Posts Categorized: Voices of the Bar

Voices of the Bar 1/15/16: Why Do You Walk to the Hill?

One of the BBA’s core values is equal access to justice, and every January brings an opportunity to come together with fellow advocates for funding for civil legal aid. The Equal Justice Coalition’s 17th Annual Walk to the Hill will give participants the opportunity to call on state lawmakers to adequately fund the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) line item in the Fiscal Year 2017 state budget. To illustrate the multifaceted reasons MLAC’s work is important, the EJC’s #IWalkForJustice social media campaign invites supporters to share the reasons why they Walk to the Hill.

As January 28 approaches, BBA Week reached out to some Walk to the Hill organizers and supporters and asked:

“Why do you participate in Walk to the Hill?”

Phelps Turner – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
“I participate in the Walk to the Hill every year because equal justice is equal protection.”

 

Deborah Silva – Equal Justice Coalition (Director)
“Walk to the Hill for me is really all about the clients served by MLAC-funded legal aid programs across the state – the single mom who is being threatened with an illegal eviction; the homeless vet who has been improperly denied shelter; the domestic violence victim who needs help obtaining a restraining order against her abuser; the disabled student who has been denied necessary educational supports.  Without a legal aid attorney, these individuals face an uphill battle in court and administrative proceedings and might never have their legal rights enforced.  I remember the first time I walked into a courtroom as an attorney – I was terrified.  I can’t even imagine how scary it must be for an unrepresented litigant who is at risk of losing their home or their child. I participate in Walk to the Hill so they don’t have to go it alone.  We may have a long way to go before we can fulfill the promise of “justice for all;” but I Walk in the hopes that we can all take another step closer to that goal.”

Julia Huston – Past BBA President, Foley Hoag
“Walking to the Hill is truly democracy in action.  I walk every year, and would not miss it!”

 

Brendan St. Amant – Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar
“I walk to the Hill to remind my representatives—and myself—that we all can do better to close the justice gap in our community.”

 

Susan Finegan – Mintz Levin
“I participate in the Walk to the Hill every year because it is the most visible opportunity for members of the bar to educate our state legislators, and the public, about the importance of adequately funded civil legal aid.  As lawyers, we know how having a lawyer can make all the difference to our state’s most vulnerable residents by preventing homelessness, providing safety to domestic violence survivors, or obtaining government benefits.  Yet, a majority of all eligible clients who request assistance from legal aid organizations are turned away due to lack of resources.  I walk with hundreds of other lawyers and judges to ensure that these important legal services can not only continue, but expand, so that even more people can be served in the coming year.”

Deborah Manus – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“Nutter Walks to the Hill because in an enlightened  society justice is for all and not just people with means.  Investing in civil legal aid is a smart investment.”

 

 

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 1/7/15: What Is Your New Year’s Resolution?

Here at 16 Beacon, we are very excited to kick off 2016 and the second half of our exciting program year. This week, we want to hear about what you are excited about doing this year.

Now that the holiday weekend is over and we’re settling back into our desks, we want to know:

“What is your New Year’s resolution?”

Craig D. Levey – Davis, Malm & D’Agostine
“My New Year’s resolutions are to learn to be a better cook and to travel more!”

 

Mark Fleming – WilmerHale
“Actually reading a book.  I spend so much time reading legal advocacy and judicial opinions that I often forget the pleasure of reading that is completely unrelated to the profession.”

Mary Ryan – Nutter
“Since I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year, then you could say my de facto resolution was to make no resolutions – really, don’t we all want to eat right, exercise regularly, get seven hours of sleep, be a contributing member of our various communities and see the world at peace?  But I had dinner with an old friend last night so let me break my de facto resolution by vowing to take more time to enjoy family and friends, along with meaningful work and play. Happy New Year everyone!”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 12/17/15: What Do You Love About the Adams Benefit?

This week in Voices of the Bar, we’d like to shine a spotlight on the Boston Bar Foundation’s John & Abigail Adams Benefit, which gives attendees an amazing chance to experience the Museum of Fine Arts in a whole new way, while stepping up to support legal aid and access to justice for the under served. It’s the BBF’s biggest event of the year and the premier and the largest fundraiser for legal services in the area.

To give you a better idea of what’s so amazing about this event, we reached out to past attendees and asked:

“What is your favorite thing about the Adams Benefit?”

Albert Wallis – Brown Rudnick
“The spirit.  It is a celebration by the best of the Bar, all in support of what I think is the most import aspect of our profession — equal access to justice — with friends and significant others in a glorious setting with wonderful food and music.  Plus, seeing so many male attendees trying  nonchalantly to pull off wearing a bow-tie.”

Rory Pheiffer – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“My favorite thing about the Adams Benefit is that it’s the only “lawyer event” I can get my wife to attend without any negotiation.  We both love having the opportunity to dine amongst masterpieces while supporting a worthwhile cause.  I also like having the opportunity to catch up with colleagues from across the city in such an impressive setting, and my wife appreciates that she can wander the galleries while I’m doing so.”

Debra Squires-Lee – Sherin and Lodgen
“The Adams Benefit brings together three things I love – a fabulous party with everyone dressed in their sparkling finest, the amazing art and ambiance of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the promotion of an excellent cause, raising money to increase legal services for low income families.  There is nothing not to love about the Adams Benefit!”

Daniel Dain – Dain Torpy
“The Adams Benefit is an important event to support each year, for the money it raises to support legal aid and access to justice. Apart from that, it is always great fun, from the interesting people, to the delicious food, to the beautiful setting.”

 

Lisa Cukier – Burns & Levinson
“My favorite part of the Adams Ball is dressing up in something other than a suit for a change , and socializing all night with so many wonderful friends and colleagues!”

 

Lawrence DiCara – Nixon Peabody 
“It is a great opportunity to see old friends and to do some good. It also brightens up a usually grim January!”

 

Bob Rosenthal – Conn Kavanaugh 
“The Adams Benefit is my favorite of the BBA/BBF major annual events. The festive atmosphere, the inclusion of guests, and the unique setting of the MFA all contribute to a really enjoyable evening. As a result, this gathering is a networking opportunity that is actually fun to attend.”

Howard Berkenblit – Sullivan & Worcester
“Gathering with lawyers from all different fields in a festive, artistic setting for a worthy cause – it all makes for an enjoyable evening!”

 

Hannah Bornstein – Nixon Peabody
“I love the ambience of the MFA at night with everyone dressed up.  The Adams Benefit is one of my favorite nights of the year.  (Although as a former Art History minor, I always worry about somebody tripping and a glass of wine ending up all over a priceless painting!)”

J.D. Smeallie – Holland & Knight
“I have three favorite things about the Adams Benefit. First, with no sit down dinner, you are free to circulate and talk to friends and colleagues the entire evening. Second, the MFA is a wonderful museum, and the Adams Benefit provides an opportunity to tour the exhibits at your leisure without crowds. Finally, the money raised benefits civil legal aid for those low income families who really need a lawyer in difficult circumstances. So, all in all, a wonderful evening benefiting a worthy cause.”

James Kavanaugh – Conn Kavanaugh
“I think the Adams Benefit is a great event. It is in a beautiful setting, it has a tremendous amount of energy, and it provides a way to contribute to people in the community. My favorite thing about it is that it is an opportunity to spend some time with people that I don’t see often, to catch up with them and find out how they and their families are doing.”

Peggy Brown – Skadden
“The Adams Benefit is always a great event—it’s tough to beat socializing with friends surrounded by wonderful works of art! Knowing it is for a good cause makes it even more special.”

 

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 12/10/15: Tell Us About Your Mentor

As we head into the new year, the BBA will be introducing a series designed to teach new lawyers the building blocks of the profession. Friday Fundamentals is a series of programs that will focus on practical skills that law school might have missed. The initiative is the brainchild of BBA President Lisa Arrowood, whose priorities include offering as many opportunities as possible for law school graduates to become practice ready by learning about the day-to-day tasks that come along with practicing law.

You’ll be hearing more from us about that program over the next month. In the meantime, BBA Week wants to hear from you:

“Who taught you how to be a lawyer? Tell us about your mentor.”

Jed DeWick – Arrowood Peters
“I don’t know where I’d be today without Lisa Arrowood. She has been a mentor of mine since my third year of practice. She truly believes in mentoring and helping people understand how to be a better lawyer. It’s tough love sometimes, but that’s good because it’s a tough business. Lisa truly believes it is incumbent upon lawyers to develop those coming up behind them.”

Sara Wells – Morgan Lewis
“I recently joined Morgan Lewis after having practiced trusts and estates at Mintz Levin for over ten years, and for almost my entire career.  While at Mintz, I was mentored by all of the trusts and estates partners – Peter Miller, Reena Thadhani, Kurt Steinkrauss, and the late Richard Mintz.  These attorneys taught me both the substance of trusts and estates, and also how to be compassionate with clients, some of whom were going through the hardest moments of their lives – the death of a loved one. ”

Christopher D. Strang – Strang Scott
“I’ve had many mentors, but one who stands out is Connie Browne, my instructor in the Civil Litigation Clinic at BU Law. She taught me the right way to litigate, from client counseling through closing arguments at trial. She brought just the right balance of enthusiastic encouragement and constructive criticism. Every time I’m confronted with challenges in a case, I think back to the basic lessons she taught me back then as my starting point. She was thorough and inspiring, and I will be forever grateful for getting me off to a great start in the law. ”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 12/3/15: Where Do You Shop for the Holidays?

Whether you’re on the train or plugging an address into your car’s GPS, in your office or relaxing at home, one thing is for sure: technology is a big part of our lives. This is especially evident when the holiday season comes around, filling our wish lists with gadgets and our inboxes with special deals at every big box store and online retailer. This year, the Boston Bar Foundation is introducing the option to donate through Amazon Smile, where you can use your regular account to shop for the holidays, and Amazon will donate a portion of the cost of eligible items in your order. It’s easy and convenient – a way to support our commitment to increasing access to justice while doing the shopping you’d be doing already.

With December upon us, BBA Week reached out to members and asked:

“Where is your favorite place to buy gifts for the holidays?”

Mathilda McGee-Tubb  – Mintz Levin
“My favorite place to buy gifts for the holidays is the SoWa Holiday Market.  It’s a great way to support local craftspeople, and I often find unique Boston-centric gifts there.  If I am looking for something more worldly, I stop by the Cultural Survival Bazaar at Harvard or the Prudential Center.”

Joshua Nadreau – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
“While I end up doing most of my shopping on the Internet, I do enjoy walking through the mall during the holiday season (early on to avoid the rush). I love seeing stores like Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn all decorated for the holidays!

Craig Levey – Davis, Malm & D’Agostine 

“I try to pick up gifts during my travels throughout the year, but my favorite place to shop in Boston is B/SPOKE Indoor Cycling Studio (101 Federal Street).  It has cool merchandise for both men and women, and offers gift cards for spinning classes.  The rides keep my friends and family in shape despite all of the delicious holiday food!”

Anne Ross – Sullivan & Worcester
“I usually buy gifts from Amazon as it is super convenient and I like reading customer reviews to make sure I’m getting a good gift.  Also I enjoy shopping at craft fairs so I can get unique gifts while supporting local artists.”

 

Elizabeth Kayatta – Arrowood Peters 
“I love to shop for holiday gifts at craft fairs, especially the SoWa Market in Boston.  It’s a great way to meet local artisans and find unique presents.”


If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a
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Voices of the Bar 11/24/15: What Are You Most Thankful For?

At the BBA and BBF, we are most thankful to our sponsors, our members, our trustees and our partners in the community who make it possible to do what we do. Their support enables us to offer educational and networking opportunities for lawyers, connect volunteers with pro bono work and strive to serve the community at large through numerous initiatives throughout the year. One example is the grant money the BBF distributes to a number of local organizations that are dedicated to improving access to justice and overall quality of life for under-served communities. The BBF’s annual grantee report outlines the incredible impact these organizations have.

As we think about giving back this holiday season, BBA Week reached out and asked some BBF grantees:

“What are you most thankful for?”

Joanna Allison – Volunteer Lawyers Project 
“As the current director of an organization with the mission of providing quality access to justice through volunteers attorneys, I am grateful to be working in Boston. After 23 years here, I am still amazed and humbled by the willingness of the private bar to step up and take cases for folks who cannot afford an attorney. The tradition of service to low income clients goes back more than a century, and I reap the benefit of that tradition here at Volunteer Lawyers Project.”

Jacquelynne Bowman – Greater Boston Legal Services
“I am thankful for each person who recognizes the value of justice for all and those whose contributions, whether financially, through the provision of legal assistance or otherwise, help in the fight to achieve it.  I am particularly thankful to be part of a legal community that collectively believes in this principle and acts on it to the greater good!”

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb – Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health
“I had always thought the expression “It takes a village to raise a child”, popularized by the First Lady Hilary Clinton, had become an overused cliche.  But when my husband suffered a stroke in September, I quickly learned the power of a “village”.  From the doctors who saved my husband’s life to the therapists who are helping him walk and regain his cognitive skills to the family and community members who encouraged him and brought food for me and my son – I truly learned what a village can do.  Similarly at MassCOSH, I find myself at this time of year, moved by the village created by workers, their bodies disabled from unthinkable job accidents, who use their experience to support and guide others through the financial and emotional trauma of a painful work injury.  And our network of legal and health volunteers who help disabled workers access urgently needed medical treatment and wage benefits, contributing to this village as well.  This Thanksgiving week, I feel immense gratitude to all the family, friends, and colleagues who remind me each day that it truly does take a village to raise a community. ”


If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a
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Voices of the Bar 11/20/15: What Was Principal for a Day Like?

Every year, the Boston Public Schools open their doors to professionals from various industries to participate in a program called Principal for a Day. A handful of members of the BBA community have participated in the program over the years. Our president, Lisa Arrowood, took part for the first time this week. The goal of the program is to to build support for the local school system by pairing corporate and community leaders with school administrators for a morning. They get to observe staff meetings as well as classes and other activities, asking questions along the way.

In hopes of sharing some of their insights, BBA Week reached out to participants and asked:

“Why do you think it’s important to participate in the Principal for a Day program? Please share something with us about your experience. “

BBA President Lisa Arrowood – Arrowood Peters
“During my time at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, I was impressed by the staff’s dedication to helping each and every student to be a successful learner. I observed the unique challenges faced by a school community where a substantial number of the students are not native English speakers and a significant percentage are on Individualized Education Plans to meet their specific needs. The real spirit of the place is one of collaboration, accountability and sincere investment in helping these children achieve academically. Participating in Principal for a Day gave me valuable insight into the framework of our public schools, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to witness the inspiring work going on at the Frederick Pilot.”

Michael Keating – Foley Hoag
“The opportunity to spend time in one of Boston’s public schools, meeting with the principal and attending classes is an eye-opening experience. Two things stand out on all the occasions in which I have participated in the “Principal for a Day” program. First, the complexity of the issues which the schools address on a day-to- day basis include the education of children who are not fluent in English, sometimes disabled, often from environments in which violence is pervasive, and with wide disparities in aptitude and preparation even within the same grade. Second, even against these demographics and long odds, the teachers in our public schools are committed to doing their best to educate these children and that attitude is manifested by watching the effort they make in and outside the classroom. Although I have some familiarity with the Boston public schools through my work at The Boston Foundation, it is not until I am physically in one of these schools, watching the interaction between the teachers and the students, that I appreciate the enormity of the challenges which these schools face on a daily basis. It is an experience which I wish more of our citizens could have because I think it would raise their awareness of the difficulty of the tasks faced by the schools, increase their appreciation for the work that is done by the principals and faculty at those schools and the need for all of us to support these efforts.”

David Glynn – Holland & Knight
“This is my second year participating in the Principal for the Day Program, and I often work with groups of BPS students through a partnership between my law firm and the Josiah Quincy upper and lower schools for which I serve as the firm’s co-chair.  It has been a privilege to have been invited to spend a day in one of Boston’s public schools to get a hands on feel for the accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities presented to those who lead our public schools day in and day out.  Whether you are a Boston resident, or a resident of a neighboring town or city, all of us benefit from a well-educated population and a city school system that provides top notch educational opportunities to all students.  Boston’s public schools are all of our schools, and it is incumbent upon us all to be as involved, and knowledgeable, as we can be to understand what we all must do to make sure that the school system runs properly and has the resources needed to fulfil its mission.  There is no better way to foster this kind of personal engagement than to spend a day in a school and see it in action.  I hope to be invited back again next year.”

Steven Wright – Holland & Knight
“The Principal for a Day is an extraordinary experience and program. I’ve participated for the past several  years and visited English High School, the Josiah Quincy High School, and this year, The Fenway High School. I find it a very enlightening experience, because you engage with incredibly inspiring young adults, many overcoming  obstacles, who are passionately pursuing their education. This is coupled with an equally inspiring dedication on the part of the school’s principal, teachers and staff to positively shaping  these young adults’ futures, and the world, through education. I am impressed by the innovation in each one of the schools, and the effectiveness with which they educate their multicultural, multilingual, multi- ethnic student population. This is an extension of Holland & Knights’ Opening Door Program, where we partner with the Josiah Quincy school on a year-round basis. It is an enriching experience for all of my colleagues. It is also  humbling because I am awed by the importance of the work that taking place in the schools, as compared to some of the legal work that we all are involved in day-to-day. I highly recommend the Principal For a Day Program. It is an experience you will not forget.”

William Gelnaw – Choate, Hall & Stewart
“I have had the privilege of participating in the principal partners program for many years.  As always, this year’s day was interesting, energizing and informative, and a reflection of the tremendous work which is done on a daily basis in our schools.  It was also a reminder of the challenges ahead and the additional investments which need to be made.”


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Voices of the Bar 11/12/15: How Did You Commemorate Veterans Day?

At the BBA, much of our work throughout the year focuses on veterans, but this week offers all of us a special chance to honor and thank these men and women. This week, we hosted a reception for veterans in the legal community and their friends and families, where Congressman Seth Moulton — a veteran himself — spoke. Our goal is to begin to build a community where veterans in the field can talk about their shared experiences and challenges. The BBA also offers avenues through which active duty military members and veterans in need of legal aid can connect with agencies and individual attorneys that can help. Finally, we strive to highlight the accomplishments of local veterans in our legal community, and offer our members the chance to learn from their experiences through various panels and programs.

As we reflect on the bravery of the members of our armed services and the sacrifices they’ve made, BBA Week reached out to members and asked:

What did you do to commemorate Veterans Day? Is there a veteran in your life that you honored this year?

Matt Connolly – Nutter McLennen & Fish
“This year I will be honoring my grandfather, Guido Cafasso, a Korean War veteran who passed in October.  My family and I will be visiting my grandmother this weekend and will share our favorite stories about him (and there are many!).”

 

Brian Bixby – Burns & Levinson
“I had to work on Veterans Day, but I appreciate what our soldiers have always done, successfully, so that I have the option and privilege of supporting my family. I think of my father, Staff Sargent Donald Bixby, who served for 4 years during WWII, and on D-Day landed in a glider behind enemy lines in Normandy.  I wear an 82nd Airborne Division tie pin every year in their honor and memory.”

Andrew Cohn – WilmerHale
“At 11 a.m. on 11/11,  I stop whatever I am doing.  I pause and remember from history the battle of the Somme in WWI, and the terrible losses of young soldiers in vast numbers; and I think about my friend John Clifford, a  marine who was on the “Rockpile” in the DMZ in Vietnam for 42 days of shelling and who, after he left the service, continues to devote  many hours trying to help young people achieve better lives for themselves. ”

Mike Giaimo – Robinson+Cole
“Each year my town, Sherborn, holds a well-attended ceremonial program on Veterans Day to honor all veterans. A local veteran speaks, local scout groups serve as color guard, our state representative and state senator speak, the town’s Veterans Committee announces the winners of an essay contest for students.  As chair of the Board of Selectmen, I was there to provide a few remarks in appreciation of our veterans and in gratitude for their service.”

John Shea – Mackie Shea
“I spent Veterans Day honoring military family and friends.  I’m anticipating the November 19th burial service at Arlington National Cemetery for my Aunt Frances Shea Buckley, Rear Admiral, Navy Nurse Corps.  Fran was Head OR nurse on the U.S.S. Repose during two tours in Vietnam, commanded Bethesda and San Diego Naval Hospitals, and helped establish the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.  While tending his gravesite this Veteran’s Day, I remembered my best friend and father-in-law, Carson A. Milley, Cpl. USA, who was a Purple Heart recipient for injuries during a bunker attack which claimed the lives of four comrades.  I am also fondly reminiscing about colleagues, clients and friends from my six years as a Captain in the Air Force Judge Advocate Corps.  I am proud of and grateful for my service.”

Jack Regan – WilmerHale
“When I think of Veterans Day, I think of the sacrifice and service of my father.  He was from Lawrence and enlisted in the Army, with many others, soon after Pearl Harbor.    After training, he was assigned to a Sherman tank in Company D, 10th Tank Battalion of the Fifth Armored Division, which was part of the Third Army under the command of General George Patton.  My father’s unit figured prominently in the breakout from the Normandy Peninsula and  the liberation of Paris and Luxembourg.   He was wounded in the Compiegne Forest outside of Paris, and after three months on convalescence in England, was returned to the front just before the Battle of the Bulge began.  His war ended when his unit was halted and met the advancing Russian Army only 45 miles from Berlin.  He rarely spoke about any of the horror he witnessed.  His memories were always focused on  the men he served with, those like him lucky enough to return home and those who lie fallen in Europe.”

Cameron Casey – Ropes & Gray
“To honor veterans and commemorate Veterans Day, my husband and I contribute to two of our favorite charities: Veterans Legal Services and Homes for Our Troops, both Massachusetts-based organizations doing wonderful work to help veterans.  We also make a special effort to teach our young sons how important the efforts and sacrifices of U.S. servicemen and women have been and continue to be in protecting our country and preserving the freedoms that are so dear to us. ”

Michael Keating – Foley Hoag
“I honor my late father, Captain John S. Keating, USN, who graduated from Woburn High School in 1919 and immediately entered the U.S. Naval Academy, beginning a 34-year career of distinguished naval service.  His naval career defined “public service” for me.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 11/5/15: Who Would Play You in a Movie?

Spotlight, a major motion picture chronicling the investigation into the Catholic Church that won the Boston Globe a Pulitzer Prize, hits theaters Friday. BBA Council Secretary Jonathan Albano, a partner at Morgan Lewis who has represented the Globe many times, will be portrayed in the film.

Before these members raced off to get tickets for Spotlight, we asked them:

“What actor would you choose to play you in a movie?”

Stephanie Parker – O’Connor, Carnathan & Mack, LLC
“I would have to say Felicity Jones. Aside from having my signature bangs, she also brings a classic elegance and sensibility to her performances that I admire. I think she could capture the mix of professionalism and cheerfulness that I try to infuse into my day-to-day life.”

Dana M. Gordon – Foley Hoag
“Matthew Broderick. My mom always says we resemble each other.”

 

David B. Wilson – Hirsch Roberts Weinstein
“I would want Matt Damon to play me.  He wouldn’t have to fake the accent.”

 

 

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].

Voices of the Bar 10/29/15: What’s the Most Creative Halloween Costume?

For each issue of the Boston Bar Association’s online publication, BBA Week, we pose a question to several of our members and run their responses in our “Voices of the Bar” column. Here at 16 Beacon, we can see the signs from our windows. The haunted tours have resumed on Boston Common and the store-bought cobwebs and goblins are out on stoops – Halloween is coming!

As October 31 approaches this weekend, BBA Week reached out and asked:

“What is the most creative Halloween costume you’ve ever worn, or seen someone else wear?”

Josh Nadreau – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
“The most creative costume I’ve worn was last year when my wife and I dressed as the Orange Line – we created our train cars out of boxes and used orange construction paper to decorate them. For the legal nerds out there, I went as “The Right to Bear Arms” one year in law school, wearing a Chicago Bears jersey and sleeves made out of faux bear fur. ”

Ryan Cuthbertson – Mintz Levin
“My daughter, a budding marine biologist, decided to go as her favorite sea creature when she was 5 years old: a GIANT SQUID. Her arms were disguised as the tentacles and the bigger-than-her-sized costume also included the remaining 8 legs. The awesomeness cannot be fully appreciated without a picture. ”

Courtney Gaughan – Goodwin Procter
“Santa-Con: an arrested Santa, complete with a booking number and reason for arrest (most likely breaking into homes and stealing cookies). I like pun costumes and think this play on the Santa-filled convention and the justice system is clever!”

 

Anne Ross – Sullivan & Worcester
“A couple years ago my best friend, sister and I went as the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It took over a month to make the costumes, which included black body suits, rotating arms, and white bald caps.  For materials, we cleaned out Home Depot of all of its black tubes and wires, and went to MIT’s Swapfest.  Not only was it fun making the costumes, but we also won a few costume contests.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].