Weld to join Boston law firm

BOSTON -- William Weld, who quit last month as head of the Justice Department's criminal division because of controversies surrounding Attorney General Edwin Meese, will join the prestigious law firm of Hale & Dorr.

Weld, the former U.S. attorney in Boston between 1981 and 1986, said Tuesday night that he will begin work as a civil litigator and defense attorney for the top city law firm next week.


A Republican, Weld refused to discuss his political future in Massachusetts. Local GOP leaders say he would be a strong candidate for governor or the U.S. Senate in 1990.

Weld said he also planned to teach a course at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government on criminal law and public policy, the Herald reported.

Weld said that at Hale & Dorr, he plans to specialize in the field of white-collar crime.

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