Issue February 2013

Fantasy, Facts, Craft and Professionalism

I recently had occasion to watch the Wes Anderson film, "Moonrise 
Kingdom." I am a fan of movies generally, even bad ones. "Moonrise Kingdom" is a very good one. I am fascinated by the craft involved and always interested in what motivates writers and directors of films to create what they create. The late idionsyncratic New Yorker film critic, Pauline Kael, was a fan of Wes Anderson -- and vice versa -- and she was an even bigger fan of Bill Murray. Those of you familiar with Wes Anderson's work know that a Wes Anderson film without Bill Murray is like an ice cream truck without ice cream.

Bar and court leaders talk funding with legislators in Salem

Leaders of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and Trial Court coordinated an informational meeting with Essex County legislators at the Salem District Court on Monday, Jan. 7. The gathering was an opportunity to depict the local impact experienced from court funding cuts.

Following introductory remarks from bar leaders and Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence, clerks, judges and others based in the Salem courthouse spoke to the reality of understaffed departments.

Bearers of the light

A historic renovation appears to have yielded some unexpected dividends for Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP, a Lowell law firm with deep city roots.

The firm's purchase and renovation of a two-story brick building at 22 Shattuck St., formerly owned by the Lowell Gas Light Co., has created a living legacy space that has quickly become an attractive meeting venue for outsiders.