Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008
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Access to Justice Luncheon to honor six award recipients from across the commonwealth

State Rep. Byron Rushing to deliver keynote address

The MBA’s Access to Justice Awards Luncheon to take place on March 6 is being dedicated to the late Nancy King. The luncheon will take place at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston and will feature a keynote presentation by State Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston). The event will honor King, the former executive director of South Middlesex Legal Services in Framingham, by presenting her with the 2008 MBA Access to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. In addition, the 2008 Access to Justice Awards will be presented to the following recipients: 

Legal Services Award

Faye Rachlin, Legal Assistance Corp., Worcester, serves as a legal advocate for the indigent, and assists tenants struggling with mental illness and addiction in gaining access to clinicians and other social services.

Pro Bono Award for Law Firms

Heisler, Feldman, McCormick and Garrow PC, Springfield, is known for its innovative compensation model, relies on state fee-shifting statutes and has no expectation of client payment upon engagement.

Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston, has dedicated its time to representing lawful immigrants whose access to justice would otherwise be limited.

Pro Bono Publico Award

Thomas A. Manning, Worcester, established the “Lawyer for the Day” program in the Worcester Probate and Family Court to provide assistance to pro se parties.

Defender Award

Erica E. Cushna, CPCS, Springfield, is a specialist in juvenile defense work and has zealously advocated for juvenile rights before the Supreme Judicial Court.

Prosecutor Award

J. Thomas Kirkman, District Attorney's Office, Barnstable, has spent much of his career as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, in both private practice and as an assistant district attorney.

MBA members are invited to the March 6 luncheon at the JFK Library and Museum. Individual table reservation and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Click here to download a form. Reservations must be submitted by Feb. 28. For more information, or to register, contact Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or via e-mail.

Sponsorship opportunities

  • Benefactor: $2,000
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, 1/2-page ad and firm name listed in the luncheon program, and logo projected behind the podium.
  • Patron: $1,750
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, 1/4-page ad and firm name listed in the luncheon program, and logo projected behind the podium.
  • Friend: $1,500
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, firm name listed in the luncheon program and logo projected behind the podium.

Individual reservation opportunities

  • Individual tickets: $100
  • Tables for 10: $1,000
For additional marketing opportunities, contact Business Activities Manager Joe Caci at (617) 338- 0516 or via e-mail.
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