PioneerLegal convenes experts across all practices to educate the public about the most timely issues. Topics have included school choice, tax reform, federalism, and more.

Carson v. Makin Supreme Court Case Virtual Briefing

In December 2021, Pioneer hosted a policy briefing on Carson v. Makin, an important religious schooling case out of Maine, which we hope will be another victory for school choice in the wake of Espinoza. Pioneer’s Director of Education, Jamie Gass, was joined by Mike Gilleran, partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, and co-author of Pioneer’s amicus briefs for both Espinoza and Carson cases, the first of which was cited by Justice Alito in his concurring opinion, and Jason Bedrick, director of policy at EdChoice, and author of Pioneer’s school-choice state toolkits, successfully used to help legislators adopt new, post-Espinoza laws in 10 jurisdictions so far.

Systemic Failure in Special Needs Funding for Private School Students

On April 8th, 2021, Pioneer Institute hosted a webinar on how to ensure school districts allocate sufficient federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds for students with learning differences who attend private schools. Featured speakers: Tom Olson and Steve Perla (Principal Partners of ADAC), Nancy Kriegel (Executive Director of Yad Chessed), Kate McConnell (Director of Inclusive Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago), Jason Bedrick (Director of Policy for EdChoice), with introductory remarks from Jamie Gass, PioneerEducation Director. The topic was based on Pioneer’s new report: “Bad IDEA: How States Block Federal Special Education Funding to Private and Religious School Students.”

Reflections On The Bench

On February 7th, 2017, recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy joined Pioneer Institute to engage in conversation with his former clerks to discuss a range of topics, including insights on how the Court made decisions behind-the-scenes during the Justice’s 15-year tenure, legal highlights of the Court during that period and what the Justice believes the future holds for the Court given its historic transformation under the administration of Governor Charlie Baker. An audience question-and-answer opportunity followed the discussion.

What Tax Reform Means for Massachusetts and the National Economy

On April 24th, 2018, Pioneer hosted a breakfast event on “What Tax Reform Means for Massachusetts and the National Economy” at the Omni Parker House in Boston. Pioneer partnered with WilmerHale and Deloitte to present this event.  Deloitte provided two of their top national tax experts (former senior Treasury Department officials) and WilmerHale provided two Boston-based partners who are tax experts.        


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