Honorable Joseph R. Nolan Award

The Honorable Joseph R. Nolan was an accomplished lawyer, esteemed jurist, noted author, learned professor, and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who epitomized what it means to be a Catholic living out one’s faith both personally and professionally. The Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston annually presents the Honorable Joseph R. Nolan Award to a member of the legal profession who best exemplifies Justice Nolan’s devotion to the faith, excellence in the law, dedication to family, and unwavering compassion for all.

Laudetur Jesus Christus!

2016 Award Recipient: Attorney Henry Luthin

The CLG is proud to announce that Attorney Henry Luthin is the 2016 recipient of the Honorable Joseph R. Nolan Award.

Henry Conrad Luthin IV has been a member of the board of directors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild since 1988, one year after it was re-constituted under the leadership of Judge Joseph Nolan. Henry served as Treasurer of the Guild for 12 years, from 1990 to 2012.

In addition to his service on behalf of the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Henry has a distinguished record of service to the legal profession as well as his Catholic faith. For more than 30 years, Henry has served in a wide range of municipal positions in the City of Boston including Special Assistant to Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, General Counsel of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and since 2008 as First Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston Law Department. Throughout these years of service, Henry has been an active participant in numerous local, state and national legal associations, including the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Currently, Henry serves as President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association.

While maintaining this commitment to public service and legal education, Henry has also maintained decades-long involvement with pro-life and faith-based organizations and activities. Among those activities were: a director and Chairman of the Board of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, a director and acting President of the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, a trustee of St Mary’s Women and Infants Center, and years of volunteer service as an expert presenter at parishes on physician assisted suicide and end-of-life issues. A graduate of Boston College and Rutgers University Law School, Henry and his wife Marianne who heads the Pro-Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston have been married for 35 years and are the parents of three adult daughters, Maeve (who is also an attorney), Meaghan and Moira.

2015 Award Recipient: Attorney Paul J. McNamara

The CLG is proud to announce that Attorney Paul J. McNamara is the 2015 recipient of the Honorable Joseph R. Nolan Award.


2014 Award Recipient: Attorney Frances X. Hogan

The CLG is proud to announce that Attorney Frances X. Hogan will be the first recipient of the Honorable Joseph R. Nolan Award.

Fran Hogan received her undergraduate degree from Regis College and graduated with honors from Boston College Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Boston College Law Review. She was also admitted to the Order of the Coif, an honorary society for law school graduates. She is a member of both the Massachusetts and federal bars, as well as, the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts.

Attorney Hogan is a partner with the firm Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts LLP. Since 1976, as part of her profession, she has worked with the City of Boston to help improve its neighborhoods by making sure large construction projects (such as the W Hotel, Westin Hotel and Liberty Wharf complex) provide jobs for low-income earners. In addition, as an attorney who practices real estate law, she has negotiated contracts for affordable housing projects in Boston and Worcester. Fran Hogan represents institutions, individuals, non-profits and government entities in connection with a variety of matters involving the development, financing, leasing and construction of commercial projects and residential complexes. She is also a national leader in the pro-life movement.

Fran embodies the values of a Catholic lawyer, intertwining her personal and professional lives. She understands that a virtuous citizen is an advocate for the common good. She has spent a career creating affordable housing and has been a tireless voice in the promotion and protection of human life and the underserved.  She has dedicated herself both personally and professionally to working on behalf of those in need and the protection of innocent human life so as to sustain a civilization of love and human dignity.

Fran Hogan serves as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which was established by Pope John Paul II and is co-founder and former president of Women Affirming Life, a national group of Catholic women who are committed to the pro-life movement through their professions, their families and community services. She sits on the board of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference and chairs its Pro-Life/Pro-Family Sub-Committee, and worked to defeat the 2012 ballot question on physician-assisted suicide. She has also served on the boards of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund, the Value of Life Committee, and Massachusetts Citizens for Life. In 2013, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley presented Fran with the People of Life Award. She has for many years served as a Director and Officer for the Catholic Lawyers Guild for the Archdiocese of Boston.