Photo Credit: Amy Kelly
From left to right: Bar Association of Norfolk County Treasurer E. Pamela Salpoglou, Bar Association of Norfolk County President Joseph P. Hurley III, MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian, MBA Vice President Christopher A. Kenney, SJC Associate Justice and Keynote Speaker Margot Botsford, MBA President-elect and Community Service Award Honoree Robert W. Harnais, MBA Secretary Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA Vice President John J. Morrissey.
The Bar Association of Norfolk County honored Massachusetts Bar
Association President-elect Robert W. Harnais with the MBA's
Community Service Award on March 4 at the Neighborhood Club in
Quincy. MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian presented the award to
Harnais and spoke about all he has done for the MBA and the
"We give this award to attorneys who have made important public
service contributions to their communities, and to publicize the
fact that members of the legal profession are caring, involved
individuals, who are eager to use their legal skills for the
betterment of society," said Kazarosian. "That is what Bob
exemplifies. He is truly a caring, empathetic, involved and sincere
Harnais has volunteered his service to the MBA for many years.
An MBA officer since 2011, Harnais has been a member of the MBA's
House of Delegates since 2006 and is a member of the MBA's
Executive Management Board. He has also served as co-chair of the
MBA's Crime Lab Task Force and chair of the MBA's Diversity Task
In addition to his MBA involvement, Harnais is a past president
of both the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA)
and the Hispanic National Bar Association, and remains highly
involved with both organizations. Last October MAHA presented
Harnais with its 2014 Leadership Award. Harnais also received the
Quincy Bar Association's Alfred P. Malaney Award, also known as the
"Man of the Year" Award, for distinguished legal services.
Since 2007, Harnais has served as a member of the Race and
Ethnic Advisory Board for the Massachusetts courts. Harnais is
chairman of the Braintree Planning Board and enjoys being a
football official in his spare time.