Member Spotlights

Issue December 2013

Sillin named trustee of Community Foundation

MBA member Elizabeth H. Sillin has been named a trustee of Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The foundation administers a charitable endowment consisting of approximately 528 separately identified funds ($110 million) serving Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

As a partner at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP, Sillin works with individuals in all areas of estate and gift tax planning and administration. She works with nonprofit institutions, assisting with formation and operational issues, including regulatory compliance as well as providing advice regarding charitable trusts and endowments.

Sillin also represents the Massachusetts Bar Association on a state committee studying the spousal elective share statute.

Renehan named Pro Bono Fellow by Access to Justice Commission

MBA member and retired partner at Goulston & Storrs PC Richard Renehan  was named one of 12 "Pro Bono Fellows" for 2013 by the Access to Justice Commission. Each fellow is expected to devote between 10 to 20 hours per week to individual pro bono projects from September 2013 to June 2014.

The program is structured by partnering fellows with a legal services provider or nonprofit organization of their choice. The nonprofit will provide training and support, while law firms will provide resources, such as administrative support and office space.

Through years of civil and criminal trial and appellate work, Renehan has for 20 years been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for both business litigation and professional malpractice defense.

In addition to being an MBA member, Renehan is a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a former president of the Boston Bar Association.