Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

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  • "Mass. Bar Association offers free legal help," WBZ NewsRadio 1030 (Jan. 6). MBA member Samuel A. Segal was interviewed for a segment on the MBA's monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program and its important role in providing legal assistance during the pandemic. Segal is a longtime Dial-A-Lawyer volunteer and former chair of the MBA's Lawyer Referral Service Committee.

  • "Snap Judgments: Lawyers predict issue that will dominate legal landscape in 2021," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 4). MBA President Denise I. Murphy and MBA Executive Management Board member Anthony J. Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, gave their thoughts on what will be the defining issue in the legal community in 2021.

  • "‘Total pollution exclusion’ doesn’t bar excess coverage for oil spill," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 4). MBA members Vincent J. PisegnaSara Perkins Jones and Michael F. Aylward discussed a First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding that an excess carrier breached its policy by denying coverage for cleanup costs stemming from a gasoline spill involving one of the policyholder's trucks.

  • "Bid to end professor’s suit cites to ‘ministerial exception,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 4). MBA member Dwight G. Duncan was quoted about a Supreme Judicial Court case that will focus on whether the First Amendment's "ministerial exception" bars the claims of a professor at a Christian college who alleges that she experienced discrimination based on her opposition to school policies concerning LGBTQ+ individuals.

  • In a story published on Dec. 31, State House News Service reported on the signing of police reform legislation by Gov. Charlie Baker, noting that the MBA's Civil Rights & Social Justice Section Council will appoint an attorney to serve on the newly created Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. The story was published by several local media outlets, including WBUR, The Eagle-Tribune, WBZ NewsRadio 1030, the Cape Cod Times, The Salem News, The Lowell Sun, The Patriot Ledger, 7News Boston, WGBH and WWLP

  • "1st Circuit OKs surreptitious recording of police," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 28). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Murat Erkan and MBA member Howard Friedman commented on a First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding that the Massachusetts wiretapping statute violates the First Amendment to the extent that it prohibits citizens from secretly recording police officers discharging their official duties in public spaces.

  • "District Court judge’s first novel explores theme of recovery after loss," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 28). Hon. Richard A. Eustis, an MBA member and the acting first justice of the Marlborough District Court, was interviewed about his recently published novel, “Works in Progress.” 

  • "Legal community rises to challenge of pandemic," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 28). An editorial highlighting positive developments in a challenging year for the local legal community mentioned the establishment of the Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Access to Justice Fund, which is a collaboration between the Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Access to Justice Fund Advisory Committee, the MBA and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

  • "Celebrating ‘Top Women’ in the legal profession," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 28). MBA Vice President Grace V.B. Garcia was pictured with fellow honorees at Lawyers Weekly’s Nov. 17 Top Women of Law virtual celebration, where she was inducted into the Circle of Excellence.

  • "Mass. court case backlog doubles during the pandemic," WBUR (Dec. 25). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann was quoted in a story about the backlog of court cases that has developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • "Mass Bar Association lawyer questions move by Natick Planning Board," MetroWest Daily News (Dec. 22). MBA Real Estate Law Section Council member Jordana R. Greenman discussed the Natick Planning Board's decision not to release a legal opinion provided by the town counsel. 

  • "Letter to Biden team: Make bar advocates eligible for student loan forgiveness," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 21). MBA President Denise I. Murphy, who co-chairs the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, discussed the group's argument in a recent letter to the Biden administration that bar advocates should be eligible for student loan forgiveness.

  • "Late Middlesex ADA’s passion for justice reverberated globally," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 21). An article chronicling the life of late Middlesex Assistant District Attorney and MBA member Kevin J. Curtin also quoted MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy and MBA members Alice E. Richmond and Deborah M. Silva. Curtin won the MBA's Access to Justice Prosecutor Award in 2017. 

  • "Biden’s proposed ban of (most) noncompetes: Steps to take (now) to protect trade secrets and goodwill," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 21). MBA member Russell Beck co-wrote an analysis of a proposed policy by incoming President Joe Biden that would ban most noncompete agreements.

In Other News

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

"First year updates from the Massachusetts SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being," (Dec. 29), via @LCL_MassLawyers.

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