Mary Egan Boland serves in a Senior Counsel capacity at the Firm.
Mary was at the forefront of the wave of women becoming members of the Bar. One of six women in her class at Boston College Law School in 1965, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship to the National Institute of Politics, which assigned to the office of the Governor of Utah. She returned to Springfield after completing her Fellowship and joined the Firm.
Mary’s practice centered on estate planning and administration, commercial real estate, and nonprofits. She became heavily involved in representation of Mercy Hospital in Springfield and in health care law and was invited to join the Boards of some of Springfield’s oldest and largest institutions. She was a longtime member of the boards of Springfield Institution for Savings (later TD Banknorth), the Springfield Library and Museums Association, and Mercy Hospital.
In 1972, Mary was elected to the Springfield City Council and the following year was elected as President of the City Council. She “retired” from politics in 1973 upon her marriage to the Hon. Edward P. Boland, Member of Congress.
While raising their family, Mary continued to be active at the Firm and in the community. From 1975 to 1979, she was a member of the Springfield Civic Center Commission and began a thirty-year association as a Trustee of the MassMutual Life Insurance Company Investment Funds. In 1999, she was appointed by the Governor to the Massachusetts Educational Finance Agency.
Mary continues her lifelong interest in education funding through the Edward P. Boland Scholarship Committee, which to date has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to residents of the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts, which the Congressman represented for over 36 years.
One of Mary’s four children, Kathleen Boland Stevens, graduated from Boston College Law School, as did Mary. Kathleen’s law school class was over fifty percent women – a far cry from the five percent in Mary’s class.