Congresswoman Clark to receive MBA Legislator of the Year Award

Thursday, March 5, 2020
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Congresswoman Katherine Clark (Massachusetts-5th)

The Massachusetts Bar Association will honor Congresswoman Katherine Clark (Massachusetts-5th) with its Legislator of the Year Award at the May 6 Annual Dinner. 
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.
"Congresswoman Clark has demonstrated a firm commitment to access to justice since she entered public office, including her previous service as a state senator when she served as Senate chair of the commonwealth’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary," said MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy. "Now in her seventh year as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, she continues to be a strong voice for the Massachusetts legal community and a leading defender of the rule of law in America."

First elected to Congress in a special election in December 2013, Clark's career in public service is driven by her commitment to helping children and families succeed. She is a vocal advocate for ending wage discrimination; protecting women's health care; expanding access to affordable, high-quality child care and paid family leave; creating safer schools; and enacting other reforms to address the challenges women and families face. Clark believes that Congress must work to end the glaring disconnect between the needs of families at home and priorities in Washington.

In Congress, she brings her experience as a state senator, state representative, general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, and policy chief for the state attorney general. In fall 2018, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as vice chair of the Democratic Caucus, making her the sixth highest ranking Democrat in the 116th Congress. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Steering and Policy Committee within the caucus.

Clark is a member of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations and three subcommittees within Appropriations: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Legislative Branch; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. She is a proud member of several caucuses in Congress, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Women's Caucus.

Clark lives in Melrose with her husband, Rodney, and their three boys, Addison, Jared and Nathaniel.

The MBA Annual Dinner will also include the presentation of the MBA's Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, the MBA's Gold Medal Award to Marsha V. Kazarosian, a scholarship to a third-year law student, the 2020 Access to Justice Awards and more. Dahlia Lithwick, a contributing editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Slate, will deliver the keynote address.

Consider attending this annual event as a sponsor. Click here for a sponsorship form (PDF). Opportunities include:

  • Champions of Justice ($10,000)
    Up to two tables for 10, full page ad in dinner program, firm name/logo projected at the dinner and featured on MBA website, additional prominent recognition at the dinner
  • Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)
    Table for 10, full page ad in dinner program, firm name/logo projected at the dinner and featured on MBA website
  • Gold Sponsor ($3,500)
    Table for 10, 1/2 page ad in dinner program, firm name/logo projected at the dinner and featured on MBA website
  • Silver Sponsor ($2,500)
    Table for 10, 1/4 page ad in dinner program, firm name/logo projected at the dinner
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