Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Advisory Board Member Creates Tribute to Soldiers and Frontline Workers
Dr. Charles Desmond, an advisory board member from Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, dedicated a tribute for soldiers and frontline workers this past Memorial Day. Dr. Desmond knows firsthand the strength it takes to be on the frontline, for he was on the frontline during the Vietnam War. As a result, he has been awarded the Silver Star medal and the Bronze Star Medal with “V” for valor. A Fulbright Scholar, he received his bachelor’s degrees in Sociology from Northeastern University and his doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees. Although Dr. Desmond was not able to participate in an in-person ceremony for Memorial Day, he was able to attend his home-town Memorial Day zoom event remembering those that lost their lives for our freedom.
Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP, prevailed on behalf of her client, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Distrist (“District”), for the second time in two months. In June 2021, Ms. Sowyrda received a favorable decision from the Bureau of Special Education (“BSEA”) in response to the District’s request for substitute consent to perform a three-year evaluation of a student. The second favorable Decision, involving the same student, is a result of a Hearing Request filed Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.