Lee J. Gartenberg ('81) presented the MBA Gold Medal Award

11.20.08

L to R: Lee J. Gartenberg holding the MBA Gold Medal Award with attorney Peter T. Elikann, who presented the award, and MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.
L to R: Lee J. Gartenberg holding the MBA Gold Medal Award with attorney Peter T. Elikann, who presented the award, and MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.

Masachusetts Bar Association Press Release

BOSTON, Mass. — (Nov. 5, 2008) Framingham resident Lee J. Gartenberg ('81), director of Inmate Legal Services in the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office for more than 25 years, received the MBA Gold Medal Award at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2008 Gala Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The event was held at the John J. Moakley Courthouse in Boston.

The Gold Medal Award is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding legal services that have benefited the legal profession in Massachusetts. Also at the Gala Dinner, former Appeals Court Chief Justice Christopher J. Armstrong will receive the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award. The presentation of these two awards is not routine annually, and were last given in 2006.

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

As the director of Inmate Legal Services for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, Gartenberg oversees the legal needs of more than 1,000 inmates in a county detention system.

“I consider this upcoming honor an acknowledgement by the MBA that it values those practitioners who have chosen to use the privilege of practicing law to ensure access to justice to those that face the greatest obstacles,” Gartenberg said. “I feel that all attorneys who work in legal services, government agencies or those who volunteer their time to protect access to justice share this award with me.”

A longtime MBA member and leader, Lee has served the association in many capacities. He is immediate past chair of the Criminal Justice Section and has led the Judicial Administration and Individual Rights & Responsibilities sections. Gartenberg also made important contributions to the MBA’s Budget and Finance Committee, Executive Management Committee and House of Delegates.

A keynote address about mindfulness in the law was presented at the Gala Dinner by Leonard L. Riskin, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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.