MEIER CHOSEN TO LEAD REVIEW OF DPH LAB
Boston attorney and Massachusetts Bar Association member David E.
Meier has been selected by Gov. Deval L. Patrick to lead the review
of all criminal cases potentially affected by the mishandling of
drug evidence in Jamaica Plain's Department of Public Health
Meier is a partner at Todd & Weld in Boston where he
specializes in criminal defense and government
As reported in the Boston Globe, Meier said he would lead
the review "as an advocate for fairness and due process on behalf
of the criminal justice system."
Prior to private practice, Meier worked as a prosecutor for 20
years in both Suffolk and Middlesex counties. For 12 of those years
Meier was chief of the homicide unit in the Suffolk County District
Attorney's Office. During that time he was involved in the
post-conviction review and investigation of cases that lead to the
exoneration of multiple defendants wrongfully convicted.
Meier has been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers
and in 2007 was honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as
a "Lawyer of the Year." Recipients of the award demonstrate
"integrity, professionalism and determination" in the practice of
In addition, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association
awarded him Prosecutor of the Year in 2004.
CARROLL APPOINTED TO THE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL
Chief Justice of the Trial Court Robert A. Mulligan has appointed
Massachusetts Bar Association member John J. Carroll Jr. to the
Commission on Judicial Conduct. Carroll has served as a commission
alternate member since 2008.
Established in 1978, the Commission on Judicial Conduct
investigates allegations of misconduct by state judges. The
commission is composed of three judges appointed by the justices of
the Supreme Judicial Court, three attorneys appointed by the Chief
Justice of the Trial Court and three lay persons appointed by the
Carroll is an attorney at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC
in Boston, where he has worked since 1985 specializing in personal
A former MBA House of Delegates, Executive Management Board member
and a current member of the Governance Committee, Carroll received
the 2008 Massachusetts Bar Foundation's President's Award. In
addition, Carroll served as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar
Overseers from 2001 to 2007.
Carroll received his B.A. from Boston College in 1968 and went on
to earn his law degree from Boston University Law School in
GARTENBERG WILL HELP LEAD SEARCH FOR NEW COMMISSIONER OF
PROBATION FOR MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Bar Association Executive Management Board and House
of Delegates member Lee J. Gartenberg will serve on a recently
formed committee to assist the Trial Court in selecting a new
Commissioner of Probation. Acting commissioner Ronald P. Corbett
Jr. will retire in January 2013.
Convened by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Robert A. Mulligan
and Court Administrator Lewis H. "Harry" Spence, the committee will
conduct interviews and recommend finalists for consideration.
Gartenberg is the director of Inmate Legal Services in the
Middlesex County Sheriff's Office, a position he has held for over
25 years. As the director of Inmate Legal Services, Gartenberg
oversees the legal needs of more than 1,000 inmates in the county
A long-time MBA member and leader, Gartenberg has served the
association in many capacities. He is a former chair of the
Criminal Justice Section, and also previously led the Judicial
Administration and the Individual Rights & Responsibilities
sections. He has made invaluable contributions to the MBA's Budget
and Finance Committee and House of Delegates.
In 2008, Gartenberg received the Massachusetts Bar Association
Gold Medal Award, an honor reserved for individuals who have
provided outstanding legal services that have benefitted the legal
profession in Massachusetts.
FIVE MBA MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO NEW MASSACHUSETTS NADN
The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals has announced the
launch of its Massachusetts Chapter, inducting seven of the state's
top Alternative Dispute Resolution attorneys as 2012 charter
members, including five Massachusetts Bar Association
The NADN Massachusetts Chapter's website, www.NADN.org/massachusetts, is a tool for state
ADR practitioners and provides a roster of the state's most trusted
"We certainly look forward to working with the premier ADR
practitioners in the state of Massachusetts in the years to come,
and expect that this new chapter roster will prove just as useful
to paralegals and attorneys across that state as it has in our
others to date," said Darren Lee, executive director of NADN.
MBA members chosen as NADN Massachusetts Chapter 2012 charter
- Paul A. Finn, the founder of Commonwealth
Mediation and Conciliation Inc. in Brockton, has served as its
president and CEO since 1992. Finn graduated from New England
School of Law in 1976.
- Warren F. Fitzgerald is the founder of
Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution LLC in Boston where he works as a
full-time mediator and case evaluator. Fitzgerald graduated from
Boston University School of Law in 1979.
- Brian R. Jerome founded Massachusetts Dispute
Resolution Services in Boston, one of the first full-service ADR
firms in Massachusetts, where he works as a mediator and
arbitrator. Jerome graduated magna cum laude from New England
School of Law in 1980.
- Brian J. Mone is the chief operating officer
at Commonwealth Mediation & Conciliation Inc. in Brockton,
where he works as a mediator. Mone graduated from Suffolk
University School of Law in 1982.
- Jeffrey S. Stern, a partner at Sugarman,
Rogers, Barshak & Cohen PC in Boston, chairs the firm's ADR
practice group. Stern graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School
CAMPBELL RECEIVES UMASS BOSTON'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Massachusetts Bar Association Immediate Past President
Richard P. Campbell is this year's recipient of
the University of Massachusetts Boston's Distinguished Service
Honored for his outstanding service as a member of the UMass Board
of Visitors, his accomplishments in the legal profession and his
work with the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, Campbell
was selected for this year's award by UMass Boston's Vice
Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Charlie Titus.
Campbell is the founder of Campbell, Campbell Edwards & Conroy
PC in Boston, where he primarily represents national and
international corporations in complex cases including
multi-district litigation, class action, aviation, toxic tort and
product liability disputes.
An MBA House of Delegates and Executive Management Board member,
Campbell was president from 2011 to 2012. In addition, Campbell is
a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and chair of the
Adjunct State Committee. He served for seven years as the chair of
the Board of Overseers for Boston College Law School and in 1995
was honored with its highest award for dedication to the law, the
Founder's Medal. Campbell was recently appointed to the ABA's Task
Force on the Future of Legal Education to help review and make
recommendations on the state of legal education and its
responsiveness to the needs and opportunities of the legal
Campbell received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in
1970 and went on to earn his law degree from Boston College Law
School, cum laude, in 1974.
CHIEF JUSTICE CAREY REAPPOINTED
Chief Justice Paula M. Carey of the Probate and Family
Court has been reappointed to a second five-year term, which began
on Sept. 27, 2012.
Carey was appointed as a judge in the Probate and Family Court in
2001. In 2004 she was the recipient of a Massachusetts Judges
Conference Judicial Excellence Award and in 2006 received the
Massachusetts Bar Association's Daniel J. Toomey Judicial
Excellence Award. In addition, in 2009 Carey was awarded the
Distinguished Jurist Award from the Massachusetts Association of
Women Lawyers. In 2011, she received a Boston Bar Association
Citation of Excellence, the Middlesex Bar Association Distinguished
Jurist Award and the Haskell Freedman Award of the Mass. Academy of
The Probate and Family Court Department is comprised of 14
divisions with 51 authorized judicial positions across the
commonwealth. The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court
departments with 380 judges who deliver justice to thousands of
people daily in 101 courthouses across the state.