Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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  • "Lawyers' groups caution against judge's impeachment," Gloucester Daily Times (June 13). MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, were quoted about the ongoing effort to remove Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley, and its potential adverse effect on judicial independence.    
  • "Cannabis Control Commission impaired driving group just getting started," Cape Cod Times (June 12). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was identified as the MBA's representative to the Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving, which met for the first time on Wednesday.
  • “Plaintiffs’ bar weighs options after ‘Epic’ win for employers,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 11). MBA members Richard S. Loftus, Daniel S. Field and Lawrence J. Casey were quoted in a story about the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the enforceability of class-action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. 
  • “Freeze-out victim can win equitable remedy,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 11). MBA member Stephen D. Riden was quoted about a Supreme Judicial Court decision involving an LLC’s majority member who orchestrated a merger agreement in violation of his fiduciary and contractual duties. The SJC sided with the trial judge who granted equitable relief for the LLC’s plaintiff minority member.
  • “Revisions to child support guidelines address feedback,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 11). MBA member Fern L. Frolin was quoted in this week’s Hearsay column about the state’s revised child support guidelines, which were met with some criticism upon their initial release last fall.
  • “For those feeling generous: a gift for clients, friends,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 11). MBA member John A. Fiske wrote a review of local author Laurie Israel’s recently published book, “The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls.” 
  • “Lawyer: Feeley ‘epitome’ of what a judge should be,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 11). MBA member James B. Krasnoo wrote a letter to the editor in which he lamented the public criticism directed at Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley over a recent sentencing decision. Krasnoo defended both Feeley’s professional character and his interpretation of the facts in the case. 
  • “Calls for Judge Timothy Feeley’s removal slammed by law groups,” Boston Herald (June 9). MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, were quoted in a story about the MBA’s opposition to calls for the removal of Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley. In a joint statement issued last week, the two organizations cautioned that impeaching a judge over public disagreement with a lawful sentencing decision would “set a dangerous precedent” and “threaten judicial independence.” 
  • MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan was interviewed by WBZ NewsRadio 1030 about the importance of an independent judiciary in the wake of calls to remove Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley. The station played soundbites from Sullivan’s interview throughout its weekend schedule of programming.
  • “Removing Judge Timothy Feeley would set 'dangerous precedent of bowing to an uninformed mob,' Mass. lawyer groups say,” Springfield Republican (MassLive) (June 8). MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, were quoted from their joint statement issued in opposition to impeachment efforts against Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley. The MBA/CPCS statement was also mentioned in a related editorial in the Springfield Republican (MassLive) called “Welcome to the Age of Impeachment.”
  • “Head of MA Bar Association warns against judge's removal,” Salem Patch (June 8). MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, were quoted about the MBA’s warning that legislative efforts to impeach Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley undermine the independence of the judiciary. 

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