Law Day 2022

April 27, 2022
Westin Boston Seaport

5:30pm Cocktail Reception
7:00pm Dinner and Awards Program


 

 

Established by proclamation in 1958, Law Day is a long-standing national tradition. At BC Law, we mark Law Day with a signature event held near to the national Law Day on May 1. This gathering celebrates the most important goals of the legal profession: to advance equality and justice, encourage observation and enforcement of the law, and to foster respect for law and an understanding of its essential place in the life of every citizen.  

 

Thank you to our generous Law Day 2022 Sponsors

 

Platinum Sponsors

 

Latham & Watkins
Kirkland & Ellis
Ropes & Gray

Gold Sponsors

 

Mintz Levin

Silver Sponsors

 

Holland & Knight
Morgan Lewis

Bronze Sponsors

 

Verrill Dana
Liberty Mutual
Hemenway & Barnesv
Goulston & Storrs
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Thomas J. Flaherty JD'75


Maroon Sponsors

 

Beck Reed Riden
Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan
Locke Lord
Nutter McClennen & Fish
Seyfarth Shaw
Morgan Brown & Joy
Nixon Peabody
CMCI
Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers
Privitera Family Charitable Foundation
Martin, Magnuson, McCarthy & Kenney

Law Day 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities:

Platinum Sponsor ($20,000)

  • Recognition as lead Platinum sponsor with prominent logo display in all event materials, including on-screen during event, signage and printed/digital program*

  • Listed on all communications about Law Day 2022

    • Sponsor recruitment emails

    • Save the Date

    • Invitations & Email Reminders

  • Exclusive firm branded social media post on BC Law’s social channels

  • Acknowledgment in event speaking program

  • Logo on BC Law’s website and in BC Law Magazine

  • Table with preferred seating for 10 guests* (option to include up to 6 BC Law students as your table guests, guests will be invited by firm or Law School directly)

($18,000 is tax deductible)**

Gold Sponsor ($15,000)

  • Recognition as Gold sponsor with prominent donor logo display in all event materials, including on-screen during event, on signage and printed/digital program*

  • Listed on all communications about Law Day 2022

    • Sponsor recruitment emails

    • Save the Date

    • Invitations & Email Reminders

  • Inclusion in all sponsor social media post

  • Acknowledgment in event speaking program

  • Logo on BC Law’s website and in BC Law Magazine

  • Table with preferred seating for 8 guests* (option to include up to 6 BC Law students as your table guests, guests will be invited by firm or Law School directly)

($13,400 is tax deductible)**

Silver Sponsor ($10,000)

  • Recognition as Silver sponsor with prominent donor logo display in all event materials, including on-screen during event, on signage and printed/digital program*

  • Inclusion in all sponsor social media post

  • Acknowledgment in event speaking program

  • Logo on BC Law’s website and in BC Law Magazine

  • Table with preferred seating for 8 guests* (option to include up to 6 BC Law students as your table guests, guests will be invited by firm or Law School directly)

($8,400 is tax deductible)**

Bronze Sponsor ($5,000)

  • Recognition as Bronze sponsor during event and in printed/digital program*

  • Logo on BC Law’s website and in BC Law Magazine

  • Table with preferred seating for 8 guests*

($3,400 is tax deductible)**

Maroon Sponsor ($2,500)

  • Recognition as Maroon sponsor during event and in printed/digital program*

  • Logo on BC Law’s website and in BC Law Magazine

  • Table with preferred seating for 4 guests*

($1,700 is tax deductible)**

Patron ($1,000)

For those who wish to support our efforts and are unable to attend. This support is fully deductible.

  • Recognition as Patron with listing during and in printed/digital program

 

*In the event that BC Law has to cancel or postpone this event due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, the event table and logo representation at the event will not be possible.

** In the event that BC Law has to cancel or postpone this event due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, your full contribution will be tax deductible (i.e. $20,000 sponsorship, $20,000 tax deductible contribution)

2022 Law Day Honorees

Law Day celebrates the importance of the law in our society while recognizing the accomplishments of our distinguished alumni.


St. Thomas More Award

Recognizes a member of the legal community who represents, in his/her professional and private life, the ideals of St. Thomas More.  

Marianne Short NC’73, JD’76, P’05
Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group

Marianne Short NC’73, JD’76, P’05

Marianne Short serves as executive vice president, UnitedHealth Group, focusing on strategic enterprise initiatives. Previously, Short served as executive vice president and chief legal officer, UnitedHealth Group, where she was responsible for overseeing legal, regulatory and compliance matters across the enterprise from January 2013 until January 2021. Prior to joining the company, Short was the managing partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP for six years, a partner in the Trial department, co-chair of the firm's Appellate and Health Litigation practice groups and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. From 1988-2000, she was a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, authoring more than 900 opinions in virtually every area of civil and criminal law. She has more than 35 years of courtroom experience from her work on the court, the Dorsey firm and the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. Short is a 1973 graduate of the Newton College of the Sacred Heart, which merged with Boston College in 1974, and received her J.D. from BC Law in 1976. An eminently respected attorney, she is ranked among America’s leading business lawyers by Chambers USA.


William J. Kenealy, S.J. Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award

Recognizes a member of our alumni community who has given of themselves to benefit the Law School, its students, and its alumni.

Kevin Curtin MCAS’81, MCGS’87, JD’88

Kevin Curtin MCAS’81, MCGS’87, JD’88

Kevin J. Curtin was a 1988 graduate of Boston College Law School. He also attended Boston College as an undergraduate (B.A. 1981) and graduate student (M.A. 1987).

After law school, Mr. Curtin served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, and as an associate at the law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish for several years.

For most of his legal career (25 years), Mr. Curtin served with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office as Senior Appellate Counsel/Grand Jury Director where he supervised the grand jury practice, wrote, and supervised appellate briefs and conducted oral arguments, managed post-conviction matters, advised the District Attorney and bureau chiefs, and served as a member of the DA’s Conviction Integrity Unit.

Mr. Curtin was an adjunct faculty member at Boston College Law School where he taught trial practice. He also taught trial practice for the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law and in the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School.

Nationally, Mr. Curtin served on the American Bar Association Board of Governors, as a member of the ABA Presidential Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System, and in leadership positions and a member of the Criminal Justice Section and Committee on Appellate and Habeas Practice and was a member of the House of Delegates.

Locally, Mr. Curtin served on the Massachusetts Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council and Civil Rights and Social Justice Section Council. He was also on the Board of the Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. 

Internationally Mr. Curtin was a consultant through the NGO Regional Dialogues to the Republic of Uzbekistan where he assisted that developing constitutional democracy with historical law reform efforts.

During his career, Mr. Curtin received a number of prestigious awards, including:

2018 American Bar Association - Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award

2017 Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association - Prosecutor of the Year Award

2017 Massachusetts Bar Association - Access to Justice Award

2013 Boston College Law School - Public Interest Law Foundation PILF Honoree

2012 Middlesex District Attorney’s Office - Ruth Abrams Outstanding Attorney Award

In January 2021, shortly after his death, Mr. Curtin was posthumously honored by the American Bar Association with a Presidential Citation “for exhibiting the highest standards of the public servant lawyer and for his extraordinary leadership and dedication to the legal profession.”


Hon. David S. Nelson Public Interest Law Award

Recognizes a member of our alumni community who has made significant contributions to the public sector or in public interest law.

Chiquisha "Keisha" Robinson JD’05
Deputy Chief, Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services, D.C. Public Defender Service, Community Defender Division

Chiquisha "Keisha" Robinson JD’05

Ms. Robinson is a transformational leader who serves as the Deputy Chief for the Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services (PRLS) program in the D.C. Public Defender Service’s Community Defender Division. The Community Defender Division (CDD) provides legal advice, social services, and community education and outreach to adults and children who are in the post-adjudication stage of a criminal or juvenile delinquency case arising out of the D.C. Superior Court. Ms. Robinson manages a team of attorneys who respond to the legal and social services needs of newly released individuals and others with D.C. criminal records, assisting them in making a successful transition back into the community.

Further, she serves as the Public Defender Service’s (PDS) liaison to individuals convicted of District of Columbia Code offenses who are serving sentences in the D.C. Department of Corrections, Central Treatment Facility, and Federal Bureau of Prisons, by providing legal information to assist these individuals, monitor their conditions of confinement and provide legal representation in parole, compassionate release, early termination of supervision, and other sentence reduction legal matters.

Before joining the CDD, Ms. Robinson was a senior attorney in the Public Defender Service’s Trial Division handling only the most serious felonies. As a trial attorney, she was also a ​ member of PDS’ nationally recognized Forensic Practice Group, which trains lawyers around the country on forensic and scientific matters. Ms. Robinson is also the Co-chair of the D.C. Reentry Action Network, a coalition of reentry direct service providers, and the Co-Chair of the ABA’s Committee on Reentry and Collateral Consequences. She is also the Director of Social Policy and Advocacy for the Black Public Defender Association.

Ms. Robinson is also the author of PDS’ new 900-page publication, The D.C. Reentry Navigator: Empowering You to Succeed with a D.C. Criminal Record. She is especially passionate about mentoring the next generation of advocates and does so by teaching Criminal Law as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School and her undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ms. Robinson has an enduring commitment to the District of Columbia where she has passionately served people with D.C. criminal records in both the pre and post-adjudication phases of the criminal justice system for many years.


Daniel G. Holland Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes a member of the alumni community who has, over the course of their lifetime, made significant contributions to the Law School and/or the community.

Thomas Jorling JD’66
Retired

Thomas Jorling JD’66

Thomas Jorling earned a graduate degree in Forest Ecology at Washington State University and went on to attend Boston College Law School. With his newly minted law degree, Mr. Jorling served with the Solicitor’s office in the US Department of the Interior followed by service in the Counsel’s office of the Smithsonian Institution. Tom developed a  concern for the rapid deterioration of the environment.  This continuing concern led him to a position as Minority Counsel to the US  Senate Committee on Public Works where he assisted the five Subcommittees in generating their legislative products, especially the Air and Water Pollution Subcommittee. He served in this capacity through the enactment of major environmental legislation, including assisting in the drafting of the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972, both Acts sponsored by Senators Muskie, Eagleton Cooper, and Baker.  These laws have formed the cornerstone of national efforts to keep our environment sustainable.    

At the end of 1972, Mr. Jorling became a professor of Environmental Studies and the Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, a position he held for fifteen years, interrupted by his service in the Carter administration as assistant administrator for Water and Hazardous Materials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this position, he was responsible for the implementation of the  Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and RCRA. He was a major driving force behind efforts to clean up the coastal and waterfront area of the country, including Boston Harbor.  His office also formulated the proposal for President Carter that led to the enactment of the Superfund Act.  

Mr. Jorling was appointed by Governor Cuomo in 1987 as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, responsible for the implementation of the environmental and natural resource programs of New York State, including the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and played a key role in the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act.  

In 1994 Mr. Jorling became the vice president of Environmental Affairs at the International Paper Company, responsible for environmental, health, safety, and forest policy programs of this major manufacturing company with facilities all across the globe, retiring in 2004.  

Mr. Jorling has been active on many non-profit boards including the Board of the National Ecological Observatory Network where he also served for almost a year as CEO of the National Science  Foundation-funded $500 million Observatory. He also travels to top schools throughout the country teaching a seminar in sustainability at the following colleges, Williams College, Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Maine, Arizona State University, Grinnell College, Brigham Young University, and  Boston College.


Recent Graduate Award

Recognizes the outstanding achievements of a graduate from the past 5–10 years.

Arianne Waldron LGSOE’14, JD’14
Attorney at First Circuit Court Of Appeal

Arianne Waldron LGSOE’14, JD’14

Arianne Waldron, is an attorney, a business owner, a space creator, and people connector.  After graduating law school in 2014, Arianne worked for a year as an attorney at Goodwin Procter LLP and has been at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit since 2016.  Arianne currently serves as the Vice President of Boston College Law School's Black Alumni Network (an organization focused on the recruitment, retention and support of Black students and faculty at the law school), is a Director-at-Large for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (an organization focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in Boston's legal community), and co-chairs the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force for the courts within the First Circuit (a committee that works to ensure that the federal courts are exemplary places to work).  Arianne is also co-owner of District 7 Tavern in Roxbury, an intergenerational community room for music, fellowship, professional networking and civic engagement.

A product of the Boston Public School system and a nearly lifelong Dorchester resident, Arianne immigrated to Boston from Trinidad as a toddler.  Arianne is an alumna of Boston College Law School (J.D.)'14, Boston College Lynch Graduate School of Education (M.Ed.)'14, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (B.A.), and the Boston Latin School. Arianne was recognized by the Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of its 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders and by BC Law Black Law Students Association as their 2021 and 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni.

Arianne is honored to be receiving the Recent Graduate Award and hopes that, in an effort to continue the work of making Boston College Law School accessible to Black law students for years to come, you will consider donating to the Ruth Arlene W. Howe Black Student Leadership Initiative.

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Law Day 2021


 

Slide Show from Law Day 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston


 

 

Photos: 2018