Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, Inc.


November 8, 2014 - PLLDF board members, enjoying an outing at Phil Moran's house, received their new PLLDF T-shirts.

October 20, 2014
 - PLLDF President Bob Joyce joined with Boston College Law School Lex Vitae members Hanford Chiu and Larissa Warren at the sixth annual Pro Bono Fair for Attorneys and Law students sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and Suffolk University Law School. Students and attorneys were shown PLLDF's website, copies of its amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case (and PLLD's new T-shirt). Thirteen law students and young attorneys signed up to receive additional information about PLLDF.

April 11, 2014 - The PLLDF annual Century Dinner was held at the Boston Marriott Newton on April 11, 2014. PLLDF presented Attorney Mark Rienzi with the Thomas More award for all of his contributions to the defense of life. This year alone, Attorney Rienzi has been active before the U.S. Supreme Court for not only the challenge to the Massachusetts buffer zone law, but also to obtain an injunction protecting the religious freedom of the Little Sisters of the Poor.


In front of a crowded room of attentive guests, Attorney Rienzi spoke to the importance of perseverance and defense of the most vulnerable persons. Attorney Rienzi, as well as PLLDF President Bob Joyce and Board Member Dwight Duncan, also emphasized the importance of the law students in attendance and the need to support the future of the pro-life legal community.


Here are some pictures of the Century Dinner:


March 29, 2014 – On 3/29/14, MCFL held its annual pro-life convention at Assumption College in Worcester. Attendees were treated an impressive array of speakers who presented pro-life developments from the medical, educational, legal and religious perspectives. It was a most helpful day for all participants!


PLLDF board member, Professor Dwight Duncan, and former member and acting president, Henry Luthin, addressed the audience on legal issues involving religious freedom and doctor prescribed suicide. A lively question and answer period followed each presentation. 

For more information about these presentations, please read "PLLDF Speaks at MCFL Convention."

Below are some pictures of Professor Dwight Duncan and Attorney Henry Luthin addressing the crowd at the Convention:


January 26, 2014 On Sunday 1/26/14, the Massachusetts Citizens for Life held its 41st Assembly for Life in The Great Hall located in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall. Faneuil Hall has been the situs of speeches by many historic personages such as Samuel Adams, Daniel Webster, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and others.


At this particular event, two seasoned and successful PLLDF Board Members, Francis H. Fox, Esq. and Philip D. Moran, Esq., delivered enlightening keynote speeches involving the First Amendment and pro-life issues.


Francis H. Fox, Esq. spoke about his involvement in FEC v. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc. (1986), arguably the most important election law case in the last half of the 20th Century, which allows distribution of candidate positions.


Philip D. Moran, Esq., discussed the McCullen v. Coakley case, argued before the United States Supreme Court on January 15, 2014, which challenged the constitutionality of the Massachusetts “buffer zone” law.


Here are some pictures taken during and after the assembly:

January 15, 2014 - McCullen, et al v. Coakley, et al, was argued before the United States Supreme Court by former PLLDF Board Member, Mark Rienzi, Esq. This case, also known as the Buffer Zone case, was a constitutional challenge to the Massachusetts law expanding the buffer zone around abortion clinics to 35 feet. Present PLLDF Board Member, Philip D. Moran, Esq., was also a counsel of record in that case.

Attorney Rienzi exhibited brilliant oral advocacy to the Court.


On behalf of the Petitioners, Attorney Rienzi pointed out to the Court that public sidewalks have occupied a special position in First Amendment analysis. At one point, when Justice Breyer asked for help with regarding the extent to which there is “a matter of very broad principle here,” Attorney Rienzi responded: “So the matter of very broad principle is that a law that makes it illegal to even engage in consensual conversation, quiet conversation, on a public sidewalk, an act that makes that a criminal act for which Mrs. McCullen can go to prison, I think, is not permissible under the First Amendment.”


The oral argument audio file and the written transcript can be found below.

PLLDF President, Robert W. Joyce, Esq. attended the argument with Board Member Bridget Fay as well as two members of the Lex Vitae Society at Boston College Law School.

Here are some pictures taken before and after the argument session: