Thursday, Jul. 26, 2012
From top to bottom:
(Left to right) Volunteer Recognition Committee Chair Grace V.B. Garcia, volunteer recognition awardees Janice C. Nigro and Mark A. Leahy and MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano.
(Left to right) Volunteer Recognition Committee Chair Grace V.B. Garcia, volunteer recognition awardee James E. Harvey Jr. and MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano.
(Left to right) Volunteer Recognition Committee Chair Grace V.B. Garcia, volunteer recognition awardee Edward M. Pikula and MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano.
The MBA recognizes 50-year members at the July 19 Volunteer Recognition Dinner.
Photos by Tricia Oliver.
MBA honors exemplary volunteers, 50-year members
The Massachusetts Bar Association celebrated the efforts of its
volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, held at
Lombardo's in Randolph last Thursday evening. Also recognized at
the event were the MBA's 50-year members.
"We realize that it takes careful coordination to carve out time
for bar involvement," said MBA President Richard P. Campbell. "We
appreciate you keeping service as an MBA volunteer high on your
list of priorities."
The dinner audience comprised nearly 150 volunteers who had donated
their time, energy and expertise to the MBA over the past year by
serving on one of the association's section councils, committees or
The presentation of four Volunteer Recognition Awards highlighted
the work of individuals chosen from a pool of nomination
submissions. Grace Garcia, chair, Volunteer Recognition Committee,
noted the difficult task her committee had in selecting the
evening's awardees. Garcia explained that the awards "recognize
members who volunteer substantial time and effort to the mission,
program and/or publications of the MBA or otherwise enhance the MBA
in a significant way."
Garcia was joined by MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano to
present the honors to the four awardees, which included:
- Edward Pikula, the vice chair of MBA's Public
Law Section, for his work in aiding the public and the bar in the
wake of last June's devastating tornadoes;
- James E. Harvey Jr., long-time MBA volunteer,
for his service as editor-in-chief of the sixth edition of
Traps for the Unwary, distributed to membership earlier
this year; and
- Mark Leahy and Janice Nigro,
for their comprehensive efforts to educate fellow bar members and
the greater legal community on the changes that came with the
Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code.
In addition to the Volunteer Recognition Awardees, the following
50-year honorees received their service plaques from Campbell and
MBA President-elect Robert L. Holloway Jr.:
- Jerry Cohen;
- Gilbert W. Cox;
- Herbert Epstein;
- John P. Higgins;
- Denis G. Regan;
- Allan G. Rodgers;
- Edward A. Roster;
- Hrant H. Russian; and
- Max Volterra.
"Congratulations on this professional milestone," said