State Sen. Jamie Eldridge to keynote MBA Access to Justice Awards Celebration

Thursday, May 16, 2024
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The Massachusetts Bar Association is excited to announce that State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Marlborough) will give the keynote address at the MBA's Access to Justice Awards Celebration on Thursday, June 6, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Sheraton Framingham.

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.

Sen. EldridgeEldridge 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.

The event will include the presentation of the following Access to Justice Awards:

Rising Star Award

Paul Kominers, Anderson & Kreiger LLP, Boston

Luis Vargas Rivera, Brown Rudnick LLP, Boston 

Pro Bono Publico Award

Elizabeth Ritvo, Brown Rudnick LLP, Boston 

Legal Services Award

Christina (Tina) Paradiso, Community Legal Services, Worcester

Audrey Richardson
, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston 

Defender Award

Carlos Brito, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division, Fall River

Prosecutor Award

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

Race, Equity and Inclusion Award

Iris Coloma-Gaines, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Julia Landau, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Boston 

Gerry Singsen


Space is limited. Register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, to participate.

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