PCBA's Creedon receives MBA's Community Service
The Massachusetts Bar Association presented John F. Creedon with
the MBA Community Service Award for his dedication to supporting
the legal profession and community. It was given at the Plymouth
County Bar Association's Annual Meeting at the Thorny Lea Golf Club
in Brockton on Dec. 8.
"John Creedon's service in and beyond the bar in Plymouth County
is exemplary," said MBA President Richard P. Campbell.
Creedon's public service began with the Plymouth County Bar
Association, where he served on the PCBA board and eventually
became president. He is active with the PCBA and is a mentor to
lawyers in the area.
A former first assistant district attorney in Plymouth County,
Creedon is now a partner at Silverstein & Creedon in
He has had a strong impact on the community, including devoting
the past 30 years as a member and chairman of the Cardinal Spellman
High School Advisory Board. He has served on the Old Colony Y Board
of Trustees and as chairman of the Committee of Board of Governors.
Creedon is also a member of the President's Executive Committee for
Development at Stonehill College and has served as president of the
Horace Howard Trust for two decades.
Previously, he served as president of the Brockton City Council,
was town moderator in Easton for 15 years, served as director of
Old Colony Elder Services and sat on the board of Brockton Central
Inc., the city's economic development board. In addition, over 26
years Creedon has served as a board member and chairman of the
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Tax Section Chair Rico elected Fellow of
Lisa M. Rico was one of only two Massachusetts attorneys recently
elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate
Counsel (ACTEC). Rico, who is chair of the MBA Taxation Law Section
Council, is based in Wellesley, where she focuses her practice on
sophisticated estate planning at Gilmore, Rees & Carlson
Established in 1949, ACTEC is a nonprofit association of more than
2,600 trust and estate lawyers who practice throughout the United
States, Canada and the world. Candidates for election as an ACTEC
Fellow must meet rigorous eligibility criteria including, but not
limited to no less than 10 years of experience in the active
private practice of probate and trust law or estate planning.
"ACTEC includes the premier trust and estate practitioners and law
professors, and we welcome the fall 2011 Fellows who have
demonstrated exceptional skill and made significant contributions
to the field of trust and estate law," said ACTEC President Mary F.
Radford. "ACTEC offers an incomparable environment for
practitioners and professors to engage with the best and the
brightest on "hot topics," and presents state, regional and
national opportunities for collegiality."
Membership in ACTEC is by election of the Regents of the College.
Individual lawyers and law professors who meet the membership
criteria are nominated by Fellows of the College, and subject to
careful review by both state and national membership selection
committees, prior to consideration by the Regents of the
"I am honored to have been elected to this position and proud to
work side-by-side with the outstanding group of professionals that
make up ACTEC," ?Rico said.
Obama nominates Judge Hillman for U.S.
President Barack Obama has nominated the Hon. Timothy S. Hillman,
magistrate judge for the District of Massachusetts, to serve on the
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Hillman, who
sits in Worcester, was appointed Feb. 13, 2006.
The nomination was one of three made by Obama, who said in a Nov.
30 White House release that his nominees "have displayed unwavering
commitment to justice and integrity. Their records of service to
the public and the legal profession are distinguished and
impressive and I am confident that they will serve the American
people well from the United States District Court bench. I am
honored to nominate ?them today."
Hillman was recommended by Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown, who
wrote: "Judge Hillman has had an outstanding career, from serving
in private practice, as counsel to several municipalities in
Massachusetts, and finally as a magistrate judge in Worcester. His
reputation as a thoughtful, fair and honest jurist is widely
The nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate.
Previously, Hillman served on the Massachusetts Superior Court
from 1998 to 2006 and the Massachusetts District Court from 1991 to
1998. Prior to that, he was in private practice for more than a
decade and served as city solicitor to Fitchburg and Gardner and
town counsel to Athol, Lunenburg and Petersham. He received his
J.D. in 1973 from Suffolk University Law School and his B.A. ?in
1970 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.