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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008
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Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Roderick Ireland delivers the keynote address.

Foundation elects new officers and trustees, honors SJC Justice Ireland with Great Friend of Justice Award

Ireland praises success of Judicial Youth Corps in keynote

At the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s recent Annual Meeting, 2007 President Carol A. Witt passed the gavel to 2008 President Laurence M. Johnson, and Supreme Judicial Court Justice Roderick L. Ireland was honored with the Great Friend of Justice Award. Over 150 attended the meeting and reception, which was held Jan. 24 at the Social Law Library in Boston.

Johnson, a partner at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine in Boston, has been a Fellow of the Foundation since 1998, and has served as an officer since 2006.  His term as president will run through January of 2009.

The complete slate of MBF officers elected for 2008 include:

  • President: Laurence M. Johnson, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, PC
  • Vice President: Joseph P.J. Vrabel, Endurance Asset Management
  • Treasurer: Jerry Cohen, Burns & Levinson, LLP
  • Secretary: Robert V. Ward Jr., Southern New England School of Law

A new class of MBF trustees, whose terms run through January 2012, was also elected:

  • Richard P. Campbell, Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy
  • Hon. Thomas A. Connors, Massachusetts Superior Court
  • Daniel J. Gleason, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP 
  • Edward W. McIntyre, Law Office of Edward W. McIntyre 
  • Joseph P.J. Vrabel, Endurance Asset Management, Inc.

In his keynote address, Justice Ireland, who was honored for his work with youth, thanked the MBF for helping fund this year’s Judicial Youth Corps with a $21,750 Fellows Fund Grant. The grant helped to bring legal education and courthouse internships for high school students back to Worcester, after budget limitations in recent years forced the program to scale back to just Boston.

Ireland explained the ways the program has made a difference in the lives of urban teenagers since it was established by the SJC’s Public Information Office in 1991. Ireland has been an advocate of the Judicial Youth Corps since its beginning, serving as chair of the planning committee, advisor, program director, mentor and teacher.

Ireland shared credit for the award with all of the court staff who volunteer their time to make the program work. “They do it for just one reason – because it’s a chance to give back and work with young people,” he said.

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