CLASSMATE SPOTLIGHT:Â Judge Raymond Brassard
My life after BC Law
The month after graduation, our two sons were born. Shortly after that momentous event, I clerked for a year for a federal judge in Hartford, Conn. The day our daughter was born (14 months after the arrival of our sons) was also my first day in the US Navy. I did criminal defense and prosecution with Navy JAG for three and a half years. Our classmate, Roger Hughes, was also stationed in Newport; we had a number of cases together. Meanwhile, our classmate, CharlieÂ Hely, was an appellate attorney with the Marines in Washington.
After the Navy, my family and I returned to the Boston area. I joined the Boston law firm, Rackemann, Sawyer and Brewster. I practiced civil business litigation in the state and federal courts for over 19 years, and was then appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court, the court of general jurisdiction for both civil and criminal matters. After more than 21 years on the Court, I retired earlier this summer.
I have enjoyed every moment of my legal career. I am grateful to the BC Law for that career and the friendships I made. I remain in contact with many of our classmates, including Bob Cronin, Bryan Kujawski, Leo Boyle, Rick Perras, Tom Maffei, Ed Leahy and Charlie Hely. Charlie and I were in the military together and served on the Superior Court together. We both retired this summer and plan to continue to spend time together. Another of our classmates, Fran Spina, also retired this year after a long and distinguished career on the Massachusetts Superior Court, the Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court.
For the last 10 or so years, I have taught two courses at BC Law and am doing so again this year. Our classmate, Bob Bloom, is a renowned professor here. One of our sons is a BC Law grad; our other son is a banker; and our daughter is a teacher.
My wife, Mary, and I look forward to seeing our good friends at the reunion.
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