2015 MBF President's Award Recipients Honored

Elaine M. Epstein, Esq., a partner at Todd & Weld, LLP, received the President’s Award at the MBF's Grantee Reception held in Boston on October 15th.  Charles J. DiMare, Esq., a partner at the Law Firm of Antonino & DiMare, received the President’s Award at the MBF's Grantee Reception held in Amherst, on October 27th.

The MBF President’s Award is given to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, as well as to the Massachusetts legal community, through their leadership and commitment to increasing the availability of legal services for low-income people in the state.

President's Award recipient Elaine M. Epstein with MBF President Robert J. Ambrogi

President's Award recipient Elaine M. Epstein with MBF President Robert J. Ambrogi

Ms. Epstein and Mr. DiMare were honored for their longstanding support of the MBF and its mission to increase access to justice.  Both have been dedicated volunteers and generous donors.

Epstein has served on numerous committees and boards for law-related organizations.  In addition to serving on the MBF board of trustees and the Mass. IOLTA Committee, she is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, as well as founder and first president of the Women’s Bar Association. She is a member of the MBF’s Society of Fellows President’s Circle and is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

“Elaine Epstein truly represents the very best of the legal profession,” said MBF President Robert J. Ambrogi of Rockport, “and it is our great privilege to honor her outstanding dedication to the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.”

President's Award recipient Charles J. DiMare, Esq. with MBF President Robert J. Ambrogi

President's Award recipient Charles J. DiMare, Esq. with MBF President Robert J. Ambrogi

DiMare’s involvement with the MBF began in 1995, when he joined the MBF Society of Fellows.  DiMare has served as a Grant Advisory Committee member for the Western Mass. region for many years, helping advise the foundation’s Trustees on grant allocations to organizations throughout the four western counties.  Of his work with the MBF, DiMare noted, “I have welcomed the opportunity to give back to the community in a way that allows me to help people and the legal profession at the same time."

“Chuck’s belief in the importance of making civil legal assistance available to those in need and improving the administration of justice for everyone shines in his thoughtful and keen analysis of the programs he has helped the MBF evaluate over the years,” said Ambrogi.

These receptions were also an opportunity for the MBF to celebrate its current grant recipients and their work, which includes providing civil legal services to people who otherwise could not afford them and improving the administration of justice in the commonwealth.  Programs provided by grantees help thousands of individuals and families in Massachusetts who have legal issues relating to domestic violence, housing, access to special education services, healthcare, discrimination, and many more. Anthony Marino, Esq. of the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston and Betsy Williams of the Mediation Training Collaborative in Greenfield shared the experiences of their organizations at the events in Boston and Amherst, respectively.

This year, the MBF awarded over $1.9 million in grants through its annual Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Program. These grants will fund 82 programs conducted by 54 nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts. Representatives of many of these organizations were in attendance.

To view photo galleries of the receptions, click here.