Cynthia Creem gets Mass Bar's Legislator of the Year Award

On Thursday March 11th, Cynthia Creem was honored at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2010 Gala Dinner with their coveted “Legislator of the Year Award.” And it’s about time. After all, Sen. Creem has been carrying water for the lawyers’ lobbies for years. They say it best themselves:

As the co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Creem weighs in on legislation related to criminal law, the courts and civil and equal rights. A sponsor of four bills on behalf of the MBA, Creem has a longstanding history of collaboration with the MBA.

When the various lawyers’ lobbies ( Mass Bar, Boston Bar, Women’s Bar, Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, Real Estate Bar etc. etc. )  need to get something done they can count on Creem. She files about 4 bills on their behalf most years.

Cynthia Creem and lawyer lobbyist friends from the WBA

What are these bills? Well it’s hard to say. You see, the lawyers’ lobby likes to keep its legislative agenda away from the eyes of the untutored public. If you try to look it up on their web site you get:

This information is exclusive to members of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

But I know S1616 is one of them. That’s the bill intended to replace the real alimony reform with something cosmetic that preserves divorce lawyers’ profits. She should know – she’s a divorce lawyer.

One reason the lawyers are so pleased with Creem is because she is a leader in “Sentencing Reform”:

“We are pleased to recognize the hard work of Sen. Creem on behalf of the Massachusetts legal community,” said Yarashus, who noted that Creem was a fierce advocate for sentencing reform during last fall’s Senate debate.

These are bills like S1740 that would repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. One the lobbies promoting this idea is the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - because nothing fattens their wallets like letting criminals out of jail early.

Or H1754 which would reduce the size of drug-free “school zones” from 1000 feet to 100 feet. That way drug dealers could camp out across the street from schools, instead of being inconventiently down the block as is currently the case.

As they like to say, they are not “soft on crime” but rather “smart on crime.”

This is a banner year for Creem. The lawyers gave her a coveted “Backman Award of Leadership” for being the only vote against “Jessica’s Law.” That’s the law that provides for mandatory minimum sentences for child murderers and rapists.

But the lawyers’ award parade for Creem isn’t over yet. She’s scheduled to get another legislator of the year from the Women’s Bar Association on March 24th.

She sure works hard for lawyers.

16 Comments

  • doc hollidey
    March 13, 2010 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I am from South Carolina, but have been following the saga of Creem. I would vote this woman out in a heartbeat. I would vote for Mickey Mouse before I would vote for her. People of Massachusetts….Wake up!!!! I know that Pittsburgh had to choose between lawyers and smog. Get rid of these selfish pigs who look out for themselves and throw the general public to the wolves (another name for courts and attorneys).

  • doc hollidey
    March 13, 2010 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I am from South Carolina, but have been following the saga of Creem. I would vote this woman out in a heartbeat. I would vote for Mickey Mouse before I would vote for her. People of Massachusetts….Wake up!!!! I know that Pittsburgh had to choose between lawyers and smog. Get rid of these selfish pigs who look out for themselves and throw the general public to the wolves (another name for courts and attorneys).

  • Sandy Russo
    March 13, 2010 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s obvious that Cynthia Creem works hard for lawyers–too bad she doesn’t work as hard for the people who voted her into office! Time to get rid of her!

  • Sandy Russo
    March 13, 2010 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s obvious that Cynthia Creem works hard for lawyers–too bad she doesn’t work as hard for the people who voted her into office! Time to get rid of her!

  • J Solo
    March 14, 2010 - 10:32 pm | Permalink

    So how is Creem’s submission of S1616, and attempts to thwart adoption of H1785 (the real alimony reform) not an ethics violation for conflict of interest? As a divorce attorney, one could hope that she’d recuse herself on matters that affect her income…

  • J Solo
    March 14, 2010 - 10:32 pm | Permalink

    So how is Creem’s submission of S1616, and attempts to thwart adoption of H1785 (the real alimony reform) not an ethics violation for conflict of interest? As a divorce attorney, one could hope that she’d recuse herself on matters that affect her income…

  • Maria
    March 25, 2010 - 3:40 am | Permalink

    She makes me sick!

  • Maria
    March 24, 2010 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

    She makes me sick!

  • Ken B
    March 25, 2010 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Creem needs to go in the November elections, along with all her buddies that are against HB1785. Blatant disregard for the welfare of MA citizens, and it won’t be tolerated.

  • Ken B
    March 25, 2010 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Creem needs to go in the November elections, along with all her buddies that are against HB1785. Blatant disregard for the welfare of MA citizens, and it won’t be tolerated.

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  • Moorem178
    July 26, 2010 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Clearly payment for holding alimony reform hostage. Higher income spouses boycott Creem & Creem law offices let her have the dregs like us alimony slaves are forced to.

  • Moorem178
    July 26, 2010 - 7:19 am | Permalink

    Clearly payment for holding alimony reform hostage. Higher income spouses boycott Creem & Creem law offices let her have the dregs like us alimony slaves are forced to.

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