On October 14, 2020, Attorney Chris S. Dodig received the 2020 Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award. The award recognizes an attorney who has performed outstanding public service within their community.
Since his arrival in Berkshire County in 1990, Attorney Dodig has been an active member of the Berkshire community. He started his public service as a Big Brother within the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for Berkshire County. He then branched out and began serving as a member of the Board of Directors for numerous social service organizations within Berkshire County, including the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse (1993-2013), the Family Life Support Center and Louison House (1995-2003), the North County Community Development Corporation and the Northern Berkshire United Way (2007-2017). Within his profession he has served as an Executive Committee member for the Berkshire County Bar Association (2008-2018), as a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and as a Board Member for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (2010-present). He served many years as a coach within the Williamstown-Lanesborough Youth Athletics and participating regularly in the Town of Lanesborough’s Community Reading Day. In addition to his volunteer work, Attorney Dodig served in elected office as a member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee from 2012-2018, playing an integral role in consolidating the Lanesborough and Williamstown schools into a single district and shepherding the new Mount Greylock Middle and High School building project to its completion. He is currently serving as the Lanesborough’s elected Town Moderator and as a Board Member for Barrington Stage Company.
As noted by Managing Partner Brigid M. Hennessey, “Attorney Dodig is an example of how an attorney can serve the community. His work makes a difference in our area and is an example to newer attorneys.” In his capacity as a partner at Donovan O’Connor & Dodig, LLP, Attorney Dodig has, and continues to, strongly encourage members of the firm to be engaged in the larger Berkshire community, especially the county’s various non-profit groups. In no small part due to his leadership, the firm consistently provides fundraising support to various non-profits throughout Berkshire county.