Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020


  • "For SJC, Baker tends to favor smart, moderate judges," CommonWealth Magazine (Sept. 16). MBA member Peter Elikann, former chair of the MBA’s Criminal Justice Section, and Thomas Carey, who chairs the MBA’s Amicus Curiae Committee, were quoted in an article about Gov. Baker’s opportunity to appoint two new members of the SJC following the unexpected death of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and the upcoming retirement of Justice Barbara A. Lenk. 

  • Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, a towering figure in the Massachusetts legal and political community, died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 14, at age 65. In interviews with several media outlets, MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy remembered Gants as a highly gifted legal mind with a deep sense of compassion for all citizens. Healy was quoted in a breaking-news story and follow-up piece by the Boston Globe, in a WBUR story, and in a Boston Herald article also published by the Sentinel & Enterprise and Lowell Sun.

  • "SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants dies," CommonWealth Magazine (Sept. 14). The article featured several attorneys and judges speaking about the unexpected passing of SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, including MBA past president Robert W. Harnais and MBA members Susan M. Finegan, Lon F. Povich, and Anthony J. Benedetti.

  • "Can parents be liable if their kids host/attend large gatherings during a pandemic?" Boston 25 News (Sept. 14). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann discussed the issue of liability for parents and students who host large gatherings in violation of local COVID-19 regulations. 

  • "Judge: Remote-working exec doesn’t support jurisdiction, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 14). MBA member John J. Tumilty commented on a U.S. District Court judge's decision finding that Massachusetts courts have no personal jurisdiction in a contract dispute between foreign tech companies even though the New Hampshire plaintiff's chief operating officer worked remotely in Boston.
  • "Nixed organ transplant deemed sufficient injury," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 14). MBA members Elizabeth N. Mulvey and Peter M. Durney discussed a Superior Court judge's decision finding that a man bypassed for a kidney transplant based on his possible exposure to slow-incubating bacteria during a previous surgery could proceed with a negligence claim against the manufacturer of a device used in the procedure.

  • "A new guideline for handling digital evidence," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Sept. 14). Hon. Peter W. Agnes Jr. (ret.), an MBA member, co-wrote an article outlining Section 1119 of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, which provides new guidelines for handling digital evidence.

  • This week's "People in the Law" section of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly included an announcement that Denise I. Murphy has been elected president of the MBA for the 2020-21 association year, alongside President-elect Thomas M. Bond, Vice President Grace V.B. Garcia, Treasurer Damian J. Turco and Secretary Victoria Santoro Mair. Another announcement noted that MBA Labor & Employment Section Council member Nancy S. Shilepsky has been appointed to a three-year term as employee co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee.

  • "Lawrence Fire Department receives award named for victim of Merrimack Valley gas explosions," WCVB-TV (Sept. 13). MBA Past President Douglas K. Sheff was interviewed after presenting a $5,000 donation to the Lawrence Fire Department in memory of a teenager who died on Sept. 13, 2018, during a series of gas explosions in Merrimack Valley. 

  • "Business Briefs: Bond named president-elect of Mass. Bar Association," Hopkinton Independent (Sept. 13). The Hopkinton Independent published an announcement that local resident Thomas M. Bond has been named president-elect of the MBA.
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