Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, July 15, 2021


  • "Judiciary IT bond bill will fund digital transformation," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 12). This week's Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly editorial urges the state Legislature to pass an information technology bond bill for the judicial branch (H. 1520). The editorial notes that the MBA's House of Delegates has endorsed the bill, which would provide $164 million in bond funding to modernize Massachusetts courts and improve their user experience for both lawyers and litigants.

  • "Judge: MCAD not a necessary first step for public accommodations case," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 12). MBA Past President Marsha V. Kazarosian and MBA member Joseph L. Sulman commented on a Superior Court judge's decision finding that a party in a public accommodations case could file suit without having to first bring the claim to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

  • "Condo owner can’t claim common area by adverse possession," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 12). MBA member Michael W. Merrill discussed a case of first impression decided in the Land Court, where a judge rejected a claim by owners of a condominium unit that they obtained sole ownership of the common area by adverse possession.

  • "State courts set course for post-pandemic operations," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 12). MBA COVID-19 Response Task Force member Kathy Jo Cook, MBA Executive Management Board member Anthony J. Benedetti and Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey were quoted in an article about the reopening of state courts under recent orders issued by the Supreme Judicial Court.

  • "Bar loses ‘remarkable’ lawyer and judge, ‘fascinating person,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 12). Hon. Joan N. Feeney (ret.), an MBA member formerly of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, wrote an article acknowledging the recent passing of retired U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge William Hillman.

  • "Massachusetts state courts to lift most COVID-19 restrictions," WBZ-TV (July 11). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann was interviewed about the resumption of in-person hearings in state courts.

  • "Unruly arraignments for 'Rise of the Moors' members in highway standoff," Boston 25 News (July 7). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann discussed the chaotic scene in court as seven members of the Rise of the Moors group faced arraignment on charges stemming from a highway standoff in Wakefield. 

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