Volunteer Spotlight: Teaching Central To Section Chair's Involvement

Issue March/April 2016

Scott M. Heidorn

Firm: Bergstresser & Pollock PC (Boston)

Legal focus: Complex professional liability claims, including legal and medical malpractice

Resident of: Reading, Massachusetts; originally from California

Education: Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. 2004; Trinity College, B.A. 1997

MBA involvement: Civil Litigation Section Chair; Lawyer Referral Service Committee Chair; MBA Education Committee; Mock Trial Program (currently coaches Reading High School; judge for multiple years); CLE instructor/facilitator; Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors (2007-2012); Dial-A-Lawyer participant

On being a coach in this year's mock trial competition, which features a medical malpractice case:

"Because it's second nature to me, it can be a little bit more difficult to teach that to the students and watch the judges rule on issues I deal with all the time. It can be hard to communicate the nuances of medical malpractice to a mock trial team."

On FREE CLE: "I love the fact that the Mass. Bar Association offers FREE CLE as a benefit to members. It's a great benefit, especially for young lawyers or solos, who might not have partners they can look to for that kind of knowledge. I think the best benefit for MBA members is free CLE."

On teaching CLE courses: "I really enjoy teaching CLEs and putting them together. I think you really learn the most when you have to teach something."

Roots for: Duke University Blue Devils

Outside of the office: Enjoys swimming in the ocean off Plum Island in Newburyport with a group known as Open Water Swimmers; competes in men's softball and soccer leagues.