The MBF Trustees are proud to announce that Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants will be honored with this year’s Great Friend of Justice Award. The award will be presented at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on March 7, 2017, at the Social law Library in the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. Chief Justice Gants will also deliver the event’s keynote address.
The MBF’s Great Friend of Justice Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary passion for justice, consistent with the MBF’s values and mission of increasing access to justice throughout Massachusetts.
Chief Justice Gants became the 37th Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in July 2014 when he was sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick. Before joining the SJC, he served for more than eleven years as an Associate Justice of the Mass. Superior Court, and was Administrative Justice of the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session in 2008.
In addition to his distinguished judicial career, Chief Justice Gants has taught at Harvard Law School, New England Law | Boston, and Northeastern University School of Law. He has received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from New England Law | Boston in 2015, and the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth in 2016. He was chair of the SJC Indigency Committee, and from 2010 – 2015, he co-chaired the Mass. Access to Justice Commission. He is currently chairing the SJC’s Standing Committee on Model Jury Instructions on Homicide.