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 in July. 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 past 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 task forces.
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 then MBA Vice President
Jeffrey N. Catalano to present the honors to the four awardees,
- 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
- 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