MBA, MBF Past President Roy A. Hammer to receive ABA’S Drinan Award

Issue January 2011

Roy A. Hammer, a past president of both the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, will receive the 2011 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service from the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities in February.

Hammer, Of Counsel to the Boston law firm Hemenway & Barnes LLP, will receive the award at a reception in his honor on Feb. 11, 2011, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Atlanta.

The award, named in honor of the late Father Robert F. Drinan, SJ, recognizes individuals whose sustained and extraordinary commitment to the section has advanced its mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties and social justice.

For nearly 20 years, Hammer has served in the IRR leadership in many capacities - as its Board of Governors liaison, finance officer, chair of its Development Committee, and council member. Hammer was instrumental creating the IRR FJE Support Fund, and the approval by the ABA of a second section delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

"I can think of no other person more deserving of the Father Drinan Award," said Section Chair C. Elisia Frazier. "Roy embodies the spirit of the Father Drinan Award and his efforts have helped the section maintain a leadership role in protecting and advancing civil rights, human rights and social justice."

Outside the ABA, Hammer is deeply involved in pro bono activities. He has served as president of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, director of the New England Bar Association, council member to the Boston Bar Association, special counsel to the City of Cambridge and is actively involved in many charitable organizations in the Boston area.