On Jan. 24, the fellows of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation
gathered for their Annual Meeting at the Social Law Library in the
John Adams Courthouse. Following the recommendations of the
Nominating Committee chaired by Steven Wollman and including
Francis Ford, Wendy Sibbison, and Craig Stewart, the MBF Fellows
unanimously elected the following:
- President Jerry Cohen, Burns & Levinson, LLP, Boston
- Vice President Robert J. Ambrogi, Law Office of Robert J.
- Treasurer Janet F. Aserkoff, Rappaport, Aserkoff & Gelles,
- Secretary Lawrence J. Farber, Law Office of Lawrence J. Farber,
- Frank J. Ciano, Law Office of Frank J. Ciano, Cambridge
- Lewis C. Eisenberg, Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley, P.C.,
- Hon. Andre A. Gelinas, Fitchburg
- Gerald P. Hendrick, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Boston
- Dennis M. Lindgren, Pierce & Mandell, P.C., Boston
- Angela McConney Scheepers, Commonwealth of MA - Division of
Administrative Law Appeals, Boston
- Andrew Rainer, Office of the Attorney General, Boston
In addition to presenting the Great Friend of Justice Award to
Massachusetts Bar Association Past President Leo V. Boyle of
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, PC, at the meeting, the MBF
inducted 19 new Life members into the MBF Society of Fellows, all
of whom successfully completed generous pledges made to advance the
MBF's mission of increasing access to justice.
In sharing his vision for the year ahead, MBF President Jerry
Cohen reaffirmed the MBF's determination to preserve the structure
and scope of legal services in the Commonwealth. He urged outreach
by the MBF Fellows to identify new sources of "money, time, and
compassion" to mitigate the effects of the drastic cuts in IOLTA
and other funding sources for the Foundation and its grantees.
Cohen reminded all in attendance, "it's easy to become jaded when
we hear of great need and the like, but it's not enough to say the
need is great, we also have to say the cause is right."
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