MBA leaders take part in ABA Day in Washington

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015
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The Massachusetts Delegation, which included MBA President Marsha Kazarosian and MBA President-elect Robert W. Harnais, met with Senator Elizabeth Warren (top), Rep. Richard Neal (second from top) and Rep. Jim McGovern (second from bottom) during American Bar Association Day in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, April 15. Bottom photo (from left): Kazarosian, Mary Ryan, Alice Richmond, Harnais and Judge Collings.

Massachusetts Bar Association President Marsha V. Kazarosian, President-elect Robert W. Harnais and Director of Media and Communications Jason M. Scally participated in American Bar Association Day in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, April 15. ABA Day gathers bar leaders from across the country to lobby their congressional delegations on issues of importance to the organized bar.

This year, ABA Day participants focused on over-incarceration and asked members of Congress to reauthorize and update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and enact smart sentencing reforms, including the reduction of mandatory minimum sentences. Funding for Legal Services Corporation at the Administration request of a minimum of $452 million was also urged.

The MBA has participated in ABA Day since its inception 19 years ago. At Wednesday's Opening Session, the ABA announced that this year's group of participants from around the country was the largest ever.

Joining the MBA representatives this year as part of the Massachusetts delegation were Hon. Robert Collings, magistrate judge from the U.S. District of Massachusetts; past MBA President Alice Richmond, who is also a former ABA treasurer; attorney Mary Ryan, chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service; leaders from the Boston Bar Association, including BBA President Julia Huston, BBA President-elect Lisa Arrowood and BBA Director of Government Relations & Public Affairs Michael Avitzur; and paralegal Stephanie Belz from Rubin and Rudman.