DelVecchio, Stevens to be honored for "excellence"

Issue April 2014

The Massachusetts Bar Association will pay tribute to the Hon. Suzanne V. DelVecchio (ret.) and WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens at the May 1 Excellence in the Law event, co-presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. DelVecchio has been selected to receive the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award and Stevens will be honored with the MBA's Excellence in Legal Journalism Award.

The annual Excellence in the Law event, which will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, also features award presentations in the following areas: Up & Coming Lawyers, Excellence in Pro Bono, Paralegal, Marketing and Firm Administration.

DelVecchio, now a senior mediator and arbitrator at Commonwealth Mediation & Conciliation Inc., is a former Superior Court Chief Justice. As chief justice, DelVecchio implemented the Superior Court's Business Litigation Session. Her distinguished career also includes serving as the regional administrative justice in Plymouth County, as a staff attorney for the Boston Legal Aid Society and as corporate counsel for the City of Boston. DelVecchio currently sits on the MBA's Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Compensation, which examines the impact of low prosecutor and public defender salaries on the state's criminal justice system.

A graduate of Wheaton College and Boston College Law School, DelVecchio has served as an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law and received honorary doctor of law degrees from both Suffolk University School of Law and New England School of Law. In addition, she is the recipient of the Judicial Merit award from the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Distinguished Jurist Award from both the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers and the Essex County Bar Association, and the Jurist of the Year Award from the Justinian Law Society.

"Judge DelVecchio has been a longtime friend of the MBA's and we are proud to have the opportunity to honor her with the Toomey award," said MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy. "Both on and off the bench, Judge DelVecchio is known as a fair and respected leader."

Stevens, the recipient of the Excellence in Journalism Award, is an award-winning general assignment reporter for WBZ NewsRadio 1030. During his career at WBZ, Stevens received the first ever Edward R. Murrow National Award for Writing. In 1996, Stevens and WBZ received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting on a story entitled "Blue M&M's." Named "Best Radio Reporter" by Boston Magazine, Stevens also uses a video camera to report on unique and enterprising stories for RadioVision on

Prior to joining the station in 1990, Stevens worked at WEEI Radio in Boston, WENH-TV Channel 11, the public television station in Durham, New Hampshire, and WOKQ Radio in Dover, New Hampshire.

Stevens received a bachelor's degree in English from Goshen College and a master's degree in English from the University of New Hampshire.

"Carl has a reputation for uncovering compelling stories about the human spirit and he weaves together pieces that show the plight of the 'little guy.'" said Sheff. "As an association we work hard to represent those who are under-represented and improve their access to justice. Carl has shown through his work that he is, quite frankly, our kind of guy."

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