Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015

Notable & Quotable

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Voir dire experiences

Healy for Notable

"Lawyers shouldn't get frustrated with judges putting parameters around it. The court needs to maintain control over her session and the overall case. Otherwise, if you don't have these parameters as set forth in the standing order, which some may argue are conservative, you're going to have a free-for-all and justice wouldn't be served."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 26, 2015

Healy was quoted in a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly story on what lawyers have experienced thus far with attorney-directed voir dire in Superior Court cases. "The bench has to remember that as far as voir dire is concerned, everyone is a first-year lawyer out of law school. The judges shouldn't forget that. They should be willing to give the bar a chance to get good at it," said Healy.

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Plow damage claims


Harnais

"It's much easier to deny then it is to investigate."

MBA President-elect Robert W. Harnais, New England Cable News, March 31

Harnais was interviewed by NECN as part of a story on the high number of plow damage claims in Boston this winter. According to the story, the city has received 100 claims from Jan. 1 through March 25. Sixty cases are pending, three have been settled and at least 37 have been denied.

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Of note:

  • MBA members Paula Almgren of Lenox and Janice Cook of North Adams were quoted in a Berkshire Eagle article on about elder law, "The Business of Our Aging: Elder law helps seniors plan for the future," (March 29). The MBA was also cited as a source.