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Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
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MBA 2012-13 officers begin term

The Massachusetts Bar Association slate of officers for the 2012-13 term has officially been set. Robert L. Holloway Jr., the 2011-12 president-elect, automatically succeeds to the office of the president on September 1.

During his term, Holloway encourages all MBA members to actively participate in the MBA through FREE section membership, social events, advocacy and pro bono work -- to reap professional benefits.

Here is the list of the officers and some of their achievements.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.
President

HollowayHolloway is a shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC in Peabody. He is a long-term member of the MBA's Ethics Committee, a member and past chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council, former chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and a former regional delegate to the MBA House of Delegates, the governing body of the MBA. Holloway received the MBA's Community Service Award in 1993 and served on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations for six years. In August 2009, Holloway began a three-year appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. He volunteers as a judge for moot court arguments at Boston University School of Law and Harvard Law School, and as a trial advisor in the Harvard Trial Workshop program. A regular panelist for continuing legal education programs, Holloway also is an emeritus member of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, having served on that board since 1981. Recognized by Boston Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of business litigation, he is also a past president of the Essex County Bar Association. A Topsfield resident, he is a former member of the Board of Health and was an elected representative to the Masconomet Regional School Committee from 1990 to 1999. Holloway was also a director of the Topsfield Athletic Association for many years and served as the organization's president. Prior to that, he served as member and chair of the Danvers Recreation Committee. In addition, Holloway was a founding member of Hospice of the North Shore and served as a corporator of Beverly Hospital.

Douglas K. Sheff
President-elect

SheffA senior partner at Sheff Law in Boston, Sheff is a nationally renowned brain injury litigation expert and specializes in all aspects of personal injury law. He is also a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, he served as treasurer, two terms as MBA vice president, as MBA secretary and as chair of the MBA Civil Litigation Section. Sheff is chair of the Workplace Safety Task Force and has also served as chair of the MBA Membership Committee and as co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference and Ball. He is also a fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the MBA. Sheff is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, serving on its Board of Governors for more than 20 years. He was recently honored with MATA's inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Award for his representation of children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Sheff also holds the title of governor to the American Association of Justice, where he has spent more than 20 years working nationally and locally on issues that affect the trial bar. Elected by his national peers, Sheff is a past chair of the AAJ's State Delegates and served as chair of its Council of Presidents, representing 50,000 attorneys nationwide. Sheff is a recipient of the AAJ's Next Generation Award and a seven-time recipient of its Wiedeman Wysocki Award. He was appointed a trustee of the National College of Advocacy. Sheff received the ORT Award for integrity in the law, and as a Boston magazine "Super Lawyer." He lives in the North End.

Robert W. Harnais
Vice President

HarnaisHarnais is with Mahoney Diamond and Harnais Law Offices in Quincy, where his general practice concentrates on criminal law, family law, real estate, labor and consumer law. A past MBA secretary, he has sat on the MBA's governing body -- House of Delegates -- since 2006, has been a member of its Executive Management Board and has served as co-chair of the MBA Task Force on Diversity. He is a past president of both the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys and the National Hispanic Bar Association, and remains highly involved with both organizations. He is also a member of the Norfolk County Bar Association. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the Race and Ethnic Advisory Board for the Massachusetts courts. Harnais received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 1984 and graduated from New England Law | Boston in 1989. He is chairman of the Braintree Planning Board and is a football official and former coach with Braintree Pop Warner. He lives in Braintree with his wife, Leslie, and their children.

Christopher P. Sullivan
Vice President

SullivanSullivan is a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in Boston, where he focuses on the civil jury trials of complex litigation matters, such as financial and securities cases and intellectual property. Sullivan has previously served as an MBA member-at-large of the House of Delegates and as a member of the Executive Management Board. He also sat on the Civil Litigation and Business Law section councils. Sullivan also served as tri-chair of the Federal Practices and Procedures Committee. In addition to his MBA involvement, Sullivan has served as president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2010-2011) and is currently the FBA's vice president for the First Circuit. He has also served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. As an accomplished trial lawyer, Sullivan has been named a New England "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2004. Sullivan graduated from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester in 1971, and he is currently an Executive Board Member of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association. He went on to receive his J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 1975, and is New England Chapter Vice President of the Fordham University Law School Alumni. He is a resident of Hingham.

Marsha V. Kazarosian
Treasurer

KazarosianKazarosian is managing partner of Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill, where she concentrates in civil rights litigation, family law and discrimination. Kazarosian previously served as an MBA secretary and vice president. Former chair of both the MBA's Education Committee and the Technology Implementation Task Force, she has served on numerous committees and councils. In addition, Kazarosian is a life fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA. She is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Kazarosian was among the Top Women in the Law celebrated by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2011. In 1999, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the top 10 lawyers in the commonwealth after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. She has been identified as one of the top woman lawyers in Massachusetts and New England since 2006, when Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine chose her for its cover story titled, "The Power of Marsha Kazarosian." Kazarosian also served a two-year term as one of 25 lawyers in the state appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Pro Bono Panel, and a six-year term as a Hearings Committee Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. In 2005, Kazarosian debuted as the host of her own internet radio program on the Legal Talk Network. Kazarosian is a corporator of the Pentucket Five Cents Savings Bank and was a member of the Essex County 150th Anniversary Committee. She has also served as a board member of the Northern Essex Community College Foundation. Kazarosian received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1978 and went on to earn her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1982. She is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover. She lives in Haverhill.

Martha Rush O'Mara
Secretary

O'MaraO'Mara operates the Law Office of Martha Rush O'Mara, where she focuses her practice in children's law. She previously co-chaired the MBA's Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section and served on the Law Practice Management Section Council. She also serves as an MBA designee on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) and sits on the association's Executive Management Board, as well as its governance and membership committees. A former president of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, Rush O'Mara previously served two terms on the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Committee (IOLTA), as well as two terms as a Hearing Officer for the Board of Bar Overseers. Rush O'Mara serves as a judge for the MBA's annual Mock Trial Program and has served as a mock trial judge at Brandeis University and for the ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Rush O'Mara devotes a significant amount of time to her volunteer work in the Massachusetts legal community, supporting pro bono projects and mentoring law school students and recent graduates. Rush O'Mara received her B.S. from Salem State College in 1974 and went onto to earn her law degree from New England Law | Boston in 1990. She lives in Melrose.

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