Harvard Law Couples Association Provides Food, Wine, Fellowship for Harvard Couples

BY NATHAN ENDRUD

Sir Thomas Moore Law Couples Dinner.
Sir Thomas Moore speaks at the dinner.

With fine white tablecloths covering the tables of Hark South, 33 couples from the Harvard Law Couples Association (HLCA) enjoyed a splendid three course meal with wine at the 3rd annual Sir Thomas Moore Law Couples Dinner on Saturday, February 10. The gala was made possible by the generosity of Sir Thomas R. Moore (HLS ’57), who established a fund for the annual event and attended this year’s dinner. According to Sir Thomas, who married his late wife of almost 50 years while he was a student at HLS, the purpose of the gift was to provide a night of “good fellowship, good food, and good wine” for couples experiencing the challenge of maintaining healthy relationships under the often trying conditions of attending HLS.

After being formally introduced, Moore shared a few minutes’ remarks with the guests, followed by a brief question and answer period. Attendees learned that he was knighted Sir Thomas by Queen Elizabeth II after researching and writing Plantagenet Descent: 31 Generations from William the Conqueror to Today, which details the royal lineage to which he belongs. While at HLS, Moore won first prize in the moot court competition and taught tax law to international students during his third year. He has lived and practiced in New York City since graduation, first as an associate at Dewey Ballantine, later as a senior partner at Breed, Abbott & Morgan, and today as a sole practitioner handling litigation, tax, and estate planning matters.

The Moore dinner is one of the many great opportunities HLCA provides for couples to relax and have a good time together. The social organization fulfills two important purposes for HLS students with partners or spouses. First, it allows them to meet other similarly situated students. Second, it allows their spouses or partners to feel like a part of the HLS community. Major events during the 2006-07 year have included a kick-off dinner, apple picking, an outing to John Harvard’s, a Halloween party, a Celtics game, a holiday party, a BSO community concert, and, of course, the Sir Thomas Moore Dinner. Likely remaining events include a game night, maple sugaring, a theatre outing, and an end-of-the-year party.

HLCA has about 60 couples on its mailing list, approximately 40 of whom are actively involved in the group’s activities. A children’s club meets monthly for those with kids, a women’s club meets twice a month, and there has been some discussion about forming a men’s club, too. If you are interested in learning more about the group or adding your name to the mailing list, please contact HLCA President Kirsten Endrud at kendrud@comcast.net.

Nathan Endrud is a 2L.

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