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Thursday, Sep. 23, 2010
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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 Rogers.

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