Massachusetts Bar Association strengthens team, fills positions

Issue August 2005

The Massachusetts Bar Association has added three key staff members, strengthening its ability to serve members in a variety of ways.

Lisa Ferrara, Esq., has been named director of programs and services. In this capacity, she will oversee member services, membership marketing, continuing legal education, law practice management, bar services liaison, western Massachusetts office management, and sections administration.

Lisa has a proven track record at the MBA, having served as program attorney and then director of continuing legal education between 2000 and 2004. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Flaschner Judicial Institute in Boston. Her responsibilities at the institute included the overall strategic direction, content development, promotion and implementation of professional development programs for the Massachusetts judiciary, as well as major fund-raising initiatives and events.

Patricia O. Plasse, formerly western office manager for the MBA, has been named bar services liaison. She will play an integral role in the MBA’s outreach initiatives and will assist with developing and maintaining relationships with affiliated and county bars across the state. Pat will be the main contact with these organizations and will coordinate requests between bar groups and MBA staff.

In addition to serving in the MBA’s Springfield office since 2000, Pat brings more than 15 years of related experience administering a wide range of activities at the Hampden County Bar Association and Hampden County Bar Advocates. She attended Westfield State College and Springfield Technical Community College.

Bill Archambeault, former reporter for the Boston Business Journal, has been named publications associate. He will write and edit content for Lawyers Journal, Section Review, and the Massachusetts Law Review, as well as other online and print content for the MBA.

His career includes covering real estate, education and higher education for the BBJ and serving as a reporter for the Patriot Ledger (Quincy), Daily Transcript (Dedham), and Needham Chronicle. He has also worked on assignment for the Associated Press and Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg) and helped launch Cruel World, a nonfiction magazine. His coverage of a Nazi collaborator’s impact on the Lithuanian community in Norwood won first place in the New England Press Association Awards for Racial/Ethnic Reporting. Bill holds a B.F.A. from Emerson College.