Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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State of the Judiciary Address/Voir dire

Marsha

"First of all I think voir dire is a vitally important part of our jury selection process. And it's a tremendous tool to ensure you get an unbiased jury as you possibly can. Wherever you have opportunity for a jury trial, considering the use of voir dire is only a good thing."

MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian, Boston Business Journal, October 20

Kazarosian was quoted in a BBJ piece on a possible wider application of attorney conducted voir dire which was mentioned by Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants in his State of the Judiciary address on Oct. 16 at the MBA's annual Bench-Bar Symposium. In his address, Gants spoke about the implementation process the judiciary will put in place for voir dire. The event was also covered by the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

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Judicial nominations

Healy for Notable

"The governor and his highly talented legal counsels and Judicial Nominating Commission have worked in symphonic-like unison to select a diverse and deeply talented pool of women and men who will be making decisions stretching deep into the next three decades."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, October 9

In his latest "Healy on the Hill" column, Healy describes the impact Governor Deval L. Patrick has had on the Massachusetts judiciary through his judicial nominations. Patrick, who leaves office on Jan. 8, 2015, has appointed five of the seven current justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, in addition to several other key judgeships across the state. "Gov. Deval L. Patrick's razor-like focus and steely discipline has changed an entire branch of government -- no easy task, given the myriad bureaucratic distractions and inevitable political eruptions a governor must attend to on a near daily basis."

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Of note:

  • MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian appeared as a guest on FOX 25 to discuss the jury selection process in the upcoming federal trial of accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Oct. 21).
  • MBA Treasurer Jeffrey N. Catalano also appeared as a guest on FOX 25 to analyze the case of Hien Tran of Orlando, who died in a car accident from injuries that may have been suffered by her car's faulty air bag. (Oct. 21).
  • MBA member Susan Mielnikowski appeared as a guest on "Mass Appeal," a morning talk show on WWLP 22 News in Springfield to promote the Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer program on Oct. 22. (Oct. 20)