Member Spotlight

Issue December 2012

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education has announced changes to its leadership board. Two MBA members have been elected as board officers and one MBA member has been welcomed as an MCLE trustee.

MBA members part of MCLE changes include:

Daniel L.Goldberg, who has been elected MCLE's 19th president. Goldberg is a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP where he focuses on commercial litigation and has been a MCLE board member since 2006.

Amy Cashore Mariani has been elected MCLE's second vice president. Mariani is a partner at Fitzhugh & Mariani LLP where she specializes in products liability, premises liability, tort, environmental, commercial, wage and hour, and employment discrimination litigation. Mariani has been active in numerous MBA committees and was instrumental in the creation of what is now known as the Young Lawyers Division.

Jonathan Mannina, has been selected as an MCLE Board of Trustees member. Mannina is executive director of Community Legal Aid where he oversees the organization's services to low-income individuals and families. In 2011, he became a member of the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

Also, MBA Past President Jeffrey L. McCormick is departing the MCLE Board of Trustees after three years of service.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services has announced the recipients of the 11th Annual John Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, including three Massachusetts Bar Association members.

The John Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards are given in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding commitment in providing legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

The recipients were presented awards by Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants on Wednesday, Oct. 24. at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

Honored MBA members include:

Dorothy Varon, assistant vice president of and counsel to the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in Springfield. Varon has devoted countless hours of her time to the Western Division of the Housing Court in Springfield and has helped establish an innovative corporate counsel pro bono program. She graduated from Western New England College School of Law in 1995.

DLA Piper LLP, one of the largest business law firms in the world. The Boston office is being recognized for their diligent commitment to providing pro bono legal services. In particular, DLA Piper LLP Boston is being honored for their collaboration with the Massachusetts Advocates for Children on the Education Rights Signature Project. MBA members of DLA Piper LLP include Boston partners Robert J. O'Connor Jr. and William B. Forbush III.