Thursday, Sep. 23, 2010
Photos courtesy of the Massachusetts Chapter of ABOTA.
ABOTA’s Constitution Day celebrations feature Lincoln-inspired lecture and notable dinner
The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial
Advocates hosted its annual Constitution Day dinner at the Union
Club on Sept. 17. The dinner has become one of the chapter's most
popular events, and included several distinguished guests including
Associate Justice Robert Cordy of the Supreme Judicial Court, MBA
President Denise Squillante, President-elect Richard P. Campbell,
Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano, Secretary Marsha V. Kazarosian
and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy and ABOTA National
President Craig Lewis, who came from Houston.
The dinner followed Mass. ABOTA's third annual James Otis Lecture,
a program in which leading scholars or distinguished judges address
high school students from across the commonwealth. This year's
lecture, "Lincoln and the Law," and featured Professor Akhil Reed
Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Politics at Yale University Law
School and professor Michael Burlingame, author of the 2008 award
winning, biography on Lincoln.
Chris Duggan created the James Otis Lecture Series, a model
program that has since been replicated across the country and was
showcased this Constitution Day (Sept. 17) in Washington, South
Carolina and Florida. The lecture series Board of Advisors
includes: Hon. Robert J. Cordy, Kathleen Heitman, Hon. Julian T.
Houston (ret.), Benjamin Kahrl, professor Thomas O'Connor and David