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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Commercial Lawyer
Presidential Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Clam Strips Lobster, Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Always Be On The Look Out For Opportunity. Don't Turn A Deft Ear Or A Blind Eye To It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/18/1941
Birth Location:
Springfield, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Commercial Lawyer
Presidential Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Clam Strips Lobster, Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Always Be On The Look Out For Opportunity. Don't Turn A Deft Ear Or A Blind Eye To It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/18/1941
Birth Location:
Springfield
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Biography

Attorney Wayne Anthony Budd was born on November 18, 1941 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Educated in Springfield public schools, Budd graduated from Cathedral High School in 1959. In 1963, he received an A.B. degree cum laude in economics from Boston College. Between 1963 and 1967, he worked in the Industrial Relations Department at Ford Motor Company while attending law school at night. He attended Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit and received a J.D. degree in 1967.

Following his law school graduation, Budd served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston from 1968 to 1969. During that same time period, he developed a private law practice.

Budd also served as president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. In 1979, he became the first African American to head the Massachusetts Bar as President and at that time he was the youngest (at age 38) president of any state bar association.

Appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, Budd served as Associate Attorney General of the United States. He oversaw the Civil Rights, Environmental, Tax, Civil and Anti-Trust Divisions at the Department of Justice, as well as the Bureau of Prisons. From 1989 to 1992, he worked as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, serving as the state’s chief federal prosecutor and representing the federal government in all matters involving civil litigation. During this time, he was recognized for his efforts in combating drugs, street crime and gang violence. Budd also served as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, appointed to that position in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

Budd is currently senior counsel in the law firm Goodwin Proctor in Boston, Massachusetts, where he specializes in business and commercial litigation. Budd had previ¬ously been a senior partner at Goodwin Proctor from 1993 to 1996.

Prior to rejoining Goodwin Proctor in 2004, Budd served as Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at John Hancock Financial Services, where he was responsible for directing all of the company’s legal activities as well as over¬seeing the compliance, human resources, governmental affairs and community relations. Before joining Hancock, Budd was Group President-New England at Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon Communications) where he was respon¬sible for policy, regulatory and legislative functions for the New England states served by Bell Atlantic.

Budd has served numerous government, public service, educa¬tional and business entities including serving as Commissioner and Chairman of the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission (1972 – 1989); as a Trustee of Boston College (1980 - 1997); as Director (former Vice—Chair) of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; and as a member of the National Board of the American Automobile Association.

Budd is the father of three daughters--Kim, a lawyer, born in 1966; Kristi, a teacher, born in 1968; and Kern, a nurse, born in 1970.

Budd was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 5, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wayne Budd lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wayne Budd describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wayne Budd describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wayne Budd describes his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wayne Budd describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne Budd describes his maternal family's involvement in the Underground Railroad
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne Budd recalls his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wayne Budd lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wayne Budd describes his wife and children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Wayne Budd describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne Budd remembers his childhood neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne Budd describes his early education in African American history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne Budd describes his family life during childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne Budd recalls the smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne Budd remembers DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne Budd recalls Springfield's Myrtle Street Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne Budd recalls his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wayne Budd remembers Springfield's Cathedral High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wayne Budd recalls his summer employment in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Wayne Budd remembers his decision to attend Boston College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Wayne Budd recalls his experience at Boston College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Wayne Budd recalls being recruited to work at Ford Motor Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Wayne Budd describes his experiences at Wayne State University Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne Budd recalls a professor at Wayne State University Law School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne Budd recalls a professor at Wayne State University Law School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne Budd remembers working at Ford Motor Company while studying law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wayne Budd describes his decision to return to Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne Budd remembers his early law career in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne Budd recalls joining the law firm of Hamilton and Lampson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne Budd remembers establishing a law firm with Tom Reilly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wayne Budd recalls his organizational involvements
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Wayne Budd recalls serving as the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Wayne Budd recalls becoming an associate attorney general of the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Wayne Budd remembers directing the Rodney King investigation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne Budd recalls serving as the United States associate attorney general
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne Budd recalls serving on the United States Sentencing Commission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne Budd recalls working for Goodwin, Procter and Hoar LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne Budd recalls working for NYNEX Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne Budd describes his community involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne Budd describes his hobbies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wayne Budd talks about his oldest daughter's law career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wayne Budd recalls working as general counsel to John Hancock Financial Services Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Wayne Budd describes his accomplishments at John Hancock Financial Services Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Wayne Budd describes his responsibilities at Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Wayne Budd describes his hobbies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Wayne Budd lists his board memberships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Wayne Budd describes his hopes for Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wayne Budd reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wayne Budd describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wayne Budd talks about the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wayne Budd shares his advice for African Americans interested in law careers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wayne Budd describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wayne Budd narrates his photographs