On Tuesday, January 11, the Boston Bar Foundation and the
Society of Fellows will hold an Open
House Reception at 16 Beacon Street where guests will have an
opportunity to learn more about the work of the Boston Bar
Foundation. The amount of holiday parties and receptions over the
past few weeks got BBA Week curious who members of the Bar would
bring along if they had the choice, so we asked:
"If you could bring
any guest to a party, who would it be? "
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David Rountree – First Republic
"If I could bring any guest to a party it
would be the very talented Nora Hanen Gannon Buchanan, Esq.,
of 'One Life To Live', District Attorney of Llantano County,
Robert Ullmann – Nutter McClennen &
"At a good party, I’d want to roll with
someone witty and well-informed, confident but
self-deprecating, a great talker but also a great listener,
and not above telling a bawdy joke. Abraham
Sarah E. Ashby - WilmerHale
bring Betty White. She'd be the life of the party!
I bet she'd have great stories, and her humor, optimism and
energy are contagious."
Joel B. Sherman - Goulston & Storrs
"My guest would be able to double as a DJ, if
needed. His name is Jonathan Schwartz whose radio
program is on WNYC in New York, and who each weekend afternoon
may be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on the Seriously
Sinatra station, 73 on the dial. Jonathan plays and
comments on the music of the Sinatra era (which shows my
vintage), as well as today’s contemporary artists who sing the
music of the American Songbook. Known as 'the Dean of
American Pop Standards,' he is an engaging person who brings
life to the music he plays."
Richard Harper – US Securities & Exchange
"My guest would be John Adams. As
drafter of the Massachusetts Constitution and a Boston lawyer,
I'm sure he would love to see how things have turned out so
Robert Fitzpatrick –
"Alexander J. Cella. Professor,
legislator, mentor, friend and fellow traveler on the road to
a better understanding of administrative law."
Ryan D Sullivan – Bodoff & Associates
"Assuming a laid back party among friends and
family, it is a toss-up between Eric Cartman and John Quincy
Adams, but the tie would have to go to Adams since he is more
presentable to polite company and less likely to eat all of
the cheesy poofs.
Adams's public career as an Ambassador, President,
and Congressman coupled with the fact that he literally had a
founding father would provide for hours of interesting
conversation. I'd love to hear Adams recount his travels
to St. Petersburg as the first American Ambassador to Russia
during the Napoleonic Wars, and hear him explain why he
decided to serve a number of terms in Congress after he lost
his Presidential reelection bid. (My guess is that he
was too liberal for Fox News, and book tours didn’t pay very
well in the 1830s, so he molded himself into the most
prominent and vocal abolitionist of his day).
Regardless of his true motivation for continuing to serve
his country after an embarrassing landslide loss to Andrew
Jackson, John Quincy Adams deserves our thanks and a heck of a
party. I just hope for his sake that the guy from the
Dos Equis commercials doesn’t show up and steal all the