“75 Years of Leading the Way to a Socially Just Boston”
BOSTON, May 20, 2003 — The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Greater Boston Region celebrates its 75th anniversary today at the Westin Copley Hotel. The event marks 75 years of leading the way to a socially just Boston through its leadership-to-action programs. The event will be chaired by Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, who is a strong business and community leader and Somerville-native.
Regina is an alumnus of NCCJ’s LeadBoston program and the funds raised at the event will support this program’s initiatives. LeadBoston is NCCJ’s flagship program for executive leadership development. LeadBoston’s goal is to provide participants with the tools to guide their corporations toward new ways of thinking about issues including those of race, gender, class, homophobia and religious intolerance. It is a dynamic, action-oriented leadership development program that builds awareness of social justice issues, develops leadership skills and helps participants initiate change benefiting their organization and communities.
In addition to managing the firm and her professional work, Ms. Pisa serves on numerous boards, including: Citizens Financial Group, Inc.; Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc.; Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Massachusetts Business Roundtable; Franciscan Children’s Hospital; Easter Seals Society of Massachusetts; Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center, Inc.; Simmons College; Boston Plan for Excellence in Public Education; Women’s Educational and Industrial Union; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Catholic Charities; and the Somerville Museum.
Under Regina’s leadership, Goodwin Procter has recently increased its support of the Legal Apprenticeship Program, which is a joint effort of Citizen Schools and the James D. St. Clair Court Education Project. The firm was one of the first law firms to support the program, which connects attorneys with students in Boston, ages 9 to 14. The students and attorneys work together to litigate Mock Trials in front of federal and state judges at Boston’s John Joseph Moakley United States Court House.
Regina is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Most recently, she was elected to membership in The American Law Institute based on her professional achievement and interest in improving the law. The organization was founded in 1923 to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs.
In November 2002, Ms. Pisa was inducted into the Women’s Business Hall of Fame for her strong leadership skills, management abilities and team-building expertise. Women’s Business is a monthly publication dedicated to providing visibility for women in business.
In June 2002, Ms. Pisa was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers, Class of 2002. Established in 1995, the Academy recognizes women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement in their professional and civic lives. In the spring of 2002, Ms. Pisa received Lady Baden Powell Good Scout Award, which is bestowed by the Boston chapter of the Boy Scouts of America to “distinguished women who have had a significant impact on Boston area youth through service to others, community leadership and personal example.”
About Goodwin Procter LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms, with nearly 500 attorneys. The firm focuses on a number of specialized areas including, corporate/transactional, litigation, real estate, financial services, and intellectual property. Goodwin Procter is headquartered in Boston, with offices in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
About the National Conference for Community and Justice
NCCJ’s mission is to fight bias, bigotry and racism and to promote respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education programs.