House of Delegates holds first meeting of 2014-15

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
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MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian (at podium) speaks about her newly created Voir Dire Task Force at the MBA's first 2014-15 House of Delegates meeting.

The Massachusetts Bar Association's House of Delegates (HOD) met for the first time under current MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian earlier this week at the inaugural meeting of the 2014-15 association year.

Kazarosian kicked off the Sept. 30 meeting by congratulating President-Elect Robert W. Harnais and Secretary Christopher P. Sullivan on their recent awards from the Quincy Bar Association and Federal Bar Association, respectively. The MBA president also announced that she has been appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick to serve on his Commission to Study the Compensations of assistant district attorneys and Commission for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) staff attorneys.

In addition to discussing her newly created Voir Dire Task Force and the MBA's role in discussions over voir dire implementation and education, Kazarosian highlighted several important dates for the 2014-15 year, including the Annual Bench-Bar Symposium on Oct. 16, and the MBA's Annual Dinner, which will be held May 7, 2015.

Following reports from other MBA officers and Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, the HOD took action on several agenda items, voting to:

  • Elect Walter Costello, Gavin Reardon and Paul White to three year appointments on the MBA's Executive Management Board and to elect Martha Rush O'Mara to fill the vacancy created by Veronica Fenton;
  • Elect Richard P. Campbell, William Hogan III, Joseph McNeil and Brigid Mitchell each to a two-year term as MBA Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates;
  • Support the recommendation of the Probate Law Section Council that SCJ Rule 1:14 be deleted altogether since Section 3-904 of the MUPC makes such Rule unnecessary; and
  • Authorize the MBA to engage the SJC to hold a more detailed review of Rule 45 prior to any amendments being adopted.