Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, May. 14, 2015

Notable & Quotable

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Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award

Healy for Notable

"He is one of the most innovative justices we have on the Superior Court of Massachusetts. He was basically a one-man pilot project."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Boston Globe, May 11

Healy was quoted in a Globe editorial about the MBA's selection of Superior Court Judge Dennis J. Curran for its Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award. The award was presented to Curran at the MBA's Annual Dinner on May 7 in acknowledgement of his vast work with attorney-directed voir dire, which is now law in civil and criminal trials in Superior Court.

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Tsarnaev trial: Cost of life in prison vs. death row

Elikann

"On average it's eight to 10 times more expensive. In some states like California, it's 20 times as expensive."

MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, FOX25, May 13

Elikann was interviewed for a piece on the cost of life in prison versus the cost of death row in relation to the penalty phase of the Tsarnaev trial. According to Elikann, there are a variety of expenses such as housing and legal fees during the appeals process which make the death row option more expensive. MBA member and noted criminal defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. was also interviewed in the story.

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Wearables as e-discovery

kohldeborah

"You have a privacy expectation with respect to your personal devices. If the employer owns it, you may have lost your privacy rights. If you bought it, I don't think they can get to it."

MBA Workers Compensation Section Chair Deborah G. Kohl, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, May 7

Kohl was quoted in a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly story about data from "wearable" devices such as smartwatches and Fitbit trackers being used in court. MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann was also quoted in the article.

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Planet Fitness sale

Dalmanieras

"You really have to be assertive in protecting your rights, particularly when you know the other side is spending time and money for your benefit."

MBA Business Law Section Chair Euripides D. Dalmanieras, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, May 7

Dalmanieras was quoted in a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly story about a recent federal court decision in the sale of the Planet Fitness health club chain. More than $3.2 million in damages and interest was awarded to a Boston investment firm that was denied a fee for its role in arranging the sale.

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Of note:

  • MBA member and Access to Justice Award recipient Benjamin Evans, a public defender in Fall River, was featured in the Herald News ("Fall River public defender given award from state bar association" - May 13). Evans received the Defender Award at the MBA's Annual Dinner on May 7.
  • Photos taken at the MBA's Annual Dinner on May 7 by Bill Brett were featured on Boston.com (May 11).

Press releases:

  • The MBA issued a press release on May 12, commending the Senate Ways and Means Committee for its recommended budget allocation for the Trial Court.