Category Archives: Vocation

My Wife Joan Zorza Honored by Boston College Law School For Her Domestic Violence Work

As described in the Summer 2017 issue of BC Law, Joan was given one of the five Law Day awards this year by Boston College Law School for her lifetime of dedicated work in domestic violence and sexual assault.  She … Continue reading

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A Collection of Prior Posts on My Politics Blog Relevant to Now

On my politics blog, I have a category that has focused on the possible implication of a Trump victory. Here is the link to the category, for those who might care to take a look at it. I would … Continue reading

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Anne Holton, VP Nominee Tim Kaine’s Wife, was a Legal Aid Lawyer for Thirteen years, and a Judge for Seven

According to Wikipedia: Following graduation from law school, Holton served as a law clerk for Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr. of the Richmond-based United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. From 1985 to 1998, she worked as … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Boards, Access to Justice Generally, Legal Aid, Vocation, White House

We Lose a Special Giant, Pro Bono Pioneer Esther Lardent

The Pro Bono Institute, which she founded, has announced the death of Esther Lardent. It is with profound sorrow that the Board of Directors of the Pro Bono Institute marks the passing of our beloved friend and founder Esther F. … Continue reading

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While Study On Greater Happiness of Nonprofit Lawyers Raises Methodological Questions, It Still Has Useful Lessons

Its hard for some of us not to feel smug and self-satisfied when we see the following blog headline in the New York Times: Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness. And its hard not to come to the conclusion … Continue reading

Posted in Law Schools, Legal Aid, Research and Evalation, Vocation

Well-Earned Transitions

A couple of well earned transitions: Luz Herrera is to move to UCLA Law School as Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning and Public Service. As UCLA put it: She is a Harvard Law School graduate whose bicultural upbringing … Continue reading

Posted in Law Schools, Self-Help Services, Vocation

Moving Tribute to My Wife, Joan Zorza

Many of you know that my wife, Joan Zorza, has dedicated her life to the victims of violence, most intensely to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence.  She is now in the process of retiring (although those of you … Continue reading

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Memories of a Mentor, and Honoring a Prosecutor

On the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainright, I keep thinking about one of my mentors, Brownlow (Browny) Speer, who died a few weeks ago. Browny was Chief Appellate Attorney of first the Massachusetts Defenders Committee, and then its successor, … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Criminal Law, Legal Ethics, Public Defender, Vocation

A Life Worthy of Note

The New York Times City Blog has an obituary of a Catholic priest, Rev. John C. Flynn, who spent much of his time in the Bronx, when it was seen as a war zone. In 2010, Father Flynn retired to … Continue reading

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