This article first appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of the North­eastern Law Mag­a­zine:

Rachael Rollins, a 1997 grad­uate of the School of Law, is on the move. As the first woman to serve as gen­eral counsel of the Mass­a­chu­setts Bay Trans­porta­tion Authority and the first person to jointly serve in that role for both the MBTA and the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, one of her top goals is to help put more women on the track to success.

This is still a male-​​dominated field, but it’s also an exciting time when women are breaking down many bar­riers and becoming firsts. How­ever, I don’t want to be the last. I want many women coming after me,” says Rollins, who just com­pleted a term as pres­i­dent of the Mass­a­chu­setts Black Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion, another posi­tion that has been male dominated.

Rollins’ list of honors and acco­lades is lengthy, including selec­tion as one of the Women’s Busi­ness Journal’s Top 10 Lawyers in New Eng­land, the Boston Busi­ness Journal’s 40 Under 40, the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Ten Out­standing Young Leaders and the Vol­un­teer Lawyers Project’s Lawyer of the Year.

Prior to her gen­eral counsel roles, Rollins was an assis­tant U.S. attorney for the Dis­trict of Mass­a­chu­setts and com­pleted stints with the Boston Celtics, the National Bas­ket­ball Players Asso­ci­a­tion, the National Foot­ball League Players Asso­ci­a­tion, the National Labor Rela­tions Board, Bingham McCutchen and Sey­farth Shaw.

It’s impor­tant to me to stay involved and active in the legal com­mu­nity although I am selec­tive in where I give my time because of my 9-​​year-​​old daughter,” says Rollins, who recently co-​​chaired Northeastern’s Women in the Law con­fer­ence. “I enjoy coming back to campus to talk to stu­dents about my career and the impor­tance of leadership.”

Written by Meghan Laska ’98