Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, May 18, 2023


  • "‘The makings of a made-for-TV movie, almost’: Legal experts weigh in on the direction of the Karen Read case," (May 16). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter Elikann discussed the latest developments in the case against a woman who is charged with second-degree murder after she allegedly struck her boyfriend with her SUV.  

  • "With probate court plan, Mass. lawmakers back the largest one-time expansion of a state bench in decades," The Boston Globe (May 15). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in an article about a proposal by state lawmakers that would add eight judges to the Probate and Family Court bench.

  • "Jury awards $24M to employee who made ‘difficult decision,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 15). MBA Labor & Employment Section Council Chair Michelle M. De Oliveira and Labor & Employment Section Council members Gavriela M. Bogin-Farber and Mark C. Preiss discussed a federal jury's award of $24 million to a company executive who was found to have suffered adverse employment actions after telling her employer about her mental health disability.

  • "1st Circuit sounds off on choice-of-law clauses," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 15). MBA members Robert R. Pierce and Joseph M. Cacace commented on two panel decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that pertain to the enforceability of choice-of-law provisions.

  • "‘Lost text’ of §1983 a game-changer, lawyer says," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 15). MBA member Leonard H. Kesten discussed a New York law professor's claim that the Civil Rights Act of 1871 contained language not included in the codified version of the law that would end the defense of qualified immunity by police and other public officials sued for civil rights violations.

  • "Letter: MBA spearheads Bench-Bar Civility Annual Honor Roll," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 15). MBA Family Law Section Council members Vicki L. Shemin, Irena W. Inman and Cynthia T. Runge wrote a letter to the editor announcing that the MBA is accepting nominations for a Bench-Bar Civility Honor Roll.

  • "Prison clemency program needs a fresh start," The Boston Globe (May 14). MBA Clemency Task Force member Patricia A. DeJuneas was quoted in an editorial that calls on Gov. Maura Healey to expand the use of clemency in Massachusetts.

  • "Defense, DAs eye resolution of OUI cases under ‘Hallinan,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 8). MBA member Ira L. Gant was quoted in an article about a recent Supreme Judicial Court decision regarding systemic misconduct at the Office of Alcohol Testing that is a victory for defendants convicted of OUI offenses based on breath-test evidence.

  • "Bench and bar, others join school in celebrating Law Day," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 8). MBA members pictured at England Law | Boston's recent Law Day Banquet and Barrister’s Ball included Appeals Court Judge Amy Lyn Blake of the Massachusetts Law Review Editorial Board, New England Law | Boston Dean Lisa R. FreudenheimBarry Feinstein, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Serge Georges Jr., Boston Municipal Court Judge Eleanor Sinnott, Appeals Court Chief Justice Mark V. Green, SJC Justice David A. Lowy, SJC Chief Justice Kimberly S. Budd and Juvenile Court Chief Justice Amy L. Nechtem.
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