First-ever program brings bar leaders together

Issue November 2003

Bar Leaders
Photo by Pat Plasse
Gathering for the Hampden County Bar Association annual Legislative and Judicial Dinner are (from left) Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Andrew Steinberg of Western Massachusetts Legal Services, MBA President Richard C. Van Nostrand and Mary Jo Kennedy, president of the Hampden County Bar Association. The dinner was held Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Marshall was the guest speaker for the event.
At press time, the MBA Department of Bar Services was gearing up for its inaugural Bar Leadership Institute, which was scheduled for October 31 at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland.

At least 13 of the MBA's 27 affiliated bars plan were set to have representatives at the conference. Among the bar presidents, officers and senior staff who had pre-registered there was an overwhelmingly positive response to MBA President Richard C. Van Nostrand's goal of developing relationships within the legal community. Many registrants said the networking and educational programs of the Institute were a giant step toward fulfilling that objective.

Among the scheduled speakers for the Institute were executive coach Dan Coughlin, who was to speak on the keys to effective leadership, and MBA past president and ABA state delegate Michael Greco, who was speaking on the relationship between affiliated bars and the larger legal landscape. Jeannine McCoy, New Hampshire Bar Association executive director, and MBA Delegate to the ABA Kay Hodge also were scheduled to speak.

Journal honors president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

CowanWilliam "Mo" Cowan, president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and hiring partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, was recently recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of its "40 Under 40" honorees in a supplement recognizing some of Boston's brightest business and civic leaders younger than 40.

The honorees are selected by a panel of editors based on their influence on industry and local business, as well as contributions to the civic health of Greater Boston through volunteering and philanthropy.