Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Welcome New Associate
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a new associate attorney. Brendan Collins is a recent graduate of Notre Dame Law School and is currently awaiting results from the Massachusetts Bar Exam. He will be practicing in the Labor and Employment Department at MHTL.
Brendan was born outside San Francisco, California and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Ma. Prior to law school, Brendan provided legal aid to marginalized communities in San Antonio, TX at Catholic Charities through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In particular, Brendan was a Court Monitor in Bexar County, which involved checking the wellbeing of adults under legal guardianship, and also a legal assistant for Catholic Charities in their needed work.
While at Notre Dame Law School, Brendan spent three years working to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community at Notre Dame by holding leadership positions on the law school’s LGBT Law Forum. As a 2L, Brendan helped organize an event that hosted Jim Obergefell, a named Plaintiff from the landmark marriage equality case, which was one of the most attended events in the law school’s history. Brendan also was a member of the LGBT Bar Association, and secured funding for eight Notre Dame Law Students student to be able to attend the Lavender Law Career Fair in the summer of 2019. As a 3L, Brendan was the President of the LGBT Law Forum and organized a symposium to discuss Title VII prior to the Supreme Court’s decision Bostock v. Clayton County.
During law school, Brendan spent a semester working in Washington, DC in the Office of the Solicitor of the Department of the Interior. Brendan was also a member of the Journal of Legislation and his Note, Back to the Farm: A Call to Re-Invigorate New York City’s Biosolid Program, was published in 2019.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Receives Second Favorable BSEA Decision for Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
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.