First Hispanic MBA president, new officers set to launch 2015-16 year

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
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MBA President Robert W. Harnais is a general practitioner based in Quincy.

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce its leadership slate for the 2015-16 association year. Massachusetts Bar Association President Robert W. Harnais and his fellow officers begin their terms on Sept. 1.

Harnais will serve as the MBA's first Hispanic president. During his presidency, he plans to promote a return to civility in the profession with a sense of camaraderie statewide, while also continuing the MBA's advocacy for access to justice and criminal justice reform, including the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes.

"Since its earliest years, the Massachusetts Bar Association has been welcoming of lawyers from all backgrounds. I am proud and humbled to serve as president of the state bar and further advance the MBA's historic commitment to diversity," said Harnais. "We must always work to make sure that our profession remains an inclusive and accurate reflection of the community that our legal system serves. We have a system that represents and protects all people in this commonwealth, and the MBA will continue to strive to assure this."

Alongside Harnais, the other 2015-16 MBA officers include: President-elect Jeffrey N. Catalano, Vice President Christopher A. Kenney, Treasurer Christopher P. Sullivan and Secretary John J. Morrissey.