Hardiman, Hogan to receive Presidentís Awards at Annual Dinner

Issue March/April 2016

The Massachusetts Bar Association will honor George G. Hardiman Esq. and Boston Municipal Court (BMC) Clerk-Magistrate Daniel J. Hogan Esq., with MBA President's Awards at the April 28 MBA Annual Dinner. The President's Award is bestowed upon those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of the MBA, to the preservation of MBA values, to the success of MBA initiatives and to the promotion of the MBA leadership role within the legal community of Massachusetts.

About George G. Hardiman

Hardiman is an attorney with a litigation practice, being honored for his role in the MBA's Section 35 program, launched this year by the MBA. While his work is often unheralded and behind the scenes, Hardiman's career has been defined by a dedication to service -- specifically, how lawyers can serve the greater good.

"Our Section 35 program came about because George saw an opportunity for the legal community to use its expertise to join the fight against opiate addiction," said MBA President Robert W. Harnais. "People needed help, and, as always, George looked outside the box to come up with a solution. Through the professionalism and commitment to helping others, George has earned the respect of all who work with him. We are proud to present him with our president's Award in honor of his dedication to service to others."

Hardiman began his career in the public sector, first working as an assistant district attorney with the Suffolk County district attorney's office, where he tried hundreds of cases in district and superior court. While employed as an assistant district attorney he was also part of a group of ADAs, who successfully lobbied the Legislature for legally mandated minimum salary for ADAs statewide. He then moved to the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, where he prosecuted financial misconduct. While employed at the Securities Division, Hardiman earned an MBA with a concentration in finance and was also part of a national, multi-state task force responsible for investigating conflicts of interest between investment analysts and investment bankers. The efforts of this task force resulted in significant reforms designed to protect the investing public. Hardiman later made the move to private practice, specializing in criminal and securities related financial litigation. In 2014, he was named CEO and president of Tremont Credit Union in Braintree after volunteering and serving as chairman of the credit union's board. For the past year, Hardiman has served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Committee and the Public Education Nominating Committee. In addition, he has been a member of the Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly editorial board and the MassVentures board of directors.

About Daniel J. Hogan

Hogan began his career in public service as an entry level procedures clerk I in 1988. He ultimately moved up the ranks from assistant clerk-magistrate to first assistant clerk-magistrate before being sworn in as BMC's clerk-magistrate in March 2000. Throughout his career, Hogan has worked to improve the effective and efficient administration of justice, not only in his office, but throughout the courts of the commonwealth. He continues to be a steadfast advocate for the full and fair funding of our courts and through automation and collaboration he strives to achieve full access to justice for every court user.

"Dan fulfils a critical role at the BMC -- one of the busiest courts in the commonwealth -- by serving as the court's go-to resource, whether you're a member of the public, bar, client, legislator or law enforcement officer," said MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy. "He has tirelessly worked to improve the administration of justice and he plays a tremendous statewide role in numerous policy and legislative matters within the legal community. The MBA is honored to present him with this year's President's Award in recognition of his commitment to access to justice."

In 2015, Hogan was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court as a member of the Access to Justice Commission. He also serves on the Trial Court Public Access to Court Records Committee, the Strategic Leadership Team and the MassCourts Statewide Governance Committee. Hogan has established a teaching partnership with the Harvard Law School Defenders Program and has been elected president of the Suffolk University Law School Alumni board of directors twice. He is the longest serving president of the statewide Association of Magistrates and Assistant Clerks. In May 2015, Hogan was selected and received the American Bar Association's Difference Maker Award in recognition of his continuing contributions towards improving access to justice.