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Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011
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From left to right (clockwise): Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer; Judge Nancy Gertner; Michael B. Keating, Esq., Foley Hoag LLP; Richard G. Mintz, Esq., Mintz Levin PC.

MBA Centennial Ball to feature keynote by Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and special presentation of Hennessey Award to retiring Judge Nancy Gertner

The ball will also include an MBA Gold Medal Award presentation to Foley Hoag's Michael B. Keating and Centennial Award to Mintz Levin's Richard G. Mintz

The MBA's Centennial Conference, a celebration of the MBA's century of service to the public, profession and rule of law, will take place on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

The MBA's Centennial Ball on Thursday, May 19 will include a keynote address from Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and a special Hennessey Award presentation to retiring Judge Nancy Gertner. The MBA will also honor Foley Hoag's Michael B. Keating with its Gold Medal Award and Mintz Levin's Richard G. Mintz with a Centennial Award.

The Centennial Ball will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. MBA members and friends of the legal community are invited to join the MBA for music, dancing and a dessert buffet following the dinner.

Click here to register on or before Friday, April 1 and receive $50 off a full conference pass.
Learn more about Centennial Ball honorees below:

  • Keynote speaker: Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer

    Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Breyer was the chief justice of U.S. Court of Appeals from 1990 to 1994, after serving as a justice of the court for 10 years. A past member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Breyer was chief counsel of the Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979 and assistant special prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973.
  • MBA Hennessey Award honoree Judge Nancy Gertner

    Gertner, who will be retiring from the bench in fall 2011 for a position at Harvard Law School, was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President William J. Clinton after two decades of criminal defense and civil activist work. In 2008, Gertner became the second woman to receive the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Voted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly readers as one of the "best" federal judges in Boston, Gertner has also been awarded Lawyers Weekly's and MBA's Judge Toomey Judicial Excellence Award. Gertner's autobiography, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, will be released in April 2011.

    The MBA's Hennessey Award is awarded to federal or state judges within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice and upholding the highest traditions for public service.

  • MBA Gold Medal honoree Michael B. Keating, Esq., Foley Hoag LLP

    Keating, chairman of Foley Hoag LLP's Litigation Department, has been the firm's leading trial lawyer for over 30 years. Consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Massachusetts Super Lawyers and recognized by The National Law Journal, Keating serves as chairman of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts' Court Management Advisory Board.

    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 awarded to federal or state judges within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice and upholding the highest traditions for public service.

  • MBA Centennial Award honoree Richard G. Mintz, Esq.,
    Mintz Levin PC

    Mintz practices in the Business Law, Trusts and Estates and Real Estate sections of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC in Boston. A naval aviator during World War II and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Mintz is the president of the James Jackson Puntnam Center's Board, the lawyer division chair of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and a board member of the James D. St. Clair Court Education Project [Discovering Justice].

    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.

The conference will also feature three concurrent CLE tracks on May 18 and 19, and the annual Access to Justice Awards Luncheon and the Bench-Bar Panel and reception on May 18. Click here to register.

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