Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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Mentoring programs

Healy for Notable

"Mentoring communities provide a lifeline for a lot of new attorneys who are not invested in ethical and legal issues as much as a seasoned attorney."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy, Boston Globe, Jan. 9

The Massachusetts School of Law launched an alumni mentor program in 2013, which matches students and recent graduates with established professionals, and allows participants the opportunity to job shadow and build relationships in the legal community. Healy spoke to the Boston Globe about the benefits of a mentor program given "the challenges facing over 2,000 new attorneys admitted annually to practice law in Massachusetts." The Massachusetts Bar Association provides both a mentoring program and mentoring circles to attorney members.

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Tax-exempt status of conservation lands

Saliba

"Obviously, the towns are hungry for revenue and, if they think there's a gray area, then they may start assessing properties that have not been historically assessed, if there's not enough public access. ... It's a judgment call."

MBA Taxation Law Section Vice Chair David G. Saliba, Boston Globe, Jan. 6

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear a case this month which will determine if conservation groups can be taxed on land protected from development. The town of Hawley, Massachusetts, claims that for conservation land to qualify for a charitable tax exemption, it must be "broadly available" for public use. The city sent a property tax bill to the New England Forestry Foundation for a 120-acre parcel of land because the town feels the foundation has not encouraged public access to the conservation area. Communities looking for additional tax revenue could be impacted by this court decision, which could make conservation land a possible source of funding.

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