Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, June 28, 2018


  • “With help from Berklee, immigration attorney hopes to inspire support for refugees,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 25). MBA member Susan J. Cohen, who recently composed an original song spotlighting the plight of Syrian refugees, discussed this month’s release of an accompanying music video. Cohen wrote “Beyond the Borders” with the assistance of Berklee College of Music Associate Professor Mark Simos, and more than 30 students and alumni helped complete the project.
  • “Discovery of internal accident reported limited,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 25). MBA Executive Management Board member Thomas M. Bond and MBA member Nicholas B. Carter were quoted about a U.S. District Court ruling that cited the “self-critical analysis” privilege in limiting deposition testimony regarding a company’s internal probe into a maritime collision. 
  • “Zoning appeal survives with ‘actual’ notice,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 25). MBA members Dennis P. Powers and Richard D. Vetstein were quoted about a belatedly filed zoning appeal for which the Dennis town clerk received actual notice, thereby rendering the action timely, as held by the Appeals Court in a split decision.
  • “Video in litigation: everybody’s a star,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 25). MBA member Brian J. Carney wrote an advice column encouraging his lawyer colleagues to make regular use of modern video technology, including in trials, mediations and marketing pitches.
  • “BBO offering in-house commissioners,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 25).
    MBA member Vincent J. Pisegna, chairman of the Board of Bar Overseers, wrote a letter to the editor announcing that the BBO has launched an in-house commissioner program. 
  • “Handling business litigation on a contingent fee basis,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 25). MBA member Robert D. Cohan wrote an opinion article addressing the benefits associated with contingent fee business litigation, as well practical considerations and pitfalls. 
  • “Immigration activists rally in Boston, Trump lifts separation policy,” The Herald News (June 21). MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan was quoted in a story about last week’s State House rally held in protest of the Trump administration’s immigrant family separation policy, which has since been rescinded. Sullivan’s comments against the policy were also published in The Patriot Ledger and on

In Other News

Articles, blogs and other news recently shared on the Massachusetts Bar Association's social media sites.

"Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire," 
The Boston Globe (June 27), via @BostonGlobe.

"Supreme Court deals big setback to labor unions," The Boston Globe (June 27), via @BostonGlobe.

"Supreme Court says SEC in-house judges must be appointed," 
Law360 (June 21), via @Law360.

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