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AJ-web_0424MBA Access to Justice Awards Celebration, June 6

The Massachusetts Bar Association is excited to announce it will host the Access to Justice Awards Celebration on Thursday, June 6, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Sheraton Framingham with a keynote address from State Sen. Jamie Eldridge. 

Join us as we honor Access to Justice awardees, who will be recognized for their exemplary legal skills and service to the community.

Access to Justice Awardees:     

Defender Award:

Carlos Brito, CPCS- Public Defender Division, Fall River

Legal Services Award:

Christina(Tina) Paradiso, Community Legal Aid, Worcester 
Audrey Richardson, GBLS, Boston

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Julia Landau, Massachusetts Advocate for Children, Boston 
Gerry Singsen (posthumous)

Pro Bono Publico Award:

Elizabeth Ritvo, Brown Rudnick LLP, Boston

Prosecutor Award:

Donald Xenos, Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Worcester

Race, Equity & Inclusion Award:

Iris Coloma-Gaines, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston

Rising Star Award:

Paul Kominers, Andersen Krieger, Boston

Luis Vargas Rivera, Brown Rudnick LLP, Boston


Introducing the Access to Justice Award Celebration
Keynote Speaker, State Sen. Jamie Eldridge: Sen. Eldridge

Eldridge has served as state senator for the Middlesex and Worcester District since January 2009, representing 12 communities in MetroWest. He serves as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate vice chair of the Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. As an activist legislator, Eldridge proudly serves as the Senate chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Caucus, the Medicare for All Caucus and the Clean Energy Caucus.

Eldridge has focused his energies on Beacon Hill on increasing investments in public education and transportation, combating climate change, making health care a right, stimulating the economy, advocating for affordable housing, reforming our criminal justice system, advancing campaign and ethics reform, protecting the environment, supporting immigrants, making government more transparent and updating our election and campaign finance laws. He grew up in Acton and now lives in Marlborough.

Previously, Eldridge served as the state representative for the 37th Middlesex District for seven years. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Boston College Law School. Prior to his election as state representative, Eldridge worked as a public interest attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services in Lowell, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to the poor and the elderly. As a public interest lawyer, he also worked to help low-income residents with issues of housing, Social Security, disability and unemployment.

Access to Justice Awards Celebration Sponsors:

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