Voices of the Bar 12/15/16: What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the New Year?

As 2016 winds down, we are looking ahead to the many programs and events we have planned in 2017 at the BBA. This week, we wanted to hear about the big plans that our members have, and what is most important to them as they head into the new year.

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out to ask:

What are you most looking forward to in the new year?

Melissa Sydney – Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers
“I hope that in 2017 we, as a nation, can put the ugliness of the election behind us and focus on uniting our country in order to address our nation’s most pressing issues.”


Thanda Fields Brassard – Fiduciary Trust Company
“I look forward to tackling new adventures and challenges personally and professionally in 2017.  I look forward to using my energy and creativity to help my clients address the important issues they face, and to ensure that their estate plans stay in line with any new laws (or changes) that may emerge next year.  Finally, I am committed to doing my part in 2017 to make the world a better place, particularly in my role as a trustee of Judge Bakers Children’s Center, which is committed to improving the lives of children with mental health and behavioral issues.  With a brand new year ahead of me, I feel that anything and everything is possible.”

Stephen Nolan – Nolan Sheehan Patten
“On the personal front, I am looking forward to interesting travels with my wife, including a trip to Macchu Pichu.  On the career front, I am looking forward to another year of engaging legal work dealing with the challenges of community development and affordable housing.  On the local front, I am looking forward to the commuter rail running on time.  On the national front, I am looking forward to (hoping against hope for), an awakening of the disengaged citizens in our country to the importance of becoming informed and participating actively in our political system.”

Stephanie Parker – O’Connor, Carnathan & Mack
“I am most looking forward to celebrating special milestones and moments with friends and family.  This spring, I will be traveling to New York to watch one of my closest friends graduate from medical school, and in the fall, I’ll be celebrating the big 3-0.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.