2016 MBA President's Awards honorees (from left): James T. Van Buren and Robert S. Molloy.
The Massachusetts Bar Foundation will host two Grantee
Receptions, one in Worcester on Oct. 19, and one in Boston on Oct.
26, to show its appreciation for MBF grantees, Fellows, supporters
and friends. At the receptions, the MBF will honor two of its most
dedicated volunteers with President's Awards. The award recipients
- James T. Van Buren, Law Office of James T. Van Buren,
- Robert S. Molloy, Destination XL Group Inc., Canton
Van Buren, an MBF Louis D. Brandeis
Life Fellow and Justice Circle member who practices in Fitchburg,
has been a stalwart advocate for access to justice from the
earliest days of his legal career. Van Buren joined the MBF Society
of Fellows in 1991, and has participated in the MBF grant review
process annually, serving on both regional and statewide grant
committees. Beyond the MBF, Van Buren has been a long-time
supporter of civil legal aid both locally and statewide, serving as
a member of the MA Access to Justice Commission since its
inception, and a leader of many bar-related organizations including
the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester County Bar
Association. Van Buren will receive his award at the Central &
Western Mass. Grantee Reception, in Worcester, on Oct. 19.
Molloy, an Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow, is being honored for
his longstanding support of the MBF and its mission to increase
access to justice. He is the senior vice president, general counsel
and secretary of Destination XL Group, a publically held company in
Canton. A dedicated volunteer and generous donor, Molloy has
volunteered annually to assist the MBF in its grant making process.
His dedication and commitment to increasing the availability of
services to those in need has made him a true asset to the MBF's
grant making program. Molloy is also a long-time volunteer for
MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham, and he received the Nancy
King Award in 2011 in recognition of his service as co-chair of the
MWLS Fundraising Committee since 1999. Molloy will receive his
award at the Eastern Mass. Grantee Reception, in Boston, on Oct.