Top: Panelists speak to Public Law Conference attendees about pension policies on Feb. 28
Bottom (from left): Conference Co-Chair David Hadas, Conference Panelist Susan G. Anderson and Conference Co-Chair Brian C. O'Donnell
Photos by Marc A. D'Antonio, Esq.
The Massachusetts Bar Association's (MBA) Public Law Section
Council hosted its annual conference Friday, Feb. 28, at the MBA,
20 West St., Boston.
The conference focused on practice issues and challenges
involving public pension policies. Panelists included attorneys
from the private and public sectors who discussed, in detail, both
the complicated landscape of public employee pension programs and
the consequences for employee terminations, resignations,
prosecutions, and disciplinary actions including when a criminal
conviction will cost your client their pension, and when it will
cost them every dollar they put toward their pension.
"The program panelists covered an interesting variety of issues
from the statutory underpinnings of myriad Massachusetts pensions
systems to some of the equitable concerns raised by pension
forfeitures which some may view as excessive punishment for
misconduct directly or indirectly related to an employee's public
duties," said Conference Co-Chair Brian O'Donnell. A conference
attendee added, "the conference had a great combination of speakers
representing a wide range of pension law."
The day ended with former Inspector General of the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts Gregory W. Sullivan delivering the keynote
address. Sullivan is now the research director of the Centers for
Better Government and Economic Opportunity at the Pioneer
Institute. Throughout his speech, Sullivan explored ways state and
federal government could be more efficient to prevent waste, fraud
If you missed the
conference, click here to view it via MBA On