Class of 2000 - 20th Reunion

Life After BC Law

Classmate Updates

Lawyers outside the box

As a prelude to all the meeting and greeting we plan to do at our virtual 20th reunion, enjoy these updates on two classmates who are using their degrees beyond the private practice of law.

Ritu Goswamy

I am a productivity strategist for lawyers and best-selling author of The New Billable Hour: Bill More Hours, Be More Productive, and Still Have Work Life Balance and The Holistic Lawyer: Use Your Whole Brain to Work Smarter Not Harder. I am the creator of the New Billable Hour® system, which helps lawyers increase their productivity by billing themselves first. I teach this system directly to lawyers in a way that is engaging, fun, and practical. I host “The New Billable Hour Podcast” available where you like to listen and on YouTube. I consult with lawyers individually and in groups and am an active speaker and trainer in the areas of lawyer productivity, competence, and mindfulness. For a free copy of my first book and other resources, visit: www.ritugoswamy.com.

Jason Brenner

I live in Chapel Hill, N.C., with my wife, Alison, and two kids, Beatrice and Wesley. I am fortunate to practice environmental law with RiverBank Conservation, a company founded by my good friends years ago in Austin, Texas. RiverBank helps developers meet their Clean Water Act obligations efficiently and in a cost-effective manner while enhancing and improving our nation’s environment.

I enjoy lots of time at the North Carolina coast on boats and am surrounded by family and friends in North Carolina. I have kept some roots in the Commonwealth however—my in-laws have a home near Woods Hole and we spend time in the summers there. You can catch me at “Pie in the Sky” near the Marine Biological Laboratory most Julys!

Couples Spotlight

Finding more than the law at BC Law

And here are some updates on class couples who are grateful to BC Law for more than their law degrees!

Jim Goldman and Julie Elza Goldman

Jim and Julie met at the end of their 2L year when they argued on opposing teams in the annual moot court competition, and they have been a happy couple ever since. After graduation in 2000, Jim started his career at Hale and Dorr in Boston as a litigation associate, and Julie joined the litigation department of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. They managed long distance for several years, seeing each other for long weekends and vacations. When they married in Julie’s hometown of Chicago in 2003, they were lucky enough to have several law school classmates in attendance, including Matt Ebert, Kathleen Byrne, Gabe Devitto, Tom Egan, Matt Podell, and Jason Brenner. They enjoyed attending the weddings of many other dear classmates as well.

When it came time to put down roots, Jim and Julie fell in love with the oceanside town of Swampscott on the North shore and have lived there since 2004. Back in Massachusetts, Julie continued in public service and joined the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General as an assistant attorney general handling civil appeals in the Administrative Law Division. Upon the birth of their first child in 2007, Jim transitioned from private practice to the Boston office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. They have two children, Maddie (13) and Zac (10), and during their early childhood years they rode the commuter rail with their parents into Boston each day where they were enrolled in day care.

Since 2012, Julie has worked as an assistant clerk for the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Since 2014, Jim has worked at Bain Capital in Boston and serves as a chief compliance officer and senior counsel. When not busy with work, Jim and Julie are avid watchers of youth sports, cheering on their busy kids in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and basketball among many other pursuits. In the winter, you might catch them on the slopes at Sunday River, and in the summer, at Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine.

While 2020 has definitely presented its challenges, and it would have been preferable to reconnect with old friends and professors in person at our 20th reunion, we have many things to be thankful for, especially our auspicious introduction at BC Law.

Mary Liz Brenninkmeyer and Christopher Kaczmarek

Mary Liz and I met on the very first day of 1L orientation. Professor Bloom required all of his students to meet with him in his office. Afterwards, a bunch of us were hanging out on the grass outside of Stuart Hall. Mary Liz and I struck up a conversation and discovered we were going to be in the same section. After exchanging many notes via our student mailboxes, we began dating later that semester. 

Things became stressful during our 2L year when we began applying for clerkships. Although we were excited about the possibility of working as judicial clerks, we were worried that if we were lucky enough to get offered a clerkship, we would wind up far, far away from each other. Amazingly, we ended up clerking for the same judge! He had no idea we were dating when he hired us. He was quite shocked when we told him, towards the end of our clerkship, that we had gotten engaged.

 

We live in Brookline, Mass., with our wonderful children: Andrew (14), Ian (12), and Annika (8), and our dog Cody. Our family loves the outdoors, particularly hiking and skiing.    

I practice employment law and am a shareholder with the law firm Littler Mendelson. Like many students, I entered law school with no idea what I wanted to do. For me, everything changed when I took Professor Kohler’s Labor Law class. Ever since then, I have been keenly interested in how the law shapes the employment relationship.

Mary Liz practiced environmental and land use law for several years at Choate Hall & Stewart and Anderson Krieger. She then obtained her master’s of library science degree and worked in various law libraries. For the past seven years, she has worked at Analysis Group as a research specialist.

We look back fondly on our days at BC Law. When we are having particularly difficult days, we remind ourselves of the words Professor Kohler often used around finals time. He would go to the library, find students who were studying for his exam, and tell them “it’s a festival!” His meaning was never entirely clear, but we always interpreted it as “enjoy the moment and throw yourself into it because you may never get this opportunity again.”