Saris honored, trustees elected at MBF 2021 Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Last Wednesday, March 10, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation was thrilled to see more than 100 fellows, grantees and friends at its first – and hopefully only – Virtual Annual Meeting. 

Highlights from the event included remarks delivered by Professor Deborah A. Ramirez of Northeastern University School of Law, who spoke about the Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Access to Justice Fund, which is a collaboration between the fund's advisory committee, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. This year’s Great Friend of Justice Award was presented to Hon. Patti B. Saris of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, who also delivered the evening’s keynote address. 

At the business meeting held that same evening, the MBF elected the following officers and trustees: 


  • President Richard J. Grahn, Esq., Law Office of Richard J. Grahn, Mattapoisett
  • Vice President Angela McConney Scheepers, Esq., Division of Administrative Law Appeals, Boston
  • Treasurer G. Perry Wu, Esq., Wellesley
  • Secretary Melissa Langa, Esq., Bove & Langa, Boston


  • Hon. Megan H. Christopher, Suffolk Probate & Family Court, Boston
  • Tara D. Dunn, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
  • Hon. Marguerite T. Grant, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Boston
  • Melissa Langa, Esq., Bove & Langa, Boston
  • Mary Jeanne Stone, Esq., Law Office of Mary Jeanne Stone, Fall River

Congratulations to the new MBF Life Fellows. Thank you for your support of the foundation and its mission of increasing access to justice across the state.

President's Circle – Gold Life Fellow*
Janet F. Aserkoff, Esq.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow*
Robert A. Bertsche, Esq.

Louis D. Brandeis Life Fellows*
Frank J. Ciano, Esq.
Charles J. DiMare, Esq.
Harry S. Margolis, Esq.
James F. Martin, Esq.

Life Fellows
Jacquelynne J. Bowman, Esq.
Corey M. Carvalho, Esq.
Lloyd D. Godson, Esq.
Hon. Marguerite T. Grant
Robert J. Kerwin, Esq.
Thomas R. Kiley, Esq.
Rebecca G. Pontikes, Esq.
Walter B. Sullivan, Esq.
Melvin Alan Warshaw, Esq.
Barry L. Weisman, Esq.

*In accordance with the Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct, this list does not indicate the Lead Fellow status of judges.

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