Jacobs, Van Nostrand receive MBA Community Service
Attorneys Susan Jacobs and Richard C. Van Nostrand have been
honored with MBA Community Service Awards. Jacobs received hers at
the Bristol County Bar Association Annual Dinner on April 28 and
Van Nostrand received his at the Worcester County Bar Association
Law Day Breakfast on April 29.
The award is given to attorneys who have made important 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 betterment of
Jacobs, an attorney at Volterra, Goldberg & Jacobs in
Attleboro, has been active in the MBA for years. In addition,
Jacobs served as the 2008-09 president of the Bristol County Bar
Association and on its board of directors from 2004 to 2010. Also
active in several other legal groups, Jacobs served as president of
the Attleboro Area Bar Association from 2003 to 2004.
Van Nostrand, a partner at Mirick O'Connell in Worcester, has been
active in the MBA for more than 30 years. An MBA past president
(2003-04), Van Nostrand is currently a member of the MBA's
Centennial Commission and serves as its fundraising co-chair. A
longtime member and leader within the Worcester County Bar
Association, Van Nostrand served as association president (1995-96)
and sat on the executive committee from 1991 to 1997. Van Nostrand
has been honored with the WCBA President's Award three times.
NEWiRE honors three local attorneys
Three Boston attorneys were among 14 women honored at the 13th
Annual New England Women in Real Estate Achievement Awards on April
Kathryn Cochrane Murphy, of Krokidas & Bluestein LLP in
Boston, received the Leadership Award, which recognizes a member
who has inspired, motivated and supported NEWiRE year after year
and contributed her time, energy and talents to both NEWiRE and the
entire Greater Boston real estate community.
Murphy, a founding member of NEWiRE, joined Krokidas &
Bluestein as a partner four years ago.
"I am so honored to be recognized by my NEWiRE friends and
colleagues with this award," said Murphy. "This is an organization
that I helped to found and nurture, which makes receiving the
Leadership Award particularly meaningful."
Murphy has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate
law. She represents for-profit and non-profit owners, developers,
lenders and governmental agencies in acquisitions, development
projects, leasing and financing, and has drafted ordinances and
legislation for public and quasi-public agencies and
Maria Krokidas, also of Krokidas & Bluestein, was one of seven
women who received a 2011 Networking Award for her collaboration on
the $23.8 million Wilber School Apartments in Sharon.
"The Wilber School Apartments project was collaboration in the
truest sense of the word, as each of the honorees brought a unique
skill set to the table," she said.
Krokidas founded Krokidas & Bluestein in 1979 and leads the
firm's transactional group. She has experience representing
for-profit, non-profit and public entities in real estate, finance
and corporate matters. She has counseled numerous non-profit,
for-profit and quasi-public authorities on all matters relating to
corporate organization and operations including statutory and
regulatory compliance and implementation.
Nixon Peabody LLP attorney Sarah Teachworth Boehs also received
the Networking Award for the apartment project.
Boehs concentrates her practice in the development and financing
of multifamily affordable housing and other community development
facilities. She has represented non-profit and for-profit owners,
developers and investors in transactions involving various public
and private financing sources.
Hampden County Bar honors MBA's Plasse
The Hampden County Bar Association honored Patricia Olier
Plasse, the Massachusetts Bar Association's bar services liaison,
with its non-attorney John M. Greaney Law Day Award on May 2.
The annual award is presented to an attorney and non-attorney who
are deemed outstanding citizens of the Hampden County legal
community. Hampden Country Immediate Past-President Charles R.
Casartello Jr. received the Greaney award for attorneys.
The Hampden County Bar and local courts held the Law Day
celebration at Hampden County Superior Court. The event was hosted
by Hampden County Superior Court Associate Justice C. Jeffrey
Kinder and featured as speakers retired Supreme Judicial Court
Associate Justice John M. Greaney and attorney Bruce Miller, a
professor of law at Western New England College School of Law.