Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022


  • "Girlfriend posted $50k cash bail after being charged with manslaughter in death of Boston officer," Boston 25 News (Feb. 2). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter Elikann was interviewed about the arraignment of a woman charged with manslaughter following the death of her boyfriend, Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe.

  • "Failure-to-accommodate claim survives summary judgment," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 31). MBA members Tracey E. Spruce and David E. Belfort commented on a U.S. magistrate judge's decision that an employee whose PTSD was triggered by confined spaces and stressful situations could bring a disability bias claim against her employer for allegedly failing to provide her a private office with a window.

  • "Judgment debt excepted from discharge," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 31). MBA member Christine E. Devine discussed a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge's decision that an out-of-state judgment obtained by an individual who lost money investing in a Chapter 7 debtor's failed business venture was excepted from discharge as money obtained by false representation.

  • "SJC once again has MassHealth in its crosshairs," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 31). MBA member Patricia Keane Martin was quoted in an article about three cases scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Judicial Court that pertain to whether MassHealth is entitled to the remainders of annuities purchased to ensure the eligibility of institutionalized spouses for long-term care.

  • "The wonders of modern credit," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 31). MBA member and retired Judge Robert A. Cornetta, after recently seeing an online offer to buy pizza with a six-week loan, outlined the many legal issues that would be introduced by this concept.

  • On Thursday, Jan. 27, the MBA co-sponsored the 23rd Annual Talk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, which was attended virtually by hundreds of lawyers and featured remarks by MBA President Thomas M. Bond. The event was covered by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, The Boston Herald and The Sentinel & Enterprise, and in a State House News Service article published by The Gloucester Daily Times and The Eagle-Tribune.

In Other News

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

"Hundreds of lawyers ‘Talk to the Hill’ seeking more funding for civil legal aid," Equal Justice Coalition (Jan. 27), via @EqualJusticeMA.

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