Higher Callings®

Higher Callings®

Interviews of lawyers and other persons dedicated to serving the common good. The host of Higher Callings is Donald Frederico. An experienced Boston lawyer who has taken on important pro bono cases and led a 12,000 member bar association and other nonprofits, Don has encountered a host of people who have found ways to serve their communities and the broader public and help people in need. We hope that, by shining a light on their good works, Higher Callings will inspire others to find their own paths towards making the world a better place.

Recent Episodes

July 8, 2023

Supreme Court Roundup, Featuring Law Professor Renee Landers

Renee Landers is a Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Health Law, and Privacy Law, among other academic pursuits. She also has served in a number …
June 6, 2023

Promoting Diversity and Defending Democracy: A Conversation with Lauren Stiller Rikleen

Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a force of nature. An accomplished lawyer and author, past President of the Boston Bar Association, and holder of several leadership positions in the American Bar Association, she now has her own le…
April 13, 2023

Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts: An Update From CPCS Chief Counsel Anthony Benedetti

I recently had the privilege of interviewing retired Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margot Botsford and Boston attorney Denise Murphy about the important work they and others have been doing to promote lawyer well-being…
April 12, 2023

Bonus Episode: Chinh Pham Recounts His Family's Rescue from Vietnam

In February, I interviewed Boston IP attorney Chinh Pham, a former colleague of mine and current President of the Boston Bar Association. At the beginning of the interview, Chinh told me the remarkable story of his family’s …
April 2, 2023

Lawyer Well-Being in Massachusetts: A Conversation with Retired Justice Margot Botsford and Attorney Denise Murphy

The American legal system is only as healthy as the lawyers and judges who populate it. Yet, the system as it’s structured places enormous stress on many of them, which not only affects their personal happiness and career sa…
March 20, 2023

A Champion for the Rule of Law at Home and Abroad: Massachusetts Lawyer and Retired Justice Robert J. Cordy

Democracies are fragile things. Many of us who pay attention have watched democracies rise and fall. So far, American democracy has survived attempts to weaken it, but no one can guarantee its continued survival. Two of the …