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Suffolk University Law Student

David Barron
Harvard Law School and former Deputy Counsel for the Office of Legal Counsel in the US Department of Justice

Linda Bilmes
Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Assistant Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration.

Brandy H.M. Brooks
Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Bruner Foundation

Felicia Cote
Rappaport Fellow, Harvard Law School/Harvard Kennedy School.

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Susan Prosnitz
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Ben Thomas
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Matthew Todaro
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Alexander von Hoffman
Senior Researcher, Joint Center for Housing Studies

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Student, Boston College Law School

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Student at Suffolk University Law School

A View from Tremont Street

Friday, February 17th, 2012
By Bob Dion for the Author

Greg Massing, Executive Director, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School

Just a little over a month ago I moved into the Executive Director’s office at the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School. The Center is located on the first floor of the Law School’s magnificent Sargent Hall, immediately to the right of the door as you face the building. My window looks out onto the Tremont Street portico, where students frequently congregate to chat or have a cup of coffee.

The location of the Rappaport Center is important, both physically and metaphorically. We sit at the intersection of the academy and the vibrant life of the City of Boston, the capital of Massachusetts. We are accessible to students, faculty, policymakers, and the downtown street traffic, a daily reminder of the Center’s aspiration to be the place where people, law, and policy come together. That said, in my first month here my aspirations have been much less lofty. I’m just trying to figure out the identities and functions of the law school’s many academic and administrative offices and personnel, the numerous educational and issue forums, and how the Rappaport Center fits in and distinguishes itself among all the competing voices.

My first month has also been busy. Much of my time has been devoted to processing the applications for the Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy for summer 2012. We received almost 100 applications for the 12 fellowships, second only to the number of applications received in 2010. I can’t take credit for this great showing – thanks are due to Professor Al Roberts and the staff at the center, Mia Friedman, Jackie Lavers, and Austra Zubkovs, who diligently promoted the fellowships over the fall through a variety of traditional and new media, including a special edition of the Rappaport Briefing, and informational sessions at all six area law schools. Fellowship interviews are almost complete, and I have no doubt that we will end up with a slate of 12 future stars of the legal and public service community, representing a diversity of law schools, backgrounds, interests, and placements. 

I am also keenly aware that in the selection process we will be obliged to turn away dozens of other future stars. The strength of the applicant pool is testament to the great good will that the Rappaport name has garnered throughout the Boston legal community over the Center’s relatively short lifespan. This high regard has also been communicated to me in my dealings with administrators, faculty, and students here at the law school who are delighted to be associated with the Center and to help it succeed.  The same is true of the countless public and private sector practitioners – as well as  professors and staff at other law schools – who have volunteered their time and effort to contribute to the work of the Center, whether by offering to supervise or mentor a student or to help organize or speak at a Center-sponsored event.

In short, the first month on Tremont Street has been exciting, demanding, and promising. I look forward to sharing our progress and accomplishments in the months to come.



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