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Thursday, Jun. 7, 2007
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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to take on Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" and the art of judging

The Massachusetts Bar Association, in conjunction with McCarter & English LLP, the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, invites members to the seventh annual Shakespeare in the Law event: a discussion and debate on the art and practice of judging, framed by a one-hour staged reading of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

Hosted by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the event will be held at Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre on Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. Shakespeare in the Law is directed by CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler and produced by McCarter & English partner Daniel J. Kelly. The MBA serves as a co-sponsor of the event.

There is no need to R.S.V.P. to this event. If you have additional questions about the event, contact Daniel Kelly at (617) 449-6526.

The cast will include the following judges, public officials and attorneys from across the state:

Federal judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

  • Hon. Nancy Gertner
  • Hon. Nathaniel Gorton
  • Hon. Patti Saris
  • Hon. Dennis Saylor
  • Hon. Mark Wolf
  • Hon. Douglas Woodlock
  • Hon. Rya Zobel

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court judges

  • Hon. Robert Cordy
  • Hon. Judith Cowin

Massachusetts attorneys

  • Wayne Budd, Esq., former U.S attorney, MBA past president
  • Jennifer Braceras, Esq., U.S. civil rights commissioner
  • Martha Coakley, Esq., Massachusetts attorney general
  • Bill Lee, Esq., managing partner, WilmerHale
  • John Montgomery, Esq., managing partner, Ropes & Gray

Justice Breyer will host and preside over the discussion following the play. Jan Crawford Greenburg, ABC News legal correspondent and author, and Daniel J. Kornstein, attorney and author of "Kill All the Lawyers; Shakespeare's Legal Appeal," will moderate the discussion.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and join the debate and discussion that will follow the play. Topics will include:

  • The judicial selection process;
  • Whether political or social predispositions can affect a judge's decision;
  • The fairness of labeling a judge as "conservative" or "liberal"; and
  • How far a judge can go when he or she believes that strict enforcement of the law will produce an unfair result.

The Federalist Society is an academic oriented organization comprising law students, attorneys, professors and judges committed to creating awareness and discussion of timely and timeless issues affecting the law and society. The Society is dedicated to ensuring that traditional legal principles - limited constitutional government, the separation of powers, individual freedom and responsibility, and the rule of law - remain part of the legal debate.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, a program of the Citi Performing Arts Center, brings "A Midsummer Night's Dream" free to Boston audiences this summer at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, July 24 through July 29. This production is CSC's 12th annual "Free Shakespeare on the Common" offering; last year's "The Taming of the Shrew" drew more than 90,000 people. Since its inception, CSC has played to over 800,000 people.


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