Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
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The HOD meeting was held yesterday at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem.


House of Delegates fills two vacancies, endorses REBA lawsuit

The Nov. 19 House of Delegates filled two open positions for at-large delegates and unanimously endorsed filing an amicus brief supporting the Real Estate Bar Association in a lawsuit over the practice of law. The meeting was held at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem.

HOD selected John  J. Carroll Jr. and Alice B. Braunstein to fill open positions as at-large delegates from 13 candidates. In brief introductions, the candidates highlighted their qualifications and addressed their reasons for running.

Braunstein noted that she gave up the chance to repeat as an at-large delegate to serve on the MBA’s Nominating Committee because she felt it was more important to help select future leaders of the MBA. She had previously served as an at-large delegate, a Region 9 delegate and served on the Executive Management Board and Civil Litigation Section Council. She said she was concerned about building the membership of the MBA.

Carroll, who was recently honored with the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s President’s Award, praised HOD’s role as the governing body of the MBA.

“This house is the conscience of the legal community,” he said.

HOD unanimously voted in favor of filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the Real Estate Bar Association’s lawsuit against an out-of-state company that provides closing services in real estate transactions. REBA President Paul F. Alphen said the lawsuit was filed to protect both consumers and the practice of law from groups looking to replace roles traditionally played by attorneys, such as real estate closings.

Alphen said such attempts by outside groups to supplant roles traditionally played by attorneys are popping up on several fronts. “It opens the door into what is the practice of law,” he said.

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