In 2007, the Governor appointed Macey Russell to the Judicial Nominating Commission which recommends judicial appointments at all levels throughout the Commonwealth. After serving as Vice Chairman in 2010, the Governor appointed Mr. Russell Chairman of the Commission beginning in 2011. In 2009, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Mr. Russell a “Diversity Hero.” In 2009, Litigation Counsel of America named Mr. Russell to its Trial Lawyer Honorary Society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. In 2011, the American Bar Foundation named him a Fellow, which is reserved for one third of one percent of attorneys in his jurisdiction. Also in 2011, the Boston Bar Association appointed Mr. Russell as Co-Chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Burton Foundation and Library of Congress honored Mr. Russell with a 2011 Burton Award for excellence in legal writing for his co-authored article “Developing Great Minority Lawyers for the Next Generation.” Mr. Russell is also listed in Best Lawyers in America.
Since 1989, Mr. Russell has been a frequent advisor and contributor to Harvard University Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Financial Institution and Major Commercial Litigation: representation of financial institutions, banks, businesses and corporations in disputes involving contracts, securities, investments, and lending arrangements, and in class action matters in state court, federal court and in arbitrations.
Publications and Presentations
Faculty: Harvard University Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop (1989-1990, 1992-1994, 1996-1998, 2000-2007, 2009-2010): taught all aspects of trial preparation including opening and closing arguments, examination and cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses and the use of demonstrative evidence at trial.
· “Resisting Challenges to the Diversity Value Proposition,” author, IILP Review 2012: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, July 2013.
· “Developing Great Minority Lawyers for the Next Generation,” co-author, ACC Docket, July/August 2010.
· “Wider Pipeline is Vital to Progress,” author, The National Law Journal, October 19, 2009.
· “Chapter 12, Part II Demonstrative Evidence,” co-author, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual (MCLE Inc. 1997 and supp. 2002, 2005, 2007).
· “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” moderator, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Chicago, April 2013.
· “The Future of Boston Law Firms in a Global Economy,” moderator, Boston Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Section, Boston, June 2012.
· “Many Faces of Leadership II,” honorary chairperson, emcee and moderator of Business Panel, The Boston Leadership Development Foundation Conference, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State House, October 21, 2005.
· “First Annual Leadership Conference,” honorary chairperson, emcee and moderator of Corporate Panel, The Boston Jaycees Leadership Foundation, The Boston Globe, October 17, 2003.
· “National Summit on Retention of Minority Lawyers in the Private Sector,” moderator and panelist, American Bar Association, Commission on Minorities, Boston, Massachusetts, April 27-28, 2000.
· “Challenges of Diversifying Law Firms and Organizational Change,” guest lecturer, Bentley College, Waltham, MA, December 8, 2008.
· “What it Means to be a Black Lawyer Today,” guest lecturer, New England School of Law, Boston, MA, January 22, 2003.
· “Diversity in the Legal Profession,” guest lecturer, Suffolk University Law School (Professor Lisle Baker), Boston, Massachusetts, Fall 2001.
· “Empowerment Within the Legal Profession—A Diversity Perspective,” guest lecturer, The Hagen School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, February 1, 2000.
· “Increasing Diversity in Our Practice,” speaker, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Boston, April 2013.
· “Your Practice, Your Bar Leadership and Your Life… It’s a Balancing Act,” speaker, Boston Bar Association Bar Leadership Institute for Affinity Bar Associations, Boston, April 2013.
· “By Any Means Necessary – Effecting Change With the Tools in Your Hands,” panelist, Harvard Black Law Students Association Spring Conference, March 2012.
· “Achievable Next-Generation Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion,” co-organizer, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, May 2011.
· “Establishing a Culture of Excellence in Your Organization: Beyond Diversity and Inclusion,” panelist, ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, April 15, 2011.
· “Alone at the Top: Are Enough Minorities Climbing the Large Law Firm Ladder,” guest speaker, Boston College Law School, Newton, MA, February 5, 2009.
· “Affinity Groups and Diversity Initiatives,” guest speaker, The 16th Annual Marketing Partner Forum, The Hildebrandt Institute, Dana Point, CA, January 28, 2009.
Professional and Community Involvement
Mr. Russell co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.
Mr. Russell is active in several legal organizations, including:
· Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (August 2011 – present).
· Board of Directors, Center for Law and Education (May 2009 – 2010).
· Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Section, Boston Bar Association (2011 – present).
· Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Section (September 2010 – 2011).
· Co-Chair, Pipeline Subcommittee, Boston Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Section (September 2010 – 2011).
· Chairman, Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Judicial Nominating Commission (2011 – present); Vice Chairman (2010 – 2011); Member (2007-2010).
· Executive Committee, Boston Lawyers Group (2008 – present).
· Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School Leadership Advisory Council (April 2011 – present), Pro Bono – “School to Prison Pipeline Project” (2008 – present).
· Dean’s Advisory Committee, Suffolk University Law School (2005 – 2011).
· Law Practice Management Section, American Bar Association (1996 to present).
Mr. Russell is also active in several non-profit organizations including:
· Board of Trustees, Suffolk University, Boston, MA (October 2011 – present).
· Board of Overseers, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA (October 2011 – present).
· Board of Fellows, Trinity College, Hartford, CT (2009 – 2012).
· President, Director and Founder, The Boston Leadership Development Foundation Inc (2006 – present).
· Founder, President and Chairperson, The Reaching Back Foundation Inc, Boston, MA (1996 – present).
· Business Liaison Committee, Boston 2004, Inc., Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA.
· Represented the NAACP Boston Chapter as pro bono counsel in litigation of civil rights claims on behalf of minority school children relating to the constitutionality of the admissions policy to public examination schools.
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· Past Chairperson, 21st Century Committee of the Boston Chapter NAACP, Boston, MA.
· Past Director, Newton Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program.
· Past Executive Vice President, The New England Colleges Fund, North Andover, MA.
· Past President, The Brockton Boys & Girls Club, Brockton, MA.
· Past President, The Black Alumni Association and Board of National Alumni Association, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.