John Fenton receives honorary degree

Suffolk University Law School awarded the Honorable John E. Fenton Jr., of Andover an honorary Doctor of Laws at commencement exercises on Sunday, May 22 at the Boston Convention Center.

Fenton, a professor of law and former dean, has been involved with Suffolk University Law School for more than 50 years and has a longstanding reputation both for his leadership and as an exceptional teacher who combines humor with intellectual rigor in the classroom, according to the school.

He served as Suffolk Law School dean from 1995 to 1999, when he was named Distinguished Professor of Law.

The law school has recognized Fenton's contributions with many awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Student Bar Association, the Suffolk University Law Review's first Distinguished Service Award, and Special Recognition and Lifetime Achievement awards from the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association.

The school's most prestigious public service award program bears his name. Suffolk University awarded him the Heritage Medallion for his distinguished service during its 2006 Centennial celebration.

He began his legal career as a first lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army. After completing his service, Fenton returned to private practice in Massachusetts. He began teaching at Suffolk Law in 1957.

In 1974, Fenton was appointed an associate justice for the Massachusetts Land Court. He later became chief justice of that court before being appointed chief administrative justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court.

Fenton has served on many community and non-profit boards, including as chair and trustee of Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, governor of the Caritas Christi Health Care System, and trustee of Emerson College.

Fenton graduated cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross. He received a JD from Boston College Law School and an LLM from Harvard Law School.

Paicopolos serves on BoSox Club Board

Ernie Paicopolos has begun his seventh year serving on the Board of Directors of the BoSox Club.

Paicopolos, who lives in Andover, chairs the board's Online Committee and is also active on the Strategic Planning Committee. Andover residents also may be familiar with his FenwayNation.com website that receives 4 million hits a year.

Founded in 1967, the BoSox Club is a non-profit booster club that supports the Boston Red Sox. In addition to providing activities such as luncheons with direct access to players and personnel, the club takes an active role in supporting such charities as the Red Sox Foundation, the Jimmy Fund and the Foundation to be Named Later. One of the most popular BoSox events is its Annual Family Day, where members are treated to a player-run baseball seminar and tickets to a summer game. Membership information is available at BoSoxClub.com.

Brody honored with Tzedek Award

Jonathan Brody of Andover was recognized with a New England area United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) Tzedek Award at the Alan Karlsberg Tzedek Awards Luncheon at Temple Reyim in Newton on May 1.

This event paid tribute to the many volunteers in their synagogues who, in the model of the late Alan Karlsberg, a past president of the New England region, give of themselves without seeking recognition to maintain and strengthen their congregations.

The selection of Brody acknowledged his continued devotion and commitment to Congregation Beth Israel, Andover. Brody has held many posts during his years of membership at Beth Israel, including immediate past president, treasurer, and chairman of many committees and fundraising events.

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