Member Spotlight

Issue March 2008

First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association honors Jordan L. Shapiro

Jordan L. Shapiro, Esq., co-author of Shapiro, Perlin & Connors, Collection Law, Volume 48–48A of Mass. Practice Series, recently received the Paul P. Caradonna Award from the membership of the First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association. The award is presented to an attorney who exhibits “those qualities of devotion to the law, loyalty to clients and colleagues, compassion and respect to all.”

Shapiro, past president of the Middlesex County Bar Association and past president of the Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, was also recently elected president of the Malden Chamber of Commerce.

Hon. Martha P. Grace reappointed chief justice of the Juvenile Court

Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan recently announced the reappointment of Chief Justice Martha P. Grace to the Juvenile Court for a five-year term, in accordance with G.L. c211B, §5. Grace first was named chief justice in 1998 and has served the Juvenile Court since 1990.

Mulligan said, “I am very pleased to announce the reappointment of Chief Justice Martha Grace. Under her leadership, the Juvenile Court effectively introduced significant management reforms which have enhanced the delivery of justice. She brings tremendous energy and insight to the sensitive issues faced by the Juvenile Court. She is a tireless advocate focused on the children impacted by the court’s practices and decisions.”

Grace has received numerous honors from child welfare agencies and community organizations for her work on behalf of children, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve in this capacity and I thank Chief Justice Mulligan for his confidence in me. I plan to build on the gains made in case management, the use of court metrics and uniform practices,” said Grace. “The past 10 years have been a time of movement from full establishment of the Juvenile Court’s infrastructure to a unified and cohesive department. I am proud of the work of the Juvenile Court and of our judges, clerks, probation officers and employees at all levels, individually and collectively.”

Hon. Karyn F. Scheier reappointed chief justice of the Land Court

Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan recently announced the reappointment of Chief Justice Karyn F. Scheier to the Land Court for a five-year term, in accordance with G.L. c211B, §5. Scheier first was named chief justice in 2003 and has served the Land Court since 1994.

Mulligan said, “I am very pleased to announce the reappoint-ment of Chief Justice Karyn Scheier. Under her leadership, the Land Court has introduced more numerous and substantive reforms than at any other time in the court’s history. She is highly regarded by Land Court judges, administrators and practitioners for her tremendous work ethic and thoughtful, collaborative style. Her extensive experience, integrity and commitment to public service greatly benefit the Trial Court.”

The Land Court Department, based in Boston, has seven authorized judicial positions and statewide jurisdiction.

“It has been my honor to work with the judges, recorder and staff of the Land Court during the past five years. Together and with guidance from the real estate bar, we have embraced new ways to meet the challenges of an active court with statewide juris-diction,” Scheier said. “I also am privileged to participate with Chief Justice Mulligan and the Trial Court departmental chiefs as we continue our work on court-wide initiatives to improve the timely and fair delivery of justice.”

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.”

Robinson & Cole LLP supports “Wear Red to Work Day”

The law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP in Boston recently participated in the American Heart Association’s drive, “Wear Red to Work Day.” The money collected from Robinson & Cole LLP helped raise awareness of heart disease and stroke and will also support ongoing research and education about women and heart disease.