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08-04_peirce_2Alumna Michelle Peirce, a litigator at the firm Donoghue Barrett & Singal, has been named President Elect of the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) of Massachusetts. Michelle became President Elect of the 1,500-member organization at the Association’s annual meeting held at the Omni Parker House in Boston. As President Elect, Peirce will work with the new WBA President, Kathy Jo Cook of Keches & Mallen, to further the WBA’s mission of ensuring full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. Michelle will become the WBA President in March of 2009. “The WBA has never been stronger,” Michelle notes, “and I am looking forward to continuing that momentum to help women lawyers advance in their practices and in their lives.”

Michelle’s work focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and earned her juris doctorate magna cum laude from Boston College School of Law. She clerked for the Hon. Andrew A. Caffrey in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School. Michelle has twice been named a “Rising Star” in “Super Lawyers’ Massachusetts Rising Stars,” published annually inBoston Magazine.