Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020


  • The Boston Globe, in its initial reporting on Gov. Charlie Baker's nomination of Associate Supreme Judicial Court Justice Kimberly S. Budd to serve as chief justice of the SJC, quoted from a statement by MBA President Denise I. Murphy and also quoted MBA Executive Management Board member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. A later edition of the Globe, which also appeared in print, quoted MBA Amicus Committee Chair Thomas J. Carey Jr. The Boston HeraldThe Salem News and the Gloucester Daily Times also quoted from Murphy’s statement. Murphy was also interviewed by and quoted in a story by MassLive, which featured a quote from Benedetti, as well.

  • "Jury trials return to federal court," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 26). MBA members Leonardo A. Angiulo and Murat Erkan were quoted in an article about the resumption of criminal jury trials under new health protocols in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • "Arbitrator to decide arbitrability of employee’s sex-bias claim," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 26). MBA member David E. Belfort commented on an Appeals Court decision finding that an arbitrator, not a judge, should determine whether a mandatory arbitration agreement signed by an unpaid intern governed a sex discrimination/retaliation claim filed after she became a paid employee.

  • "Lawyers brace to defend thin blue line in troubled times," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 26). MBA member Leonard H. Kesten discussed how the current social climate may impact his work defending police officers accused of misconduct. 

  • "Enforceability of no-contest clauses in wills, trusts upheld," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 26). MBA member Emily P. Beekman co-wrote an article about a recent Appeals Court decision upholding the enforceability of no-contest clauses in Massachusetts wills and trusts.

  • "Council confirms Harnais, McNeil for District Court posts," State House News Service (Oct. 21). State House News Service reported on MBA Past President Robert W. Harnais' confirmation to the District Court. The story also appeared in The Patriot Ledgerthe Braintree Forum and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly