The Lawrence Bar Association welcomed Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to its annual Fall Dinner on October 20, 2016 at DiBurro's in Haverhill.
Attorney General Healey provided the group with her perspective a variety of topics facing the Commonwealth, including debt collection, the growing opioid crisis, public safety, and sexual violence and assault, particularly in sports. Instead of air pressure in footballs, the Attorney General said that the NFL, in particular, should be focused on recognizing the signs of violence and changing the culture of objectification.
The LBA also bestowed this year's Liberty Bell Award to Karen Kravchuk of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. The Liberty Bell Award is given by the LBA each year to an outstanding community leader who leads by example and has made an exception and significant contribution to the betterment of the community. Honorees have generously given their time and resources to stimulate a sense of civic responsibility. Attorney Socrates de la Cruz, who introduced Ms. Kravchuk, told the assembled members of her tireless dedication to the children of the Boys and Girls Club, several of whom attended the event.
The LBA also honored Attorney George A. Stella with one of its most prestigious awards, recognizing him for serving the community for 50 years!
Also honored at the event were two law students who each received a scholarship to further their legal studies. The LBA Educational Trust Scholarship was awarded to Lauren K. Foley, who is studying law at the New England School of Law, and the Sargent Battershill Fund Scholarship was awarded to Danielle A. Brouder, who is a student at Suffolk Law School.