The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is proud to announce that it will honor Retired Judge Paul K. Leary with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Leary, who retired in 2009 as associate justice of the Boston Municipal Court in Massachusetts, served as president of NBTA (formerly known as the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification) from 2005-07. Leary remains a member of the organization’s board of directors.

He will be honored at the organization’s Board of Directors Dinner on Friday, July 21 in Boston.

“When we made the decision to bestow this award on an individual who had contributed to the success of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, there was no other choice,” says NBTA President Jack McGehee, of McGehee, Chang, Barnes & Landgraf in Houston, Texas. “Paul Leary’s involvement in our organization makes it better, hands down. His dedication and contributions – both as a past president and currently on our board – made this an easy decision. We are proud to honor Judge Leary with our first Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“It has been a privilege for me to serve as a director on the National Board of Trial Advocacy for over 35 years,” says Leary. “I have worked with some of the most brilliant lawyers from around the country. In 1977, the mission statement of our founder, attorney Ted Koskoff, was ‘to inform and educate the public concerning legal representation by Board Certified Specialists.’ This organization has and will continue to pursue that mission and I feel honored to have been a part of the process. For me, it has been a rewarding experience.”

A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Leary has devoted the past 40+ years to fighting for justice. From 1956-1969, he worked as an employee of the Boston Municipal Court, becoming an assistant clerk magistrate in 1964. He served as first assistant clerk magistrate for the Suffolk County Superior Court for criminal business from 1969-1979. Since that time until his retirement, Leary worked in the Boston Municipal Court system. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member in Suffolk Law School since 1975 and a lecturer at New England School of Law since 1986. Leary also served as vice president and as a member of the executive committee of the National District Attorneys Association