Massachusetts Bar Association leaders pay tribute to the Hon. Suzanne V. DelVecchio (ret.) (middle: blue) and Carl Stevens (middle) of WBZ News Radio 1030 at the 2014 Excellence in the Law event
Photos © Mike Ritter
Achievements across the legal community were celebrated at
Excellence in the Law, an event co-presented by Massachusetts
Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association on May 1
at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.
The MBA paid special tribute to the Hon. Suzanne V. DelVecchio
(ret.) and Carl Stevens of WBZ News Radio 1030. DelVecchio was
presented with the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary
Award and Stevens was honored with the Excellence in Legal
The event also featured award presentations for excellence in
Pro Bono, Marketing, Firm Administration, Paralegal and Up &
Coming Lawyers. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be
donated to the Massachusetts Bar Institute Public Service Fund
which helps support community services throughout the state such as
the Elder Law Program, the Tiered Community Mentoring Program, the
Judicial Youth Corps Program, the Law Day Initiative, pro bono
programs and the popular high school Mock Trial Program.
DelVecchio, a senior mediator and arbitrator at Commonwealth
Mediation & Conciliation Inc., is a former Superior Court chief
"Excellence usually comes in threes," MBA President Douglas K.
Sheff told the audience. "So where is the triad of excellence in
the law? The answer is Judge Suzanne Delvecchio. Without her, our
legal community would be incomplete, less human and considerably
"This is special. This really means a lot to me coming from my
colleagues," said DelVecchio after receiving her award.
Stevens is an award-winning general assignment reporter for WBZ
News Radio 1030.
"These days it's so easy to paint lawyers and judges alike in a
negative light," said Sheff. "But Carl Stevens is not like most