Issue May 2015

Celebrate with a thank you

This is a wonderful time for the Massachusetts Bar Association - we have a lot to cheer about. And now that our Annual Dinner is upon us, that is exactly what we are going to do, loud and clear!

In 2015, with the support of our judiciary and our Legislature, Massachusetts finally embraced attorney-conducted voir dire, and we recognize two individuals in particular - House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (President's Award) and Superior Court Judge Dennis Curran (Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award) - who played significant roles in bringing this to fruition. Both have been vocal supporters of justice and friends of the bar for many years, and I am so pleased to present them with these well-deserved awards.

Fully funding Massachusetts courts protects fundamental rights

As Massachusetts legislators prepare their proposals for the commonwealth's fiscal year 2016 budget, it is important that the judicial branch be fully funded so that our courts can continue to provide equal justice for all. The Massachusetts Bar Association continues its advocacy on behalf of the courts.

Access to Justice Award winners to be honored at Annual Dinner

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Awards will be given to six attorneys and one law firm, recognizing their exemplary legal skills and service to the community this month at the MBA's 2015 Annual Dinner at the Westin Boston Waterfront.