Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
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From left to right: MBA Centennial Award Honorees Worcester Superior Court Judge Peter W. Agnes Jr. and Shirley A. Doyle, Esq. James G. Reardon, Esq. is not pictured.

MBA honors the Hon. Peter W. Agnes Jr. and attorneys James G. Reardon and Shirley A. Doyle with Centennial Awards

Superior Court Judge Peter W. Agnes Jr., James G. Reardon, Esq., who passed away in 1999, and Shirley A. Doyle, Esq. will be presented with MBA Centennial Awards -- an honor created to celebrate local attorneys' service to the profession and their community -- at today's House of Delegates Meeting in Worcester.

"These honorees have given of themselves to both their profession and their communities," MBA President Denise Squillante said. "They exemplify the spirit of public service on which the Massachusetts Bar Association was founded a century ago."

Throughout the state, the MBA's Centennial Awards have been and will continue to be given throughout 2011 to persons of extraordinary achievement who materially advanced the rule of law, enhanced the integrity of lawyers, judges or the legal profession, engaged or is engaging in important legal scholarship, or protected the democratic principles upon which our country is founded.

Today's honorees' achievements include:

  • Agnes was appointed to the Superior Court in 2000, previously serving as a district court justice for 10 years. A member of the MBA's Task Force on Peremptory Challenges, he is also a commissioner of the Supreme Judicial Court's Access to Justice Commission, serves as the assistant editor of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence and chaired the SJC's Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution from 1994 to 1998.
  • Reardon, a long-time MBA member, was a beloved trial attorney who had a zeal for justice and was an intense advocate for his clients. A co-founder of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, he was bestowed the Courageous Advocacy award by the group a year after his death.
  • Doyle, a former president of the Worcester County Bar Association, is a long-time active member of the MBA. A member of MBA's Crisis in Court Funding Task Force, she has run her own law office for two decades, is a board member of the Worcester chapter of Dress for Success, a member of the Worcester Academy Board of Trustees and an incorporator of the St. Agnes Guild Day Care Center.


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