Jason G. Happel

Seminar Leader, Director

Experience & Activities

I have been teaching and lawyering in the Boston area for many years. My current work involves coaching attorneys on building limited scope representation practices to help expand the access to legal services; and I have spent most of my time in the last few years engaged in estate planning and administration. In the past, I have taught comparative law, political philosophy, and Shakespeare in various settings, including international seminars sponsored by Brandeis University (BGI) for Russian-speaking students around the world, a course on Western philosophy for Thompson Learning, and lectured on great books for Newton’s community education program, where I served as the adult program coordinator.

“When evening has come, I return to my house and go into my study. At the door, I take off my clothes of the day, covered with mud and mire, and I put on my regal and courtly garments; and decently reclothed, I enter the an­cient courts of ancient men, where, received by them lovingly, I feed on the food that alone is mine and that I was born for. There I am not ashamed to speak with them and to ask them the reason for their actions, and they in their humanity reply to me. And for the space of four hours I feel no boredom, I forget every pain, I do not fear poverty, death does not frighten me. I deliver myself entirely to them.” (Machiavelli, Letter to Francesco Vettori, 1513)