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Madoff Named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 'Top Women of Law' List

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Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Ray Madoff has been named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 'Top Women of Law' list, the paper announced today.

Eight BC Law alumni were also named to the list: Rachel Brown '04, Patience Crozier '02, Susan Farina '94, Cynthia Gates '83,  Mary Jo Johnson '88, Robyn Laukien '88, Regina Mandl '74, and Mary K. Ryan '77.

According the MLW's website, the Top Women of Law event celebrates outstanding achievements made by exceptional women. Each year Lawyers Weekly honors women who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field, which includes: pro bono, social justice, advocacy and business. The awards highlight women who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models.

The honorees will be recognized at an event on October 23, to be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Madoff teaches trusts and estates, estate and gift tax, estate planning, and a seminar on immortality and the law. She is a regular commentator on matters of estate taxes, charitable giving, and general rights of the dead. She has published several op-eds in the New York Times and has also published op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Barons, among other publications. She has appeared on dozens of radio shows, including All Things Considered, Marketplace and the Leonard Lopate Show.

Madoff is the author of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale 2010), which looks at how American law treats the interests of the dead and what this tells us about our values for the living. Madoff has done a number of radio interviews on the subject including: "Legally Dead," (The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC Radio), "Changes to U.S. Taxing After Death," (Marketplace), and "The Rising Power of the American Dead," (AARP Radio: Prime Time Focus), among others. Madoff was also featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "5 Minutes With: A Law Professor on the Property Rights of the Dead."

She is also the lead author of Practical Guide to Estate Planning (CCH), and has written in a wide variety of areas involving property and death.

Madoff is an experienced mediator and leading authority on the use of mediation to resolve will and trust disputes. Prior to teaching, she was a practicing attorney for 10 years in New York and Boston.

Madoff is a member of the American Law Institute, an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and the Chair of the Donative Transfers Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the ACTEC Foundation.

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