Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, June 20, 2019


  • "Judge to deliver Erika Murray verdict Thursday morning," Boston 25 News (June 19). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann discussed defendant Erika Murray's decision to forgo a jury trial and allow the judge to render a verdict on charges filed after the remains of three children were found in her Blackstone home.

  • "Jailing people for probation and parole violations: How is Massachusetts doing?" The Republican (June 18). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in a story about the results of a nationwide study finding that Massachusetts state prisons house the lowest percentage of inmates for parole and probation violations.

  • "Rocky rollout of paid leave has employer bar on high alert," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 17). MBA member Mary Jo Kennedy discussed the uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law and the efforts of employers to update their payroll practices accordingly.

  • "SJC refines guidance on vacations, medical leave," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 17). MBA members Richard S. Loftus and Rebecca G. Pontikes were quoted about a recent Supreme Judicial Court decision that offers new guidance for employers who suspect vacationing employees of abusing medial leave.

  • "Trust & estates lawyer spices up off hours as jazz musician," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 17). MBA member Matthew A. Berlin was the subject of a Hearsay article in which he detailed his passion for playing the bass violin. 

  • "Zoinks! BBO metes out short-lived ‘discipline’ to cartoon lawyer," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 17). MBA member Joseph S. Berman, general counsel of the Board of Bar Overseers, responded to the confusion generated by a disciplinary decision found on the BBO website that involved the title character of the Cartoon Network series "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law." Berman explained that the listing appeared briefly on the BBO website as part of internal testing.

In Other News

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

"Springfield District Court public defender office files emergency petition, asks state high court to overturn judge’s order to take cases," The Republican (June 18).

"Justice wears a different style at the Cambridge Homeless Court," WGBH News (June 13), via @wgbhnews.

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