On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Massachusetts Bar Association presented its semiannual Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program, hosted by Western New England University School of Law in Springfield. From 4-7 p.m., 12 volunteer attorneys combined to field 106 calls from residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. The program received local coverage in The Republican, The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Recorder.
“Attorney’s settlement share not 93A violation,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 29). MBA members Timothy J. Dacey and Allen N. David were quoted about an Appeals Court decision (McKinnon, et al. v. Berluti, et al.), which found that an attorney whose settlement earnings topped that of his clients did not violate a contingent-fee agreement or Chapter 93A.
“Trustee can sell condo over non-debtor wife’s objection,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 29). MBA member Donald R. Lassman was quoted about a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge’s ruling (Desmond v. Green), which found that the Bankruptcy Code took precedence over the state’s tenancy-by-entirety law in the attempted sale of a condominium.
“Don’t dread divorces this winter,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 29).
MBA member John A. Fiske wrote an advice column geared toward divorce lawyers attempting to navigate the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which repeals the alimony exclusion for all separation agreements executed after December.
- “Supporting Puerto Rico: A night with Luis Miranda and Hamilton,” The Hingham Journal (Oct. 26). MBA Immediate Past President Christopher P. Sullivan and MBA Public Law Section Chair Kerry T. Ryan were featured in a recap of the MBA’s recent “Hamilton” fundraising event, which they organized to support legal services for Puerto Rican citizens.
In Other News
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"O'Connor, Rehnquist and a Supreme marriage proposal," NPR (Oct. 31), via @NPR.
"Justice Sandra Day O'Connor discloses dementia diagnosis and a final goal," The National Law Journal (Oct. 29), via @NABE_News.