Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, March 1, 2018


  • Local detectives look to new DNA technology to solve decades-old murders,” KIRO-7, Seattle, Wash. (Feb. 28). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter Elikann, who is a former chair of the MBA’s Criminal Law Section, offered a defense attorney’s perspective on new technology that purports to use DNA to help resolve unsolved murder cases.

  • “Lawmakers seek ban on non-disclosure agreements,” Eagle-Tribune (Feb. 27). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted about a proposed bill to ban non-disclosure agreements that involve claims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation in the public and private sectors.

  • “Were There Warning Signs, Missteps Leading Up to Winchester Stabbing?” NBC 10 Boston/ NECN (Feb. 26). Peter Elikann, a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and a former chair of the MBA’s Criminal Law Section, was interviewed as a legal expert on a story about the fatal stabbing at the Winchester Public Library.

  • “#MeToo reshaping harassment litigation,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 26). MBA members Rebecca G. Pontikes, an employment discrimination attorney, and Gareth W. Notis, a management-side lawyer, were quoted in a story highlighting the marked increase in harassment claims in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

  • “Supreme Judicial Court rejects ‘pretext’ test for traffic stops,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 26). MBA member Murat Erkan said the Supreme Judicial Court made a “grave mistake” in upholding Commonwealth v. Santana, which established the lawfulness of motor vehicle stops for observed traffic violations, regardless of the officer’s ultimate intent. The 1995 decision was challenged in a recent case involving a defendant pulled over for speeding and then convicted of cocaine possession.

  • “Bringing diversity to the legal profession,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Feb. 26). MBA member Bennett H. Klein, senior attorney and AIDS Law Project director at Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, added his voice to a growing effort aimed at promoting diverse work environments within the legal profession. 

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