May 27, 2021, Submitted by the Massachusetts Bar Association
The Massachusetts Bar Association presented Hingham resident and attorney Thomas J. Carey Jr. of Hogan Lovells and Boston College Law School with the MBA’s President’s Award on Tuesday, May 25, at the MBA’s 2021 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting was held virtually in lieu of the annual in‐person MBA Annual Dinner due to ongoing COVID‐19 precautions.
The MBA President’s Award is bestowed upon individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of the MBA, to the preservation of MBA values, to the success of MBA initiatives, and to the promotion of the MBA leadership role within the legal community of Massachusetts.
A longtime active member of the MBA, dedicating over 50 years to the association, Carey has been a fixture on MBA task forces and committees, working toward meaningful reforms within the Legislature and the judiciary. He is the chair of the MBA’s Amicus Curiae Committee, contributing to issues of importance to the legal community and general public. In recent years, he has served as lead or co‐author on several MBA amicus briefs in support of judicial independence and access to justice.
Carey is also the founding chair, and current co‐chair, of the MBA Appellate Bench‐Bar Committee, a member of the Massachusetts Law Review Editorial Board, and a Brandeis Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
Currently with the Boston office of the global law firm Hogan Lovells, Carey specializes in appellate advocacy, handling civil and criminal appeals in state and federal courts, and consulting with trial attorneys on litigation strategy, legal memoranda, and dispositive motions in trial courts and administrative proceedings.
In addition to his work with the MBA and his firm, Carey teaches appellate advocacy at Boston College Law School, and works with its advocacy programs and moot court teams. He has had a long association with BC Law as an award‐winning student, faculty member and active alumnus.
Along with the presentation of the MBA President’s Award to Carey, the Annual Meeting included the presentation of the Access to Justice COVID‐19 Award to Nancy Baratta and Ann Balmelli O’Connor; the Access to Justice Race, Equity and Inclusion Award to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Well‐Being; the MBA Legislator of the Year Award to Congresswoman Katherine Clark; and the MBA Gold Medal Award to Marsha V. Kazarosian. The MBA also posthumously honored Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants with its Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award. SJC Chief Justice Kimberly S. Budd presented the keynote address.