The December meeting of the Board of Directors of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) held on Tuesday, December 21, was set aside to recognize the accomplishments of the organization during the year.
Awards were presented to the Todd & Weld team of attorneys and the firm who were recognized for their “dedicated, generous and spirited efforts to advance the preservation, protection and promotion of the right of every person in our community to have a place to call home.” The team, consisting of Howard Cooper, Heidi Nadel, Megan Deluhery and Julie Schreiner-Oldham of Todd & Weld, represented SMOC in achieving a $1 Million settlement in a landmark civil rights suit against the Town of Framingham. In addition, the firm made a substantial contribution of legal services on a pro bono basis to the effort.
Todd & Weld's contribution in helping those less fortunate was recognized by James Hanrahan of Bowditch & Dewey who has been counsel to SMOC for 25 years. James T. Cuddy, Executive Director of SMOC, gave special congratulations to the team and stated that each person receiving an award should relish the satisfaction of having contributed, each in his/her own way, to helping “light pierce the darkness” of those much less fortunate.