Attend the MBA's Access to Justice Awards Celebration on June 8 in Framingham

Thursday, May 18, 2023
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Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Awards Celebration on Thursday, June 8, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sheraton Framingham. The event will feature a keynote address by Senate President Karen E. Spilka and the presentation of Access to Justice Awards to nine attorneys and one law firm.

Special thanks to our Signature Sponsor: Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC. Thank you also to our Patron Sponsors: Burns & Levinson LLP; Massachusetts Bar Foundation; and Todd & Weld LLP. Click here to register as an event sponsor.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Signature Sponsor — $5,000
  • 2 tables of 10
  • Firm logo featured on MBA website
  • Prominent recognition at the event
Patron — $1,000
  • 4 tickets
  • Firm name featured on MBA website
  • Prominent recognition at the event
Individual Tickets — $35

Join us as we present the following Access to Justice Awards:

Rising Star Award

Alissa Weinberger, MetroWest Legal Services

Pro Bono Law Firm Award

McCarter & English LLP

Pro Bono Publico Award

Jerry Cohen, Burns & Levinson

Legal Services Award

Emily Leung, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

Defender Award

Carolyn McGowan, CPCS

Prosecutor Award

Marc Tohme, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Race, Equity and Inclusion Award

Shayla Mombeleur, Todd and Weld

Lifetime Achievement Award

John J. Carroll Jr., Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow

Susan Nagl, South Coastal Counties Legal Services

Maribeth Perry, Lawyers Clearinghouse

About Senate President Karen E. Spilka

Since 2005, Spilka has represented the communities of the 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk Senate District, composed of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick. With a strong dedication to the advancement of progressive social causes and pragmatic fiscal policy, Spilka has balanced investments in economic development, education and infrastructure with savings for the future. She has championed issues such as mental health, the innovation economy, and services for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Spilka has a demonstrated track record of fighting for social and civil justice for all. In 2018, Spilka led the push for a sweeping criminal justice reform to increase equity for the state's youngest and most vulnerable residents affected by the criminal legal system, as well as to promote diversion, reduce recidivism and increase judicial discretion. In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, Spilka led the Massachusetts Senate in passing a groundbreaking police reform bill, which, among other measures, created a first-in-the-nation civilian-led oversight commission with the power to train, certify, independently investigate and decertify police officers. This bill has been hailed by the NAACP, the ACLU and others as one of the strongest laws passed in support of racial justice anywhere in the country. 

During her career, Spilka has been a social worker, small business owner and attorney, and became one of the first legislators in the nation to vote in favor of marriage equality and transgender protections. She is a graduate of Northeastern Law School and holds a B.S. in social work from Cornell University. She has been married for 40 years to Joel S. Loitherstein, an environmental engineer, and has three adult children, Heather, Scott and Jake, and two rescue dogs, Lincoln and Mikasa.


Space is limited. Register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.

Questions? Email MBA Membership and Marketing Manager Heather Robertson at