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Tenth Annual John M. Greaney Award Presented on Law Day

As part of Law Day, Judge William J. Boyle, the first justice of Springfield District Court and Kenneth M. O’Connor Jr., retired chief court officer, were recipients of the 10th annual John M. Greaney Award at the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse.  Each year, this award is presented to an attorney and non-attorney working in Hampden County deemed outstanding citizens of the local law community.

According to The Republican, “Boyle said he has worked with and long admired Greaney, a Westfield native and retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Paraphrasing a remark from Democratic Senator Lloyd Benson during a 1988 vice-presidential debate, the judge added: ‘I’m no John Greaney.’”

Former Justice Greaney served as a trial judge, Appeals Court justice and as a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court until 2008.  After leaving the bench, he taught law school and then joined Bulkley Richardson in 2016.