MBA partners with Lawyers Weekly to honor excellence

Thursday, May. 12, 2016
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MBA President Robert W. Harnais (left) and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Publisher Susan A. Bocamazo (right) with Massachusetts Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza (ret.) (top) and Boston Herald reporter Bob McGovern (bottom).

The Massachusetts Bar Association renewed its partnership with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on the annual Excellence in the Law event. Held this year on May 4, at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, the awards program and dinner celebrated excellence throughout the legal community.

The evening's awards ceremony began with the MBA's presentation of the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award to former Massachusetts Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza (ret.). After an introduction by MBA President Robert W. Harnais, who detailed Rapoza's accomplishments in Massachusetts and internationally, Rapoza thanked the MBA and Lawyers Weekly for the award named after Toomey, the late judge who was his friend and colleague.

Harnais also presented the MBA's Excellence in Legal Journalism Award to Boston Herald reporter and "Full Court Press" columnist Bob McGovern. Harnais praised McGovern, who is also a lawyer, for keeping an eye on legal stories that often go unnoticed -- the "inside baseball of the Massachusetts legal system."

Following the MBA awards, Harnais remained on stage to hand out Lawyers Weekly's awards for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Firm Administration/Operations, Marketing, and Paralegal Work. The ceremony concluded after Lawyers Weekly Publisher Susan Bocamazo and Advertising Director Scott Ziegler honored the 2016 Pro Bono Award recipients and gave out awards to more than two dozen Up & Coming Lawyers.

A portion of the proceeds from all Lawyers Weekly events goes to a local charity. The Massachusetts Bar Institute Public Service Fund served as the dedicated charity for the Excellence in the Law event.