MBF to Honor Roy Hammer at 50th Gala

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The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is proud to announce that Roy A. Hammer will receive an MBF President's Award at our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner October 23 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.  Hammer, Of Counsel to the Boston law firm Hemenway & Barnes LLP, served as MBF President from 1981 to 1984, and has made many remarkable contributions to our Foundation and mission throughout his distinguished legal career.

Under Hammer's leadership, the MBF took the extraordinary step of committing to be a core funder of the Flaschner Judicial Institute, which was on the brink of dissolution following the loss of its federal funding.  Since 1982, the MBF has provided a grant annually to Flaschner that covers a significant portion of its operating costs, enabling Flaschner to provide high quality, independent educational programming for Massachusetts judges.

Hammer also played a leading role in establishing the Massachusetts IOLTA program, which is now the MBF's most significant source of funding for grants that provide civil legal services to the poor or improve the administration of justice in our state.  Following his term as president, Hammer not only played a key role in filing the petition with the Supreme Judicial Court, but also with designing the program's implementation.  In an effort to ensure the IOLTA funds were distributed judiciously throughout the Commonwealth, Hammer helped facilitate the MBF's becoming one of the three charitable entities to grant the IOLTA monies.

The MBF has benefited immeasurably from Roy's vision and service.  We look forward to recognizing his tremendous accomplishments and contributions to the MBF at the gala.

To purchase tickets to the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, please visit www.massbarfoundation.org/gala.