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.