Davis Malm shareholder Tom Fitzpatrick, was part of a delegation representing the City of Boston in its annual visit to the Belfast International Homecoming conference, October 12-14 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The trip supported the 2014 Boston/Belfast Sister City Agreement, which aims to foster educational exchanges, promote cultural understanding, and stimulate economic development. The visit included a legal symposium at which Tom spoke on the topic of “stop and frisk” police encounters with citizens and the Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision in Commonwealth v. Warren, as part of a greater discussion on human rights.

Mr. Fitzpatrick serves as outside counsel to the City of Boston and has been a member of the City’s delegations traveling to Belfast as part of the Sister City Agreement, which the two cities entered into in 2014 for the purpose of fostering educational exchanges, promoting cultural understanding, and stimulating economic development.

About Boston’s Sister City Programs
Boston’s Sister City programs operate as non-profit, independent organizations, and are heavily dependent on voluntary support and contributions. During the 1950s, citizens and government officials recognized the importance of developing closer international relations, and the search for a Sister City began. The success of this program prompted the development of other goodwill sister relations. To date, Boston has established ten Sister City relationships: Kyoto, Japan; Strasbourg, France; Barcelona, Spain; Hangzhou, China; Padua, Italy; Melbourne, Australia; Taipei, Taiwan; Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Praia, Cape Verde.

Belfast is Boston’s 9th international Sister City relationship and the first of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration. At a ceremony sponsored by the Irish American Partnership, Mayor Walsh and Belfast’s Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir signed the agreement that will continue to build stronger economic development, trade and investment, tourism, youth, cultural, and educational linkages between the two cities.

For more information contact: Joanne Thorud; (617) 589-3894; jthorud@davismalm.com

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