WBF creates new position to expand its pro bono impact

Issue September 2011

The Women's Bar Foundation has created a new position, naming Rachel B. Biscardi director of WBF Pro Bono Projects to better coordinate and expand the reach of its work.

"Rachel's promotion will not only recognize the tremendous dedication she has shown to the WBF, but will also allow the WBF to expand the scope of the vital legal services it provides," said WBF President Mary Jo Johnson.

The Women's Bar Association created the Women's Bar Foundation in 1993 to promote social and economic equity for women and meet the legal needs of women and their children through pro bono services. The WBA is an affiliated bar of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

"I think that the promotion will allow better coordination of the projects and will free up time for the executive director to devote to the organization (WBF)," said Michelle Peirce, a WBF board member and former WBA president.

As director, Biscardi will oversee WBF Pro Bono Projects' five groups: the Family Law Project, the Framingham Project for Incarcerated Women, the Elder Law Project, the Hampden Housing Court Project, and the Women's Lunch Place Project. She previously led the WBF's Family Law Project.

Biscardi also represented the WBA on the Legislative Task Force on Alimony and was a drafter of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, which was recently unanimously approved by the Senate and House.