Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007
(Left to right): Jim Braude addresses the audience at the "Excellence in the Law" dinner; the Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg receives his award from MBA President Mark D Mason. Photos by Merrill S. Shea.
Excellence in the Law recognizes outstanding attorneys, judges
The Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly co-sponsored "Excellence in the Law" on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Westin, Boston Waterfront. This year’s event honorees included:
- Lawyers Weekly’s Lawyers of the Year 2006;
- The five Diversity Heroes profiled in last week’s Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly;
- The Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Awardee Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg (ret.); and
- MBA Excellence in Legal Journalism Awardee Jim Braude of New England Cable News and WTKK-FM.
MBA President Mark D Mason presented the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award to the Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg and the MBA Excellence in Legal Journalism Award to Jim Braude.
Mason described Ginsburg as "an icon in probate and family law and our profession as a whole" who has "redefined retirement for a judge." Ginsburg founded the Senior Partners for Justice, an organization that has enlisted more than 200 volunteer attorneys to represent clients who would otherwise be pro se litigants. Before his appointment to the judiciary, Ginsburg was a private practice attorney for almost 20 years. He is also an adjunct professor at Boston College and Suffolk Univeristy Law Schools, serves on the Lawyers Weekly board of editors, sits on the educational committee of the Flaschner Institute and remains an active MBA member, even in his retirement.
Jim Braude currently hosts "NewsNight" on New England Cable News; however, he began his career as a legal services lawyer in New York’s South Bronx representing low-income people in housing and prisoners’ rights matters. He was the founder and first president of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, a union representing staff in more than 30 states. Upon moving to Boston, he served on the board of the Mass. Law Reform Institute and the MBA’s Delivery of Legal Services (currently Access to Justice) Section Council. "[Jim] informs and challenges his viewers to expand their thinking and analysis of current events," Mason remarked. "Jim's footprint in the Boston and New England media markets is vital."