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Albano's Crusade

Jonathan Albano forced the Catholic Church to open its sealed records on sexual abuse

The first time he talked to Jonathan Albano, Marty Baron posed a burning question. Baron had just become, in July 2001, the editor of The Boston Globe. Albano, a partner in Bingham McCutchen’s Boston office, was the newspaper’s principal litigator in First Amendment and libel cases.   Baron’s question: What were the Globe’s chances of forcing the Boston Archdiocese of the Catholic Church to grant public access to depositions and other documents that Massachusetts courts had sealed or …

The Conservative Libertarian

Mike Williams chafes at the use of racial preferences anywhere in society

On a chilly Monday morning last December, Mike Williams waited for the United States Supreme Court to announce whether it would hear an appeal in a school desegregation case that had consumed him since 1999. He was optimistic.   In 2003, the court ruled that the University of Michigan may not make race a “defining feature” of its undergraduate admissions policy. Williams believed that the decision set a precedent that would determine that the plan used by Lynn public …

The Storyteller

Ike Williams knows a good tale when he reads one. Just ask Norman Mailer.

John Taylor “Ike” Williams loves to spin a yarn. If you are in his office and mention Norman Mailer, the strapping lawyer immediately directs you toward a framed photo hanging on the wall. The shot captures Williams as a young lawyer in the late 1970s jawing with Mailer. The subject that day was The Executioner’s Song, Mailer’s book about murderer Gary Gilmore, which Williams was vetting for libel. The photographer was Larry Schiller, an investigative journalist and …

The Evel Knievel of Boston Law

Think Darin Smith is daunted by much after taking turns at 125 mph? Not likely

In 1987 Darin Smith was a recent college grad working for a bank in Atlanta and looking for something fun to do, when a rather bold idea took hold: motorcycle racing. This despite the fact he had never even ridden a motorcycle before. What happened is he had discovered Road Atlanta, a top-of-the-line track that is about an hour’s drive northeast of Atlanta. Smith, who is African-American, grew up in Massachusetts. When he asked his co-workers at the bank about Road Atlanta, …

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