Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018


  • “Lawyers say new US attorney likely flexible on pot cases,” Boston Globe (Jan. 18). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in an article about Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. MBA member Elissa Flynn-Poppey, a lawyer at Mintz Levin, was also quoted in the article.

  • “Billerica neighbor's word may be offensive, but lawsuit would be 'challenge,'” Lowell Sun (Jan. 15). MBA Past President Marsha Kazarosian was quoted in an article about a dispute between a pizzeria in Billerica and a neighbor, who painted a word on his barn that many have found objectionable.

  • “Conflict Resolution Week recognized across state,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 15). The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Conflict Resolution Week events were featured in a “People in the Law” photo spread and news blurb in the newspaper. Conflict Resolution Week was presented by the MBA’s Dispute Resolution Section from Oct. 16-20.

  • “Injured Spanish speaker not required to arbitrate,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 15). MBA member William L. Keville was quoted in an article about a Superior Court decision, which found that a non-English speaker who signed an electronic liability waiver on behalf of his 15-year-old son was not bound by the arbitration provision. He was not involved in the case.

  • “Hospital can’t shield communications over credentialing,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 15). MBA members David C. Harlow and Laura R. Studen were quoted about a U.S. District Court judge’s decision, which found that a surgeon was entitled to discovery of an allegedly defamatory communication between her former employer and another hospital. Neither were involved in the case.

  • “Jury awards mechanic $1.2M in age-bias suit,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 15). MBA Past President Richard C. Van Nostrand and MBA members Rebecca Pontikes and Jeffrey S. Morneau were quoted in a story about a $1.2 million verdict awarded by a Norfolk County Superior Court jury in an age discrimination case. None were involved in the case.

Press Releases

  • MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan was quoted in a press release sent by the Equal Justice Coalition about the upcoming Walk to the Hill on Jan. 25. Sullivan said: “With no guarantee of a lawyer in a civil case, far too many Massachusetts residents go unrepresented in court because they simply cannot afford a lawyer, and the legal aid resources are far too limited to help everyone who is qualified to receive such aid. That’s unacceptable. Having access to a lawyer is critical, especially when folks are fighting for their homes or services for their kids or facing other life-altering challenges. More funding for legal aid is the answer, and the Massachusetts Bar Association urges our elected officials to increase funding for legal aid to ensure equal justice for all in the Commonwealth.”

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New Class of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys to be Sworn into United States Supreme Court Bar,” Jan. 17. (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association, via @tonymauro)

Mass. high court rules judges must consider victim’s viewpoint in sentencing,” Boston Globe (Jan. 18)