“Swirling through the halls of Boston’s juvenile court, lawyer Rick Dyer, 58, glad-hands everyone from bailiffs to judges. With his trademark backpack flung casually over his crisp blue suit, he stops to huddle with a group that includes a probation officer and a social worker. They are discussing Dyer’s client, a troubled 16-year-old from Somalia…”
“Grammy award-winning singer Patti Austin’s life has been filled with mentors and now she wants to give back by making a difference in the lives of young people. ‘Mentoring is what we’re supposed to do,’ Austin said. ‘It’s what we should be doing.’”
“Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has already made history by becoming the first African-American governor in that state’s history and he may one day soon be faced with the opportunity to make history again. He’s being urged to appoint former felon Richard Dyer to a Juvenile or District Court judgeship.”
Rick shares his thoughts and takes calls on the subject of “Connecting with Recovery” on FM 96.9, WTKK Radio’s “Right Turn with Woody and Abbey,” a radio call in show whose motto is “Bringing a Voice to the Human Side of Addiction.” The show is available for download and streaming from 969bostontalks.com (please scroll down to Segments 1-4, 1/29/2012).
The Gosnold Way
Gosnold on Cape Cod interviewed my son Eric and photographed my son, daughter Leah and I – all in recovery – for an article on Alumni families. The Dyers are truly a family in recovery, as my son eloquently writes in the Spring 2013 Gosnold Newsletter.
Rick Dyer is featured as a legendary local paying it forward. “We do recover, recovery works, we recover better as a community”. Rick’s return to his community better helps remove the cultural stigma attached to addiction/recovery and opens the door for others to serve their community.
Rick’s story has been selected by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to appear in the nationally distributed “Recovery Month Toolkit.” The Toolkit is issued to more than 140 federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as to non-profits, for the purpose of promoting National Recovery Month, which occurs annually in September. Rick’s profile will be featured in the September, 2011 Toolkit available from www.recoverymonth.gov.
MA Lawyers Weekly
“Richard J. Dyer speaks to his new client through the bars of an all-too-familiar Brighton District Court holding cell. The Newton lawyer begins the conversation in the dingy hallway by telling the 51-year-old man, who’s waiting to be arraigned on heroin possession charges, that it’s a pleasure to meet him.”
Rick Dyer's Long JourneyMassachusetts Lawyers Journal
Rick is profiled in depth in an article for Massachusetts Lawyers Journal.