Member Spotlight

Issue December 2007

Hyman G. Darling receives Community Leadership Award

Hyman G. Darling, Bacon & Wilson PC, recently received the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts’ Community Leadership Award for 2007.

In 1985, Darling created the Elder Guardianship Program, a program which has helped hundreds of senior citizens since its establishment. The late Esther Nuremberg, a Holocaust survivor, inspired the creation of the program. The program has assisted more than 700 individuals since its inception, and the program has been a model for similar agencies across the country.

Darling, having also served as past president of the Jewish Family Service, was praised by Jewish Family Service Executive Director Robert D. Marmor for “making our community a better place.”

Rep. Martha M. Walz receives “Most Popular Article in the United States” Content Award

Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm, recently announced that a composition co-authored by counsel attorney and Massachusetts Rep. Martha M. Walz was honored with Mondaq’s “most popular article in the United States” Content Award for the month of September.

Walz received this distinction from Mondaq for her work on the editorial, “Employers Face New Compliance Challenges as Massachusetts Becomes the 39th State to Enact a Security Breach Notice Law.” Each month, Mondaq determines the “Most Popular Article in the United States” honoree by analyzing its usage logs to track the article that is most frequently accessed by its registered business readers.

“The authors of Mondaq’s Content Awards are among the world’s leading professional advisors; their articles provide fresh and insightful information that can be applied to a variety of business practices,” said Andrew Partridge, managing director at Mondaq.

Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan, attorney James H. Quirk Jr. receive
St. Thomas More Dedication Awards

Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan and Cape Cod attorney James H. Quirk Jr. received the St. Thomas More Award for dedicated service at the annual Red Mass celebration of the Fall River Diocese.

Mulligan was first named to the bench in 1980, serving on the Boston Municipal Court until his 1982 appointment to Superior Court, where he was chief justice from 1994 to 1999. Since 2003, Mulligan has been head of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court.

Quirk, a member of the MBA since 1975, has volunteered on the recreation and youth commissions and has been a member of the Library Association, Rotary Club and Conservation Commission, of which he was chairman. Quirk has also served on the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Committee and the executive board of the Cape Cod & the Islands Council of Boy Scouts of America.

The Red Mass is hosted each year by the diocese to invoke God’s blessings on those who work to provide justice in the legal system. The award, designed specially for the diocese, is a three-inch circular bronze medallion depicting St. Thomas More, the 16th century English lay attorney and martyr.

Recipients were nominated for the honor by a committee of judges, attorneys, court personnel and priests from across the diocese, headed by New Bedford attorney Joseph P. Harrington.

Michael E. Malamut instrumental in founding the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers

MBA member Michael E. Malamut of Dedham was instrumental in the recent founding of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers, serving as an incorporator and treasurer of ACPL, which is open only to attorneys who are also accredited by one of the two national parliament-ary organizations.

ACPL acknow-ledges attorneys who have distin-guished themselves through contributions to the practice of parliamentary law and have committed themselves to high standards of professional and ethical content. After researching a number of jurisdictions, ACPL incorporated in Massachusetts because of the favorable and flexible state nonprofit corporation law.

Andrea C. Kramer elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Andrea C. Kramer, a partner with Sullivan, Weinstein & McQuay, has recently been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges and law professors whose profes-sional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

“The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation contribute significantly to the improvement of the legal system,” Kramer said. “I’m pleased to be among the Massachusetts lawyers selected to join in these efforts and honored to have my professional accomplishments recognized.”

A litigator with a wide range of experience in commercial, intellectual property and employment matters, Kramer has also written numerous appellate briefs for state and federal courts, both for clients and for the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, where she is co-chair of the Amicus Committee.

“Andrea has worked hard for various organizations in the legal community and the community at large. We are proud of her selection as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation,” said Max Perlman, one of the principals at Sullivan, Weinstein & McQuay. “Andrea is a true leader. The invitation to join the Fellows is a testament to the respect she has earned in the legal community.”