Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, May. 15, 2014

Notable & Quotable


Blue Ribbon Commission Report

Healy for Notable

"The vast majority of criminal justice attorneys are supplementing their income through second jobs, and many of those jobs are in the hospitality industry. They are working as bartenders, as waiters, and waitresses. They are not living an extravagant lifestyle."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Boston Globe, May 8

Healy spoke to the Globe about the alarmingly low salaries paid to attorneys who work in the state's criminal justice system. The low salaries are the subject of a new report issued by the MBA's Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation. "There is definitely a public safety aspect to all of it,'' said Healy. "Some of the individuals are beating charges they ought not to be, and then get back out on the street." The report, which found that assistant district attorneys in the state make less than the courtroom custodian, got national recognition in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Above the Law blog.


Tsarnaev Friends in Federal Court

Notable Elikann

"Generally speaking these sorts of motions do not go well for the defendant when they kind of knock out the evidence on some kind of a legal technicality unless it's really egregious."

MBA Past Criminal Justice Section Chair Peter Elikann, FOX25, May 14

Elikann spoke to FOX25 News about three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who appeared in U.S. District Court this week for a pretrial hearing. Defense attorneys for UMass Dartmouth students Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos are questioning the validity of FBI interrogations that took place after the bombings.


Judicial Retirements

Healy for Notable

"I look at it as an infusion of new blood into a staid justice system. I think it's a positive change for the whole system."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Boston Globe, May 12

Healy spoke to the Globe about the high number of judicial retirements that are expected to occur across the state when a pay increase takes effect in July. Noting the length of time some judges have served, Healy acknowledged that "In many instances, some got appointed to the bench very young and they've been on for 30 or 40 years." The story was also picked up by the Associated Press and ran in several outlets.