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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
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From left to right: Hon. Christopher J. Armstrong (ret.) and Lee J. Gartenberg of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Dept. in North Billerica, will be presented with the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey and MBA Gold Medal Award, respectively, at the 2008 Annual Gala Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Armstrong photo by George Peet and Gartenberg photo by Jeff Thiebauth.

Nov. 12 Gala Dinner sets stage for Gold Medal and Hennessey Awards presentation

Gartenberg and Armstrong to receive high honors

The MBA’s Annual Gala Dinner on Nov. 12 will feature a special awards presentation including the MBA Gold Medal Award and the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award. These high honors will be presented to Lee J. Gartenberg and the Hon. Christopher J. Armstrong (ret.) respectively.


“Recipients Lee Gartenberg and Judge Christopher Armstrong were chosen in large part because they exemplify the timeless tenets of leadership in the law,” said MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.


The MBA’s Gold Medal Award is reserved for individuals who have provided outstanding legal services that have benefited the legal profession in Massachusetts, while the Hennessey Award is purposed for federal or state judges within Massachusetts who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice and upholding the highest traditions for public service.


For more than 25 years, Gartenberg has served as the director for Inmate Legal Services for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, providing and directing legal services in a county detention system for more than 1,000 inmates. In addition to being immediate past chair of the Criminal Justice Section, Gartenberg has also worked to lead and serve the Judicial Administration and Individual Rights and Responsibilities sections. He also has had a very visible role and made important contributions to the MBA’s Budget and Finance Committee, Executive Management Committee and House of Delegates.


For more than four decades, the career of former Chief Justice of the Appeals Court Christopher J. Armstrong (ret.) has been dedicated to public service. After being sworn in in 1972 as one of the first justices of the newly established Massachusetts Appeals Court, Armstrong served that court for 34 years. He was appointed chief justice in 2000, after which he led an expansion of the Appeals Court bench from 14 to 25 justices. At the time of his retirement in 2006, Armstrong was the commonwealth’s longest serving judge.


McIntyre explained that the presentation of these two awards is not routine annually, and were last given in 2006.


In addition to the awards presentation, the Nov. 12 Annual Gala Dinner will feature Professor Leonard Riskin’s keynote address on “Mindfulness in the Law.” To find out more about this MBA Signature Event or to purchase a table or tickets, visit or call (617) 338-0500.

NOTE: If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, table or sponsorship for the Gala Dinner, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here to download a registration form. Prices for the dinner are listed below.


Legal services attorneys, government attorneys, YLD members: $110
All others: $160
Table of 10: $1,500 ($100 discount)

Sponsorship opportunities

Friend, includes a table of 10 and a half page ad in the dinner program: $2,000
Patron, includes a table of 10 and a full page ad in the dinner program: $2,500
Benefactor, includes a table of 10, a full page ad in the dinner program, and name on event banner: $3,000

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