This Charity

This Fund was established by a broad cross section of Massachusetts lawyers who are convinced that it is essential that our profession supports the brave and dedicated people who are in the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus has wreaked unprecedented devastation upon the health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, our country, and throughout the world.

As the per capita death rate and confirmed infected rate in Massachusetts have climbed to among the highest in the nation;

As this disease has insidiously spread through our most vulnerable populations including our citizens in long term care facilities;

As the number of total Massachusetts cases continues to climb;

As our hospital admissions continue to climb;

One thing remains constant – the BRAVERY, DEDICATION, AND SACRIFICE of those caring for us; those on the front lines that are putting their lives and mental health at risk; and those first responders who day after day and night after night go into homes to transport the sick and dying.

Nurses, allied health professionals, and staff are treating these patients and maintain the facilities at substantial risk to themselves.   By necessity, they are filling the void for families who have been unable to tend to their loved ones at the time of their greatest need and during their final hours.

We entreat the lawyers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help our professional counterparts in medicine through this fund.  Massachusetts has a storied history in both law and medicine and has shown throughout the years how our two professions have supported each other in times of crisis.  This is one of those times.  We need to support our friends in the medical profession who are now doing so much for all of our citizens.

This Fund was established by a broad cross section of Massachusetts lawyers who are convinced that it is essential that our profession supports the brave and dedicated people who are in the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus has wreaked unprecedented devastation upon the health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, our country, and throughout the world.

As the per capita death rate and confirmed infected rate in Massachusetts have climbed to among the highest in the nation;

As this disease has insidiously spread through our most vulnerable populations including our citizens in long term care facilities;

As the number of total Massachusetts cases continues to climb;

As our hospital admissions continue to climb;

One thing remains constant – the BRAVERY, DEDICATION, AND SACRIFICE of those caring for us; those on the front lines that are putting their lives and mental health at risk; and those first responders who day after day and night after night go into homes to transport the sick and dying.

Nurses, allied health professionals, and staff are treating these patients and maintain the facilities at substantial risk to themselves.   By necessity, they are filling the void for families who have been unable to tend to their loved ones at the time of their greatest need and during their final hours.

We entreat the lawyers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help our professional counterparts in medicine through this fund.  Massachusetts has a storied history in both law and medicine and has shown throughout the years how our two professions have supported each other in times of crisis.  This is one of those times.  We need to support our friends in the medical profession who are now doing so much for all of our citizens.

Deep History of Personal Ties

Massachusetts can, with some measure of pride, lay claim to being the birthplace of law, of liberty, and of modern medicine, as we know it.  Over the centuries, our two professions have developed a deep mutual respect.  Each has benefited greatly from the support of the other.  In this spirit, the legal profession now seeks to help our friends who are on the front lines in the fight against a deadly disease.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, the oldest continuously operating medical society in the United States, was established as a professional association of physicians by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in an Act of Incorporation, Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1781, just days after Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown.  Dr. William Whiting, who served in the famed Massachusetts Line, was one of the charter members.  Dr. Whiting later became Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Berkshire County and represented Berkshire in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention in January of 1788.

The Ether Dome in the Bullfinch Building of Massachusetts General Hospital was the site of the first public demonstration of the successful use of a surgical anesthetic (ether) in 1846 during a surgical procedure by John Collins Warren.

Boston City Hospital, which started treating patients in 1864, was the first municipal hospital in the United States.  Throughout its history, Boston City Hospital has heroically treated the neediest of Boston’s citizens.

The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center was founded in 1894 as a hospital ship bringing fresh air to the treatment of sick and impoverished children when little was known about the unique medical needs of children.  The community responded generously to support this floating hospital and made it a reality.

The Boston Lying-In Hospital, one of the first hospitals in the nation dedicated to the care of pregnant women, was founded in 1832 through the generous donation of $5,000 out of surplus money from the Massachusetts Fire Society.  It later merged with other hospitals to become the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

In 1843, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., father of the great Supreme Court Justice, published a detailed study proving that Puerperal Fever, which was killing women in childbirth, was caused by a contagion carried from patient to patient by treating doctors.  He urged that the profession adopt new sanitary practices, including thorough hand-washing between patients.  His research and recommendations echo today as we fight another contagion.

And the list goes on to include Saint Vincent Hospital and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, and countless other hospitals throughout the Commonwealth.  Massachusetts is world-renowned for its healthcare institutions.  Dedicated healthcare workers have allowed each of these facilities to function while working tirelessly to treat the citizens of the Commonwealth at considerable risk to their physical and mental health during this pandemic.

First responders, including Boston EMS as well as private carriers, have been on the front lines, day and night, during this crisis.

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, whose principal drafter was attorney John Adams, became effective in 1780 and remains the oldest functioning written constitution in the world and served as a model for the United States Constitution.

Understanding that protecting life and liberty as embodied in our Constitution is inextricably tied to protecting the health of its citizens, the purpose of this charitable corporation is to provide a vehicle for the lawyers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and like-minded individuals wherever they reside, and whatever they do, to thank and support through donations, the first responders and caretakers who have dedicated their efforts to serving the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts can, with some measure of pride, lay claim to being the birthplace of law, of liberty, and of modern medicine, as we know it.  Over the centuries, our two professions have developed a deep mutual respect.  Each has benefited greatly from the support of the other.  In this spirit, the legal profession now seeks to help our friends who are on the front lines in the fight against a deadly disease.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, the oldest continuously operating medical society in the United States, was established as a professional association of physicians by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in an Act of Incorporation, Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1781, just days after Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown.  Dr. William Whiting, who served in the famed Massachusetts Line, was one of the charter members.  Dr. Whiting later became Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Berkshire County and represented Berkshire in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention in January of 1788.

The Ether Dome in the Bullfinch Building of Massachusetts General Hospital was the site of the first public demonstration of the successful use of a surgical anesthetic (ether) in 1846 during a surgical procedure by John Collins Warren.

Boston City Hospital, which started treating patients in 1864, was the first municipal hospital in the United States.  Throughout its history, Boston City Hospital has heroically treated the neediest of Boston’s citizens.

The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center was founded in 1894 as a hospital ship bringing fresh air to the treatment of sick and impoverished children when little was known about the unique medical needs of children.  The community responded generously to support this floating hospital and made it a reality.

The Boston Lying-In Hospital, one of the first hospitals in the nation dedicated to the care of pregnant women, was founded in 1832 through the generous donation of $5,000 out of surplus money from the Massachusetts Fire Society.  It later merged with other hospitals to become the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

In 1843, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., father of the great Supreme Court Justice, published a detailed study proving that Puerperal Fever, which was killing women in childbirth, was caused by a contagion carried from patient to patient by treating doctors.  He urged that the profession adopt new sanitary practices, including thorough hand-washing between patients.  His research and recommendations echo today as we fight another contagion.

And the list goes on to include Saint Vincent Hospital and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, and countless other hospitals throughout the Commonwealth.  Massachusetts is world-renowned for its healthcare institutions.  Dedicated healthcare workers have allowed each of these facilities to function while working tirelessly to treat the citizens of the Commonwealth at considerable risk to their physical and mental health during this pandemic.

First responders, including Boston EMS as well as private carriers, have been on the front lines, day and night, during this crisis.

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, whose principal drafter was attorney John Adams, became effective in 1780 and remains the oldest functioning written constitution in the world and served as a model for the United States Constitution.

Understanding that protecting life and liberty as embodied in our Constitution is inextricably tied to protecting the health of its citizens, the purpose of this charitable corporation is to provide a vehicle for the lawyers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and like-minded individuals wherever they reside, and whatever they do, to thank and support through donations, the first responders and caretakers who have dedicated their efforts to serving the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.