Campbell featured at UMass Boston luncheon

Issue June 2012

Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard P. Campbell was featured at an April 25 luncheon as part of the University of Massachusetts Boston's "Someone to be Proud of" series. The event featured a sit-down dinner at the UMass Club in Boston, during which Campbell answered questions about his road to his current success as a trial lawyer.

In his introduction, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley described Campbell as "a luminary in a highly competitive field." Motley added, "We're so proud of his commitment to public service."

Campbell shared -- with the intimate crowd of about 60 -- stories from his modest upbringing in Medford, attending UMass Boston in its former Park Square location, the beginnings of his law career, and his current roles as founder and chairman of Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC and family patriarch with three grown children and grandchildren.

Campbell was prompted by interviewer Glenn Mangurian, an area businessman who organizes the luncheon series. Campbell described himself as an "okay student" in high school and recounted the tumultuous times of the late 1960s when he was seeking his undergraduate degree. "College years back then were different, especially in the city," said Campbell, who later served for a year with the U.S. Army Reserves before attending Boston College Law School.

He spoke of his first job as a lawyer in New Jersey as a young husband with small children. He highlighted his most memorable cases, shared what it was like to serve as a trustee of the University of Massachusetts and offered his viewpoint on his role as the president of the MBA.

"It is an enormous honor, a huge honor to represent lawyers in the commonwealth. It's as good as it gets," he said, "except for being a grandfather."

Following his speech, Campbell spoke to several UMass Boston students in attendance, fielding questions related to their studies and career paths.