The Martin Institute at Stonehill College will host a roundtable discussion with Joseph Kennedy III, the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district since 2013, on Tuesday, April 5th from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. That event will be followed up with a luncheon with Suffolk County District Attorney and Stonehill alumnus Daniel Conley ’80 on Monday, April 11th from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kennedy will provide a legislative update and will then be joined in conversation by Stonehill students Samuel Agostini ’16, Emma Kripp ’16, Sara Morris ’16, and Amanda Nagim-Williams ’16 while Jennifer Taranto ’16 will moderate the discussion.
The luncheon event with Conley is sponsored by a generous grant from the Howard Home Fund and will feature a conversation between the District Attorney and Associate Dean Peter Ubertaccio on the various issues confronting the Suffolk DA's office. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A with those in attendance.
All are welcome to attend both events however advanced registration is required for the Conley event as lunch will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, April 7th.
About Rep. Joseph Kennedy III
Currently in his second term, Rep. Kennedy represents a diverse district that spans from the suburbs of Boston, including Easton, to the more industrial towns of Massachusetts’ South Coast.
As member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Kennedy has prioritized economic opportunity for working families. A vocal advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, vocational schools and community colleges, he has authored several pieces of legislation in Washington aimed at improving access to our modern economy, including the Perkins Modernization Act and STEM Gateways Act.
Inspired by the manufacturing traditions that drive many of the communities he represents, Rep. Kennedy also introduced the Revitalize American Manufacturing (RAMI) Act during his first term, which will help fuel innovation and new technologies throughout our manufacturing sector. After a year of building broad bipartisan and industry support, RAMI passed the House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Obama at the end of 2014.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Rep. Kennedy served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex County and Cape and Island’s District Attorneys’ Offices. Before that he served as a member of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where he designed and implemented an economic development project near Puerto Plata.
Kennedy is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
About Daniel Conley ’80
Conley is the chief law enforcement officer for the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, Massachusetts.
Appointed to the office in February 2002, Conley was elected in his own right on Nov. 5, 2002, again on Nov. 7, 2006, and most recently on Nov. 2, 2010. As district attorney, Conley oversees the largest and busiest district attorney’s office in Massachusetts. His office is currently responsible for the prosecution of between 40,000 to 50,000 criminal cases every year in the state’s most diverse and densely-populated county.
Prior to taking office as Suffolk County’s 14th district attorney, Conley served for eight years on the Boston City Council, serving several terms as chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee. A career prosecutor before seeking public office, Conley served as an assistant district attorney for nine years in the office he now leads, prosecuting homicides and other serious felonies including drug trafficking, non-fatal shootings, and intimate partner violence. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was one of a handful of state prosecutors named to Massachusetts’ first anti-gang violence task force.
The keynote speaker at Stonehill’s 2012 Commencement ceremony, Conley received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College. He is also a past recipient of Stonehill’s St. Thomas More Law Society Award and the Suffolk Law School’s Irish-American Law Society’s Person of the Year Award. Over the years, Conley has returned to Stonehill’s campus to talk to students and has taken part in several off-campus events hosted by the College.
Conley received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stonehill in 1980 and his juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 1983.