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Mary Ryan '77 Honored by the Women's Bar Association

Mary Ryan, BC Law '77, was recently one of two recipients of the Women's Bar Association top honor. Ryan, a partner with Boston law firm Nutter McLennen & Fish, received the Lelia J. Robinson Award at the Women's Bar Association's 25th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston. The evening of dining and dancing was attended by over 850 people and featured US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner as the keynote speaker.

"Since its founding in 1978, the WBA has made enormous strides in promoting the equal participation of women in the legal profession and in society," said Patricia Rapinchuk, President of the Women's Bar Association. "Mary Ryan has been a leader, both by example and through her activism, in bringing women to the table and raising their voices on the key issues of the day," Rapinchuk continued.

Mary Ryan is not only recognized as one of the top environmental attorneys in Massachusetts, but she is also a leader in promoting pro bono work throughout the Greater Boston legal community. Ryan has been practicing law at Nutter McClennen & Fish for over twenty years, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of environmental law since 1989. She serves as the pro bono coordinator at the firm and is also the first and current chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Ryan also has served as president of the Women's Bar Association, president of the Boston Bar Association, and secretary and treasurer of the Boston Bar Foundation. She is currently active in numerous organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council of New England and the Board of Visitors of the Women's Union.