Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 14, 2009
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Photographs of Access to Justice Award recipients by Merrill Shea.

MBA presents 2009 Access to Justice Awards to seven honorees

State Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr. and IOLTA Executive Director Jayne B. Tyrrell also honored

Celebrating members of the legal community and recognizing the “unseen sacrifices of our noble profession,” the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2009 Access to Justice Awards Luncheon honored two law firms and five attorneys on May 7 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.

“Achieving and preserving access to justice has remained paramount to this association,” said MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.

In addition to paying tribute to exemplary leaders in public service, McIntyre presented  the 2009 Legislator of the Year Award to State Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr. and the President’s Award to Jayne B. Tyrrell, executive director of the Massachusetts Interest on Laywers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program.  

The MBA’s Access to Justice section nominates the Access to Justice Award candidates, who are approved by the MBA House of Delegates.

“This year, not unlike other years, the candidates we reviewed were spectacular,” said Access to Justice Section Chair James T. Van Buren, who commented that these awards create a positive feeling within the bar and general populous about the nature of lawyers.

The 2009 Access to Justice Award honorees were:

  • Legal Services Award - Barbara Kaban, Children’s Law Center, Lynn and James M. McCreight, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
  • Pro Bono Award for Law Firms - McDermott, Will & Emery, Boston and Tennant Lubell LLC, Newton
  • Pro Bono Publico Award - Wendy J. Rickles, solo practitioner, Worcester
  • Defender Award - Lawrence J. McGuire, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Salem Superior Court
  • Prosecutor Award - Aloke Chakravarty, assistant U.S. attorney, Boston
  • MBA President's Award - Jayne B. Tyrrell, executive director of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts program
  • Legislator of the Year Award - State Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr. (D-Clinton)
Look for additional coverage of the 2009 Access to Justice Luncheon in the June Lawyers Journal.
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