(Boston, Revised 04/12/11) New England Law | Boston: U.S. Senator Scott Brown delivered the keynote speech at New England Law | Boston’s annual Law Day Banquet on April 8, 2011. Brown addressed the gathering from Washington, where he was taking part in last-minute budget negotiations, and his remarks were beamed to Boston via a live, closed-circuit link.
Senator Brown was elected in January 2010 to fill the term of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. He serves on the Senate Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Senator Brown was named “Bostonian of the Year” by the Boston Globe in January 2011. His book, Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances, was published in February.
“Senator Brown has rapidly emerged as a national leader,” said Dean John F. O’Brien, “and we were honored to have this distinguished speaker for our 2011 Law Day Banquet.”
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Brown served in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is a 31-year member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
Senator Brown began his career in public service as an assessor and then a selectman in the town of Wrentham. He went on to serve five years as a state representative before being elected three times to the Massachusetts Senate. As a state legislator, he advocated for children’s and victims’ rights and worked to promote environmental and good government initiatives.
Law Day was established in 1958 by proclamation of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Celebrated annually by the nation’s legal community and the general public, it promotes awareness of our country’s laws and justice system and the role they play in maintaining our nation’s freedoms.
Recent Law Day Banquets at New England Law have featured Supreme Court Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas; former chief UN weapons inspector, Dr. Hans Blix; and former federal Court of Appeals judge and solicitor general Kenneth Starr.