Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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  • "Obstreperous older patient at Mount Auburn leads SJC to tougher nursing home precedent," Cambridge Day (May 29). MBA members Thomas J. Carey Jr. and Mark A. Leahy were quoted about the Supreme Judicial Court's first interpretation of a 2009 reform law that strengthened protections for elder hospital patients in danger of ceding their decision-making authority to a court-appointed guardian. Leahy and Carey, who is chair of the MBA's Amicus Curiae Committee, were among those involved in passing the legislation, and they also helped submit a brief in this recent SJC case.
  • “AG’s hard line in wrongful conviction rankles counsel,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 28). MBA member Howard Friedman was quoted about the Attorney General’s Office’s decision not to settle a wrongful conviction case involving a man recently found not guilty of a 1982 rape.
  • “Policy doesn’t cover roof snow removal,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 28).
    MBA members Andrew F. Caplan and Owen Gallagher were quoted about a Superior Court judge’s ruling that Roche Brothers Supermarkets’ commercial insurance coverage did not extend to rooftop snow removal, for which the company paid $800,000 in the winter of 2015. 
  • “At Probation, progress seen but perception issues linger,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 28). MBA Executive Management Board member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, was quoted in a story about the current state of the Massachusetts Probation Service under Commissioner Edward J. Dolan, who will soon conclude his initial five-year term. 
  • “Trial attorney declines ‘tip’ from client in subrogation case,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 28). MBA member Thomas R. Murphy was quoted in this week’s Hearsay column about the client who offered him a tip after he negotiated a workers’ compensation settlement on her behalf. 
  • “N.H.’s private foundation law: A monumental move?” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 28). MBA member Melissa Langa, writing alongside one of her firm colleagues, analyzed and discussed the significance of New Hampshire’s recently adopted private foundation law, which is the first of its kind in the United States.
  • “MJC: Call for judge’s removal ‘assault’ on all jurists’ independence,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 28). MBA member Judge Thomas C. Horgan, president of the Massachusetts Judges Conference, wrote a letter to the editor underscoring the importance of an independent judiciary following calls to remove Superior Court Judge Timothy Q. Feeley. Horgan praised the “strong statement” issued last week by MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA Executive Management Board member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.
  • “Pittsfield judge who had sex with court clinician set to resign after SJC orders indefinite suspension,” Boston Globe (May 24). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy called on Pittsfield Judge Thomas Estes to resign in the wake of his indefinite suspension for sexual misconduct.   

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