Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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One Fund Support for Marathon Victims

Sheff for Notable

"Their lives will never be the same and they're relying upon and hoping that they don't slip through the cracks during this, the second round of disbursements."

MBA President Douglas K. Sheff, NECN, June 20

Sheff was interviewed by NECN for a story on a group of Boston Marathon bombing victims still seeking financial compensation from One Fund Boston, which plans to distribute $19 million in a second round of disbursements. The MBA hosted a press conference on June 20 that led to coverage by the Boston Globe, WHDH, FOX25, WCVB, the Boston Business Journal, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and BostInno. "Now that we have time...there's an opportunity to evaluate the people and consider their injuries in full," said attorney Paul White in the Globe story. White serves as the Chair of the MBA's Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program.

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Suspects Defending Themselves

Notable Elikann

"Once in awhile we have these cases come through that make everybody's blood boil but it really is firmly embedded in the American law that people can represent themselves and confront their accusers."

MBA Past Criminal Justice Section Chair Peter Elikann, FOX25, June 20

Elikann provided his analysis of accused rapist Marcos Colono representing himself at trial in Suffolk Superior Court last week. "It's unbelievably rare that anybody is so foolish to do this, particularly in a serious case," Elikann told FOX25.

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Governor's Council

Healy for Notable

"Governors and presidents share a power unrivaled by the legislative branch: their ability to shape policy for generations through the judicial appointment process."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, June 12

The latest "Healy on the Hill" column ("Governor's Council as kingmaker") in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly explores the entity of the Governor's Council and the unique power it wields in the state. Healy writes, "The council impacts all citizens with its workmanlike fashion of thoroughly vetting every judicial candidate, from the Supreme Judicial Court to the local District Court."

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Of Note:

  • MBA Past President Richard P. Campbell appeared as a live guest on the FOX25 Morning News to discuss the topic of attorneys looking at the social media profiles of jurors or potential jurors (June 24). The American Bar Association published a Formal Opinion on this topic in April.