Suffolk University's David J. Sargent to Receive John Joseph Moakley Pu0blic Service Award


“The Moakley Foundation is proud to recognize President David Sargent's impressive contributions to society, law, culture and higher education during a remarkable career highlighted by nearly fifty years of service,” said Frederick Clark, president of the Moakley Foundation.

Sargent, who has been associated with Suffolk University since his student days and served as a professor of law, Law School dean and now as University president, has directly encouraged students to enter public service and also piqued their interest by supporting an array of clinical programs that give students a taste for service while helping underprivileged clients.

“There were so many people who, like Joe Moakley, were given the opportunity to advance because of their education at Suffolk University Law School,” said Clark.

Sargent will receive the award during the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation's Fourth Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony, to be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Suffolk University Law School.

This year, the Moakley Foundation will award 29 scholarships, totaling $100,000, to high school students with a history of public service. Robert F. Moakley and Thomas J. Moakley, brothers of the late congressman, will be among the presenters of the student scholarships.

The John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation, Inc., was formed in 2001 to continue the extraordinary public service legacy of Congressman John Moakley. The mission of the Foundation is to assist worthy individuals and charitable organizations to pursue educational opportunities in all sectors of the economy. The Foundation provides scholarships and grants on an annual basis.

Past winners of the John Joseph Moakley Public Service Award include: Jack Connors, Jr., the founding partner and chairman of Hill Holliday; Leonard Florence, chairman and CEO, Leonard Florence Group, and a Suffolk University trustee; and the late Anthony Athanas, founder and owner of Anthony's Pier 4 restaurant in Boston.


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