Boston Bar Names Public Interest Leaders

Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 01:00

Reaffirming the Boston Bar Association's commitment to developing the next generation of civic leaders, BBA President Tony Doniger has named 15 lawyers as the newest members of the BBA's prestigious Public Interest Leadership Program.

The leadership training program, now in its fifth year, is for lawyers who have practiced law for fewer than 10 years, and fosters the professional relationships that are essential to success. Participants of the 12-month program become part of a growing alumni network, where both new and old members can benefit from the experience and leadership of their predecessors. The program was expanded this year due to overwhelming demand.

This year's Public Interest Leadership Program participants graduated from eight different law schools and represent 11 law firms, eight of which are new to the program this year.Members of the group also come from legal services agencies, the Massachusetts Legislature, and include a solo practitioner.

The 2007-2008 Public Interest Leaders will be provided with an insider's view of a large scope of civic and charitable opportunities in Greater Boston. Participants will spend approximately 200 hours in meetings and workshops throughout the year, learning from prominent community leaders and Public Interest Leadership alums, developing insight into local organizations, and inspiring their peers to become more active in the civic arena.

The Public Interest leaders are: Claire Bishop Abely, Foley & Lardner LLP; Aaron J. Agulnek, Massachusetts State Senate; Jennifer A. Cardello, Foley Hoag LLP; Bryan S. Conley, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; Sherley E. Cruz, Greater Boston Legal Services; Kate Grennan, AIDS Action Committee of MA; Dara Z. Kesselheim, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP; Rachel A. Lipton, Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP; Bonnie Schroeder McGuire, Ropes & Gray LLP; Jennifer M. Ryan, Dwyer & Collora, LLP; Noah C. Shaw, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.; Heidsha Sheldon, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Stephen D. Silveri, Law Office of Stephen D. Silveri; Christopher D. Strang, Corwin & Corwin LLP, and Suleyken D. Walker, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow.