Voices of the Bar 4/7/16: As a Child, What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

We are gearing up for our annual Law Day in the Schools program, where Boston Public School students get to hear annually from our volunteer attorneys. This year, attorneys will introduce them to the important topic of Miranda rights.

The idea is to provide and interactive day of civic education for these students, but we also hope that the program might ignite an interest in practicing law in one or two. That is, if they’re not already dedicated to becoming a rock star, an astronaut or a professional athlete.

So we wanted to know: what about our members?

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we reached out to ask:

“When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

David Kluft – Foley Hoag
“I wanted to be Ambassador to Nicaragua until I learned that the movie Protocol, with Goldie Hawn, was not entirely accurate.”


Ian Roffman – Nutter McClennen & Fish
“As a child growing up in New Jersey, I wanted to play third base for the New York Yankees. I still do. ”


Carolyn Jacoby Gabbay – Nixon Peabody
“Growing up I always wanted to be a lawyer. My father was my role model. He was an attorney who loved the law and he was greatly respected and admired by his colleagues and clients. And he had some very cool clients — including Charlie Chaplin and the Eugene O’Neill family, for example.  As a child I wanted to be like him. I attended college at Boston University and planned on law school from day one as a freshman. I stayed in Boston attending Boston University School of Law and after graduating joined private practice just like my father. Years later, I am happy to still be doing what I aspired to do professionally from the time I was a young girl.”

Jennifer Sunderland – Manion Gaynor & Manning
“As an eight year old, nothing seemed more glamorous to me than becoming a secretary.  My sisters and I would play “Office” and I would readily volunteer my services in a support role to my twin sister’s job as “Boss.” I envisioned my future job as enabling me to wear a suit and high heels every day while having access to my own word-processing machine and an infinite number of office supplies.  The reality of my chosen career path has turned out better than ever I could have imagined – there are so many office supplies.”

Laura Stephens Khoshbin – Partners Healthcare
“This question took me back to age 7, to second grade in Louisville, Kentucky, in the height of Spring. Our class was asked to make a crayon drawing of a spring landscape.  I chose the deepest colors from the crayon box and sketched out a pastoral scene beneath a narrow strip of very blue sky.  After pausing at my desk for a moment, my teacher asked me to accompany her outdoors.  Just beyond the back door of the school was the scene I had in mind.  I can still remember the wet lilacs, new grass, and fragrant air, heavy with humidity.  My teacher gently took me by the hand and showed me how the sky goes all the way to the ground.  I remember the rush of revelation; it was a turning point in my arts education to be sure.  More importantly, in that moment she also inspired a life-long love of teaching.  I will never forget her.”

Janette A. Ekanem – Kotin Crabtree & Strong
“Believe it or not, I decided that I wanted to become a lawyer when I was a child.  My mother worked as paralegal in the Housing Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services and as a result, I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the power of using law as a tool for advocacy.  I also had a burning desire to be the next Michelle Kwan, but I abandoned that dream when I realized that my jumps and spins would never quite compare to hers.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 3/31/16: Tell Us a Story About Practicing in Front of a Judge

We have a variety of programs coming up featuring judicial leaders that are designed to help lawyers see their responsibilities from the perspective of someone on the bench.  So, we were hoping for the same from you – we want to know what it’s like to practice in front of a judge from the perspective of a lawyer.

We contacted members in search of stories about attorney flubs, wise words from judges, and anything else they found noteworthy from their years in practice.

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we reached out to ask:

“What has been your most memorable moment practicing in front of a judge?

J.W. Carney – Carney & Associates
“I will never forget the day that a District Attorney moved to dismiss three criminal convictions against Dennis Maher after he was exonerated by DNA testing. He had served 19 years in prison, and I had been his prosecutor.”

Lauren J. Weitzen – Lawson & Weitzen
“Following a bench trial in which my young client was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration for possessing a loaded firearm, the judge issued a Not Guilty verdict. My client, through tears, thanked the judge, told her his wife just had a baby a few days ago, and promised that his life was moving forward in a positive direction. The judge responded, seemingly emotional as well, that she made her decision based on the performance of his excellent attorney and that his whole life was now ahead of him, in his hands only, and wished him the best of luck.”

Brian Bixby – Burns & Levinson
“I was handling a will contest, and one of the parties removed the case to the U.S. District Court on the basis that there was a bequest to a charity that is technically a federal agency.  The case was assigned to Judge Tauro, who had scheduled a status conference requiring all the attorneys to appear.  He looked down at us, and particularly to the attorney who had removed the case to Federal Court and said, ‘I have been on the bench for about half a century.  I have never tried a will contest and don’t plan to start now.  Just because you can remove a case from the Probate Court does not mean that you should.  I will schedule another hearing in 30 days, and I don’t expect any of you to be here.’  We weren’t.”

Carol E. Nesson – Law Office of Carol E. Nesson
“The defendant,  represented by counsel, testified that she was innocent of a crime and   “just shared with her friends.”  “Oh, and did you share with your friends [on the night of the alleged offense]”, I asked.  “Oh, yes”, she answered. I then started to ask another question.  The judge, barely able to keep from cracking up, then advised me to know when I had won and stop!”

David Cherny – Atwood Cherny
“While trying a divorce case before Judge Haskell “Hutchie” Freedman in Lawrence many years ago, an expert witness acknowledged under cross-exam that he had never testified or qualified as a witness before that trial. Judge Freedman leaned over to the witness, looked him right in the eye and said “Son, EVERYBODY has to have a first time.”

Luke T. Cadigan – K & L Gates
“When I was a mid-level associate, a judge asked me at the outset of an argument whether I was ‘3:03 certified.’ In other words, was I still in law school?  It is the most unnerving question I have ever received from the bench.”

Brandon Scruggs – Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers
“When I was doing a stint as an Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted a case where the Commonwealth accused a woman of attacking her ex-boyfriend with what appeared to be a portable stripper pole.  Just before the trial, I found myself arguing two interesting motions in limine.  Defense counsel moved to bar anyone from referring to the pole as a “stripper pole” and also wanted to have the labelling on the pole removed because if a juror read it, they would probably figure out what the device was.  I agreed not to refer to the pole as a stripper pole because I didn’t have a witness that could confirm that without speculation (and I didn’t need to call it a stripper pole to prove my case).  On the labelling, the judge sensibly ruled that the pole should remain unaltered so that the evidence would be in the condition it was in at the time of the alleged crime (or as close to it as possible).  At trial, I got to admit the stripper pole into evidence.  I even got to take a simulated swing with it at closing argument.  And the jury eventually convicted the defendant.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 3/24/16: What is your favorite piece of technology?

On Tuesday, March 29th, Adam Sherwin (The Sherwin Law Firm) will lead a discussion on the latest innovations in technology for lawyers, from software options and cloud storage to gadgets that might come in handy.

We spoke to Adam for a Q & A about this upcoming event for this week’s BBA Week, and it got us thinking about how much technology we all use in our daily lives. This week, we reached out to members to ask:

“What is the piece of technology you can’t live without?

Julie Tolek – Think Pink Law
“I can’t live without text messaging. I text EVERYONE, including clients, and while it’s not a super sexy tech tool, it gets stuff done. It’s not intrusive, and I use it all day, every day. ”

Ajay Zutshi – Goodwin Procter
“Google Calendar and auto sync with Android phones. I don’t use my phone much for texting or calling or gaming and hardly have any apps on it. But I use it constantly for scheduling. With my law practice plus teaching plus three kids at home there is always something going on somewhere with someone, and it’s been forever since I missed or forgot an obligation.”

John Morrier – Casner and Edwards
“When she was little, my daughter had the most apt description for what I do for work: “My Daddy types and talks on the phone.” Still true today, and often on my favorite gadget, the iPhone. Unlike my kids, I use the device to make actual phone calls. And review emails, type and revise docs, store pleadings, look up statutes, tweet about my firm and practice — @johnmorrier and @casneredwards — and post to other firm social media, read or listen to news, track to-do list progress, solve lunchtime trivia, and connect with friends, family and colleagues.”

Matthew Yospin – The Law Office of Matthew M. Yospin
“Taking this question literally, I think eyeglasses are a piece of technology that I could not live without. If it were not for this application of transparent materials with high refractive indexes combined with the technology to cast and shape lenses, my law practice and life would be very different. When it comes to legal technology, I think smartphones are the piece (compilation, really) of recent technology that I find most useful in operating and running my law practice: from calls and emails (and the wireless radio networks and packetized data they rely on) to practice management software (and relational databases), working as an attorney, or just meeting for lunch, would be far harder.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 3/17/16: What Is Your Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Tradition?

It’s no surprise to us that some would contend that Boston is the best city in America in which to spend St. Patrick’s Day. From the parade in South Boston to festivals and fundraisers hosted by organizations big and small, there’s certainly no shortage of opportunities to put on something green and celebrate.

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out to ask:

“What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day tradition?

Mary Kate Geraghty – Burns & Levinson
“St. Patrick’s Day has been my favorite holiday since I was little – and luckily, my husband is also from a big Irish family and loves to celebrate. Before we had kids, we would tuck ourselves into a pub for a few pints and some traditional Irish music, or if we were lucky, we’d get tickets to a live show. Boston always has a great Irish band in town around St. Patrick’s Day. Over the years we’ve seen the Pogues and the Saw Doctors. Now that we have a toddler, it’s a day for my grandmother’s Irish soda bread, reading stories about Ireland and St. Patrick and, after bedtime, a few pints for us!”

Andrew Rainer – Public Health Advocacy Institute
“In my opinion, the best way to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is with beer (numerous) at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain, either in the “Kennedy” Room or below the photos of James Michael Curley.  Happy St. Pat’s!”

Alexis Smith – EnerNOC
“I like to wear green and chat with one of my friends from Galway, Ireland who now lives in New Zealand to reminisce on the fun St. Patty’s Day parties she has planned over the years!  This year she is sharing fun photos of her young daughter, Clodaugh, who, by the looks of the photos, loves St. Patrick’s Day as much as her mom does.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 3/10/16: Who Has Been The Most Influential Woman In Your Life?

March 8 was International Women’s Day, and we have been inspired to see many people of different ages and professions come together on social media and elsewhere to reflect on the contributions women have made in their lives, personally and professionally, and to society at large.

So, we want to hear from you. Is she someone you know personally, or a woman from history you’ve always admired?

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out to ask:

“Who has been the most influential woman in your life, and why?

Tara Myslinski – O’Connor, Carnathan, and Mack
“I have been lucky enough to have been educated, mentored and befriended by numerous inspirational and bright women.  The most influential woman in my life, however, was my mother.  Now that she is gone, I am reminded of her influence on me every day.  She taught me to be strong, work hard, and strive to be a good example in the community.  I will never be as effective at all that as she was, but I try.”

Hether Cahill – Burns & Levinson
“My mom, Janet Hetherwick Pumphrey.  Although it sounds cliché, my mom has been an influential role model to me (and many young lawyers) as a strong woman, dedicated lawyer, and community leader.  She attended law school when raising two young children, serving as editor-in-chief of her law review, and graduating in the top of her class.  Her love of the law has driven her to take challenging cases in her appellate practice.  Although she lives in a small town in the Berkshires, she has a state-wide presence through serving on the Massachusetts Law Review, Judicial Nominating Committee, countless MCLEs, and local Board of Selectmen. I hope to be such an influence on my daughter, as well as younger lawyers. ”

Michele Whitham – Locke Lord
“Imagine a child, the 12th of 13, who suffered a severe facial injury as a child and was hidden from view.  Sheltered from school (and the cruel taunts of the “beautiful” children), she became a brilliant, self-taught thinker and speaker by diving into newspapers and crossword puzzles.  Blessed with a gracious sense of humor and a musical laugh, she brought joy and an aura of fun to every gathering of the clan.  When her only child faltered under the burden of raising ten children, she quietly took some of them in.  I was the second of those ten and an exhausting child. This peaceful, centered woman rescued me, showing me – over many a crossword puzzle – how to define and express my best self.  This most influential woman in my life is my maternal grandmother, Eveleen McGuill Rogers.”

Katie Cintolo – Stone, Stone & Creem
“I know it might sound cliché, but no other woman has influenced me more than my own mom, Joanne Donahue.  Throughout my childhood, my family relocated numerous times and, each time, she not only managed to care for my two brothers and me, but also obtained new employment each time and excelled in her role as a teacher.  She is smart, strong, and, above all else, kind to everyone she meets.  She and my dad are now retired and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the retired life than my mom!”

Courtney Cox – Ropes & Gray
“I have had the good fortune of being surrounded by strong women throughout my life.  But I would be remiss if I did not name Judge Sandra Lynch on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is one of the sharpest legal minds, male or female, that I have had the pleasure to work for.  Her exacting pursuit of just and speedy outcomes for those appearing before her is balanced by the warmth which drives her commitment to serving them.”

Laura Stephens Khoshbin – Partners Healthcare
“The most influential woman in my life is our beloved daughter, who demands only the best from me in all ways, large and small.  As she progresses toward her goals in school and elsewhere, I am reminded of family, teachers, mentors, colleagues, and friends who are and have been important in my life, and whose presence will also be a source of inspiration to her. Her emerging independence keeps me grounded and in a constant state of self-review.  Her awareness of and contempt for injustice of any kind is a source of perspective and purpose. Perhaps above all, her constant delight in the simple pleasures of life keeps me optimistic about the future.”

Kate Cook – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen 
“I have been fortunate to have many wonderful and influential women in my life, but by far my mom and my 1 year-old daughter Maggie are the two most influential.  My mother, a tireless child advocate and family law judge, dedicated her career to making the world a better place and inspired me to become a lawyer.  And Maggie is a constant reminder of all that is good in the world and the import of making it even better for generations to come.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 3/3/16: Should Apple Have to Unlock the iPhone?

The role of technology in the legal world is constantly evolving, and in many high profile criminal cases, questions have come up surrounding the gathering and validity of digital evidence.  Apple’s recent filing to dismiss a court order to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Rizwan Farook has triggered an intense debate on the subject. By bypassing its own security measures, would Apple set a dangerous precedent, disregarding the privacy of citizens in order for the government to collect information? Or is the company unjustifiably preventing the FBI from learning more about an attack that killed 14 people?

The motion filed by Apple states that the order violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution. For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out to ask:

“Should Apple have to comply with the government’s order to create a program to unlock the iPhone?

Kent Sinclair – Sinclair Law
“No.  It is the legislature’s job to balance the benefits to our society of strong cybersecurity (including encryption) against the costs to law enforcement’s ability to obtain certain data. Congress has declined to alter the existing balance, rejecting legislation that would require technological backdoors for law enforcement.  The FBI should not be allowed to make an end run around Congress by using the All Writs Act of 1789 to force Apple to create a special version of its firmware that eliminates protections against brute force hacks.  Doing so would establish a precedent that fundamentally changes the existing cybersecurity/law enforcement balance without a public and robust debate in the legislature of the broader implications to our economy, national security, and privacy.”

David Powsner- Nutter McClennen & Fish
“Resolving Apple’s dispute with the FBI is a process.  Whether and what the answer will be remains to be seen.  Invariably it will be more than a bit messy, and it will spur years of additional litigation.  What is important is that our system permits this sort of question to be asked in the first place.”

Russell Beck – Beck Reed Riden
“I do not believe the parade of technological or other horribles that Apple has laid out. Nor do I believe that whatever privacy interests a dead person might theoretically have should supersede the need to investigate a crime (even without considering how horrific this crime was). Nor do I believe that the FBI has the right to, effectively, compel Apple to affirmatively work for the government. That said, I do believe that Apple’s position is a brilliant marketing strategy.”

Alex Rogers – Solo Practitioner
“The obvious benefits of allowing such open access by a government agency to data its citizens believe is secure and private for the purposes of national security are far outweighed by the cost such a dangerous precedent would set. Not only do we run the risk of a chilling effect on speech for fear that it may be misread, misinterpreted, or otherwise vilified by an investigative onlooker, but we also would be granting government entities a master key to a safe containing private details of citizens’ lives that in no way relates to an investigation. While I admit that there is benefit to be had by such access, I stand with Apple in saying that the cost for such benefit is far too high.”

Ellen Lubell – Tennant Lubell
“No.  If the FBI wants to access this iPhone, the FBI should develop the technology needed to subvert the phone’s security protections.  Why should the government expect Apple to do the FBI’s job? Apple doesn’t have the technology, and it purposely declined to develop the technology on the principle that customers should have a secure product. Will the government next try to force companies to reduce the security of patient medical records and home security systems so that the FBI doesn’t have to bother with the irritation of getting past those protections? This case is about the government getting control—not the Farook iPhone.”

Andrew Beckerman-Rodau – Suffolk University Law School
“Whether Apple should be made to comply is a difficult question. Compliance would help criminal investigators but that must be balanced against potential unintended consequences. Partially compromising Apple’s encryption could pose a long term security risk because encryption is utilized by the government and business entities to safeguard critical data. Weakening encryption may have short term benefits but it might also make it easier for criminals, terrorists and foreign spies to access critical encrypted data in the future.”

Christina Mott – Massachusetts Superior Court
“No.  The underlying problem with this court order compelling Apple to provide reasonable technical assistance to law enforcement to access the data on Farook’s iPhone is its basis on the 1789 All Writs Act, an antiquated statute that has not been updated since 1949.  The Act itself is extraordinarily broad in the relief it  authorizes and using it to justify compelling Apple to create a backdoor program would set a precarious, slippery precedent.  The larger, separate questions then become whether Apple has an ethical or moral duty to aid law enforcement, under certain circumstances,  in recovering data protected by their new encryption software, and whether the government can compel Apple to create new software and if so, whether specific constitutional protections can shield them from future compliance with court orders in today’s tech-savvy society where security breaches and personal-information theft have become increasingly common.  Perhaps this is the courts’ opportunity to bridge one gap in the ongoing catch-up game between case precedent and technology.”

Patrick Clendenen – Sally & Fitch
“While I certainly want the FBI fully to investigate the terrible San Bernardino killings, I side with Apple, Inc.  Balancing privacy and security in this day and age, and in the United States, will always present Americans with challenges and trade-offs. Though most people do not question the FBI’s motives, privacy trumps security here in my view, at least until Congress acts.  Like the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard in criminal cases, denying the FBI’s request for an affirmative injunction here, which potentially limits the information available to it in the investigation, but also protects the privacy of all Americans who own an iPhone, is a trade-off of living in a free society.”

Janet Faulkner – Faulkner Legal Consulting
“Over the past week, I’ve had many discussions about this issue.  Given the potentially high security risk at stake in this particular case, I’ve found it striking that the overwhelming majority of non-lawyers with whom I’ve spoken have sided unequivocally with Apple.  If the legal question is limited strictly to the phrasing here, it is hard to argue that Apple must create a new program.  At the same time, it would be ideal if all parties work toward another solution, rather than to put heightened effort into creating more barriers.”

Gary Bloom – Law Office of Gary Bloom
“Yes, Apple should have to comply with the government’s order to create a program to unlock the iPhone. In society, there is always a compromise between privacy and security. Every law abiding citizen is entitled to both; however, criminals are already sometimes not allowed to shield themselves from culpability by hiding behind the veil of some “reasonable expectation of privacy.” Current wiretapping statutes demonstrate this. The right of the public to be secure must prevail over the criminals’ right to privacy.  Accordingly, Apple should comply.”

Ernest Linek – Banner & Witkoff
“No, Apple should not have to comply with the government’s order to create a program to unluck the iPhone. This “new” software would soon be available to hackers.”

Warren Agin – Swiggart & Agin
“The All Writs Act shouldn’t be used in this way – companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon collect enormous amounts of information about our lives, and analyze it to help them know even more about us as individuals. This can let them build really neat and useful products for consumers. But, the whole system falls apart if the data isn’t kept secure – from 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 lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 2/25/16: What Are Your Oscar Favorites?

This week, we are ceasing our annual lament that “all of the good movies came out at once.” The payoff is finally here. It’s Oscar time again!

We reached out to members to find out if they had any strong opinions about Sunday night’s ceremony. It turns out the bear from The Revenant is actually a fun favorite. Who knew?

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar,” we reached out to ask:

“Which nominee would you most like to see win an Oscar, and why?”

Claire Laporte – Foley Hoag
“I am hoping that  The Big Short wins the Best Picture Oscar.  As a trial lawyer in the patent area who must explain cutting-edge inventions to judges and juries, I appreciate anyone who can take a complex technical subject and make it entertaining.  That is exactly what The Big Short does: it makes you actually enjoy learning about financial instruments.”

Ronda Moore – Burns & Levinson
“Best actress: the Grizzly in The Revenant.”


Chinh Pham – Greenberg Traurig
“I am somewhat of a science and technology geek, so I would like to see, although unlikely, The Martian win Best Picture, and Matt Damon win Best Actor, it has been a while since our local boy has won his last Oscar.”


Shahid Hasan – Burns & Levinson
“The “Bear” mom in The Revenant; she did an amazingly good job to help make Leonardo DiCaprio the favorite to win an Oscar!”


If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 2/18/16: Who Is Your Favorite President?

The BBA began back in the 1700’s, when lawyer and future President John Adams rallied other attorneys to meet up regularly and discuss how they could regulate and improve the quality of the law practice in Suffolk County. These informal gatherings laid the groundwork for what is now the oldest Bar Association in the United States. Our 13,000+ members won’t fit in a Beacon Hill tavern anymore, but our mission of advancing the highest standards of quality in the legal profession remains the same.

With that being said, you can probably guess which president is our favorite. How about you?

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out to ask:

“Who is your favorite U.S. President, and why?

Carolyn Gabbay – Nixon Peabody
“Our 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), stands out to me. His own personal accomplishments – especially the role he played on the world stage, as well as in pulling the US out of the grip of the Great Depression – are not only impressive, but also long-lasting. FDR’s Administration is also a favorite equally because of the contributions of his accomplished activist and diplomat wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a role model for school girls in my generation.”

Michael Malamut – Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development 
“My favorite president is James Madison. Madison was the father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. His writings in the Federalist series and his notes on the Constitution are key documents in understanding the early debates that framed our system of government. As Secretary of State under Jefferson, he was instrumental in acquiring the Louisiana Purchase. He kept the country together through foreign invasion and the burning of the White House during the War of 1812. After the war, the nation entered into a long period of peace and prosperity, the “Era of Good Feelings.” He supported infrastructure projects—roads and canals–that helped bind the country together. He appointed Massachusetts jurist Joseph Story to the Supreme Court. After Thomas Jefferson died, he became the second Rector of the University of Virginia. Madison was the first alumnus of my alma mater, Princeton, to become president, which creates a personal tie. He studied political philosophy as the first graduate student at Princeton, working directly with College President and Declaration of Independence signer Jonathan Witherspoon and he seems to have learned well.”

Chip Harper – U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
“John Adams is my favorite President.  As a husband in the eighteenth century, Adams had an extraordinary marriage in which he showed uncommon respect for his wife and her opinions.  As an attorney, he had the courage to undertake difficult and unpopular cases, such as defending British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre.  And, as a statesman, although Adams’ contentious personality made the going rough, he had the wisdom and perspective to see and understand issues from all sides.  Adams’ long-term correspondence with Jefferson is a good example of his intellectual engagement with opposing views.  Adams had his flaws, but he made the most of his intellectual brilliance, his marriage, and his opportunities.”

Teresa Patten – MassDevelopment
“Two Presidents with complementary views are my favorites. The first is Franklin D. Roosevelt. My parents, who grew up during the Great Depression, taught me to be an “FDR Democrat” – respect government and use it to assist people who need a hand up, focus on public service but be pragmatic to obtain results. Decades later John F. Kennedy inspired my generation and those beyond to engage in public service in both our country and internationally. ”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 2/11/16: What Was Your Favorite (or least favorite) Super Bowl Ad?

In this week’s Voices of the Bar column, we want to know about something you’ve likely brought up around the water cooler at least once this week. The Super Bowl is the one night of the year that you can be warned against risky behavior by Helen Mirren, watch a candid moment between the Hulk and Ant-Man revolving around a soda can, and listen to Anthony Hopkins as he pointedly does not sell you software to do your taxes — all without leaving your couch.

With options that ranged from clever and cool to creepy and confusing, we want to hear from you:

“What was your favorite (or least favorite) Super Bowl ad?”

Nikki Oliveira – Bass, Doherty & Finks
“While I know most people did not like the “puppy monkey baby” commercial (and some even found it to be disturbing), I thought it was pretty unique.  The “puppy monkey baby” saying was catchy and got stuck in my head.  Puppy monkey baby, puppy monkey baby…”


Jeff Clopeck – Day Pitney
“My favorite Super Bowl commercial was the Doritos ultrasound commercial.  It was laugh out loud funny, even if it was a bit off-color.  Very creative.”


James Coffey – White and Williams
“Allegedly not planned, Peyton Manning’s post-game comment to Tracy Wolfson “I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy, I promise you that” at least had commercial value. Puppy monkey baby?”


Michel Bamani – Sherin and Lodgen
“The commercial with Drake and T-Mobile where the lawyers and ad executive continue telling him how to add various fine print contract language in his song. As a commercial lawyer, it spoke to me about the various clauses that always pertain in contract, but it also highlighted that contract law has a place in the Super Bowl!”


Chinh Pham – Greenberg Traurig 
“Regarding the Super Bowl Ads this year, I would say the Amazon Echo commercial was most memorable for me, but not for the product itself (I had to Google the ad to jog my memory).   It was just great to see Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino talking trash about one another – Dan Marino for never having won a Super Bowl, and Alec Baldwin never having won an Oscar.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.

Voices of the Bar 2/4/16: What is Your Favorite Casino (Night) Game?

Now that the annual Adams Benefit has wrapped up, we are looking forward to our next fundraiser: Casino Night! Proceeds from the evening go toward the Summer Jobs Program, which funds paid summer internships for Boston Public School Students at area non-profits, government offices and the courts.

Casino Night is always a blast, and we love giving attendees the chance to gamble with play money while raising real money for a great cause. For this week’s “Voices of the Bar,” we are reaching out to ask:

“What is your game of choice?”

Tony Martini – Hinckley Allen
“My favorite Casino Night game would be craps because, as my father taught me, craps is the game of chance at the Casino in which the odds are least stacked in the house’s favor!  Leave it to my father to impart that bit of useful wisdom to me.  He was the best.”


Paul Momnie – Goulston & Storrs
“Craps.  I like a game where everybody at the table wins together.  (Probably explains why I never wanted to be a litigator!)”


Darren Braham – Spartan Race, Inc. 
“My favorite casino game is Blackjack. While I have delusions of being able to card count, I like the idea that you’re only playing against the dealer and not other people. ”


Patrick Cento – City of Boston Law Department
“My favorite game is Roulette – minimal thought, maximum excitement.”


Angela Gomes – Skadden
“I always have a great time at Casino Night playing craps!  It’s also the fastest way to lose all your money, but it’s for a good cause.  Go big or go home!”


If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.