LEOMINSTER – Street and Practical Law students at Leominster High School were treated to a visit from Associate Justice David Lowy of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts earlier this month.
Lowy, an attorney, academic and jurist, was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Gov. Charlie Baker on Aug. 24, 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1983 and later graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1987.
“To host Justice Lowy and having him speak to my students was a graduate school level experience that kept students’ attention and engagement,” said Leominster High School social studies and law teacher René Lafayette. “It was an incredible opportunity for the LHS community to hear a jurist and teacher present without notes but manage to interweave Hume, John Adams, De Tocqueville, Mark Twain and Tennyson in his comments, all the while making connections on the topics of his remarks.”
His appearance coincided with the school’s Constitution Day on Sept. 19. Lowy first spoke to the assembled law students and, later, answered questions ranging from what inspired him to become a lawyer to what he enjoys the most about his position as one of seven members of the commonwealth’s highest court.
Lafayette said the well-respected justice “addressed the need for an independent judiciary and the need for a return to civility in American society.”
“The only way that our Constitutional Republic can survive is with an engaged, educated electorate. We need an inspired electorate,” Lowy said to those gathered. “We don’t live in a ‘perfect union’ and the work of liberty is not done.”
While speaking about the need for civility in society, Lowy said “we need to listen to people we disagree with. We don’t need to stay in our echo chambers but rather disagree with people to their faces, not behind their backs.”
LHS Principal Joshua Romano and Assistant Principal David Bachant also attended Lowy’s presentation along with Center for Technical Education Innovation Director Daniel Bachant and CTEI Assistant Principal Christopher Kyne.