Thomas J. Carey, Jr.

Mr. Carey has been on the Adjunct Faculty for more than a decade, teaching a seminar in Appellate Advocacy and working with various moot court programs. He is in private practice specializing in civil and criminal appeals, state or federal, while keeping a hand in general practice. He has offices in Brookline [(617) 731-0890] and Hingham [(781) 740-1234]. Mr. Carey has had a long association with the school as a student, faculty member, and active alumnus.

Mr. Carey received his AB in government from Boston College in 1962. He took his LLB (J.D.) from Boston College Law School in 1965, receiving several academic awards including Order of the Coif, Lawyer’s Co-operative Publishing Awards for Highest Grades in Equity, Labor Law and Taxation, First Prize in the Old Colony Trust Estate Planning Contest, the Law Review Editors Award, and the Publications Trust Award, "presented occasionally to honor student writing of outstanding quality and scholarship" published in the law review. He also holds an LLM degree from Harvard Law School, which he attended on fellowship in 1967.

Mr. Carey was a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew A. Caffrey, and the Honorable Frank J. Murray, Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He spent a decade in full-time law teaching at Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, teaching courses in Federal Courts, Constitutional Law, Equity, Torts, Commercial Law, Agency and Partnership, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and the Urban Legal Laboratory clinical course. He also served as an advisor to national moot court teams and second year moot court programs. He has coached national championship teams in the National Moot Court Competition and the National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.

In government service, Mr. Carey was the Appellate Attorney for the Major Violators Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1976 to 1979. He was responsible for all briefs on appeal in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. He also worked with the trial attorneys and prepared trial memorandums in selected cases. This was a federally funded, model program to deal with recidivists and serious felonies, mostly involving violent offenses and street crimes. The conviction rate was high, the sentences long, and the appeals numerous.

Mr. Carey has long been active in the Massachusetts Bar Association and has often been a panelist on bar association programs. He also sits regularly on moot court arguments at local law schools. He was the founding chair of the MBA’s current Appellate Courts Bench-Bar Committee and continues as a member of the Committee. He also serves on the Appellate Courts Information Technology Committee of the Massachusetts Courts. He recently served on the MBA’s Amicus Task Force and its Task Force on the Judicial Conduct Commission. Mr. Carey is a former chair of the Probate Law section and serves on the joint BBA-MBA Committee on the Proposed Massachusetts Probate Code, now pending before the Massachusetts legislature. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, an honor extended by invitation "to select Massachusetts lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their communities."

Mr. Carey lives in the Town of Hingham where he is active in civic affairs. He is a Trustee of the Hingham Land Conservation Trust. He is currently serving on the Town’s Advisory Committee. He previously chaired the Town’s Personnel Board and was a member of its Historic Districts Commission. He led a task force that recommended capital improvements for town government operations and expansion of the Public Library, shepherding the proposal through Town Meeting and an override election. He then chaired the building committee that successfully converted a vacant school building into an award winning Town Hall, Senior Center, and Police Station. In 1998, the Hingham Journal named him Citizen of the Year.

When asked about his qualifications to teach a law school course on brief writing, Mr. Carey usually responds that he is the father of the novelist Lisa Carey (Boston College ’92) and can always count on her for help.