MLGBA presents top honor to Massachusetts Bar Association

Issue June 2004

Photo by Marilyn Humphries
Celebrating this year's Larkin Award are (from left) John Affuso, co-chair of the MLGBA Board of Directors; Renee Landers, president of the Boston Bar Association; Richard C. Van Nostrand, president of the Massachusetts Bar Association; and Vickie Henry, co-chair of the MLGBA Board of Directors.
For its "acts of public service of enduring benefit to the gay and lesbian community and in furtherance of the ideal of equal justice under the law," the MBA received the Kevin Larkin Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association, on April 30 during the MLGBA's Nineteenth Annual Dinner.

The MBA was a co-recipient of the award along with the Boston Bar Association.

The MBA was recognized for its steadfast support of the MLGBA and the plaintiffs in the historic Goodridge v. Department of Public Health case by writing two amicus briefs in the case, testifying on related bills at the Statehouse and in issuing public statements in support of the decisions and against any attempts to write discrimination into the state constitution.

The Larkin Award is named for a former member of the MLGBA board who was an outstanding attorney at MIT, Simmons College and the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office during his career.

The award is presented annually to an individual or organization.