Attorney General's Aide Named To Law School Position

By Michael Seele
Chronicle Editor

Law School Dean Aviam Soifer has announced the appointment of R. Michael Cassidy, a senior member of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, as administrative dean at the Law School.

Cassidy, chief of the Attorney General's criminal bureau since 1993, will be responsible for all adminstrative staff and services at the Law School and will oversee the on-going construction program there. He will assume the post on Dec. 2.

"Mike Cassidy has supervised a wide range of people with differing needs, ranging from state patrolmen to lawyers of all levels of responsibility," Soifer said. "He has done it with exceptional skill and a rare quality of personal care and concern. In addition, he is exceptionally articulate, both verbally and with the written word, and an exceptionally solid, nice guy.

"He will help us in terms of bolstering our placement and admissions, and getting word out to the public on the good things we do," Soifer added.

Cassidy joined the AG's office in 1988 after two years as an associate at the Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot. Beginning as an assistant attorney general, he prosecuted narcotics, public corruption and complex white collar fraud cases. He was promoted to chief of the AG's narcotics and organized crime division in 1991, where he assumed supervisory responsibilities for seven prosecutors and 21 undercover police officers, while continuing to prosecute cases himself.

The following year, he was named deputy chief of the criminal bureau, which included expanded supervisory duties. In his current job, he supervises 100 people, including 45 assistant attorneys general throughout the state. He approves charging decisions, litigation strategy and sentencing recommendations in substantive cases of public corruption, narcotics, organized crime, health care fraud, and environmental and economic crime. He also advises the attorney general on law enforcement policy and legislation.

"I am delighted to make this move," Cassidy said. "I've hired many BC Law graduates over the years and have a lot of respect for the institution, its mission of service and the faculty.

"I was particularly attracted to the Law School because of its small size and collegial atmosphere, its high quality and its mission, which attracts students interested in public service. It has a higher calling than to simply train lawyers to make money."

Cassidy is a 1982 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned a law degree from Harvard University in 1985. He is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School and an adjunct clinical instructor at Harvard Law School. In addition, he has served in various editorial capacities at the Massachusetts Law Review and was commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission to Study Ethics Reform.

Soifer praised the service of the search committee, chaired by Prof. Robert Smith (Law), which identified Cassidy. "This was a very long and very careful search process, listening to everyone in the Law School community, and I am particularly grateful to the search committee for its time-consuming attention to detail."

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