Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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One Fund's Final Protocol

Sheff for Notable

"We are grateful that the One Fund appears to have listened to our concerns and crafted its protocol to be more inclusive of all survivors, including those with invisible injuries who are now more expressly eligible for cash gifts in addition to programmatic support."

MBA President Douglas K. Sheff, Boston Globe, June 28

Sheff was quoted in the Globe in a story on the One Fund's final protocol for Marathon bombing survivors hoping to receive financial compensation in the second round of disbursements. The protocol now includes those survivors who suffered invisible injuries such as hearing loss and traumatic brain injury. Sheff was also quoted on Boston.com and in the Boston Business Journal.

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Voir Dire Bill

Healy for Notable

"It's highly concerning that the Superior Court is spending an enormous amount of energy trying to defeat a measure that would ensure a level playing field and eradicate discrimination and racism from the venire. Frankly, their objections to this are truly befuddling."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, July 7

Healy was quoted in a cover story on a bill that would allow attorney-conducted voir dire in the Superior Court. The House approved the bill last month. The proposed law would make attorney voir dire permissible across the Superior Court.

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Law School Enrollment

campbelldick"It's a complete structural change, and it's not going away. The end result is fewer graduates, and fewer law schools."

MBA Past President Richard P. Campbell, Boston Globe, July 6

Campbell spoke to the Globe as part of a story about declining enrollment at the nation's law schools. During his MBA presidency, Campbell created a Task Force On Law, The Economy and Underemployment which addressed the topic of underemployment among recent law school graduates in its report.

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Criminal Justice Attorney Salary

Healy for Notable

"We're pretty much at rock bottom in terms of pay scale. We obviously want to see much more attention paid to this."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Boston Globe, July 1

Healy spoke to the Globe about the recently approved state budget that provided only slight raises for assistant district attorneys and public defenders. The MBA recently released a report on the low salaries of attorneys working within the state's criminal justice system. Healy also appeared on WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss the issue.

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Gunshot Detection Technology

Notable Cole

"That's impermissible under the state wiretap statute without party's consent, so that's where it is most questionable."

MBA Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Vice Chair Richard W. Cole, WGBH, June 30

Cole provided his insight for a story on Guardian, a new gunshot detection technology which will be used in Methuen public schools this fall. Privacy is a potential issue as the technology records audio of its surroundings when activated.

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Of Note:

  • MBA Treasurer Robert W. Harnais was featured in the Braintree Forum ("Braintree Planning Board chairman Harnais earns recognition" - July 9) as the recipient of the Alfred P. Malaney Award presented by the Quincy Bar Association for distinguished legal services.
  • MBA members Michael S. Gove of the Business Law Section and Young Lawyers Division and Robert L. Dambrov of the Labor & Employment Section were featured in the monthly legal Q&A column in the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com. ("Ask the Experts: Life estate could allow property member to remain" - July 3)
  • On June 27 the MBA hosted and co-sponsored a gubernatorial debate with CommonWealth magazine featuring three independent candidates.
  • MBA member Susan Mielnikowski appeared as a live guest on "Mass Appeal," a morning talk show on WWLP 22 News in Springfield to promote the Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer program on June 26.