HOD features gavel passing

Issue July/August 2009 By Jennifer Rosinski

Massachusetts Bar Association President Edward W. McIntyre ceremoniously passed the gavel to President-Elect Valerie A. Yarashus following the House of Delegates meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on May 21. Yarashus will succeed to president on Sept. 1 for the 2009-10 association year.

"Valerie Yarashus has earned a reputation for excellence in the law and is renowned for her representation of clients," McIntyre said.

Yarashus, who is currently at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, was the first female to make partner at her former firm, Sugarman and Sugarman PC. She is a graduate of George Washington University and Harvard Law School.

McIntyre presented Yarashus with a copy of "The Joy of Living" after calling her a true leader who is a gifted listener with the ability to develop reciprocal relationships.

"She is a wonderful human being and an accomplished lawyer," McIntyre said. "She's a glowing example for all of us in the legal community."

Yarashus thanked McIntyre for all of his hard work during the past year. "We are so grateful to have had you as a president," she said. "You are a kind, generous, wise person."

Also at HOD, MBA General Counsel and Acting Executive Director Martin W. Healy was congratulated on his 20 years of service to the MBA with a speech from Access to Justice Section Chair James T. Van Buren and several gifts.