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EMC's Paul T. Dacier Continues Tradition of Excellence as Boston Bar President

As the Boston Bar Association navigates the 21st century, who better to lead this august institution than a lawyer from the world of cloud computing and big data? Meet Paul T. Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation (EMC) and the first in-house counsel ever to serve as President of the BBA. He succeeds J.D. Smeallie of Holland & Knight.

A classic big-picture thinker and thought leader who cares passionately about the role of the judiciary as an independent and co-equal branch of government, Dacier has the courage of his convictions and will tell you exactly what he's thinking. Here's what he thinks about often -- how to secure adequate funding for the judicial branch and why the right to a jury trial is sacrosanct for both businesses and individuals. A good listener who insists on knowing the law and facts at hand before making his case, he doesn't mind telling you that he is not a big fan of private dispute resolution systems that produce no precedents.

A Leader with an Unwavering Commitment to Justice and the Constitution

Whatever he commits to, Dacier takes seriously. That includes his service as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission during the Romney administration, where he forged good working relationships with fellow commissioners, regardless of their political leanings. That also includes his role as an advocate for the Business Litigation Session as a competitive advantage for Massachusetts, and his service as a member of the advisory committee for the Business Litigation Session.

"Paul Dacier is at the very top of my list of advocates and supporters of the court system," says Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse of the Massachusetts Superior Court. "He is a tireless advocate, an informed advocate, and a tenacious advocate. He has a very real appreciation for the Rule of Law, and you are always made to feel the well-being of the court system is uppermost in his mind. It's amazing to me that for someone who has as much responsibility as he does in his 'day job,' that he finds the time that he does to advocate for the court system."

He's especially passionate about civic education and has been seen carrying a copy of the Massachusetts Constitution, usually open to a section that talks about the Judiciary. He's deeply troubled that there are people who don't grasp the concept of balance of powers and people prone to making misguided comments suggesting that the judicial branch is "just another state agency."

"Our country and its democratic system of three co-equal branches of government is synonymous with the rule of law," says Dacier. "It is imperative that the Judiciary is treated as a co-equal branch of government and that it is adequately funded. If we cannot fund and maintain a strong and vibrant Juciciary, we put at risk the checks and balances in our government that make our democracy the envy of the world. Also, we need to ensure there are jurists who can fairly administer and implement the rule of law." Read more.

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Environmental Law Committees

  • Air Quality and Climate Change Committee
    This committee reviews federal and local air pollution control, including source permitting, air quality planning, transportation planning, compliance monitoring, hazardous air pollutants and indoor air pollution.

    Contact Information

    Marilyn Levenson

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    Aladdine Joroff

    Harvard Law School

  • Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee
    This committee addresses regulatory and related issues affecting the natural gas, electric and telecommunications industries in Massachusetts — on the federal level and in other jurisdictions. Members typically practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and state and federal courts.

    Contact Information

    Jamie M. Tosches

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

    James M. Avery

    Pierce Atwood LLP

    (617) 488-8125

  • Environmental Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Environmental attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.
  • Environmental Law Public Service Committee
    This committee has a number of annual service events including planting trees for Earth Day and volunteering with the Food Project. The committee also focuses on practice-specific pro bono projects and brown bag programming.

    Contact Information

    Mina S. Makarious

    Anderson & Kreiger LLP

    (617) 621-6525

    Korrin Petersen

    Buzzards Bay Coalition

    (508) 999-6363

  • Environmental Litigation Committee
    This committee focuses on Chapter 21E, CERCLA, insurance, clean air and clean water litigation.

    Contact Information

    Seth Schofield

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

    Katherine Kimball

    Morgan Lewis (Federal Street Office)

    (617) 951-8000

  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee
    This committee informs members about issues relating to federal and Massachusetts laws governing oil, hazardous materials and hazardous waste, including CERCLA and Chapter 21E.

    Contact Information

    Bonnie Heiple

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    (617) 526-6745

    John D. Beling

    (508) 429-6163

  • International Environmental Law Committee
    This committee is for members interested in international environmental issues and the laws of foreign countries.

    Contact Information

    Stuart L. Canton

    (781) 652-0135

    Cicely Ott Parseghian

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-3038

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Committee
    This committee keeps members abreast of changes in local, state and federal statutes, regulations and by-laws relating to discharges to surface water, groundwater and wastewater treatment plants.

    Contact Information

    Rebekah Lacey

    Anderson & Kreiger LLP

    (617) 621-6500

    Margaret M. Callanan

    Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

    (617) 626-1146