Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020


  • "Legal industry forms fund to honor late Chief Justice Ralph Gants," The Boston Globe (Dec. 2). A news article highlighted the establishment of the Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Access to Justice Fund, a collaboration between the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and the Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Access to Justice Fund Advisory Committee. On Dec. 1, WHDH (Channel 7) also included a brief story and interview with Chief Justice Gants’ wife Deborah Ramirez about the fund’s formation.

  • "Law school debt is delaying plans for recent grads," ABA Journal (Dec. 1). MBA member Samuel A. Segal, former chair of the MBA's Lawyer Referral Service Committee and Young Lawyers Division, discussed how he lived modestly to pay off his student loans after graduating from law school.

  • "With history-making high court, Baker shows an embrace of lived experience, not ‘activist judges,’" The Boston Globe (Nov. 30). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy spoke about Gov. Charlie Baker's approach to selecting justices for the Supreme Judicial Court. The article also quoted MBA member John P. Pucci.

  • The MBA was mentioned in news coverage about the compromise police reform bill passed by the Legislature this week. The legislation calls for active participation by the MBA and its designees in the implementation of reform measures. The MBA's involvement was noted by The Boston Globe, WBUR and CommonWealth Magazine, and in a State House News Service story published by WGBH, New England Public Media, The Eagle-Tribune, The Patriot Ledger, Boston 25 News, NECN, The Enterprise and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, among other outlets.

  • "Bank not entitled to equitable lien on home equity line of credit," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 30). MBA members Kevin J. Handly and David B. Mack discussed a First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding that a lender was not entitled to an equitable lien on property securing a home equity line of credit that its predecessor issued to the father of the current owner.

  • "SJC to weigh 93A liability facing departing attorneys," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 30). MBA members Scott D. Burke and Susan E. Cohen were quoted in a story about an upcoming Supreme Judicial Court case that will focus on the scope of Chapter 93A liability for six former law partners accused of misusing confidential information when they left to start their own firm.

  • "Nominee trusts: Do they deserve their popularity?" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 30). MBA Probate Law Section Council member Melissa Langa co-wrote an article examining the viability of so-called "nominee trusts."

  • "As Charlie Baker cements legacy with historic SJC appointments, focus turns to lower courts," Boston Herald (Nov. 23). MBA President Denise I. Murphy discussed the continued importance of diversifying the judiciary in the wake of Gov. Charlie Baker's recent appointments to the Supreme Judicial Court.

  • "Macy’s customer can’t bring class action over data breach," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 23). MBA member Kevin V.K. Crick commented on a U.S. District Court judge's decision finding that a Macy's customer who had personal information stolen in a cyberattack lacked standing to bring a class action against the company under the Massachusetts privacy statute.

  • "Budd confirmed as SJC chief in historic appointment," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 23). A story on the unanimous confirmation of Kimberly S. Budd as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court included comments from MBA President Denise I. Murphy and MBA Executive Management Board member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.