The Leadership Award recognizes an attorney who best exemplifies the ideals of the legal profession.

The Lawrence Bar Association takes time each year to honor a lawyer in the community who serves not only their clients and other constituents, but also generously gives back by donating services, money, and most importantly, time to make their communities a better place. Join us in honoring these model lawyers.

2015 - Judge Mary McCabe


Judge Mary McCabe 

2014 - Dick Consoli

Dick Consoli

Dick Consoli

Dick is the coordinator and regular volunteer of the Lawyer For the Day program. A program providing legal assistance for low income individuals, in the Lawrence Probate & Family Court. He is also a current member of the Executive Committee of the Lawrence Bar Association, a member of the Essex Country Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association. Dick is a member of the City of Lawrence Zoning Board of Appeals and the former Chairman and member of the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority. 

In 2001, Dick was recognized for his outstanding commitment to Pro Bono work by Merrimack Valley Legal Services.   In 2004 he was recognized as the "Person of the Year" for his outstanding civic and community service to the City of Lawrence.   In 2011 he was recognized as the recipient of the “Book of Golden Deeds”, a national award given by the Exchange Club. 

Dick has been married for thirty four years. He has three sons and eight grandchildren and resides with his wife in Lawrence.  He is a member of the Sons of Italy, Lodge 902, the Knights of Columbus, Council 67, the Lawrence Exchange Club and a current lector and Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. 

Dick is also an adjunct Professor of Law at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover where he teaches Family Law and Family Law Rounds. 

Attorney Consoli has retired from private practice as of March 31st, 2013 but still remains active with the Lawyer for the Day Program, as an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts School of Law and many other endeavors.

2013 - Judge Mark Newman

Lawrence Bar Association awarded the 2012 Leadership Award to Hon. Mark Newman, Associate Justice of Essex County Juvenile Court for his tireless work on behalf of at-risk youths. 

2012 - Frank Audy

Frank Audy, Probation Officer-In-Charge (POIC) at the Lawrence Community Corrections Center, is the recipient of the Lawrence Bar Association’s prestigious Liberty Bell Award for his work with probationers in the Fatherhood Program.

2011 - Sheila C. Casey

Sheila Casey

Sheila Casey

Lawrence Bar Association President Carol-Ann Fraser announced that the 2011 Lawrence Bar Association Leadership award will be presented to Sheila C. Casey at the LBA Spring Dinner on April 7. The Leadership award is presented to an attorney who best exemplifies the ideals of the legal profession.

Attorney Casey is the Executive Director of Neighborhood Legal Services, which provides free civil legal services to low income residents of Northeastern Massachusetts. She has been active in the Bar Association since returning to her hometown of Lawrence in 1998. She returned as a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services and became its Executive Director in 2006. Attorney Casey was on the Executive Committee of the LBA since, and was elected its President in 2007.

President Fraser said that it was an easy choice this year. “Sheila has been and continues to be an inspiration to so many of us. Her work with and for the indigent reflects the highest ideals of the legal profession.” When notified of the award, the highest honor the Lawrence Bar Association can award an attorney, Ms. Casey said: “ I am overwhelmed by this honor. I have dedicated my life to helping those in need who have nowhere else to turn. In these hard economic times it is inspiring to see that the Lawrence Bar Association recognizes the needs of so many low income residents and publicizes the good work that so many attorneys do.”

2010 - Robert J. O'Sullivan

The LBA honored Robert J. O'Sullivan of Andover with the 2010 "Leadership Award" for "his years of outstanding service to the legal and general community." 

2008 - Wilbur Hyatt

The association also honored prominent local lawyer Wilbur Hyatt with its 2008 Leadership Award, which was presented by his son Armand Hyatt, also a lawyer.