Harnais gets presidential welcome at Fenway

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015
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The MBA celebrated the start of its 2015-16 year with a reception in honor of President Robert W. Harnais.

The Massachusetts Bar Association held a reception on Sept. 3 at Fenway Park to celebrate new MBA President Robert W. Harnais and ring in the 2015-16 membership year. The President's Reception was held in conjunction with the Hispanic National Bar Association's Ohtli Award Reception, part of the HNBA's Annual Convention, which was hosted in Boston this year.

Harnais was introduced and ceremonially "sworn in" as MBA president by Massachusetts District Court Chief Justice Paul C. Dawley. Harnais told the crowd of judges and MBA, HNBA and Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA) members how proud he was to be the MBA's first Hispanic president. He also spoke about the need for improved civility among lawyers and pledged to do his part during his presidency.

The joint HNBA-MBA reception was a fitting event to honor Harnais, who is a former president of MAHA and a former regional president of the HNBA. Harnais said he was grateful for the opportunities given to him by each association. He also thanked MBA Past President Marsha V. Kazarosian, his fellow 2015-16 MBA officers and his many other friends and family in attendance for their support. Harnais' signature sense of humor was also on display when he made a special point to thank "Judge Berman," the federal judge whose "Deflategate" ruling earlier in the day rejected the National Football League's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In addition to the speech by Harnais and the HNBA's award presentations, the reception featured remarks from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, American Bar Association President Paulette Brown and MAHA Past President Jessica Massey.