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Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett speaks to members of the MBA’s House of Delegates in Marlborough
The Massachusetts Bar Association's House of Delegates (HOD)
held its latest meeting in Marlborough on March 26, at the
Courtyard Boston Marlborough hotel, where they welcomed
Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety
and Security Daniel Bennett as guest speaker. Bennett, appointed in
January by Governor Charlie Baker, addressed the issue of attorney
searches at state correctional facilities in Massachusetts,
following a Boston Globe story that detailed invasive
searches of female attorneys during client visits at
Led by President-elect Robert W. Harnais, the meeting also
featured updates from MBA officers, including Treasurer Jeffrey N.
Catalano, who announced that the Scholarship Committee had chosen
the first recipient of the MBA's Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Scholarship after receiving applications from every law school in
the state. The MBA will present the scholarship to the winner on
May 7 at the MBA's Annual Dinner.
During the meeting, the HOD also took the following action:
- Voted to support in principle legislation that would increase
compensation amounts related to scarring and disfigurement in
workers' compensation cases;
- Approved the nominees for the 2015 Access to Justice Awards;
- Referred to the MBA's Executive Management Board a Hampden
County Bar Association proposal to return to a regionally based
Judicial Nominating Commission.
You can read more about the March HOD in the April edition of
Lawyers Journal, coming soon.
The next HOD meeting is scheduled for May 28 at the MBA's Boston