Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023


  • On Oct. 31, Gov. Maura Healey announced new executive clemency guidelines that seek to improve fairness and equity in the criminal justice system. Among those applauding the new guidelines was MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, whose comments appeared in articles published by The Boston Globe, WBUR, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, NBC10 BostonNECN and The Recorder. Articles published in The Eagle-Tribune, The Daily News of Newburyport and The Salem News also featured supportive comments offered by MBA Clemency Task Force Co-Chair Pauline Quirion. In addition, a Boston Globe editorial noted that Healey's new guidelines closely follow those proposed last spring by the MBA's Clemency Task Force.

  • MBA President Damian J. Turco was a featured guest on WBZ’s New England Weekend radio segment where he previewed the MBA’s Nov. 1 Dial-A-Lawyer program.

  • State House News Service reported on Oct. 31 that MBA Criminal Justice Section Council Chair Barry J. Bisson testified in support of legislation that would end the practice of suspending driver's licenses for nonpayment of fees. The article was also published by Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyWBZ NewsRadio 1030 and other outlets.

  • "Some see picks for Probate Court bench as long past due," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 30). MBA President Damian J. Turco and MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy were quoted in an article about calls for Gov. Maura Healey's administration to appoint additional judges to the Probate and Family Court. The article also quoted Trial Court Chief Justice Jeffrey A. Locke, an MBA member.

  • "Tort claim not barred by ‘sudden medical emergency’ rule," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 30). MBA members Bridget A. Lopez and Kevin J. McCullough commented on an Appeals Court decision that the "sudden emergency doctrine" did not preclude a negligence claim against a driver with undiagnosed sleep apnea who lost consciousness and then rear-ended an MBTA bus.

  • "Suffolk bench aims to connect with bar at November conference," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 30). Superior Court Chief Justice Heidi E. Brieger and Suffolk County Acting Clerk for Civil Business John E. Powers III, both MBA members, discussed an upcoming civil bench-bar conference for the Suffolk County Superior Court.

  • "Legacies of late prosecutor, defense attorney to be honored at trial advocacy awards ceremony," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 30). Hon. Christopher J. Muse (ret.) and Trial Court Chief Justice Jeffrey A. Locke, both MBA members, were quoted in an article about the first annual Paul McLaughlin and Peter Muse Trial Advocacy Awards ceremony, which will honor the late attorneys for whom the awards are named. MBA member Hon. Robert N. Tochka (ret.) was also noted to be a driving force behind the event.

  • "‘Beacons’ on the hill," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Oct. 30). MBA Access to Justice Section Council member Elizabeth A. Soule and MBA member Mala M. Rafik were among those pictured at a recent awards ceremony presented by the Equal Justice Coalition.
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