Pat Receives American Spirit of Justice Award

WRENTHAM, Mass. – Norfolk County Register of Probate and Quincy resident Patrick W. McDermott was recognized at Wrentham District Court’s annual Law Day ceremony yesterday with the prestigious “Spirit of American Justice” award. The award is bestowed annually upon those who show an extraordinary commitment to the administration of justice in Massachusetts.

“It is an honor to receive this award from a community of peers in the Trial Court whom I greatly respect,” said Register McDermott. “The staff at the Norfolk Probate Court works hard every day to cut through the legal bureaucracy and provide access to justice to all the residents of Norfolk County by helping adoptive parents, families in crisis, and grieving loved ones who need judicial assistance.”


Past recipients of the award include Retired Judge and Stoughton Attorney Francis Crimmins Jr. and ­­­Walpole Attorney James Brady. McDermott is serving in his fourteenth year as the elected Register of Probate and is the Past President of the Bar Association of Norfolk County as well as Past President of the Massachusetts Association of Registers of Probate.


Wrentham District Court Clerk Magistrate Edward Doherty, who hosts the annual event, says McDermott’s leadership at the Registry of Probate stands out.


“I created the American Spirit of Justice award to honor our system of American law and individuals who embody the judicial values of honesty, hard work, dedication to task, kindness, and sound judgement,” said Clerk Magistrate Doherty. “Pat McDermott is all of those things and more, and I am proud to call him a friend.”


McDermott said the programs he has instituted at the Probate Court are meant to reduce barriers and increase efficiency of the court. He highlighted the Lawyer for a Day program, an initiative where lawyers volunteer their services to those without representation, and the Legal Advocacy Clinic for victims of domestic violence which is run in partnership with Domestic Violence Ended (DOVE).


Individuals who need assistance are encouraged to visit the courthouse at 35 Shawmut Road in Canton or call at 781-830-1200.