Massachusetts Bar Association presents Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey ('49) Award and Gold Medal Award at 2008 Gala Dinner Nov. 12

10.30.08

Massachusetts Bar Association presents Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey ('49) Award and Gold Medal Award at 2008 Gala Dinner Nov. 12

Leonard L. Riskin of the University of Florida Levin College of Law delivers keynote


BOSTON, Mass. — (Oct. 30, 2008) The Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2008 Gala Dinner will feature the presentations of the prestigious Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award and the MBA Gold Medal Award at the John J. Moakley Courthouse in Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 12.


Leonard L. Riskin, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, will also present a keynote address about mindfulness in the law. He has been mediating, training and writing about dispute resolution since 1980, and since 1999 has been teaching mindfulness meditation to lawyers, law students, and mediators. Riskin has published numerous books and articles on dispute resolution as well as several articles on mindfulness and mediation.


The Hon. Christopher J. Armstrong (ret.), former Chief Justice of the Appeals Court, will receive the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award. The Hennessey Award is given to federal or state judges within Massachusetts who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice and upholding the highest traditions for public service.


Lee J. Gartenberg, director of Inmate Legal Services in the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office for more than 25 years, will receive the MBA Gold Medal Award. The Gold Medal Award is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding legal services that have benefited the legal profession in Massachusetts.


“Recipients Judge Christopher Armstrong and Gartenberg were chosen in large part because they exemplify the timeless tenets of leadership in the law,” MBA President Edward W. McIntyre said.


The presentation of these two awards is not routine annually, and were last given in 2006.

Incorporated in 1911, the Massachusetts Bar Association is a non-profit organization that serves the legal profession and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education, professional excellence and respect for the law. The MBA represents a diverse group of attorneys, judges and legal professionals across the commonwealth.

Contact:
Jennifer Rosinski
Massachusetts Bar Association
Phone: (617) 338-0675
E-Mail: jrosinski@massbar.org