Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, May 27, 2021

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  • "Ballrooms become courtrooms to get jury trials moving," The Wall Street Journal (May 21). MBA President Denise I. Murphy was interviewed about Massachusetts' use of ballrooms and other nontraditional locations to hold jury trials.

  • “Judge blocks Mayor Janey’s plan to fire embattled Police Commissioner White while he appeals her ruling,” Boston Globe (May 26). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in a story about the stay granted to Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White allowing an appeal of the judge’s earlier ruling denying White’s injunction request, which sought to block acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey’s attempt to remove the commissioner from his position.  

  • "Judge blocks termination proceedings for embattled BPD Commissioner Dennis White while his lawyer appeals ruling," Boston 25 News (May 26). MBA Criminal Justice Section Council member Peter Elikann was interviewed about the ongoing legal proceedings involving Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White, whom the city is attempting to replace over allegations of domestic violence.

  • MBA member Anne M. Stevenson, winner of the 2020 MBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, was profiled in the Marblehead Reporter (May 26) and the Marblehead Patch (May 21).

  • "George Floyd died a year ago: How has the conversation around police brutality changed in Massachusetts and nationwide?" The Republican (May 25). MBA Past President Marsha V. Kazarosian's role on the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission was mentioned in an article about the state's police reform efforts.

  • "The Floyd Factor: Locals reflect a year after George Floyd's killing," The Eagle-Tribune (May 23). MBA Past President Marsha V. Kazarosian discussed the state of policing and racial justice in Massachusetts one year after the tragic death of George Floyd.

  • "Case against ‘careless’ smoker survives summary judgment," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 24). MBA members Edward C. Bassett Jr. and Benjamin J. Wish commented on a federal judge's decision finding that the insurance carrier for the downstairs tenant of a commercial building could proceed with a negligence claim against the upstairs tenant for allegedly starting a fire through careless smoking.

  • "Abutter argues medical cannabis business must be nonprofit," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 24). MBA members Michael D. Rosen and George A. Hall Jr. discussed a Supreme Judicial Court case involving the issue of nonprofit versus for-profit status for medical marijuana dispensaries.  

  • "Five candidates emerge to succeed Fabricant as Superior Court chief," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 24). A report on the candidates to succeed Superior Court Chief Justice Judith Fabricant mentioned MBA members and Superior Court Judges Mark D Mason (a past MBA president), Jeffrey A. Locke, John “Jack” T. Lu, Heidi Brieger and Thomas F. McGuire Jr.
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