One of the highlights of the Massachusetts Bar Association's
Annual Dinner will be the presentation of the Legislator of the
Year Award to State Rep. Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill), Chairman
of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
The MBA's Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to
a state or federal legislator who has distinguished him/herself in
public service through outstanding contributions to the legal
profession, courts and administration of justice
Boston attorney Maria Krokidas (pictured) always strived to be
the best attorney she could be. She also wanted to have a life
outside of the office. She is able to achieve both at Boston's
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP, a 20-attorney, woman-owned firm that
specializes in public and non-profit law.
Krokidas is not alone in her decision to straddle professional
success with personal fulfillment as the trend indicates. Midsized
firms say that a strong organizational culture is a primary factor
in recruiting new lawyers - and the fastest growing among them
indicate the least interest in merging with a larger firm when the
"You want fully-formed human beings working with you.
Self-fulfillment makes you a better lawyer," Krokidas said.
According to a Georgetown University Law Center-led nationwide
survey, 68 midsized law firms, with a median attorney headcount of
40, revealed their assertion that culture helps them hire. Seventy
percent of those surveyed said strong culture is among the top two
factors in recruiting new lawyers; second was the overall quality
of the firm. Law firm referral network TAGLaw and the Center for
the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law
Center published the 2012 survey.
The Massachusetts Bar Association will honor the Hon. Sandra
Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the
First Circuit, and WBUR-FM's News Department at a May 2 event
co-presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The judicial
and media honors will be two among several bestowed at the annual
Excellence in the Law event taking place at the Renaissance Boston
Waterfront Hotel beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Lynch has been selected to receive the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence
in the Judiciary Award and WBUR-FM has been chosen to receive the
association's Excellence in Legal Journalism Award.
Lynch is the first woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the First Circuit, and in 2008, became its first female chief
judge. Lynch is the ninth chief judge of the First Circuit Appeals
since Congress created the position in 1948.