A Mutual Respect: The Glue that Binds Us

Hello everyone! This week, I’m hosting a guest blog from Margie Palladino ’85, the outgoing Alumni Board Chair for Reunions. I’m thrilled that she’s agreed to write about her BC Law experience for Impact.

Margie was the recipient of the Boston College Law School’s Outstanding Reunion Volunteer Award for generating record attendance for her class’s 25th reunion. Margie is principal of Reunions Reinvented LLC, a business that generates momentum for professional school reunions. She is a former partner at the Boston law firm of Sherburne, Powers and Needham, now known as Holland and Knight. 

Nearly 600 people came together in November to celebrate the BC Law School reunions. It was wonderful to witness so many alumni—young and old—reconnecting with classmates and professors and rekindling memories of their law school days. There were BC Law alumni from all walks of life: the judiciary, private firms, corporations, public service, academia, and government (including a state governor, US senator, and several congressional representatives). Equally impressive was the number of alumni present who had stepped out of the legal profession temporarily or permanently to take care of their families or pursue entrepreneurial, volunteer, and other valued interests.

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Why You Should Consider Corporate Restructuring/Bankruptcy Law

BC Law offers many opportunities for students interested in working at large law firms, typically placing approximately 30% of the class in firms of 100 attorneys or more. For students who want to work at large firms (many do not), there is a common question that students hear from fellow students, attorney-friends, and most importantly, law firm interviewers: “Are you interested in corporate or litigation work?”

For some people, this is an easy question to answer. If you got As on all your Legal Research, Reasoning & Writing papers and enjoyed memorizing the Erie Doctrine and all its puzzling derivations, perhaps litigation is for you. If you enjoy dropping buzzwords you don’t actually know anything about like “mergers and acquisitions”, “leveraged buyouts”, and “private equity” you are probably interested in corporate work–and I recommend you take your talents to Brahmin, Storyville, or other local venues with sometimes-impressionable audiences.

For those individuals who want to work for a large firm but don’t feel that they fit neatly into a litigation or corporate box, perhaps your fit is in Restructuring (which includes Bankruptcy, in addition to out-of-court restructuring).

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Meet the Ambassador: Maria Benvenuto

Name: Maria BenvenutoMaria B

Year: 1L (Class of 2018)

Undergraduate institution: Villanova University, Class of 2015, graduated magna cum laude

Experiences between college and law school: In my summer between my undergrad and law school I led a group of twenty high school students from the Baltimore School of the Arts on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Durham, North Carolina. I have participated in a number Habitat for Humanity trips throughout undergrad, and so, it was very rewarding to introduce such a commendable organization to future volunteers.

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Meet the Ambassador: Daniel Fishman

Name: Daniel FishmanDaniel Fishman

Year: 3L (Class of 2016)

Undergraduate institution: Washington University in St. Louis, Class of 2011, University Athletic Association All-Academic Team, Football (2007-2010).

Experiences between college and law school: For two years after college, I had a job in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, working on policy, legislation, and the state budget.

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