MATA Women Trial Lawyers Caucus
Co-chairs: Lauren Guth Barnes and Kim Dougherty
Welcome to the MATA Women’s Caucus! The MATA Women’s Caucus provides opportunities for women at varying levels of the profession to connect with one another and share experiences, lessons learned in law, knowledge and wisdom. Through social, professional, educational and community service events, the Women’s Caucus is a resource for networking and developing relationships between women in the plaintiff’s bar and helps foster an environment where women attorneys can learn from one another and overcome challenges together.
In the past, we’ve hosted networking events, educational seminars, charity benefits, and more. (See below - under "PAST EVENTS" - for more details.) Ideas for new events include:
  • Educational programs from a female litigator’s perspective 
  • Recurring breakfasts or lunches with judges
  • Recurring breakfasts with female clerks (by county)
  • Reception/awards for female judicial inductees
  • “Passing the Torch” - honoring both retiring and new female judges
  • Providing mentors/partners at MATA events and elsewhere
  • Generating referral networks
  • Drafting and publishing articles about female trial lawyers for MA Lawyers Weekly
  • Exploring methods for moving into leadership within MATA and other groups
Here's what some of our members have to say about their involvement in the MATA WTLC:
  • MATA President-Elect Kim Winter:
  • MBA President Valerie Yarashus:
  • Former WBA President Kathy Jo Cook:
  • Former WBA President Marianne LeBlanc:
  • MATA BOG member Alice Braunstein:
  • MATA BOG member Kathy O'Donnell: 
Membership is easy: contact one of the co-chairs or join us at an upcoming event!
Have ideas? Want to join the WC and get more involved? Contact either of the co-chairs:
Lauren Guth Barnes
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
(617) 482-3700
Kim Dougherty
Bubalo Hiestand & Rotman PLC
(508) 238-6091












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