NOW ACCEPTING 2013 RHODE ISLAND BAR ANNUAL AWARD NOMINATIONS

02/15/2013 -
There are three Rhode Island Bar Association awards open for nomination in 2013. Nominations for all the awards are due no later than March 6, 2013. Past winners of the awards appear after the award descriptions and nomination information.

The Rhode Island Bar Association’s Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Judicial Excellence Award, named in honor of its first recipient, Chief Justice (ret.) Joseph R. Weisberger, is presented to a judge of the Rhode Island State Courts or Federal District Court for exemplifying and encouraging the highest level of competence, integrity, judicial temperament, ethical conduct and professionalism. The nominee is selected by a Bar committee appointed by the President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. The Committee invites suggestions for nominations.  To nominate a member of the Rhode Island Judiciary, please postal mail or email your nomination, including supporting information, your name and telephone number and email address, no later than March 6, 2013, to:
2013 Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Judicial Excellence Award Committee
c/o
Frederick Massie
Rhode Island Bar Association
115 Cedar Street
Providence, RI 02903
telephone: (401) 421-5740
email: fmassie@ribar.com

Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Judicial Excellence Award History
2007 - Hon. Joseph R. Weisberger
2008- Hon. Ronald R. Lagueux
2009 - Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr.
2010 - Hon. Michael A. Silverstein
2011 - Hon. George E. Healy
2012 – No Award


The Joseph T. Houlihan Lifetime Mentor Award is named for the late Joseph T. Houlihan who was known for his generosity of spirit and legal expertise in and out of the courtroom.  Mr. Houlihan believed in doing all he could to make lawyers strive to be the best they can be in how they think, speak, write, and represent the legal profession. This award honors individuals who, during their careers, have consistently demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to successfully mentoring in the Rhode Island legal community.  The award recognizes an attorney who serves as a role model to other lawyers in Rhode Island, who has significantly contributed to the profession and/or the community, and who, with his or her excellent counsel, has excelled as a mentor and contributed to the ideals of ethics, civility, professionalism and legal skills. The Awards Committee is particularly interested in attorney actions most closely reflecting those of the award’s namesake as detailed in the nomination criteria accessed on the Bar Association website at www.ribar.com, under the FOR ATTORNEYS tab on the left side of the Home page. Please postal mail or email your nomination, including a written report detailing how the nominee meets the criteria and your name and telephone number and email address, no later than March 6, 2013, to:
2013 Joseph T. Houlihan Lifetime Mentor Award Committee
c/o
Frederick Massie
Rhode Island Bar Association
115 Cedar Street
Providence, RI 02903
telephone: (401) 421-5740
email: fmassie@ribar.com

Joseph T. Houlihan Lifetime Mentor Award History
2008 - Joseph T. Houlihan
2009 - Joseph A. Kelly
2010 - Anthony J. Montalbano
2011 - Justin T. Shay
2012 – No Award


The Rhode Island Bar Association is seeking nominations from non-profit organizations for the 2013 Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award. This annual award recognizes and honors attorneys who generously donate their time and legal expertise for charitable work. Nominations are accepted from, and only from, non-profit organizations where Rhode Island attorneys have devoted a significant amount of their time and effort on a strictly voluntary, non-paid basis. The Awards Committee is particularly interested in attorney actions most closely reflecting those of the award’s namesake as detailed in the nomination criteria and award entry form accessed on the Bar Association website at www.ribar.com, under the NEWS AND EVENTS tab on the left side of the Home page. All nominations are due no later than March 6, 2013. Postal mail or email nominations and/or direct questions to:
2013 Lohmann Awards Committee
c/o
Frederick Massie
Rhode Island Bar Association
115 Cedar Street
Providence, RI 02903
telephone: 401-421-5740
email: fmassie@ribar.com

Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award History
2011 Robert A. Arena, Thomas J. Liguori, Jr., Neal J. McNamara & Mark B. Morse
2010 No Award
2009 Malcolm Farmer III
2008 Christopher S. Gontarz & Daniel V. McKinnon
2007 William G. Brody, Richard K. Corley & Barbara Jean Rosiello
2006 Sheila M. Cooley & Andrew Horwitz
2005 Lise M. Iwon & John B. Lawlor Jr.
2004 Joseph P. Casales
2003 George L. Santopietro & Howard E. Walker
2002 Anthony R. Mignanelli, Robert P. Brooks, Elizabeth Dennigan, Martin K, Donovan & Susan Antonio Pacheco
2001 William Burke, Barry G. Hittner, Benjamin Paster, Patricia Watson & Susan McGuirl
2000 Susan Gershkoff*, Andrew Hodgkin, Elizabeth W. Segovis, Scott Spear & Don E. Wineberg
1999 Brenda A. Doyle, Sherry A. Goldin, Wayne M. Kezirian, Margaret A. Laurence* & Nancy J. Oliver
1998 William J. Conley*, Mark W. Dana, Mortimer C. Newton*, Hugo L. Ricci & Sheila Tobie Swan
1997 Victoria M. Almeida, Dana H. Gaebe, Sandra A. Lanni, Mark P. McKenney &Patricia L. Sylvester
1996 Margaret L. Hogan,  John M. Kelly, John J. McConnell, Jr. & John F. Pellizzari
1995 Eileen G. Cooney, Mary Rebecca Minard, William T. Murphy, Nancy Noviello, John M. Roney & Martin M. Temkin
1994    A. Larry Berren, James A. Bigos, Karen G. DelPonte, John E. Martinelli & John Austin Murphy
1993 John F. Corrigan, Timothy T. More, Bentley W. Tobin & John A. Tarantino
1992 Thomas P. Hogan, Linda S. Katz, Judith Kapuscinski, Edmund C. Bennett*, Lincoln C. Almond, Gerald Oster* & Benjamin C. Chester
1991 Vincent A. DiMonte, Anne Maxwell Livingston, Lloyd R. Gariepy, Charles J. McGovern* & John R. Payne, Jr.
1990 Dorothy Lohmann, Charles Greenwood, Gary St. Peter, Richard P. McMahon & Robert M. Sabel