Three Massachusetts Bar Association members were recognized for
their outstanding service at the MBA Volunteer Recognition Dinner
on July 10 at Lombardo's in Randolph. Susan G. Anderson, Elliott M.
Loew and Paul E. White were each presented with the Volunteer
Recognition Award, which salutes members who volunteer substantial
time and effort to the mission, program and/or publications of the
MBA or otherwise enhance the organization in a significant way.
Nominations for the awards were made to the MBA's Volunteer
Recognition Committee who provided recommendations to MBA officers.
The officers voted on the award recipients based on the committee's
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Susan G. Anderson, hearing officer, Office of the
Anderson has been an MBA volunteer for more than 20 years,
serving on various committees and section councils since 1992. She
currently serves as the vice chair of the Access to Justice
Committee and was previously the chair of the Health Law Section.
Throughout her many years of service to the MBA, Anderson has been
a member of the MBA's Policy and Governance Committee, the
Terrorism Task Force, the House of Delegates, the Definition of the
Practice of Law Task Force and the Media Committee. She has also
planned education programs that have brought several MBA sections
together. Most recently, she helped plan and bring faculty to the
Public Law Conference.
"I'm so deeply honored by this award, but more than that, I'm
truly grateful for all the opportunities the MBA has given me,"
said Anderson. "It's a joy and a privilege to work with inspiring
leaders and wonderful lawyers who are so fully committed to
improving our legal system, fostering access to justice, and
bringing to our communities a greater understanding of the
Elliott M. Loew, Law Offices of Elliott M. Loew PC
Loew has been a member of the MBA's Mock Trial Committee
for 16 years, serving as chairman in 1998, 2007 and 2008. He has
been a special instructor of law at Newton North High School since
1980 and was the lawyer/coach of the school's mock trial team for
14 years (1990-2004). In 2006, Loew became the lawyer/coach of the
Newton South High School mock trial team, which won the MBA's state
championship in 2008.
"This award is a wonderful tribute because it's for spending
time doing things I find to be fun, useful and important," said
Loew. "The mock trial program touches a lot of people. Several
people have told me how much they loved the case we wrote or about
students that continue to be involved in mock trial when they go to
college. Where else do you get to do that as a lawyer, with that
kind of impact?"
Paul E. White, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
White was recognized for his tireless work as the chair of
the MBA's Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program. Since
April 2013, he has spent an enormous amount of time organizing,
training and recruiting lawyers to provide pro bono assistance to
survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.
"It was enormously rewarding both personally and
professionally," said White. "We were totally helping people. In
the end, we all felt that we had achieved something truly
In addition to his work with the survivors of the Boston
Marathon tragedy, Paul serves as chair of the MBA's new Complex
Commercial Litigation Section Council and previously served as
co-chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council. White has
also served on the MBA's House of Delegates and as a member of the
Task Force on Law, the Economy & Underemployment.
"To be recognized by your peers and colleagues with this kind of
award means a great deal to me," said White. "Our job as lawyers is
demanding and time consuming and isn't always necessarily
professionally fulfilling. Volunteering provides a sense of
fulfillment that sometimes eludes people in our profession."