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Thursday, Sep. 10, 2009
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Richard P. Campbell, chair of the MBA Task Force on Peremptory Challenges and an MBA vice president

MBA task force of prominent judges and attorneys to tackle jury selection issues

The Massachusetts Bar Association announces the formation of the Task Force on Peremptory Challenges to study the history of such challenges in selecting juries and the implications of their use in the state courts. Peremptory challenges can be made by either side in a criminal or civil case to help choose a jury without stating a reason, except where an impermissible bias (such as racial or gender bias) may be inferred. The task force will issue a report of its findings next spring.

The MBA consulted key groups in the formation of the task force, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Massachusetts State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Boston Bar Association, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and the Worcester County Bar Association.

Task force members include:

  • Richard P. Campbell, task force chair, MBA vice president and Co-founder and Chairman, Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC, Boston;
  • The Hon. Peter W. Agnes Jr., Superior Court;
  • Philip J. Callan Jr., Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, Springfield;
  • Beverly J. Cannone, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Dedham;
  • Edward V. Colbert III, partner, Looney & Grossman LLP, Boston;
  • Frank Corso, principal, Sarrouf Corso LLP, Boston;
  • Emily G. Coughlin, president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, member, Coughlin Betke LLP, Boston;
  • Robert A. Curley Jr., president, Curley & Curley PC, Boston;
  • Michael S. Hussey, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Worcester;
  • Marianne C. LeBlanc, principal, Sugarman & Sugarman, Boston;
  • Eric Neyman, partner, McCarter & English, Boston; and
  • The Hon. David Ricciardone, Worcester District Court.
Click here for more information on the Task Force on Peremptory Challenges and its members.
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