The Boston Lawyers Group appoints Tracey West as the organization’s new executive director
BOSTON, November 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG), which supports its members’ efforts to identify, recruit, advance and retain lawyers of color, today announced that Tracey West was named the organization’s new chief executive. West is a nationally recognized diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leader and has extensive experience in DEI best practices in the legal profession. In July 2022BLG announced the retirement of Carolyn Golden Hebsgaardwho served as CEO for nearly 30 years.
Previously, West was a senior consultant at Loeb Leadership and prior to that, he served as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at WilmerHale. She spent almost 20 years at Boston College Faculty of Law, most recently as Associate Dean of External Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, which was a unique position at an American law school. In 2015, the National Association for Law Placement named her a “Diversity Champion” for creating the nationally recognized LAHANAS program at BC Law School, which was designed to help historically underserved law students represented to successfully transition into law school and the legal profession.
“BLG has had a significant impact on the legal industry over the past 35 years and I am excited to continue this important work as we strive to continue to do Boston a more inclusive and welcoming city for diverse talent,” said West. “This position is the culmination of everything I have learned throughout my career. I look forward to bringing my professional experiences, knowledge, insights, resources and enthusiasm to BLG’s next stage of development as we work together to create more opportunities for inclusive leadership, cultural competency and real change. »
“We are fortunate to have hired Tracey as BLG’s new Executive Director. After a long and careful search process, we were able to find an individual with exceptional experience and judgment who is already familiar with the organization and the needs of the Boston legal community. Our member firms and the new BLG Board look forward to working closely with her,” said Dan Halstonpartner in charge of WilmerHale’s Boston Desk.
Under West’s leadership, BLG plans to expand its successful programming — which includes an annual job fair, summer internship program, mentorship program, mock interview and social skills development — to further establish itself as a resource for attracting diverse talent to Boston. BLG will also enhance its positioning as a support system for lawyers navigating their careers and in the city through new relationships with similar organizations in other fields, including other nonprofits and a outreach effort expanded to corporate law firms and government agencies.
“We are delighted to have Tracey as the new Executive Director of BLG. She has extensive experience in diversity, equity and inclusion issues related to the legal profession, given her previous roles at WilmerHale and Boston College law school and will do a tremendous job in furthering the mission of the BLG. We also thank Caroline Hebsgaard for his tireless work on behalf of BLG,” said Louis MercedesMember at Mintz.
“Tracey has long served the Boston legal community by empowering the next generation of lawyers and creating a framework for their ability to succeed and thrive within the profession. She has a unique ability to connect with students and a proven track record of working with schools, businesses and members of the DEIB community. This background will serve BLG members and participants well,” said Shawn D. McShayAssistant Dean, Graduate Enrollment Management at Boston College Faculty of Law.
West began her career as a civil and criminal attorney and spent 12 years in the private and public sectors. She recently completed a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chapter. She received her law degree from Georgetown Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
“As a black lawyer and now diversity professional, and a member of BLG’s Board of Directors, I’m thrilled to have Tracey on our team. His vision and leadership will play a central role in pursuing BLG’s ongoing mission to become the premier resource for attracting lawyers of color. Bostonand help diverse lawyers thrive in our community,” said Ayeshah Johnson, senior director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Goulston & Storrs.
About the Boston Lawyer Group
Founded in 1986, the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) was created by 13 Boston law firms with a mission to support the efforts of its member organizations to identify, recruit, advance and retain lawyers of color. Since then, BLG has seen its membership grow to more than 40 organizations, including law firms, corporate law firms and government agencies.
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SOURCE Boston Lawyers Group