Member Spotlight

Issue April 2008

Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan receives top award from National Center for State Courts  

Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan is the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award for a state-level court administrator, one of the highest awards presented by the National Center for State Courts.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to a person who has made longstanding contributions to improving the justice system and who has supported the mission of the National Center. Mulligan was recognized for his “impressive abilities not only as a jurist, but as an innovative court manager,” said NCSC President Mary C. McQueen. “As a result of his considerable skills and leadership ability, Chief Justice Mulligan successfully addressed the challenges raised by the Monan Report on Management in the Courts.”

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall said, “There is no one more deserving” of the award than Mulligan. “He is a proven leader who commands extraordinary respect. As chief justice for administration and management of the Massachusetts Trial Court for the past five years, Chief Justice Mulligan has steered the Trial Court toward lasting management reform and institutional change.”

Mulligan has an established record of dedication to the justice system and has worked diligently to improve the public’s confidence in the courts. “I am deeply honored to receive the National Center for State Court’s 2008 Distinguished Service Award,” he said. “This recognition by the NCSC is a tribute to the many dedicated Massachusetts Trial Court employees on the frontlines and in the administrative offices, who have labored diligently to bring about significant management reforms in court operations.”

Albert A. DeNapoli becomes board chair of Neponset Valley Chamber

Albert A. DeNapoli, Esq., of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC of Boston, assumed the position of chairman of the board of directors at the 113th Annual Meeting of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his duties as a partner at his firm, where DeNapoli focuses his practice on civil litigation and chairs its Hospitality Practice Group, he also has an extensive record of community involvement.

“Al DeNapoli epitomizes Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers’ commitment to fostering a corporate culture that supports the demands of a work-life balance,” said Jeffrey P. Hart, Esq., a founding member of the firm. “Multi-faceted civic experience contributes to the dynamics of the firm, making us better equipped to understand and serve the diverse needs of our clients.”

Sullivan & Worcester LLP hosts the Boston Lawyers Group to help maximize diversity initiatives

Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston recently announced that the leadership team of the Boston Lawyers Group has established an office at the firm’s Boston headquarters.

The Boston Lawyers Group supports the efforts of its members to recruit, develop, advance and retain attorneys of color and serves as a resource to its members by hosting forums, roundtable discussions, educational programs and job fairs, all geared towards promoting diversity within Boston’s legal community. Sullivan & Worcester is a founding member of the BLG, which began in 1986.

“We are looking forward to working with BLG members and the law school community to maximize our ongoing diversity initiatives,” said Sullivan & Worcester Co-Managing Partner Joel Carpenter.

“Increasing the presence of diverse cultures and experiences strengthens our firm, and we consider it a top priority.”

Judge Nancy Gertner to receive prestigious Thurgood Marshall Award

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner has been selected by the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities to receive the prestigious Thurgood Marshall Award in early August.

Established in 1992, the Marshall Award honors U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, by recognizing similar, long-term contributions by other members of the legal profession to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights in the United States.

Boston Municipal Court Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson reappointed

Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan recently announced the reappointment of Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson to the Boston Municipal Court for a five-year term, in accordance with G.L. c211B, §5. Johnson was named chief justice in 2003 and has served the Boston Municipal Court since 1985. He has presided over the expansion and integration of the court into an eight-division department serving the City of Boston.

“I am very pleased to announce the reappointment of Chief Justice Charles Johnson, who has most capably led the Boston Municipal Court through a period of dynamic change,” said Mulligan. “His motivational and interpersonal skills have made him a dedicated, energetic partner in efforts to introduce significant management reforms to enhance the delivery of justice.”

“His creative, can-do approach has resulted in the introduction of many innovations in court operations. Most recently, the Boston Municipal Court was the first department to introduce a very successful access and fairness initiative to survey court users. He is a highly regarded, thoughtful leader who will continue the terrific momentum underway.”

Mulligan said that Johnson received extraordinary support from the judges and staff in the Boston Municipal Court, as well as from attorneys who practice in the court. He has received numerous honors from legal and community organizations, most recently as a recipient of the Diversity Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association.

“My first term focused on efforts to ensure that the Boston Municipal Court Department is perceived by ourselves and by others as a unified court department working collaboratively for the good of the whole,” Johnson said. “Going forward, I pledge my attention and creativity to ensuring that the department remains in the forefront in helping to formulate and implement a successful strategy for revolutionizing the delivery of justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”