Leiha Macauley ('01) Named One of 15 Up & Coming Attorneys in MA
Leiha Macauley, BU Law ’01 has been chosen by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of 15 Up & Coming Attorneys in Massachusetts. Leiha is an associate at Day, Berry & Howard. She excels as a trust and estates attorney and is known for her compassion, confidence and warmth in dealing with clients as well as for her legal skills. Beyond performing the duties of a young associate with grace and skill, Leiha has made her mark in Massachusetts as an outstanding contributor to the community. Early in her career Leiha was honored as one of only ten young lawyers in the city selected to participate in the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program. As a Public Interest Leader, Leiha spent more than 250 hours serving the Boston community and developing opportunities for new lawyers to participate in public service. She also researched and co-authored a paper on the effects of restricted access to legal aid on poor children’s health
Leiha later developed and directed Boston’s first pro bono partnership between a law firm (Day, Berry & Howard) and a community health center (East Boston Community Health Center). Attorneys from Day, Berry & Howard are now at the East Boston Community Health Clinic for two hours each week to provide legal information and advocacy for families who encounter legal obstacles in accessing basic needs such as food, housing, education, health care and safety. As a result of Leiha’s ground-breaking efforts, the number of attorney pro bono hours contributed to the Boston community has increased dramatically as has the percentage of Day, Berry & Howard attorneys providing pro bono services. In fact, 85 percent of attorneys at Day, Berry & Howard participate in this program. (Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly wrote about this program in “The Big Picture—Adoption Proceedings “in the 2/27/06 edition.)
Leiha is president of the newly-formed Young Alumni Council, a role she has taken on with much enthusiasm. Her efforts have helped shape this new program with chapters in six cities across the country. She also serves as chair of the Junior Fellows of the Boston Bar Foundation, is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Committee and the John & Abigail Adams Ball Young Lawyers’ Committee. She is a member of Day, Berry & Howard’s Diversity Committee and Women Working Together Committee.
Leiha’s contributions extend beyond professional activities and demonstrate a true commitment to her community. She volunteered as a tutor and coach in an inner city after school program called Squashbusters while in law school and has continued to be a “big sister” and mentor to Lauren, one of the students she met in that program, for eight years. This fall Lauren will attend Newbury College and is interested in studying graphic design. Her experience with the power of mentorship and friendship led Leiha to become a member of the Board of Directors of the Big Sister Association. Leiha has hosted and organized fundraising events for the Big Sisters Association and looks forward to many more years of active engagement with the program.
In addition, Leiha has been involved for many years with the American Liver Foundation through her marathon running. Leiha ran her first Boston Marathon in 1997 to benefit the American Liver Foundation, and has remained involved with the organization since, serving as vice chairman of the 240-person Run for Research Marathon Team in 2003 and chairman in 2004, when the team raised more than $1.1 million.
Leiha is also an active member of the BU Law Alumni Executive Committee which has given us an opportunity to observe, and benefit from, Leiha’s extraordinary leadership, dedication and commitment.
Leiha is truly a leader in the Boston community and we at BU Law are very proud to nominate her as an Up & Coming Lawyer in Massachusetts.