Ken Starr, Paul Cellucci and Michael S. Greco lead prominent legal cast for King Lear reading and discussion on the authority of kings, presidents and judges

Issue May 2008

The Massachusetts Bar Association is once again proud to co-sponsor “Shakespeare in 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 and 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 and 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.