Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, June 15, 2023


  • “Healey recommends seven pardons for decades-old crimes ranging from drug possession to arson,” The Boston Globe (June 15). MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy was quoted following a press conference by Gov. Maura Healey where she announced her recommendations to pardon seven individuals. The story, including a quote from Healy, was also covered by the Eagle-Tribune.

  • "Governor Healey preparing to recommend pardons for seven people, a rarity early in a governor’s term," The Boston Globe (June 15). An article on Gov. Maura Healey's plan to recommend pardons for seven people noted that the MBA's Clemency Task Force recently provided her administration with a set of proposed changes to the clemency process.  

  • "SJC justice to retire early, giving Healey first chance to name member of state’s highest court," The Boston Globe (June 13). MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy discussed the legacy of Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Elspeth B. Cypher following Monday's announcement that she will retire in January 2024.

  • "How will Trump's attorneys defend him? Boston lawyer weighs in," NBC10 Boston (June 13). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter Elikann previewed the federal indictment and case of former President Donald Trump, who is charged in connection with his handling of classified documents.

  • "Cypher retirement creates first SJC vacancy for Healey," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 12). MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy issued a statement in response to the retirement announcement of Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Elspeth B. Cypher, who is a former co-chair of the MBA's Criminal Justice Section Council.

  • "$630 million legal-mal claim can proceed," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 12). MBA Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council Chair Jessica Gray Kelly and MBA members James S. Bolan and Jonathan D. Plaut commented on a Superior Court judge's decision that a hedge fund partner can bring a malpractice claim against a law firm over a contractual provision that allowed the fund's general partner to strip him of his stake by carrying out certain permitted transactions.

  • "Mayhem at MBTA keeping personal injury lawyers busy," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 12). MBA member Peter J. Ainsworth was quoted in an article about the rise in personal injury claims against the MBTA.

  • "Jurisdictional issue jeopardizes eight-figure verdict," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 12). MBA members Stephen D. Riden, Payal Salsburg and Emily C. Shanahan commented on a First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that relates to diversity of citizenship for federal jurisdiction in cases involving limited liability companies or trusts.

  • "SJC agrees to hear constitutional challenge to switchblade carry ban," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 12). MBA member Keith G. Langer discussed an upcoming Supreme Judicial Court cases that will involve the constitutionality of the state's absolute ban on carrying switchblade knives.  

  • "Should Rollins face BBO investigation? Experts weigh in," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 12). MBA Ethics Committee member Alan E. Brown and MBA members James S. Bolan and Harvey A. Silverglate discussed whether former U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins could face discipline from the Board of Bar Overseers based on her reported conduct while in office.
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