What happened at the Boston Marathon last April was a horrible
tragedy. With the next marathon upon us, I want to reflect on what
has happened since that fateful day and recognize the inspiring
people who have run "the marathon between marathons" along the road
Who are these people? First and foremost, they are the survivors
who have been working hard and retraining every day to overcome
their injuries. Some are teaching themselves to walk again. Some
are learning to see, hear and feel again. Some are fighting unseen
injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). Almost all of them
are learning what a new normal feels like.
State Sen. Will Brownsberger began 2014 with a new role when he
was appointed chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary by
Senate President Therese Murray in January. While the chairmanship
is a fairly new position for Brownsberger, he is certainly no
stranger to the Massachusetts legal community, given his diverse
A native of Watertown and a resident of Belmont, Brownsberger has
represented the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District in the Senate
since 2012. His district covers Back Bay, Fenway, Brighton,
Watertown and Belmont, and also includes the south end of Allston.
Brownsberger also served as a state representative for the 24th
Middlesex District from 2007 to 2012.
The Massachusetts Bar Association will pay tribute to the Hon.
Suzanne V. DelVecchio (ret.) and WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens
at the May 1 Excellence in the Law event, co-presented by
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. DelVecchio has been selected
to receive the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award
and Stevens will be honored with the MBA's Excellence in Legal
The annual Excellence in the Law event, which will be held at the
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, also features award presentations in
the following areas: Up & Coming Lawyers, Excellence in Pro
Bono, Paralegal, Marketing and Firm Administration.
The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) will hold its 2014
Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 15, at the Westin Boston Waterfront,
425 Summer St., Boston. Chris Matthews, a highly respected
political news commentator who hosts the top-rated "Hardball"
program on MSNBC, will deliver the keynote address. Matthews is
also a celebrated author of several literary works, including books
profiling some of Massachusetts' favorite sons, John F. Kennedy and