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Pierce & Mandell partner Michael C. Fee Appointed to Boston Bar Association Council

Monday, July 27, 2015

Michael C. Fee was recently appointed to a four-year term, commencing in September, as a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association (BBA).  The BBA is one of the oldest bar associations in the United States and the hub of the legal profession in Boston.  Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, and serve the community at large. Headquartered at 16 Beacon Street in the historic Chester Harding House, the BBA has more than 12,000 members drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. The 34 member Council, headed by incoming President Lisa Arrowood, governs the activities of the BBA and its more than 100 sections and committees, dedicated to the study of substantive areas of law, improving the delivery of legal services, and promoting diversity and inclusion in both the profession and our courts.


Are Chimpanzees Human Enough To Be Granted Some Human Rights by Karen Rabinovici

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

by Karen Rabinovici

Pierce & Mandell associate attorney Karen Rabinovici takes on the unusual topic in the July 2015 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Journal in an article entitled  “Are Chimpanzees Human Enough To Be Granted Some Human Rights?” The article describes two chimpanzees – Hercules and Leo, both 8, - who have both been used in research at Stony Brook University in New York and are at the center of a court proceeding. The judge in the case has ordered Stony Brook to defend its detention of the chimps, whose freedom the Nonhuman Rights Project is advocating for, arguing that because chimpanzees have skills similar to human reasoning and self-determination, such captivity amounts to unlawful imprisonment.

“The Nonhuman Rights Project’s ultimate goal is to free the captive chimpanzees (along with others) and move them to a sanctuary where they can live as naturally as possible amongst other chimpanzees,” Rabinovici writes. “It has long been accepted that chimpanzees possess many characteristics originally believed to be exclusive to human beings. So the question is, do chimpanzees have enough human characteristics to be granted some human rights?”


León Rodriguez: The Guardian of the Melting Pot

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pierce & Mandell Founding Partner William Mandell talks with Boston College Law School Magazine about then fellow student and now U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Director León Rodriguez.

Pierce and Mandell shareholder, Bill Mandell, was not surprised when fellow Boston College Law School student León Rodriguez was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the nation’s top immigration agency.

Mandell and Rodriquez met during their involvement in the Holocaust/Human Rights Project at BC Law during the 1980s, a student run project that confirmed Rodriquez decision to attend a law school founded in the Jesuit tradition, according to Boston College Law School Magazine writer Peter Perl, who profiles Rodriquez and his assent to the nation’s top immigration post in the summer issue of the BC Law Magazine.

“He is a mensch, a true, true mensch,” Mandell ’86 tells the magazine, adding that Rodriguez was extremely effective in lobbying faculty and students to support the Project. Mandell says he and the late Owen M. Kupferschmid ’85 (for whom the project is now named) had tried hard to attract a diverse group of students to the Project “and were excited when a guy named Rodriguez shows up. But he turns out to be Jewish! A Turkish Jew…from a Cuban family! We laughed and said, ‘This guy’s perfect. He breaks all the stereotypes.”

Thirty years later, the Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Project of Boston College Law School endures, drawing international attention for its study of accountability for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Photo Credit: Stephen Voss Photography




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