Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, July 18, 2019


  • “Hampden public defender crisis reaches boiling point,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 14). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member D. Christopher Dearborn commented on recent actions taken in response to the severe shortage of public defenders in Hampden County. 

  • “Trustee can’t sue lawyer on bankruptcy estate’s behalf,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 14). MBA members Donald R. Lassman and George A. Berman were quoted about a U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision regarding a legal malpractice claim filed by a Chapter 7 trustee on behalf of a bankruptcy estate.
  • “AG’s settlement with LexisNexis nets state $750,000,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 14). MBA member Suzanne E. Durrell discussed the significance of a recent settlement agreement under which LexisNexis Risk Solutions will pay $5.8 million to Massachusetts and several other states over a widespread scheme involving reverse false claims.

  • “New York attorney brings legal-mal suit against Springfield firm,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 14). MBA member Keith L. Miller discussed a federal lawsuit filed by a New York attorney against the Springfield lawyers who represented him in state court when he was charged in connection with the attempted takeover of a Massachusetts close corporation.

  • "Black, Latino, and low-income kids counting on Legislature," CommonWealth Magazine (July 13) and The Republican (July 12). MBA Past President Robert W. Harnais, who serves on Gov. Charlie Baker's Latino Advisory Commission, joined with members of the Black Advisory Commission in calling for increased funding to support black and Latino students.

  • MBA Criminal Justice Section Council Co-Chair Charu A. Verma was quoted in a State House News story about an MBA-supported bill that would create a task force charged with creating uniform standards for the use of police-worn body cameras. The story was published by The Salem News, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and New England Public Radio.

In Other News

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

"Retired Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99," ABA Journal (July 16), via @ABAJournal.

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