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The Eddie Mandell Memorial Scholarship Fund - Boston, MA

Monday, March 23, 2015

Close to our heart at Pierce & Mandell is a scholarship fund that supports hardworking and gifted Boston high school students who cannot afford the price of college. Named for founding partner Bill Mandell’s father, who was not able to attend college and tried to help kids with their dream of a college education during his lifetime, the Eddie Mandell Memorial Scholarship Fund raises money to fund college scholarships for graduating Boston Public School seniors.

“While he never had the financial means to attend college, he felt that education was the great equalizer in our society, and that a college education was of vital importance in opening up the doors of opportunity, fulfilling one’s dreams and becoming fully enfranchised in American society,” says founding Pierce & Mandell partner Bill Mandell about his late father Eddie.

The Fund has raised and distributed over $100,000 to students in direct scholarships through uAspire and has changed lives that might not have found a college track and a road to better future.

2014 Eddie Mandell Scholar Kordell Harris, who is studying business at Bentley University, says the scholarship support has changed his life. “My family is extremely proud, looking at how far I came, living around violence and having the opportunity to go to almost the best business school in the country. Coming from a family with a single mother working very hard, and staying on me to do better in school, made me want to set high goals for myself,” said Harris.

In Praise of Judge Mary Beatty Muse

Monday, March 09, 2015

by Simone Gaines

The recent news of the passing of retired Judge Mary Beatty Muse at the age of 94 was felt throughout the legal community, particularly among the many women in the profession whose path in law and on the judiciary was made easier by Judge Muse’s extraordinary career.

As a third year law student at Suffolk University and law clerk at Pierce & Mandell, I have become very active in the Women’s Bar Association and the Suffolk University Women’s Law Association, which are jointly sponsoring a networking event March 17 for third-year women as they prepare to hit the ground in search of their careers. The “Backpacks to Briefcases” event celebrates the role of women in the legal profession and will include a panel of women already in their law careers.

There may be no better example of a remarkable career than that of Judge Muse, who had three children while going through law school and eventually had 11 children while also pursuing a highly successful career after graduating from Boston College Law School in 1950. At the age of 62, she was appointed to the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court where she remained on the bench until her mandatory retirement at the age of 70.

Her success, however, was not something she coveted for herself, but used as a means for engaging more women into the profession and encouraging them to advance.

Her son Chris, a Superior Court Judge, told The Boston Globe  that his mother worked tirelessly to encourage women as she encountered them.

“My mother would say, ‘We’re here to strategize to get women on the bench,’ ” said Chris Muse. “To those who found the prospect of trying to break the judiciary’s gender line daunting, “she said: ‘There are no barriers, just obstacles. And obstacles are opportunities.’ ”

As we prepare for our Suffolk event, it is fitting that we honor a woman who opened doors for women in law for more than 50 years. For more on the event, go to www.womensbar.org/calendar

Pierce and Mandell Associate Karen Rabinovici Writes Article for “Massachusetts Lawyers Journal” – Boston, MA

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An article entitled “’Puppy Doe’-inspired legislation will further protect abused animals" by Pierce and Mandell associate Karen Rabinovici recently appeared in the January 2015 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Journal. The article details the passage of recent Massachusetts legislation designed to better protect animals and appropriately punish perpetrators of abuse.

Pierce & Mandell Proudly Continues its support of the Eddie Mandell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Pierce & Mandell is proud to continue its support of the Eddie Mandell
Memorial Scholarship Fund. To read about the latest efforts of the Scholarship Fund click here.

Bill Mandell is Adjunct Professor of Law At Suffolk University

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Bill Mandell is serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School during the Fall 2014 semester teaching a course entitled Corporate Issues in Health Care.

MBA PROBATE LAW DAY

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Massachusetts Bar Association recently sponsored its Second Annual Probate Law Day.  The event drew hundreds of practitioners and judges from across the Commonwealth.  One of our partners, Bob Kirby, was invited to speak on the topic of “Cyberspace – The New Frontier of Estate Planning.”  Bob’s presentation focused on litigating over so-called “digital assets,” and on his representation of the estate in Ajemian v. Yahoo! in the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Pierce & Mandell, P.C. Helps Celebrate the Good Work of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation at its 50th Anniversary Gala

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pierce & Mandell, P.C was a proud sponsor of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala, held on October 23, 2014 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.  The Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF), the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association, supports projects that offer civil legal services to people who cannot afford them, and improve the administration of justice in the Commonwealth.  In 2014, the MBF awarded approximately Two Million Dollars through its annual Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Program to 82 programs conducted by 56 nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts.  Brockton-native Ken Feinberg was the guest of honor at the Gala, receiving the MBF’s Great Friend of Justice Award for the vitally important work he has done administering large settlement funds like the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and One Fund Boston.  Pierce & Mandell, P.C.’s sponsorship of the Gala continues our long tradition of active involvement in the MBF, including the work currently done by Pierce & Mandell shareholder and current MBF Trustee, Dennis M. Lindgren.

Pierce & Mandell Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pierce & Mandell, P.C. is proud to announce that partners Bob Pierce, Bill Mandell, Michael Fee, Tom Kenney and Bob Kirby, have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 New England Super Lawyers.  Partner Dennis Lindgren and Associate Curtis Dooling have been designated 2014 Massachusetts Rising Stars.

Bob Pierce was recognized as a Super Lawyer in the practice of Civil Litigation Defense; Bill Mandell in Health Care; and Michael Fee, Bob Kirby and Tom Kenney in Business Litigation.  Dennis Lindgren was recognized as a Rising Star in the practice of Personal Injury and Curtis Dooling in Land Use/Zoning.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.  Rising Stars are those attorneys under the age of 40 who have been nominated by peers for excellence in their chosen practice area.  Candidates are then evaluated utilizing twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 3 percent of eligible lawyers in New England are named to the Rising Star list each year.

The Super Lawyers supplement will be published in the November, 2014 issue of New England Magazine and is widely distributed in regional publications and across the country.

Bill Mandell Teaches “Corporate Issues in Health Care” at Suffolk University Law School - Boston

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bill Mandell is teaching a course entitled Corporate Issues in Health Care for the Fall 2014 semester at Suffolk University Law School as an adjunct faculty member of the Law School.

Bill will be a co-presenter of a policy session entitled “Managing the Paradigm Shift: The Policy Conundrum” at The 19th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, in Boston, on September 20, 2014.  The focus of this program is to analyze the trend of physicians partnering with hospitals and what important regulatory and compliance challenges are on the horizon as physicians and hospitals move from fee for service to quality and population health management based care and reimbursement.

In October, 2014, Bill will also be a co-presenter of a program on Preparing for Dental Practice Ownership being held at the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Curt Dooling Begins Sixth Year as Adjunct Professor at New England Law | Boston

Monday, September 15, 2014

Curt Dooling recently began his sixth year as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at New England Law | Boston. As an Adjunct Professor, Curt instructs second year law students on effective appellate writing and oral advocacy. Curt graduated cum laude from New England Law | Boston in 2006. When he began his tenure as an Adjunct Professor in 2009, he was the youngest ever Adjunct Professor hired by the law school.


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