Class Notes: Summer 2019

Lawrence A. Ruttman

Lawrence A. Ruttman spoke at the “Fenway Fans” event at the Massachusetts Historical Society in May. He is the author of a memoir, My Eighty-Two Year Love Affair with Fenway Park: From Teddy Ballgame to Mookie Betts, and a book, American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball, which was later adapted into a musical play.

Hon. John “Jack” P. Connor Jr.

Hon. John “Jack” P. Connor Jr. and his wife, Judy, were named Xaverian Medal and Gala 2019 honorees by Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA, for their decades-long commitment to the school and its mission. Connor retired as a justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court in 2012. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was a partner at Connor & Hilliard in Walpole, MA, focusing on criminal and civil litigation, and had practiced law for thirty years.

Fred Hopengarten

Fred Hopengarten was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Radio Relay League, the national organization for amateur radio comprised of more than 160,000 members. His election to the fifteen-member board was the realization of a lifelong dream for Hopengarten, who has been an FCC-licensed radio ham since the age of ten. A telecommunications lawyer in Lincoln, MA, author, and frequent speaker, he maintains a website featuring his articles and recent activities at

Len DeLuca

Len DeLuca, invited by BC Law Professor Fred Yen to host his opening class on sports law in January, delivered his “Game of Thrones” lecture, a ninety-minute analysis of the college sports legal, media, and business landscape. He is the founder of Len DeLuca & Associates LLC in New York, NY, and an adjunct assistant professor at the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business Entertainment Media and Technology program, and at the NYU Tisch Institute for Global Sport.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen

Lauren Stiller Rikleen is the author of The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace published by the American Bar Association in May. She is an attorney, founder, and president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership in Wayland, MA, and a prominent speaker on workplace culture issues.

Steven Wright

Steven Wright was named senior vice president and general counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. As the Boston Fed’s senior legal officer, he provides counsel to the bank’s leadership, is a member of the Executive Committee, and heads the legal services group. Wright comes to his new position following a twenty-year career with Holland & Knight LLP, where he was the executive partner in charge of the Boston office.

Alicia Alvarez

Alicia Alvarez was named associate dean of experiential education at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. She was previously a clinical professor and director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Alvarez has lectured on legal education at numerous conferences, published extensively, and is co-author with BC Law Professor Paul R. Tremblay of Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice, published by West in 2013.

Joseph H. Baldiga

Joseph H. Baldiga was appointed to a three-year term as a hearing officer by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. He is a partner in the Westborough, MA, office of Mirick O’Connell and co-chair of the firm’s creditors rights and bankruptcy group. He has served as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the District of Massachusetts since 1997 and is a board member of the 26.2 Foundation, the Hopkinton (MA) Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Westborough.

Jared W. Huffman

Jared W. Huffman, US Representative for California’s 2nd Congressional District, was named to the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. An environmental leader, he is a member of the US House Committee on Natural Resources and an early co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, a stimulus program addressing climate change and economic inequality.

Heidi Martinez

Heidi Martinez was appointed chief IP counsel and associate general counsel of Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY, where she was previously associate general IP counsel.

Maryann Civitello

Maryann Civitello retired from Mintz Levin in 2018 and continues to do legal work for Elizabeth Stone House, on whose board she has served for many years. She also works for the nonprofit Friends of St. Bernard.

Susan M. Finegan

Susan M. Finegan is the recipient of the 2019 Great Friend of Justice Award presented by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation for her dedication and commitment to equal justice. She is a partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin and chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, and is a member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. A nationally recognized pro bono pioneer, Finegan’s pro bono cases include her work to defeat President Trump’s first immigration travel ban in 2017 and the passage of a Massachusetts restraining order law for victims of sexual assault.

Hon. Jonathan J. Kane

Hon. Jonathan J. Kane was confirmed as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court following nomination by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Prior to his confirmation, he was co-managing partner of Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg LLP in Northampton, MA, and served as a member of the Housing Court Bench Bar Committee.

Hon. Kathryn E. Hand

Hon. Kathryn E. Hand was named associate justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Former presiding justice of the Appellate Division of the District Court, Southern Division and the Barnstable District Court, she currently serves on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, has led the District Court Debt Collection Working Group since 2017, and is a mentor in the Trial Court Judicial Mentoring Program.

Jonathan W. Hugg

Jonathan W. Hugg was named co-chair of the financial services litigation practice group at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. He is resident in the firm’s Philadelphia, PA, office and concentrates his practice on commercial and appellate litigation. He is a frequent speaker on business law issues and the author of numerous articles, most recently an online piece about the new Uniform Voidable Transactions Act that became law in Pennsylvania.

Hon. Janet J. Mahon

Hon. Janet J. Mahon, an administrative law judge for the US Social Security Administration in Orlando, FL, is also an author, poet, and the founder of Autherine Publishing. As J. Autherine, she published her third book, Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul: Poems of Inspiration to Live and Love Harmoniously, in January; and recently launched an online community, “Books, Poetry, Positivity, and Purpose” at

Gregory P. Varga

Gregory P. Varga was elected a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, an international association of lawyers who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders. He is a partner in the Hartford, CT, office of Robinson & Cole LLP, where he is chair of the firm’s Technology Committee and focuses his practice on insurance coverage and corporate litigation.

Hon. Joyce Campbell Priveterre

Hon. Joyce Campbell Priveterre has a new position as an appeal hearing officer at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. She is the principal of Campbell Priveterre Dispute Resolution PLLC, a mediation and arbitration practice specializing in employment discrimination, in New York, NY.

Robert Fletcher

Robert Fletcher was named chief legal officer and vice president of Stryker Corporation, a medical technology company headquartered in Kalamazoo, MI. He was previously vice president of global litigation at Johnson & Johnson in Boston, where he also served as general counsel to the company’s medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors.

Kristen Mathews

Kristen Mathews is a partner in the New York, NY, office of Morrison & Foerster and a member of the firm’s global privacy and data security group. She was previously a partner and head of the privacy and cybersecurity group at Proskauer Rose LLP.

Geoffrey G. Why

Geoffrey G. Why was honored as one of the “50 Most Influential Attorneys of Color in Greater Boston” by Get Konnected! A partner in the Boston office of Verrill Dana LLP, he focuses his practice on the telecommunications industry. He was previously a member of the communication practice at Mintz Levin in Boston. Why also serves as vice treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Asian Community Development Corporation.

Gregory F. Corbett

Gregory F. Corbett, a partner in the Boston office of Wolf Greenfield, was appointed chair of the firm’s litigation practice. With nearly twenty years of experience in first chair litigation, he counsels clients in the areas of complex intellectual property and patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, appellate proceedings, and licensing. He was previously a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Jared M. Viders

Jared M. Viders announces the publication of his first book,Seize the Moment! Finding Meaningfulness in the Here and Now, by Mosaica Press in October. His law practice in Suffern, NY, consists primarily of litigation and drafting briefs on behalf of other New York firms. Jared also is a member of the faculty at Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Monsey, NY, where he received his rabbinical ordination.

Kate Sandman McKinley

Kate Sandman McKinley is a senior managing director and general counsel at State Street Global Advisors in Boston. She manages the company’s legal affairs worldwide and oversees attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants in Boston, Montreal, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Sydney. She previously served as the chief operating officer of their Americas Institutional Client Group and was responsible for the management and operation of the firm’s institutional business in North America and Latin America.

Sara P. Bryant

Sara P. Bryant was named vice president of the board of directors of the Boston Chapter of Professional Women in Construction, a national nonprofit organization that supports women and promotes diversity in architecture, engineering, construction, and related industries. She is the managing partner in the Boston office of Murtha Cullina and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and construction practice group.

Peter F. Durning

Peter F. Durning is the managing partner of Mackie Shea PC, an environmental, land use, and litigation law firm based in Boston. He focuses his practice on environmental litigation, enforcement defense, land use and permitting, and water- and wetlands-related matters; and represents public companies, high net worth individuals, investors in renewable energy facilities, small businesses, and communities. He was previously an associate at Goulston & Storrs.

Jeremy C. McDiarmid

Jeremy C. McDiarmid was named vice president of policy and government affairs at Northeast Clean Energy Council, a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building a clean energy economy in the Northeast. He was previously the manager of commercial business development at SunBug Solar, a Massachusetts-based provider of solar energy solutions.

Becka Rich

Becka Rich is director of the Legal Research Center and assistant teaching professor at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, PA. She was previously senior associate director and adjunct professor at the Panza Maurer Law Library at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Patrick Moore Jr.

Patrick Moore Jr. is a partner at Boston-based Hemenway & Barnes LLP and concentrates his practice on complex business, administrative, land use, and appellate litigation. He was previously an associate counsel and advisor in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the Barack Obama administration. He is an adjunct professor at BC Law, writes and lectures on appellate, administrative, and campaign finance law, serves as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Government Lawyers Forum, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at BC Law.

Alexander Lazar

Alexander Lazar is a partner and member of the corporate practice group in the New York, NY, office of Sheppard Mullin. He focuses on counseling emerging and established companies on corporate and commercial matters in the ecommerce, internet, digital media, life sciences, and high technology industry sectors.

Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smithwas named Pro Bono Publico Attorney as one of six recipients of the 2019 Access to Justice Awards presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) for exemplary legal skills and community service. His solo practice in Boston, the Law Office of Stephen A. Smith, is focused on criminal and civil litigation. In addition, he volunteers for the MBA Dial-A-Lawyer program and the Bar Association of Norfolk County’s Evening Legal Clinic.

Nicholas T. Stack

Nicholas T. Stack is a partner in the Toledo, OH, office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP. A member of the firm’s litigation and employee compensation and benefits groups, he has extensive experience litigating a broad range of commercial, appellate, and Employment Retirement Income Security Act issues.

Helen Sterling Coburn

Helen Sterling Coburn is a partner in the Portland, ME, office of Bernstein Shur, where she is a member of the business law practice group and advises businesses and investors on corporate governance, corporate financing, and general business matters. She is a member of the board of directors and is co-chair of the Program Committee of Startup Maine, a nonprofit promoting a statewide culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Christopher J. Clements

Christopher J. Clements is an associate in the Boston office of Goulston & Storrs and a member of its real estate group. He represents owners, institutional investors, and developers in connection with commercial real estate financing, acquisitions, dispositions, and transactions. He lectures extensively on economic development incentive topics for organizations.

Cassandra M. da Costa

Cassandra M. da Costa is an associate at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP in London, Ontario, Canada, where she advises employers in the private and public sectors on a broad range of labor and employment issues. Her previous position as a labor negotiator for the City of Seattle, WA, and her experience practicing law in both the US and Canada have allowed her to help employers navigate a more global regulatory landscape.

Lavinia M. Weizel

Lavinia M. Weizel is the 2018 recipient of the Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award in recognition of her dedicated efforts to help a pregnant mother of nine children avoid eviction and find housing. She was also part of a team that advocated for new Massachusetts legislation to provide survivors of human trafficking representation in criminal matters and post-conviction relief proceedings. An associate in the Boston office of Mintz Levin, she focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation.

Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy

Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy is an associate in the Boston office of Robinson & Cole and a member of the firm’s business transactions group. Barrett is also a volunteer with the Achilles International Freedom Team, an organization that provides running and marathon opportunities to wounded members of the US military and has guided disabled Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in twenty marathons.

Vaishali Goyal

Vaishali Goyal is an associate in the Boston office of Goulston & Storrs and focuses her practice on income and trust and estate planning, family wealth planning, and charitable giving and nonprofit matters.

In Memoriam

  • John C. Lacy ’48
  • John Dzienkowski ’49
  • Margaret E. King ’53
  • Paul C. Haley ’55
  • Harold L. Schwab ’56
  • Philip H. Cahalin ’57
  • Kieran T. Ridge ’58
  • David E. Tardif ’58
  • Hon. Richard H. Beddow Jr. ’59
  • Raymond D. Ivaska ’59
  • Quinlan J. Shea ’59
  • Bruce N. Sachar ’60
  • Harold Hestnes ’61
  • James P. McCarthy ’61
  • John Herbert Sullivan ’62
  • Donald J. O’Meara ’64
  • Charles David Lamoureux ’72
  • Joseph R. Palumbo ’72
  • Tyrone Mark Powell ’72
  • Joseph P. Gordon Jr. ’73
  • Lawrence H. Mandell ’74
  • Joan A. M. Gearin ’77
  • Carol R. Cohen ’78
  • David M. Smithson ’84
  • Berton D. Reed ’85
  • Rebecca S. Webber ’89