Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jul. 30, 2009
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Photograph by Andy Brilliant
Moderator and host Kenneth W. Starr, second from left, listens to comments from Michael Greco at last year's reading of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Also pictured (left to right): Prof. Nicholas Rosenkrantz, Hon. Robert Cordy and Hon. Dennis Saylor.

MBA Past President and former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd and former DOJ civil rights head Ralph Boyd to discuss politics of race at Shakespeare and the Law's Othello

Annual discussion to be framed by staged reading of Shakespeare's Othello

The MBA is once again proud to co-sponsor Shakespeare and the Law, a free event produced by the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, in conjunction with McCarter & English LLP and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. It will be held on Monday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston.

Former Department of Justice civil rights head and Freddie Mac Foundation Chairman and CEO Ralph Boyd will host a discussion on the issue of racial politics in Obama's America, framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare's Othello.

MBA Past President, former U.S. Attorney and Goodwin Procter partner Wayne Budd will take on the role of Othello. In addition to Boyd, Budd and former civil rights commissioner Jennifer Braceras, the event features:

Federal judges:

  • Hon. Douglas Woodlock;
  • Hon. Rya Zobel;
  • Hon. Dennis Saylor; and
  • Hon. Nathaniel Gorton.

Brent Henry
Vice president and general counsel of Partners HealthCare, Boston

John Montgomery
Managing partner, Ropes & Gray, Boston

Daniel J. Kelly
Partner, McCarter & English, Boston

The event is directed by CSC's Artistic Director Steven Maler and produced by McCarter & English partner Daniel J. Kelly. As in the past, the first hour features prominent judges, public officials and members of the bar performing an abridged version of Othello. This is followed by a discussion of the legal and political issues addressed in the play and their application to today's headlines.

This event is free, but members of the public should R.S.V.P. prior to the event to the Federalist Society c/o Dottie Moore at (617) 449-6617 or [e-mail dmoore]

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