Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015

Notable & Quotable


HealyKafker nominated for Appeal Court Chief

"I think he's got all the right tools needed for this position."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, State House News Service, June 30

Gov. Charlie Baker nominated Appeals Court Judge Scott L. Kafker as the court's new chief justice on June 30. Kafker would fill the vacancy being created by the retirement of Chief Justice Phillip G. Rapoza. Healy predicted Kafker's nomination would go over well with the Legislature and the 24 other members of the Appeal Court bench and praised Kafker as "one of the brightest constitutional scholars on the court" who also has a "great handle" on administration functions.


State adjusts attorney screening process at prisons


"The new policy indicates that the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has made this issue a priority and the new procedures ensure the personal privacy of attorneys while also affording DOC staff assurance of their safety."

MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian, State House News Service, June 30

This week, the Executive Office of Public Safety released new procedures regarding attorney searches in Department of Correction facilities. The broad and invasive searches, particularly of women, had been an ongoing concern in the legal community for the last 30 years. The new regulations "strike an improved balance between prison security and personal privacy."


Physical discipline of children ruling


"The court used unequivocal language that there is a strong need for parents to assert some guidance and direction over their children."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Boston Globe, June 25

Healy was quoted in a story about the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent ruling, where, for the first time, the court recognized a "parental privilege defense." Parents may not be held criminally liable for the use of "reasonable" force in disciplining their children. Healy told the Globe that "the decision carefully balanced parents' constitutional right to raise their children as they see fit with the need to protect them against abuse." Healy was also quoted on MassLive.