Issue October 2007

Launching the Lawyers Eco-Challenge

Lawyers can join the worldwide fight against global warming by participating in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lawyers Eco-Challenge, a program that will help practitioners change the way they do business.

MBA President David W. White Jr. last month launched the challenge, which includes multiple initiatives. The Energy and Environment Task Force will develop “Green Guidelines” for law firms to be published later this fall. The new year will bring a contest that asks lawyers to put those guidelines to use and track how much they can reduce their energy consumption. Throughout, practitioners will be asked to pledge to become more environmentally responsible.

Justice Margot Botsford’s journey to the SJC

Paintings of Oliver Wendell Holmes with his distinguished, thick moustache hang high on the walls of the courtroom named in his honor on the second floor of the John Adams Courthouse. Below, newly appointed Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Margot G. Botsford pulled on her heavy black robe—the very same robe that she has worn since her appointment to the bench in 1989—and stood beside the bench at which Holmes sat when he was a member of the Supreme Judicial Court more than 100 years ago.

Botsford recently became only the fifth woman to sit on the SJC since it was established in 1692. Despite this milestone, Botsford is nothing but modest. She told onlookers at her swearing-in ceremony several weeks ago that she is “deeply grateful” for her appointment to the SJC.