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2018 Good Apple Reception

Honoring Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy of GE

On March 29, 2018, the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice (“MA Appleseed”) honored former Senator William “Mo” Cowan with its 11th annual Good Apple Award. The event began with a reception, which began at 6:00 pm, in the Wharf Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Every year, MA Appleseed presents a “Good Apple” award to someone in the Massachusetts legal community who demonstrates the principles of social justice and equal opportunity that MA Appleseed was itself founded on. The event, which serves as Massachusetts Appleseed’s annual fundraiser, raises money to support the organization’s program and outreach efforts.

 

2018 Good Apple Award Recipient (PDF)
2018 Good Apple Invitation (PDF)

 

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Massachusetts Appleseed Presents 11th Annual “Good Apple” Award

2018 Good Apple recipient Senator William "Mo" Cowan

2018 Good Apple recipient Senator William “Mo” Cowan

For Immediate Release

Honoring Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy of GE

Boston, MA – On March 29, 2018, the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice (“MA Appleseed”) honored former Senator William “Mo” Cowan with its 11th annual Good Apple Award. The event began with a reception, which began at 6:00 pm, in the Wharf Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Every year, MA Appleseed presents a “Good Apple” award to someone in the Massachusetts legal community who demonstrates the principles of social justice and equal opportunity that MA Appleseed was itself founded on. The event, which serves as Massachusetts Appleseed’s annual fundraiser, raises money to support the organization’s program and outreach efforts.

“We are thrilled and proud to present Senator Cowan with this year’s Good Apple Award,” said Martha Mazzone, chair of the Board of Directors of MA Appleseed. “Mo’s commitment to inclusion, justice and civic engagement – don’t turn your back on the system, work to improve it – mirrors the Appleseed mission perfectly. Add in his dedication to the Boston legal community, his huge circle of friends and family and colleagues and mentees, and he’s the perfect Good Apple recipient. Everyone wants a chance to say thank you to Mo.”

Featured speaker at the event, Attorney General Maura Healey remarked, “I am grateful to be able to recognize Massachusetts Appleseed for their critical work in developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues while celebrating this year’s Good Apple, my dear friend Mo Cowan. Mo is a champion for social justice whose life and legacy represents the best our community has to offer.”

Senator Cowan is a graduate of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law. In 2013, he represented Massachusetts as interim U.S. Senator, filling the vacancy left by John F. Kerry when he was appointed Secretary of State. Senator Cowan served as Chief Legal Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Senior Advisor to the Governor in the administration of former Governor Deval L. Patrick and, in the Fall of 2013, Senator Cowan was a Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics. In 2017 Sen. Cowan assumed the position of VP of Global Litigation and Legal Policy at GE, after having served Of Counsel to Mintz Levin and as President and CEO of ML Strategies.

“I am humbled to receive this great honor from the Appleseed Center,” Senator Cowan said. “I deeply appreciate the recognition and cherish the opportunity to be associated forever with an organization committed every day to social justice and the rule of law, and to follow in the footsteps of the distinguished past honorees. Thank you for helping me make my family proud!”

Senator Cowan is on the Board of Directors for Eastern Bank Corporation, Partners Healthcare, and is Co-Chair of the Greater Boston YMCA Board of Overseers. He further serves our community as a Trustee of Northeastern University, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and is a member of the Boston Club Corporate Advisory Board, Duke University Trinity Board of Visitors, Cambridge College President’s Council, and U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Senator Cowan is an active civic leader committed to the same principles of inclusion and justice that is at the foundation of all of MA Appleseed’s work. When appointing Cowan to serve as interim U.S. Senator, former MA governor Deval Patrick described him as having “brought preparation, perspective, wisdom, sound judgment, and clarity of purpose” every step of the way, with the needs of Massachusetts’ residents always on the forefront of his mind.

“Mo’s evenhanded approach to difficult issues and his persistence in pursuing a better, fairer world is an inspiration to many. We are proud to present him with this year’s Good Apple Award,” said Deborah Silva, Executive Director of MA Appleseed.

2018 Good Apple Award Recipient (PDF)
2018 Good Apple Invitation (PDF)

 

Recent past recipients of the Good Apple award include Jonathan Chiel, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Fidelity Investment; Paul Dacier, former General Counsel of EMC Corporation (now Dell); Susan Alexander, Chief Legal Officer of Biogen Idec; Lon F. Povich, Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.; Stephanie S. Lovell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Jeffrey N. Carp, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of State Street Corporation.

About the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice:

Massachusetts Appleseed’s mission is to promote social justice and equal rights for Massachusetts’ residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to issues of systemic inequality.

At Massachusetts Appleseed, we dedicate ourselves to remedying social injustices for at-risk and underserved children, youth, and adults residing within our state. Working with volunteer lawyers, community partners, and others, we identify and address gaps in services and opportunities in areas such as education, homelessness, and the accessibility of the Massachusetts court system. Through in-depth research, consensus building, and community problem solving, we develop powerful solutions for reforming the systems and structures responsible for injustice. Our work seeks to level the playing field and transform communities. Every year we honor someone in the legal professional equally committed to these principles through our “Good Apple” award.

 

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2018 Good Apple Reception Announcement

Senator William "Mo" Cowan, Good Apple Award Recipient

Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Good Apple Award Recipient

Save the Date!

March 29, 2018
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Award Ceremony
Boston Harbor Hotel, Wharf Room

11th Anniversary Good Apple Award

On Thursday, March 29th 2018 Massachusetts Appleseed will host its 11th annual Good Apple reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel. We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Good Apple Award will be Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy of General Electric Company.

The Good Apple Award is presented annually to one member of our Massachusetts legal community who exemplifies MA Appleseed’s commitment to public service, fairness, and social justice. Throughout his career, Mo has demonstrated his dedication to serving the public. He is a civic leader, a mentor to many, and an inspiration to all, acting with optimism and an inclusive vision at a time when inclusivity is under threat.

Senator William “Mo” Cowan is Vice President, Litigation and Legal Policy at the General Electric Company, responsible for litigation, enforcement proceedings, investigations and compliance globally. Mo joined GE after serving Of Counsel to Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC (“Mintz Levin”) and as President and Chief Executive Officer of ML Strategies. In 2013, Mo represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as interim United States Senator, filling the vacancy created when John F. Kerry was appointed United States Secretary of State, and served as Chief Legal Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Senior Advisor to the Governor in the administration of former Governor Deval L. Patrick. Mo also served as a Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics (Fall 2013). Mo is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Duke University.

Active in numerous civic, educational and charitable pursuits, Mo is a Director of Eastern Bank Corporation, Partners Healthcare, and Co-Chair of the Greater Boston YMCA Board of Overseers. He serves as a Trustee of Northeastern University and the Massachusetts General Hospital, and is a member of the Boston Club Corporate Advisory Board, Cambridge College President’s Council, Duke University Trinity Board of Visitors, and U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. Mo is a “Good Apple” in the truest sense.

For sponsorship opportunities or tickets, please contact Madeline Poage at madeline@massappleseed.org.

2018 Good Apple-Save the Date
Save the Date (PDF)
2018 Good Apple Award Recipient (PDF)
2018 Good Apple Invitation (PDF)

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2017 Good Apple Reception Announcement

Jonathan Chiel Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Fidelity Investments

Jonathan Chiel
Good Apple Award Recipient

Save the Date!

March 23, 2017
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Award Ceremony
Boston Harbor Hotel, The Atlantic Room

10th Anniversary Good Apple Award

On Thursday, March 23rd 2017 Massachusetts Appleseed will host its 10th annual Good Apple reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel. We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Good Apple Award will be Jonathan Chiel, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Fidelity Investments.

The Good Apple Award is presented annually to a person in the legal community who exemplifies the true spirit of Massachusetts Appleseed’s mission; promoting equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues. Throughout his career, Mr. Chiel has demonstrated his dedication to excellence in the law, public service and social justice and the reception will highlight his many accomplishments and commitment to caring for others.

As Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Fidelity Investments, Mr. Chiel also has responsibility for Fidelity’s Public Affairs and Policy Group. Prior to joining Fidelity he was General Counsel at John Hancock Financial Services, the US division of Manulife Financial and was a member of the Manulife Management Committee. Before joining Hancock, Mr. Chiel was a partner with Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston, serving as chair of the firm’s Government Enforcement Practice Group. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Boston office for 10 years, serving as Chief of the Criminal Division from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Chiel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Harvard Law School.

Active in numerous civic, educational and charitable pursuits, Mr. Chiel currently serves as a director on the boards of the Boston Bar Foundation and the Maimonides School. Unwavering in his commitment to fairness and social justice, Mr. Chiel represents the very best in our legal community and is a “Good Apple” in the truest sense.

For sponsorship opportunities or tickets, please contact Stephanie Adler at stephanie@massappleseed.org.

Invitation (PDF)
Sponsor Pledge Form (PDF)
2017 Good Apple Award Recipient (PDF)

2016 Good Apple Reception

Mr. Jeff Carp, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of State Street Corporation

Mr. Jeff Carp, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of State Street Corporation

2016 Good Apple Reception

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 9th annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel on March 24, 2016. Massachusetts Appleseed presented the 2016 “Good Apple Award” to Jeffrey N. Carp, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of State Street Corporation for his “unwavering commitment to social justice, dedication to public service, and generosity of spirit.”Throughout his career, Mr. Carp has demonstrated his dedication to excellence in the law, public service, and social justice, both through his individual charitable work and in private business by promoting corporate responsibility and philanthropy as vehicles for positive change, particularly in the areas of hunger, housing, education, and workforce development.

Mr. Carp is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of State Street Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for the legal, regulatory, and security functions globally, and a member of State Street’s Management Committee. Before joining State Street in 2006, Mr. Carp served as general counsel at MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). Prior to joining MFS®, Mr. Carp spent 22 years in the corporate department of Hale & Dorr, LLP (now WilmerHale). Mr. Carp earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University National Law School, where he served as an editor of The George Washington Law Review.

Active in numerous civic, educational, and charitable pursuits, Mr. Carp currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Project Bread — The Walk for Hunger. He previously served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Boston. A leader in the legal community, Mr. Carp is a Member of the American and Massachusetts Bar Associations. Mr. Carp has lectured on various topics to legal and professional organizations and participates on industry conference panels. Mr. Carp is a “Good Apple” in the truest sense.

 

2015 Good Apple Reception

Photo of Award Ceremony © 2015 Rick Friedman

Photo of Award Ceremony © 2015 Rick Friedman

2015 Good Apple Reception

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 8th annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 19, 2015. Massachusetts Appleseed presented the 2015 “Good Apple Award” to Stephanie S. Lovell, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for her “unwavering commitment to social justice, dedication to public service, and generosity of spirit.”

Keynote speaker, Dean Richlin introduced Ms. Lovell. Martha Mazzone, presented Ms. Lovell with the Good Apple Award. Mr. Richlin is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP. Ms. Mazzone is Chair of the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Appleseed, and a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Fidelity Investments.

Sara Jane Shanahan, partner at Sherin and Lodgen, LLP, and a Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by some 200 guests. Ms. Mazzone gave a brief report on Massachusetts Appleseed’s recent initiatives. John E. Alessi, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member thanked guests for attending and made concluding remarks.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all our guests whose presence and goodwill made this year’s reception a tremendous success. We thank the Boston City Singers for their wonderful performance.

We are grateful for all our sponsors. Their generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues.

2014 Good Apple Reception

2014 Good Apple recipient Lon F. Povich.

2014 Good Apple recipient Lon F. Povich.

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 7th annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 20, 2014. Massachusetts Appleseed presented the 2014 “Good Apple Award” to Lon F. Povich, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. for his “unwavering commitment to social justice, dedication to public service, and generosity of spirit.”

Keynote speakers, David S. Mackey and Michael Tuteur introduced Mr. Povich. Christine Neski joined them on stage to present Mr. Povich with the Good Apple Award. Mr. Mackey is a partner at Anderson & Kreiger LLP. Mr. Tuteur is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Netski is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Appleseed, and a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC.

Nancy J. Sterling, Senior Vice President at ML Strategies / Mintz Levin and a Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by over 200 guests. Justin Wolosz, counsel at Ropes & Gray and a Vice-Chair of Massachusetts Appleseed’s Board, introduced a short video presentation, “Celebrating 20 Years of Social Justice Advocacy.” Joan Meschino, Executive Director, thanked guests for attending and made concluding remarks.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all our guests whose presence and goodwill made this year’s reception a tremendous success. We thank the Project STEP musicians for their beautiful violin performance and Biogen Idec for the video presentation. We are grateful for all our sponsors, in particular BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., the event’s underwriter. Their generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues.

2013 Good Apple Reception

2013 Good Apple recipient Susan Alexander.

2013 Good Apple recipient Susan Alexander.

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 6th annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 21, 2013. During the reception, Massachusetts Appleseed presented the “Good Apple Award” to Susan Alexander, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Biogen Idec, for her unwavering commitment to social justice, dedication to public service, and generosity of spirit.

Dr. George Scangos introduced Ms. Alexander and a video presentation of her many accomplishments. Dr. Scangos and Carolyn Crowley presented Ms. Alexander with the Good Apple Award. Dr. Scangos is the Chief Executive Officer of Biogen Idec. Ms. Crowley is the event chair and member of the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Appleseed, and Senior Vice President, Private Banking Group at Eastern Bank.

Nancy J. Sterling, Senior Vice President at ML Strategies / Mintz Levin and a Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by over 250 guests. Justin Wolosz, a partner at Ropes & Gray and Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, reported on the Center’s recent project successes. Christine M. Netski, a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC and a Vice-Chair of Massachusetts Appleseed’s Board of Directors, thanked guests for attending and made concluding remarks.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all of those who attended and made this year’s reception an enormous success. We thank the Project STEP musicians for a tremendous violin performance. We also thank all of our sponsors, in particular Biogen Idec, the event’s underwriter. Their generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues.

2012 Good Apple Reception

2012 Good Apple Award recipient Edward J. Weiss.

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 5th annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 22, 2012. During the Reception, Massachusetts Appleseed presented the “Good Apple Award” to Edward J. Weiss, General Counsel of Fenway Sports Group, for his unwavering commitment to public service, fairness and social justice.

Larry Lucchino introduced Mr. Weiss. Mr. Lucchino and Michael S. D’Orsi presented Mr. Weiss with the Good Apple Award. Mr. Lucchino is President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox. Mr. D’Orsi is Massachusetts Appleseed’s Board Chair and a partner at Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP.

Nancy J. Sterling, Senior Vice President at ML Strategies / Mintz Levin and a Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by over 200 guests. Christine M. Netski, a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC and a Vice-Chair of Massachusetts Appleseed’s Board of Directors, thanked guests for attending and made concluding remarks.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all of those who attended and made this year’s reception an enormous success. We thank the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy for a charming choral performance. We thank all our sponsors, in particular Fenway Sports Group and the Red Sox Foundation, the event’s underwriters, whose generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues.

2011 Good Apple Reception

2011 Good Apple Award recipient Edward J. Weiss.

Christopher C. Mansfield, Good Apple Award Recipient (right), and Lawrence Friedman, Board President, Massachusetts Appleseed (left).

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 4th annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 24, 2011. During the Reception, Massachusetts Appleseed presented the “Good Apple Award” to Christopher C. Mansfield, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Liberty Mutual Group, for his unwavering commitment to public service, fairness and social justice.

A video presentation, with an appearance by Ted Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Liberty Mutual, introduced Mr. Mansfield. The video included congratulations from Joan Meschino, Executive Director of Massachusetts Appleseed, Lyndia Downie, the President and Executive Director of Pine Street Inn, and Marianne Lord, Co-Chair of the Office of Institutional Advancement at Boston College Law School. Ms. Downie and Lawrence Friedman presented Mr. Mansfield with the Good Apple Award. Professor Friedman is President of the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Appleseed and teaches federal and state Constitutional Law and Privacy Law at New England Law | Boston.

Pamela Berman, a partner at Adler, Pollock & Sheehan PC and a Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by 200 guests. Michael D’Orsi, a partner at Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP and a Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, thanked guests for attending and made concluding remarks.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all of those who attended and made this year’s reception an enormous success. We thank the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy for a charming choral performance. We thank all our sponsors, in particular Liberty Mutual Group, the event’s underwriter, whose generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues.