Thursday, Sep. 13, 2007
Edward P. Ryan Jr. (left), managing partner at O'Connor and Ryan PC in Fitchburg, accepts the MBA Gold Medal Award from MBA President David W. White Jr., a principal at Breakstone, White & Gluck PC in Boston, during the President's Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel Sept. 6.
New MBA President David W. White Jr. celebrated; past president presented with MBA Gold Medal Award
Massachusetts Bar Association President David W. White Jr. officially kicked off his yearlong term at a Sept. 6 reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where he presented MBA past president Edward P. Ryan Jr. with the MBA Gold Medal Award.
A principal at Breakstone, White & Gluck PC in Boston, White took office Sept. 1 for the 2007-08 association year. His key initiatives include reforming criminal sentencing, maintaining an independent judiciary and calling on Massachusetts lawyers to lead the way in protecting the environment. Those initiatives and others, he said, will be possible with the united efforts of MBA members.
“On issues of importance in the law, more than ever, we are speaking with one voice,” White said, echoing his theme for the year. “Please don’t hesitate to get involved. Together, we will be doing some great things this year.”
David L. Yas, publisher and editor-in-chief of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, introduced White Jr. “David’s a dear friend, and I can’t think of a better representative for us,” Yas said. “David has such a wonderful human touch. I couldn’t be prouder to introduce him.”
MBA Past President Edward Ryan Jr., who was presented the MBA’s Gold Medal Award, was lauded for his courage in taking controversial cases and in championing a vibrant and independent judiciary. Ryan, who initiated judicial evaluations during his term, has led the MBA’s Task Force on Judicial Independence, speaking out against public and media condemnation of judges. Managing partner at O’Connor and Ryan PC in Fitchburg, Ryan is also a member of the association’s Criminal Justice Section Council.
“I accept this award not because of anything I’ve done, but because of what lawyers do all over this state,” Ryan said, acknowledging everyone from underpaid public defenders to tax attorneys to high-profile litigators as playing a crucial role in a free society. “I accept this award tonight on behalf of all of them. We touch people’s lives in every way.”