I was recently reminded of a time when I intervened during an
argument between opposing counsel several years ago. My message to
my two colleagues at the time was, "We're better than this." Before
and since then, it has been heartwarming to learn of countless acts
of altruism displayed by our many colleagues across the
commonwealth. Their collective efforts illustrate the true spirit
of our fine profession.
The Clients' Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court
awarded $2,397,678 for 92 claims this year, the fourth-highest
amount since the board began distributing money in 1975 to members
of the public whose lawyers stole their money.
Attorney Joan Lukey had just returned to her office last July 21
from the John Adams Courthouse when she got a call from Supreme
Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, a longtime
friend and colleague. Marshall was calling a press conference at
the courthouse and wanted Lukey to be present.
Last month, in an escalation of a war of words that had been
waged mostly behind the scenes, the state's 11 district attorneys
held a press conference protesting the $72-million discrepancy
between the budgets of the prosecutors and the state's public
defenders, represented by the Committee for Public Counsel Services