Pioneer Institute’s new law center will focus on educational opportunity, economic freedom and responsible government


BOSTON, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Retired U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Frank J. Bailey become the first president of PioneerLegal

The Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce the formation of PioneerLegal, the first such nonprofit public interest law firm in New England, to advocate and promote educational options, responsible government, and economic opportunity. in the North East.

“We aim to build a strong community of professionals committed to leveraging the law to advance equal opportunity and accountable, responsive government,” said Brackett Denniston, president of PioneerLegal. “And we will push back against government entities when they unreasonably limit the right of individuals to develop businesses and jobs in the New England area.”

PioneerLegal’s work will be guided by three main principles:

  • Educational opportunities are of paramount importance in a fair and merit-based society.
  • Government power must be transparent, accountable and protective of citizens’ rights.
  • Markets free from unwarranted intrusions and a robust business and labor market offer the greatest opportunities to the greatest number.

PioneerLegal will achieve its mission through legal research, amicus briefs and litigation.

PioneerLegal will also offer informative and educational programs related to litigation, provide research on important legal issues and sponsor educational programs.

Judge Frank J. Bailey, retiring later this year, will become PioneerLegal’s first president. This was made public by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts in a press release on February 15, 2022.

“The recruitment of Justice Bailey, along with the reputation of our Board members as unbiased professionals of character and expertise, speaks volumes about the quality of work and the impact you will see from PioneerLegal,” Denniston said.

PioneerLegal is led by legal professionals of the highest reputation. In addition to Denniston, Goodwin Procterits board of directors includes:

  • jonathan albanoMorgan Lewis
  • Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts Robert Cordy, Will McDermott & Emery
  • R Scott HendersonBank of America
  • Frank JimenezGE Healthcare
  • Marc MatuschakWilmer Hale
  • Lisa RickardUnited States, Chamber of Commerce
  • Elke TrillaSullivan and Worcester
  • Stan TwardyPitney Day

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such high caliber legal professionals,” said the executive director of the Pioneer Institute. Jim Stergios. “This council will direct an agenda focused on maintaining constitutional government, ensuring economic opportunity for all workers and entrepreneurs, and educational opportunity for all children.”

The Institute began incubating a legal initiative in 2015, with notable involvement in cases such as Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue (U.S. Supreme Court, June 2020), Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (2019) and Anderson v. Healy (2018). With the establishment of PioneerLegal as a nonpartisan organization governed by legal professionals, the Institute will be able to advance strategic litigation in support of its mission.

Throughout its history, the Pioneer Institute has been instrumental in the creation of various social entrepreneurship organizations, including the Charter Schools Resource Center, which in 2002 was established as Building Excellent Schools, a 501(k) organization. c)(3) focused on forming high quality charter schools. entrepreneurs across the country and the Partnership for Massachusetts’ Future, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization.

More information about PioneerLegal can be found at

A video announcement is also available on PioneerLegal.

The Pioneer Institute is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit research institute. Pioneer’s vibrant civic life in Massachusetts and beyond. Pioneer’s vision of success is a state and nation where our people can prosper and our society can prosper because we enjoy world-class options in education, health care, transportation and economic opportunity, and where our government is limited, accountable and transparent. Pioneer values ​​an America where our citizens are well-educated and willing to test our beliefs based on facts and the free exchange of ideas, and committed to freedom, personal responsibility and free enterprise.

PioneerLegal is a nonprofit, nonpartisan legal research and public policy litigation entity organized under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. PioneerLegal is a nonpartisan public interest law firm that defends and promotes educational options, responsible government, and economic opportunity in the Northeast. Through legal actions, including litigation, and public education, PioneerLegal strives to preserve and enhance the freedoms grounded in the constitutions and civil rights laws of United States and the individual New England states.

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Micaela DawsonPioneer Institute, 6177232277, [email protected]


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