ward. The distinguished guest list included national, state, and local dignitaries, appointed and elected officials, members of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court of Massachusetts, and Massachusetts state judiciary, the Massachusetts legal community, and many supporters throughout Massachusetts. Former Governor Deval Patrick, United States Senator Edward J. Markey, United States Representative Catherine Clarke, First Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sandra L. Lynch, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants were a few of the notable supporters in attendance at the Gala. Bookended by networking receptions sponsored by Goodwin Procter LLP and State Street, the MBLA acknowledged the following esteemed honorees: - 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: The Honorable Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Retired Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court - 2015 Trailblazer Award Recipient: Diane B. Patrick, Co-Managing Partner of the Boston Office of Ropes & Gray LLP - 2015 Trailblazer Award Recipient: Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law - 2015 Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award Recipient: Tony West, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PepsiCo, Inc. - Judge Reginald Lindsay Public Service Law Book Award Recipient: Katherine Charles, New England Law|Boston - Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland Juvenile Justice and Leadership Book Award Recipient: Gabrielle Pingue, Northeastern University School of Law “The 2015 Annual Gala was truly an inspirational evening. We are thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of support from so many law firms, government agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations, and other individuals. Their commitment and generosity will allow the MBLA to continue another year of innovative programming for our members and the broader community.” - Doreen M. Rachal, President, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, 2014-2015 The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association is one of New England’s leading and largest affinity bar associations. Since 1973, the MBLA has provided a valuable network and visible presence for attorneys of color with the Massachusetts legal community. www.massblacklawyers.org
United States Senator Edward Markey, Governor Deval Patrick, Flash Wiley, Steven Wright
Diane B. Patrick (Trailblazer Award Recipient), Jacqui Budd, First Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sandra L. Lynch
Back Row: Adam Foss, Eron Hackshaw, Stephen Hall, Tavares Brewington, E. Abim Thomas, Danielle Pelot, Vanessa Ebode-Messi, Jermaine Kidd, Front Row: Stesha Emmanuel, Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient), MBLA President Doreen M. Rachal, Diane B. Patrick (Trailblazer Award Recipient), Professor Charles Ogletree, Jr. (Trailblazer Award Recipient)
Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient), MBLA President Doreen M. Rachal, Diane B. Patrick (Trailblazer Award Recipient), Professor Charles Ogletree, Jr. (Trailblazer Award Recipient)
Back Row: Damian Wilmot, Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Eddie Jenkins, Odel Hudson, Kirk Jackson, Honorable Serge Georges, Wayne Budd, E. Abim Thomas, Front Row: Walter Prince, Richard Doen, Angela McConney Scheepers, President Doreen M. Rachal (2014-2015), Rachael Rollins, Steven Wright
Back row: Vanessa Ebode-Messi, Eron Hackshaw, Stephen Hall, Scott Mayes, E. Abim Thomas, Tavares Brewington, Front Row: Stesha Emmanuel, Sheriece Perry, MBLA President Doreen M. Rachal, President-Elect Angela Gomes, Jermaine Kidd, Danielle Pelot, Adam Foss
Greater Boston Real Estate Board Chairman Richard Beal, Mayor Martin Walsh, and Office of Fair Housing and Equity Director Dion Irish congratulate Fair Housing Art Contest winner Rayzheen Crawford, of Boston Day and Evening Academy, during Mayor Walsh’s award ceremony in the Eagle Room at Boston City Hall.
Mayor Martin Walsh and other officials cut the ribbon for the official opening of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square.
U.S. senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Martin Walsh and former Gov. Deval Patrick were among elected officials and hundreds of other people who gathered to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide at the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson addresses a crowd gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square. The building houses the headquarters for the Boston Public Schools and has retail and restaurant space on the first floor.