Golf Tournament Turns Good to Gold
event honoring morisi raises scholarship funds
Michael V. Morisi
died of pancreatic
cancer six years ago,
his family and friends
wanted to commemorate
the life and accomplishments
of this 1979 Boston
College graduate who
touched so many lives.
Founder of the Quincy
law firm Morisi & Oatway
PC, Morisi “was a champion,” said
Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas
Reilly ’70 in a letter to Lawyer’s Weekly at
the time of Morisi’s death.
Helping aspiring law students who emulate Morisi’s life seemed to be the logical way to honor this dedicated practitioner who died at the age of forty-two after almost a decade of battling his disease. So, in 2001, the Michael V. Morisi Scholarship Fund was formed. For the past six years, a charity golf tournament and dinner have helped raise proceeds, with many of Morisi’s former clients acting as sponsors for the event. This year’s outing, held October 2 at the Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton, is the final year for the tournament, but Carmen Ortiz, Morisi’s widow, says they hope to continue awarding scholarship monies. “Michael was a person who loved life and lived it to the fullest, never taking a day for granted,” she says.
Like many past recipients, this year’s winner, David Scheffler ’07, exemplified “the way Morisi loved the law but loved his family even more,” says Andrew Oatway ’92, Morisi’s former partner.
The scholarship has raised more than
$125,000 since its inception, $75,000 of
which has been donated to Boston College
Among other distinguished legal accomplishments,
in 1998 Morisi represented the
plaintiffs in Valenti v. Lubin & Meyer PC,
and won the multimillion dollar legal malpractice
case in the US District Court in
Boston. The verdict, which was among the
top five of the year in Massachusetts, is
reported to be the highest legal malpractice
verdict in state history.
Establishing a scholarship in memory
of someone can ensure that his or her
name continues in perpetuity,” says
Michael Spatola, BC Law director of
In receiving this year’s scholarship,
Scheffler says, “Michael’s friends and family
will always be in my thoughts. His life is
an inspiration to me.”
—Cynthia Ann Atoji
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