Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

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  • "ERISA plan can be sued for frustrating ‘death bed’ election," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 20). MBA member Alden J. Bianchi commented on a U.S. District Court judge's decision that a widow can pursue an ERISA action based on allegations that a Raytheon pension plan impeded her husband's efforts to execute a benefits election from his death bed.

  • "Judge: mediator performing legal task in drafting divorce settlement," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 20). MBA member Clinton Dalton discussed a Superior Court judge's decision that a mediator was acting as a lawyer when he drafted a divorce agreement and should not be shielded from resulting legal and malpractice claims.

  • "For legal community, chance to come out and celebrate bar’s ‘Top Women,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 20). Among those pictured at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's annual Top Women of Law celebration on Nov. 17 were MBA President Thomas M. Bond and MBA member Kirsten Z. Young, who was honored at the event.

  • "‘They were willing to let me die in there.’ The sins of Boston police past are leading to overturned convictions and prison releases," The Boston Globe (Dec. 18). An article documenting recently overturned convictions in Boston mentioned the work of the MBA-led Conviction Integrity Working Group and its recommendation that district attorney's offices establish their own conviction integrity programs.
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