Women's Forum

The Foley Hoag Women’s Forum is aimed at cultivating women leaders. The Forum is focused on recruiting, retention, career advancement and business development activities for women attorneys. The Forum serves as an internal network to nurture professional skill development and open doors to external networks to support the career and business goals of Foley Hoag’s women lawyers at every level.

At the heart of the Women’s Forum are mentoring circles for women attorneys. Each mentoring circle consists of 8-10 women attorneys from various departments at different experience levels who meet informally on a regular basis to discuss professional development issues such as business development, career advancement and work/life balance.

The mentoring circles are complemented by monthly women associate lunches, which Foley Hoag women partners join every quarter.  These lunches often feature discussions led by consultants or in-house counsel. The women partners also meet amongst themselves bi-monthly for lunch or dinner.

The firm serves as host and sponsor of many seminars, round table discussions, and marketing events targeted to business women, and the Forum ensures that Foley Hoag’s women attorneys are active participants and speakers at these events. Such events are produced in collaboration with The Mass Technology Leadership Council, MosiacHUB, and the Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter, to name a few.

Moving Industry, Commerce & Policy Forward

Foley Hoag attorneys are often called upon to lead industry missions and advance policy and market opportunities. Some of these leadership positions include the following:

  • Clara Brillembourg  as Advisory Council Member for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Hemmie Chang as Board Member of South Cove Manor, Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Inc. and South Cove Nursing Facilities Foundation
  • Martha Coakley as Former Member of Board of Directors of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Barbara Fiacco as Second Vice President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Constance Garner as Executive Director for Advance CLASS, Inc.
  • Meredith Haviland as a Co-Host of Mass Technology Leadership Council’s The View From the Top podcast series featuring leading thought leaders and Co-Producer of MosiacHUB’s Women in Entrepreneurship Professional Series
  • Lisa Wood as a Board member of the Center for Women and Enterprise

Legal Community Leadership

Leadership among Bar associations is a given. But the Foley Hoag Women’s Forum nurtures a culture of succession planning and inclusion. Associates are regularly introduced to Bar involvement and mentored through leadership roles. A few of the many Bar positions held by Foley Hoag attorneys are below.

  • Julia Huston as Past-President of the Boston Bar Association and Past-President of the Greater Boston Legal Services and the Women’s Bar Association
  • Martha Coakley as Past-President of the Women’s Bar Association
  • Sarah Altschuller as member of the Advisory Council for the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights
  • Mélida Hodgson as Founding Member of the Washington Women in International Arbitration
  • Tracy Roosevelt as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Women in International Law Interest Group
  • DeAnn Smith as Co-Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association International & Foreign Law Committee
  • Sandra Shapiro as Past-President of the Women’s Bar Association 

 Women's Bar Association 2016 Gala Sponosr

Community, Civic and Cultural Leadership

When it comes to leadership, we take it personally. Leadership by our attorneys extends past the legal and business context and furthers personal civic, social, educational and cultural interests. We are proud of the many roles held by our associates, counsel, and partners including the following:

  • Kathleen Brill as Vice President of the Board of the Fenway Civic Association
  • Hemmie Chang as Founding Director of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
  • Claire Laporte as Member of the Board of Overseers for The Handel & Haydn Society
  • Kathryn Manza as a Big Sister Mentor through the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Tafadzwa Pasipanodya as Member of Board of Trustees of the Almasi Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization to help develop and support the dramatic arts industry in Zimbabwe
  • Sandra Shapiro as as Overseer of Celebrity Series of Boston and former Chair of its Board of Overseers, former Director of Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council, Inc. and former Overseer of New England Conservatory and Boston Lyric Opera
  • Karen Tepichin as a Board Officer with Kid Risk, Inc.

Leading by Example

Leadership is honed internally before external contributions can be realized. Serving by example is a first-step for our Women’s Forum. Women who rank among Foley Hoag’s most senior leaders and participate in Forum programs include Julia Huston, Chair of the Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition Practice, and Co-Chair of the Advertising and Marketing Practice; Meredith Haviland, Deputy-Chair of the Business Department; Gwen Jaramillo, Chair of the Trade Sanctions and Export Controls Practice Group; Teresa Martland, Foley Hoag Executive Committee member; Hathaway Russell, Co-Chair of the Personalized Medicine Practice; DeAnn Smith, Co-Chair of the PTAB Proceedings Practice; Lisa Wood, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, Chair of Auditor Defense and Antitrust Practice Groups, Co-Chair of Advertising and Marketing Practice and member of Distribution and Billing Committees; Christina Hioureas, Chair of the United Nations Practice; and Alicia Barton, Co-Chair of the Energy & Cleantech Practice.

Every lawyer at Foley Hoag has an opportunity to rise as high as his or her ability and work ethic can take him or her. The Foley Hoag Women’s Forum adds to the essential support and guidance from accomplished peers, mentors, and sponsors to help every woman attorney realize her potential.