Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007
From left: MBA Immediate Past President Francis Ford, Great Friend of Justice Honoree Anthony Lewis and newly-elected MBF President Carol A. Witt.
Mass. Bar Foundation honors Anthony Lewis at 2007 Annual Meeting
Over 150 guests celebrate accomplishments of MBF
The Massachusetts Bar Foundation bestowed its highest honor, the Great Friend of Justice award, upon Anthony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Gideon’s Trumpet, at its 2007 Annual Meeting on Jan. 25. More than 150 Foundation Fellows, grantees and colleagues joined in the celebration, which was held at the Social Law Library at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.
Lewis delivered the evening’s keynote address, noting that “this is a testing time for the American commitment to law.” He illustrated this point by detailing the plight and torture of detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, criticizing the legal basis offered by the administration to justify the lack of due process for these prisoners. Lewis ended his remarks by concluding, “The issues raised by these claims of power are more than political. They are legal. They are constitutional. And we count on the lawyers of this country to respond to them.”
The meeting also featured the recognition of more than 70 new Life members of the MBF Society of Fellows, a review of the year’s grantmaking activities and elections of new officers and trustees:
Carol A. Witt, Esq., president
Lawrence M. Johnson, Esq., vice president
Joseph P.J. Vrabel, Esq., treasurer
Pamela B. Marsh, Esq., secretary
Jerry Cohen, Esq.
Hon. Francis R. Fecteau
Hon. Randy J. Kaplan
Elizabeth H. Munnell, Esq.
Robert V. Ward, Esq.
Carol A. Witt, Esq.
Looking to the year ahead, newly elected MBF President Carol A. Witt, a Salem attorney, said, “I am optimistic that our efforts will continue to impact the lives of individuals every day, and will contribute to a stronger civil society in the future.”
Following the meeting, guests enjoyed a reception that was sponsored by U.S. Trust, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the MBA Insurance Agency and BFS Business Printing.
For more information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, visit www.MassBarFoundation.org.