The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School prepares lawyers for leadership in public service and provides a regional forum for innovative thinking about law and public policy.

6th Annual Public Service Award Ceremony and Pro Bono Program Reception

The Rappaport Center's 6th Annual Public Service Award Ceremony and Pro Bono Program Reception to honor public service achievements in the community and the pro bono work of Suffolk Law students was held on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

This year we presented our Public Service Award to William Sinnott, JD ’85. Mr. Sinnott served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston during Mayor Thomas Menino’s last two terms. Prior to his appointment as Corporation Counsel, he had a distinguished career as a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Before and after attending Suffolk Law, Mr. Sinnott served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Colonel, and he continued his service with tours of duty in Bosnia in 1998 and Baghdad in 2004-2005. Throughout his service to his city and country, he has been a leader in the community, most notably in veterans and diversity initiatives and in bar activities. Mr. Sinnott is married with four daughters and resides in Hyde Park. Read more about Bill Sinnott.

We also honored two members of the graduating class of 2014, Dyana Boxley and Nathan Olbeter, with the Pro Bono Program Student Awards for their dedication to public service and involvement in the community. Dyana participated in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project during her second year, teaching constitutional law and moot court skills to Boston-area high school students. She interned at the Victim Rights Law Center during her 1L summer, at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights during her 2L summer, and at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts during her 3L year. Nathan, an evening student, in addition to working full-time throughout most of his law school career, found the time to perform over 500 hours of pro bono service at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. In addition, he has served as Student Bar Association Vice President during his senior year.


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