The Massachusetts Bar Association will present Springfield Republican and MassLive.com reporter Shira Schoenberg with the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award at the May 10 Excellence in the Law event, presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The MBA-sponsored award is bestowed annually on reporters whose coverage of the legal system in Massachusetts best reflects the commitment to truth and justice shared by both the bar and the press.
“There are few reporters who write about the intersection between the State House and the courthouse as well and as clearly as Shira Schoenberg,” said MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy. “Since 2012, she has kept Western Massachusetts readers informed about the latest developments in law and policy from around the commonwealth. Whether covering newsworthy trials or the inner workings of criminal justice reform, Shira has definitely earned a place among the top legal and governmental journalists in Massachusetts today. The MBA is proud to recognize Shira for excellence in journalism.”
Schoenberg is the politics and State House reporter for the Springfield Republican and MassLive.com. She has covered judicial and criminal justice policy as well as court cases related to state government, elections and major crimes. She is a member of the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Public Access to Court Records standing committee.
In January 2015, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza listed Schoenberg as one of the best state politics reporters in the nation. Schoenberg previously covered the 2012 New Hampshire primary for the Boston Globe. Before that, she worked for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire, where she wrote about state government. Schoenberg has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
The annual Excellence in the Law event, which will be held at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, will also feature award presentations in the following areas: Up & Coming Lawyers, Excellence in Pro Bono, Paralegal, Marketing and Firm Administration. For more information on Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Excellence in the Law event, click here.