A night of ‘excellence’ honors Justice Cowin, SHNS

Issue June 2011 By Tricia M.Olivia

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association will honor a distinguished roster of professionals at the annual Excellence in the Law celebration at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on June 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m. A cocktail reception will precede the awards ceremony.

In addition to the Diversity Heroes and Up & Coming Lawyers selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly to be honored at the event, the Daniel F. Toomey Judicial Excellence Award will be presented to retired Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Judith A. Cowin, and the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award will be presented to the editorial team of State House News Service.

Cowin retired from the Supreme Judicial Court in April following nearly 12 years of service to the state's highest court. In 1991, Cowin was appointed as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, where she served for eight years before her 1999 appointment to the SJC by Gov. A. Paul Cellucci.

Prior to her service on the bench, Cowin served as an assistant district attorney in Norfolk County from 1979 to 1991. She also served as legal counsel for the Office of the Chief Justice of the District Court Department from 1972 to 1979, following two years of service as an assistant legal counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

State House News Service is an independent, privately owned wire service that provides in-depth coverage of the Massachusetts government. SHNS is trusted by its subscribers as the primary source of information on legislation, issues and background.

The news service began shortly after the turn of the 20th century as a lone scribe who documented House and Senate sessions and then sold copies to other reporters. Since then, the service has grown into a highly reputable, full wire-service organization. The editorial team works out of offices within the Statehouse.