In 1984, the Massachusetts Bar Association created
the Community Service Award and Public Service
Award Program to recognize attorneys and judges who
have made public service contributions to their
communities and to publicize the fact that members of
the legal profession are caring, involved individuals,
eager to use their legal skills for the public's
betterment. More than 145 Massachusetts lawyers and
judges have been presented with this prestigious
award over the last 18 years.
Recipients are nominated for the award by county and
other MBA-affiliated bar associations.
In the past 10 months, the following people have been
presented with MBA Community Service and Public
The Bristol County Bar Association nominated
John A. Tierney, retired regional administrative
justice for Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Nantucket
counties, for his public service. He is county chairman
of the American Cancer Society, county chairman of the
March of Dimes Fund Drive and chairman of the
Advisory Board of the New Bedford Salvation Army.
Worcester attorney Sumner B. Tilton Jr. was
nominated to receive the Community Service Award by
the Worcester County Bar Association for her volunteer
service to Greater Worcester YMCA, American
Antiquarian Society, Becker College and the Greater
Worcester Community Foundation.
The Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar
Association honored Bertha Josephson, regional administrative justice for the Superior Court's
four Western counties, with the Public Service Award for
her continual participation in educational programs for
the legal community. She has taught judges as a
faculty member of the Flaschner Judicial Institute, was
an adjunct faculty member at Western New England
College of Law, and participated in several
international judicial exchange programs with judges
from Russia, France and Germany.
The Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association
nominated for her contributions to the profession,
including numerous years on the faculties of the
Flaschner Judicial Institute and Western New England
College School of Law.
The Barnstable County Bar Association recognized
Plymouth attorney Susan Nagl for her
advocacy for low-income clients, as well as
volunteering work for the South Shore Community
Action Committee, and several housing panels.
The Hampshire County Bar Association nominated
Gail L. Perlman, first justice of the Hampshire
Probate and Family Court in Northampton, who serves
as co-vice chair of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing
Committee on Dispute Resolution, co-chair of the
Hampshire County Reinventing Justice and the
Massachusetts Chapter of the AFCC.
Chicopee attorney Richard D. Gelinas was
recognized by the Hampden County Bar Association for
his life-long commitment to community service. He is a
former trustee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, former
president of the Sheridan Circle Housing Cooperative
and an active member of New England Outdoor Writers
Greenfield attorney Mark I. Berson was
honored by the Franklin County Bar Association for his
work with the National Association of Counsel for
Children, Western Massachusetts Pro Bono Referral
Program, two state YMCAs, Greenfield Youth
Basketball Association and the Arts Council of Franklin
Middlesex County Bar Association honored Joseph
A. Amoroso Jr. for his volunteer service and
dedication to the legal community.
Plymouth County Bar Association recognized Brockton
attorney Bettina M. Holton for her work with the
Commonwealth Literacy Corps, Hockomock YMCA co-
ed softball program, and Skidmore College.
Berkshire County Bar Association nominated Great
Barrington attorney Wendy T. Linscott for her
community service and dedication to the health field.
She is president of the Children's Health Program, a
member of the Fairview Hospital Ethics Committee and
former director of the Tri-State Health & Wellness