Posts Categorized: Voices of the Bar

Voices of the Bar 3/19/15: What’s your signature dish?

You might’ve seen us mention “Tweets for Pizza” lately. For the curious: we’re asking students at our sponsor law schools (BC, BU, New England Law Boston, Northeastern, and Suffolk) to follow the BBA on Twitter and tweet #BBAtweetsforpizza at us; students who do so have the chance to win an exam-period pizza party. The BBA will also be visiting each school and offering a second chance to win for students who tweet a picture at our info desk.

With this in mind, BBA Week reached out to a random sampling of its members and asked:

“What is your signature dish/drink to serve at or bring to a party?”

Karen L. McKenna – Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.
“Every year we have a party on the 4th of July (which also happens to be my birthday) where we serve our special smoked BBQ ribs, made by my husband in his Big Green Egg after being marinated overnight in my family’s secret BBQ sauce recipe, and either margaritas or “Mexican Mules” – a refreshing combination of tequila, lime juice and ginger beer. For a less time intensive dish to bring to parties or pot lucks, I often make my sour cream corn bread (it travels well and goes with everything) or cream cheese roll-ups, which are always a big hit with the kids (and the dogs!).”


Brad Bedingfield – Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
“Pigs in a blanket. The only parties I go to these days involve lots of grubby little kids, so it has to be quick, filling, and relatively easy to scrape off the floor.”


Elizabeth W. Kaloyanides – Robinson+Cole
“I love to bring a tray of my “YiaYia’s Macaroni and Cheese.” It’s very indulgent and always a crowd pleaser, but I cannot divulge my grandmother’s secret recipe.”


Daniel T. Janis – Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.
“Exclusive craft locovore beer.”


Paul C. Bauer – Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
“My go-to choice for parties would have to be a hoppy, locally-brewed beer, typically from one of our craft brewery clients. I am no connoisseur, but I try to bring a beer that sparks conversation and tastes great.”


If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Gabrielle Guarracino at

Voices of the Bar 3/12/15: What are you most looking forward to for spring?

It’s official: temperatures hit fifty degrees this week, so we’re going ahead and saying spring is just around the corner. Who cares about the current cooler temperatures and the snow forecast for the weekend? We’re ready to start thinking about warmer-weather activities!

With this in mind, BBA Week reached out and asked:

“What are you most looking forward to for spring?”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Gabrielle Guarracino at

(Psst — have you noticed that something is a little different? You’re not imagining things: ‘Voices of the Bar’ has its very own blog! Check out our main page for more content.)

Cohen_FrancesFrances S. Cohen – Office of the Attorney General
“No more snow! I’m looking forward to taking my two restless terriers running along the Charles River. We already have new light at the end of the day. Soon the sycamore trees will be in leaf, the fruit trees will blossom and grass will cover the banks. Right now though, it’s a muddy, slushy mess.”

Fleming_JenJennifer T. Fleming – Steffensen, Fleming & Associates, LLC
“I’m most looking forward to a collective lifting of everyone’s spirits!”


Parton_CaitlinCaitlin Parton – Disability Law Center
“I am looking forward to exploring Boston without being bundled up, being able to sit outside at restaurants, and meeting other recently licensed Massachusetts attorneys at BBA events.”

Voices of the Bar 3/5/15: What was your favorite game to play as a kid?

We couldn’t be more excited about the BBF’s Casino Night for Summer Jobs coming up on March 12. There will be appetizers, a silent auction, and a magician — but, of course, the main attraction is the array of games, from Texas Hold ‘Em to roulette, that transform 16 Beacon Street into a virtual two-level casino.

With this in mind, BBA Week reached out and asked:

“What was your favorite game to play as a kid?”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Gabrielle Guarracino at

Amanda K. Notarangelo – Holland & Knight LLP
“When my brother and I were kids, in addition to playing the usual board games at home, our parents invented games to keep us entertained (and well behaved) in the car. My favorite of these was “I see the bridge!”. Whenever we were driving to or from the Cape, the first person to see the Sagamore Bridge and yell “I see the bridge!” won. The fact that there was no actual prize didn’t stop us from taking the game very seriously.”

Cole M. Young – Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP
“Monopoly was always my go-to (and still is).  I am pretty sure no one ever knew the exact rules so, as you played, you were able to make them up as you went along.  Plus, there were always a few people who “had enough” after a few hours.  So, if you could hang in there, you were bound to win at some point.  I once declared a “merger,” which meant I was teaming up with the other person who was losing pretty badly and we simply combined our money and property.”

Michael B. Abasciano – Floyd Advisory
“My favorite game to play as kid was “Sharks and Minnows”.  My friends and I were all on the swim team and very competitive so we had a lot of fun playing.  We would play all the time, whether it be before or after swim practice or at my friend’s pool in the summer.  We’d even find ways to play in the ocean.  Thankfully none of us drowned, but our competitive nature certainly yielded several skirmishes and bumps and bruises along the way.”

Joshua D. Nadreau – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen P.C.
“By far my favorite and the most memorable game I played as a kid was the almost daily Scrabble matches with my grandmother. Not only was it fun, but it taught me from an early age the importance of spelling and a strong vocabulary. As an endorsement to Casino Night (which everyone should attend), I’ve played my fair share of Texas hold’em over the years as well.”

Deborah Silva – Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
“One of my favorite games to play when I was a kid was a card game – Rummy 500 – which I used to play with my mother.  She was a very competitive card player and I almost always lost, which was very frustrating at times, but I couldn’t resist the challenge.  On the few occasions when I did win, the victory was all that much sweeter because of the tough battle.  Now I play cards with my daughter and she is a fierce competitor, too – just like her grandmother!”

Christopher D. Strang – Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young LLP
“I didn’t play games as a child…I was busy getting ready to be a lawyer.”


Jennifer L. Mikels – Duane Morris LLP
“Monopoly Junior – I liked owning the purple board spaces!”