February 12, 2019 at 6pm
New England Conservatory, Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, 255 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA
This year’s Shakespeare and the Law program takes on the themes of belief and the burden of proof through the lens of six Shakespeare plays: Cymbeline, Hamlet, Henry IV, Part 1, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure and Othello. Following a staged reading of scenes from each of the plays, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, activists and commentators will discuss and debate how allegations of impropriety should be measured and judged in the courtroom, the workplace, the college campus, and the Congressional hearing room.
Special guest panelists include: author, lawyer and social critic, Wendy Kaminer; Samantha Harris, Vice President for Procedural Advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE), and Diane Rosenfeld, Director of Harvard University’s Gender Violence Program.
This year’s cast includes Massachusetts federal judges Nathaniel Gorton, Timothy Hillman, Douglas Woodlock, George O’Toole, Rya Zobel and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner. In addition, retired SJC Justices Robert Cordy and Judith Cowin will join together with Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby and Senior Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum and former Civil Rights Commissioner, Jennifer C. Braceras. We are delighted to welcome to the reading for the first time the Commonwealth’s new U.S. Attorney, Andrew Lelling, and the newly elected Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. Judge Gertner and Ms. Braceras will moderate the panel discussion.