Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, May 24, 2018


  • “Legal groups sound warning on removing judges,” State House News Service (May 24). MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA Executive Management Board member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, were quoted in a story about recently filed legislation that seeks to remove Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley. The two organizations this week issued a joint statement opposing such efforts and stressing the importance of an independent judiciary.
  • “Push grows for removal of Salem, Mass. judge,” NBC10 Boston (May 23). A joint statement by the MBA and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, issued in response to calls for the removal of Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley, was mentioned in an accompanying news report by NBC10 Boston.
  • “'Defender' Cuthbert recognized for aid to juveniles,” Lowell Sun (May 21). MBA member Maryellen Cuthbert, who received the Access to Justice Defender Award at last month’s MBA Annual Dinner, was profiled about her career-long commitment to defending juvenile clients, both inside and outside of the courtroom. 
  • “Tenant’s email sufficient notice not to extend lease,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 21). MBA member Vincent J. Pisegna was quoted about a Superior Court judge’s ruling that a commercial tenant, which intended not to renew its lease, provided the landlord with sufficient written notice by advising in person and via email that it was pursuing different arrangements. 
  • “Zoning measure reconsideration found improper,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 21). MBA member Ilana M. Quirk was quoted about a Land Court judge’s ruling that the state Zoning Act precluded the town of Barnstable from reconsidering a modified zoning amendment proposal less than two years after the original was rejected.
  • “Employers walk fine line to avoid misclassification suits,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 21). MBA members James W. Bucking and Michael A. Gamboli were quoted in a story about the challenges facing companies that hire independent contractors, some of whom may wish to claim the status and seek the benefits of traditional employees. 
  • “After 34 years, Deutsch Williams attorneys go separate ways,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 21). MBA members Elizabeth B. Valerio, Steven J. Brooks and Valerie Swett were quoted in this week’s Hearsay column about the recent closure of Boston firm Deutsch, Williams, Brooks, DeRensis & Holland, whose staff of 18 has mostly split off into two new offices. Valerio and eight of her former colleagues have founded Valerio, Dominello & Hillman; Brooks now works at the new office of Brooks & DeRensis; and Swett has been hired at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster.
  • “Is fast thinking slowing you down?” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 21). MBA member Susan Letterman White wrote an advice column explaining why lawyers and people in general are prone to “fast thinking,” and outlined 10 steps that can help compensate for this habit.
  • “Dangerousness hearings the latest tool in fight against Bristol County drug dealers,” The Herald News (May 19). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted about Bristol County prosecutors’ increasing use of dangerousness hearings to hold alleged drug traffickers without bail. Healy said the opioid epidemic has created greater urgency among district attorneys to keep drug dealers off the streets.
  • “'Unintended consequence' of Massachusetts criminal justice reform hurts veterans charged with drunken driving,” MassLive (May 18). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy and MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann were quoted about the criminal justice reform bill’s elimination of some diversion opportunities afforded under the Valor Act to veterans charged with drunken driving. 
  • “Solve It 7: Washer/Dryer,” 7News Boston (May 18). MBA Past President Robert W. Harnais was interviewed for a “Solve it 7” piece about a man who paid in full for a wash/dryer combo, only to be told by the company that the sale price was incorrect. In this case, Harnais said the man’s purchase receipt was equivalent to a contract, and the price could therefore not be changed.  

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