Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 8, 2008
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Photograph by Andy Brilliant
MBA Past President Wayne A. Budd and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley perform in last year's reading of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure."

Ken Starr, Paul Cellucci and Michael S. Greco to discuss the authority of kings, presidents and judges at "Shakespeare and the Law"

Annual discussion to be framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare’s King Lear

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 Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. It will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 5 p.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

Pepperdine Law School Dean Kenneth W. Starr, former Whitewater independent counsel, solicitor general and federal appeals court judge, will host a discussion on issues of national sovereignty and the independence and authority of the branches of government, framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

K&L Gates Partner and former American Bar Association President Michael S. Greco will take on the role of Lear. In addition to Starr and Greco, the event features:

Supreme Judicial Court justices:
Hon. Robert Cordy
Hon. Judith Cowin.

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts judges:
Hon. Nathaniel Gorton
Hon. Patti Saris, Hon. Dennis Saylor
Hon. Douglas Woodlock
Hon. Rya Zobel.

J.W. Carney Jr., Esq.
Criminal defense attorney, Carney & Bassil PC, Boston

Paul Cellucci, Esq.
Former U.S. ambassador to Canada and Massachusetts governor

Joan Lukey, Esq.
Partner, WilmerHale, Boston; president-elect, American College of Trial Lawyers

John Montgomery, Esq.
Managing partner, Ropes & Gray, Boston

Harvey Silverglate, Esq.,
Criminal defense and civil liberties attorney; of counsel, Good & Cormier, Boston

The event is directed by CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler and produced by McCarter & English Partner Daniel J. Kelly. The first hour features prominent judges, public officials and members of the bar performing an abridged version of King Lear. A discussion of the legal and political issues addressed in the play will follow.
The event is free. 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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