MBF celebrates at 2012 Grantee Receptions

Issue November 2012

Fellows and friends of the MBF celebrated its 2012 grantees, Legal Intern Fellows, and President's Award recipients at two Grantee Receptions this fall, one in Boston and one in Springfield.

At both receptions, MBF President Jerry Cohen began the night by applauding all in attendance for their role in increasing access to justice in the commonwealth and highlighting the crucial work of MBF grantee organizations. In Boston, he invited 2012 MBF Legal Intern Fellow Rachel Smit, a student at Boston University Law School, to share her experience as an intern with Greater Boston Legal Services' Employment Unit this summer. In addition to thanking the Fellows in attendance, whose contributions made her summer experience possible, she spoke compellingly of GBLS's critical work assisting those who are mistreated, abused, and marginalized in the workplace. In Springfield, he invited Faye B. Rachlin, Deputy Director of Community Legal Aid, to speak about CLA's work providing civil legal services to the poor of the five western counties of the state. MBF funds support CLA's core work in housing and domestic violence/family law.

MBF Vice President Robert J. Ambrogi introduced the 2012 President's Award recipient in Boston, Lu Ann Reeb, founder and president of Boston Media Group and Legal Talk Network, LLC. Attorney Archer Battista, who is of counsel at Lyon & Fitzpatrick LLP in Holyoke, received the award at the Springfield reception and was introduced by MBF Trustee Judge Anne M. Geoffrion.

The MBF President's Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, as well as the Massachusetts legal community, through their leadership and commitment to increasing the availability of legal services for low-income citizens of the state.

MBA President Robert L. Holloway, Jr. closed out the program with congratulations for the attendees and appreciation for the MBF's constituents' efforts to increase access to justice for all in the Commonwealth. Attendees enjoyed the rest of the evening catching up with friends and colleagues over refreshments.

Please visit www.MassBarFoundation.org to view photos of the events and find a list of the 2012/2013 MBF grants awards.