McConney Scheepers rides Mass. Bar Foundation

For the past decade, she has worked as an administrative magistrate for the state‘s Administrative Law Appeals Division. For the previous decade, she had served as general counsel for the Massachusetts Public Service Commission, Suffolk County prosecutor, and chief legal counsel for what was then the United States Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee. State. She also held a number of volunteer positions during this time, including a year as President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

On June 7, she will add a new title: President of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. She will take over for Dick Grahn for the next 12 months at the group’s annual meeting in JFK library. In doing so, she will become the first person of color to lead the foundation’s board of directors in its nearly 60-year history.

“I think lawyers of color, seeing me as the president, … you can see, ‘Wow, this is a group I can work with,'” McConney Scheepers said. “My mere presence here lets you know you are welcome.”

She takes the hammer at a time when the foundation seeks to expand its geographic and racial diversity. Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, it will be easier to socialize at events across the state and recruit new members.

The Boston-based foundation’s primary mission is to distribute grants to nonprofit organizations that provide legal assistance to people who cannot afford an attorney in civil cases; most of its annual budget of more than $3 million is devoted to this purpose.

“She is intelligent, compassionate, fully engaged and focused on our mission: improving access to justice,” said Suzanne Thomas, general manager of the association. “She brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”

Corindus goes his way. To Newton.

Mayor of Newton Ruthanne Fuller and U.S. Representative Jake Auchinclos became interventional cardiologists last week – for a brief moment. Fortunately, it was only a computer simulation.

The precision tool they tried out, however, was very real: a joystick-controlled vascular robot made by Corindus. The company, acquired by Siemens Healthineers in 2019 for $1.1 billion, moves from Waltham to a larger space in Newton. That’s why the boss of Corindus Wayne Markowitz offered Fuller and Auchincloss a tour of the new space at 275 Grove St., next to the Riverside T.

The move is still in progress, but the two politicians got a good look at the operations, including an R&D lab and a manufacturing area. At 77,000 square feet, the two-level facility in a Alexandria Real Estate Stocks-the owned complex is more than twice the size of the Waltham spot, with enough room for the company’s 150 local employees, and then some (perhaps as many as 300). Markowitz told Fuller and Auchincloss that the company is at a crossroads, in which its technology that helps doctors insert stents is no longer new and is now widely accepted commercially, having recently marked its 100th anniversary. hospital facility.

Fuller and Auchincloss gave plenty of praise, but also peppered Markowitz and the marketing director Kate Drake with questions. Corindus was able to make the move after Newton City Council voted to allow the Grove Street office complex to include laboratories – the type of conversion that is becoming increasingly popular as office spaces go unfilled and laboratories face high demand.

Brookline Bank Strengthens with New York Acquisition

Welcome to the ten billion dollar club, Paul Perrault.

The general manager of Brookline Bank has just reached a $313 million agreement to acquire PCSB Bank in Westchester County, NY The deal will allow Boston-based Brookline to cross the $10 billion mark, a threshold that triggers a reduction in the card interchange fee a bank can accept with a additional regulatory review. (In the case of Brookline, this would be the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston who is controlling.) Other local banks that have crossed the $10 billion threshold include Eastern Bank, Berkshire Bankand Rockland Trust.

“That’s no reason not to seize an opportunity like this,” Perrault said, referring to the added costs of being a $10 billion-plus bank. “I would expect to get it back very quickly.”

Brookline will retain the PCSB name in New York, as it does with its BankRI unit in Providence, and the 14 PCSB branches. The deal, when completed later this year, would leave Brookline with nearly 1,000 employees and 65 branches. (Total assets: $10.6 billion.) Michael Goldrick, PCSB’s chief loan officer will lead the New York franchise, while the current CEO Joe Roberto to retire.

Cardinal point analyst Laurie Havener Hunsicker praised PCSB’s financial condition and its rich core market sector. But she questioned the decision to skip Connecticut and acquire a bank “that is not remotely contiguous to [Brookline’s] existing footprint of the New England deposit.

Perrault, in an interview, defended the deal – and the distance. He said Brookline will be “in three of the best markets in the country in a targeted fashion,” referring to Westchester, Boston and Providence.

Until that drive to Yorktown Heights?

“It’s probably a three-hour drive,” Perrault said. “I’ve been stuck on the Southeast Freeway for almost that long.”

Baker. Brady. Return?

CEO of Oasis Systems Tom Colatosti says he took his place on the High Tech Council of the Mass.the annual meeting agenda in the hope of persuading Governor Charlie Baker shoot a Tom Brady.

Sorry Tom. It will not arrive.

“If Tom Brady can step aside, the governor can certainly step down,” Colatosti said as he welcomed Baker to the Harbor Hotel Last week. “I can’t see Massachusetts being in a better place in four years. It’s not too late, Governor. You can do it. Please come back. We need you.”

Baker hesitated, of course. He no longer runs. But he talked about the funny feeling that accompanies the kind of job in which you announce your departure more than a year before leaving.

“I’m not dead yet,” Baker said. “[But] I continue to be presented in the past tense.

Mariano missed his chance to bet on basketball

The Boston Celtics victory against the miami heat in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night became fodder for the Speaker of the House Ron Marianothe speech the next day at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

The Quincy politician, speaking at the Westin hotel in the Seaport on Thursday spoke about the importance of legalizing sports betting in Massachusetts, as more than 30 other states have done in recent years. Mariano remains hopeful that a deal can be reached before the July 31 deadline set by the Legislative Assembly; the House bill would allow sports betting on college games as well as professional games, while the Senate would exclude college games.

“If we had it, I wouldn’t be here today because I would have put everything on the Celts last night, and you would be looking for a new speaker,” joked Mariano.

Mariano noted that DraftKingsone of the largest players in sports betting, is based in Back Bay and employs over 1,000 people there.

“According to DraftKings, 35% of all Celtics playoff bets that could have been me were made in New Hampshire by Massachusetts residents,” Mariano added.

chamber general manager Jim Rooney then joined in the fun, telling Mariano, “I know this would never happen to Quincy, but maybe I could have gotten that bet for you.”


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