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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

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