BBA Law Day at Boston Symphony Hall Hits All the Right Notes
Stepping into the lobby of the venerable Boston Symphony Hall last night, it was immediately clear that this year’s Boston Bar Association Law Day Celebration would be an incredibly exciting and special one. With more than 900 members of the Boston legal community attending to hear Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron speaking, Law Day was once again a terrific opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends and honor the rule of law in our society.
This year’s theme was “Free Speech. Free Press. Free Society.” BBA President Jon Albano kicked off the remarks by welcoming all in attendance, including in particular the many judges in attendance. He noted, “The BBA is doing all it can to promote public confidence in the judiciary and to promote judicial independence.”
Albano spoke about his recent experience meeting with 3rd grade students during the BBA’s popular “Law Day in the Schools” program, where he chatted with students on free speech and the right to attend school through the lens of Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai.
During the Law Day celebration, the BBA also presented its Thurgood Marshall Award to recognize attorneys whose extraordinary efforts have enhanced the human dignity of others through improving or delivering legal services to Massachusetts’ low-income population. This year, the award went to Foley Hoag, for their deep and unwavering commitment to pro bono efforts, which include domestic violence, LGBTQ rights, housing, environmental protection, disability rights, health care, prisoners’ rights, voting rights, immigration and political asylum, taxation, and education and charter schools. Foley Hoag believes it is every attorneys professional and ethical responsibility to make sure that our system of justice is open to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. Foley Hoag’s Pro Bono Managing Attorney Rebecca Cazabon and Co-Managing Partner Ken Leonetti accepted the award for the firm.
The keynote address was delivered by Marty Baron, who had previously spent almost twelve years as Editor of The Boston Globe. He spoke eloquently and persuasively about the power of the truth to maintain and uphold a democracy, saying, “The truth will get out when confronted by people who believe it should.” He added that the press are independent arbiters of fact, and if they are not allowed to remain free and open, we would face the prospects of tyranny. Baron went on to discuss his role as a journalist, and the role of all journalists, in ensuring that the truth always be known.
Once again, the BBA’s Law Day celebration successfully highlighted our collective passion and commitment to ensuring that all of society benefits from the rule of law. And our belief that a free press and the freedom of speech are critical foundations for the law to serve all citizens equally and fairly.
We want to thank all of those in attendance for helping make this year’s Law Day Celebration such a successful one. We’d also like to thank our Law Day Celebration co-chairs Kate R. Cook of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC and Christopher G. Clark of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. We couldn’t have hosted such an incredible event without the support of our wonderful sponsors.
Conductor Level Sponsors
Foley Hoag LLP | Mintz | Morgan Lewis | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
First Chair Level Sponsors
Conn Kavanaugh | Goulston & Storrs | Haug Partners | Laredo & Smith, LLP | Nelson Mullins | Nutter | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP | Sidley Austin LLP | Steward HealthCare
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