I had not been in Woodstock, Vermont, for a few years, but spent
a few days there recently as your Massachusetts Bar Association
representative at the New England Bar Association meeting at the
Woodstock Inn. When Hurricane Irene hit Vermont with a vengeance
last year, much of the Woodstock Inn was under water. I am happy to
report that the inn seems fully recovered, with its amiable staff
very accommodating as usual. With the Vermont Bar Association as
the host, there were many Vermont lawyers and judges in attendance,
all very welcoming to us as interlopers from Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Bar Association praises Gov. Deval L. Patrick
for his quick action in appointing an independent investigator to
undertake a broad review of the William Hinton State Drug
Laboratory, a request the MBA and other groups made in October.
A crude and deliberately provocative video purporting to show
the life of the prophet Mohammed was initially credited with
sparking in September a wave of killings in the Middle East,
including the American ambassador to Libya and three other American
nationals. What better time for a forum that addressed the Western
world's use of social media? And who better to lead it than some of
Boston's best legal professionals?
The Massachusetts Clients' Security Board -- established nearly
40 years ago to compensate clients for damages resulting from
unethical legal practice -- issued its annual report last month. A
total of $2.1 million was awarded to 86 claimants in fiscal year
2012 (Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012). Half of the FY12 awards were
issued due to three attorneys, two of whom have been disbarred and
one of whom is deceased.