Just before Justice Is Sweet, the BBF's Society of Fellows met up in the 'White Chocolate Room' at the BBA Headquarters for an Around-the-World Wine Tasting.
BBA sommelier Betsy Khedmaty (center) acclimated the guests to the chosen beverages, while BBA staff members Jen Merrill and Chris Whyte assisted.
Meredith Ainbinder (Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP), Zeke Davisson (Pierce Atwood LLP), and Janet Bostwick (Janet E. Bostwick, PC).
Timothy Murphy (Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP) and Nikki Marie Oliveira (Bass, Doherty & Finks, PC).
Mindee Wasserman (solo practitioner).
Surrounded by trays of tempting hors d'oeuvres, the white chocolate fountain commanded attention at the center of the room.
Ned Notis-McConarty (Hemenway & Barnes LLP) and Christine Netski (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.)
Bert Ng (Health Policy Commission) and Mike Moran (Goulston & Storrs).
Attendees listened intently to detailed descriptions of the various wines, all offerings from different countries.
Michelle Kalas (Riemer & Braunstein LLP) and Azure Abuirmeileh (Collora LLP).
Karen Green (WilmerHale LLP), BBA Vice-President Julia Huston (Foley Hoag LLP), and Judge Mark Green (Massachusetts Appeals Court).
BBA Past President Lisa Goodheart (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen) and Judge Robert Ullmann (Superior Court).
The BBF even brought in its signature stemless glassware for the occasion.
Chilled and ready to go.
No one was surprised at the crowd for Justice Is Sweet -- after all, there were four chocolate fountains and an amazing variety of other treats to draw people in.
Courtney Benson (Goodwin Procter LLP), Laura Craven (Goodwin Procter LLP), and Christine Genaitis (Collora LLP).
Laruetta Lu, Brittany Copper, and Ben Fields (Boston University School of Law).
Phelps Turner, Joshua Nadreau, Meredith DeJesus, and Alan Geismer (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.).
BBF President Jack Clymer chatted with BBA staff members Galen Byrne and Jen Merrill.
Who could resist the combination of Rice Krispies and milk chocolate?
Jim Tuxbury (Jones Day), Alex Augst (Jones Day), Erik Doughty (Jones Day), and Laila Ameri (Wilmer Hale LLP).
Carol Grassia, Tika Millan, and Jack Greene (Esquire Deposition Solutions, LLP).
Vanessa Ebode-Messi (Boston College Law School), Alida Bogran-Acosta (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.), and Manleen Singh (Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.).
Laura Martin (Suffolk University Law School), Paul Cushing (Partners HealthCare), and Robin Sosnow (Suffolk University Law School).
A talented band provided some jazz tunes for an appropriate musical backdrop.
Chocolate, jazz, and good company -- Justice Is Sweet was definitely a hit.
Emmanuel Filandrianos and Paul Tanpitukpongse (Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP).
Sydney Hanson, Richard Marks, and Sam Hoff (Boston College Law School).
Justice Is Sweet Steering Committee Co-chairs Kristin Casavant (Jones Day) and Bryan Conley (Wilmer Hale LLP) welcomed the crowd and thanked them for their support.
The crowd took a brief break from sampling the chocolate fountains to listen to the speech.
There was plenty of chocolate to spare in every room.
Nina Dow, Sarah Fischer, and Michael Matton (Suffolk University Law School).
Lisa Jacobson (O'Brien & Levine Court Reporting Services), Christopher Somma (Goodwin Procter LLP), and Richard Stanley (Goodwin Procter LLP).
Jessica Yau (Laredo & Smith, LLP), Jennifer Duke (Foley Hoag LLP), and Emily Crowley (O'Connor & Associates, LLC).
Sydney Leavens (Bingham McCutchen LLP), Becca Gauthier (Harvard Law School), Maddie Morcelle (Washington and Lee School of Law), Jillian Stafford (Harvard Law School), and Rachel Kurzwell (Washington and Lee School of Law).
The dark chocolate fountain was irresistible to most of the guests.
Kelly Gabos, Stephen Hall, Jennifer Itzkoff, and Bonnie Vanzler (McCarter & English, LLP).
Renje Zhang (Boston University School of Law), Genevie Gold (Boston University School of Law), Arcangelo Cella (Bingham McCutchen LLP), and Dan Goldberg (Bingham McCutchen LLP).
Alexander Abbey, Rinata Krel (University of Massachusetts School of Law), and John Quinn (University of Massachusetts School of Law).
Deanna Keene (New England School of Law) and Matt Fitzsimmons (Law Office of Matthew P. Fitzsimmons).
A fruit's-eye view of the event.
Alexandra Amrhein (Wilmer Hale LLP), Bryan Conley (Wilmer Hale LLP), and Jack Gearan (Greenberg Traurig, LLP).
Katy Dugan (Hinckley Allen), Shaina Rasmussen (Cooley Manion Jones), and Greg Kanarian (Natixis).
It's hard not to look happy when dipping fresh fruits into a cascade of chocolate!
Matt Hevert (Jones Day), Sarah Damerville (Boston University School of Law), and Kyle Brekke (GTC Law Group LLP).
Kristin Casavant and Lauren Diss (Jones Day).
Joshua Stafman (Grant Thorton LLP) and Janet Lee (Boston University School of Law).
In the end, a great -- and very sweet -- night was had by all.