Eco-Challenge to continue into 2008-09 association year

Issue September 2008 By Jennifer Rosinski

Leaders aim to recruit more attorneys and expand guidelines for home usage

The Massachusetts Bar Association will continue the successful MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge initiative under the direction of new MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.

More than 65 lawyers, law firms and organizations from across the state have signed the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge to make their offices more Earth friendly.

"I look forward to supporting the Eco-Challenge in its second year as it continues encouraging lawyers to cut back on their energy and resource consumption," said McIntyre, a solo practitioner in Clinton who joined the Eco-Challenge as soon as it was unveiled.

Launched in September 2007 under immediate Past President David W. White Jr, the Eco-Challenge is a joint project with the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. CLF is New England’s leading legal advocacy organization working to protect the region’s environment.

The Eco-Challenge Energy and Environmental Task Force aims to spend its second year increasing participation among the state’s lawyers and working on new projects, including issuing Green Guidelines for the home.

Last year, the task force issued a pledge and published Green Guidelines for the office as well as honored four firms for taking extraordinary steps to implement those guidelines. Those firms were: Borchers, Ware & Guglielmo in Medway; Milton, Laurence & Dixon in Worcester; McRoberts, Roberts & Rainer LLP in Boston; and Modern Times Legal in Cambridge.

"The task force is excited about continuing its important work and hopes to provide even more guidance to practitioners throughout the state on ways they can become more green, both at work and home," White said.

White formed the task force and appointed its co-chairs — Susan M. Reid and Nancy B. Reiner — who will continue to lead the group of more than one dozen attorneys. Reid is a staff attorney and director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Change Initiative for CLF, and Reiner is the executive director of Counsel On Call’s new Boston office.

These are the firms that have signed onto the Eco-Challenge since the program began in January 2008:

Signature Signers

Conservation Law Foundation, Boston

Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston

Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten LLP, Boston

Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels LLP, Boston

Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston

Debra L. Smith, Attorney at Law, Watertown

Foley Hoag LLP, Boston

Greenberg Traurig LLP, Boston

Holland & Knight LLP, Boston

Law Office of David J. Dennis and Associates LLC, Fall River

Law Office of Susan J. Crane, Sudbury

Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman LLC, Boston

MCLE Inc., Boston

Rich May, Boston

Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Boston

Shalhoub & Orlacchio PC, Boston

Todd & Weld LLP, Boston

WilmerHale, Boston

Pledge Partners

Banner & Witcoff Ltd., Boston

Bay State Legal Services LLC, Boston

Michelle Bennett, Attorney at Law, Palmer

Borchers Ware & Guglielmo PC, Medway

Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Worcester

Bromberg & Sunstein, Boston

Dorothy Carlo, Attorney at Law, Holyoke

Cetrulo & Capone, Boston

Cohen & Sales, Cambridge

Concannon Law Offices, Marshfield

Curley Law Firm LLP, Wakefield

Davids and Wollman, Swampscott

Deily, Mooney & Glastetter LLP, Brookline

Susan DeMaria, Esq., Florence

Denner Pellegrino LLP, Boston

Empire Settlement Funding, Quincy

Robert A. Feuer, Attorney at Law, Stockbridge

Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP, Lowell

Gesmer Updegrove LLP, Boston

Anna T. Green, Attorney at Law, Beverly

Klevan & Klevan LLP, Wellesley

Lahive & Cockfield LLP, Boston

Law Offices of Jagruti Acharya, Marlborough

The Law Office of Holly D. Battige, Monson

Law Offices of Joshua Blumen PC, Stoughton

Law Offices of Rachelle L. Boucher, Sagamore Beach

The Law Offices of Sean J. Cleary, Amherst

Law Office of Elizabeth Clarke, South Deerfield

Law Offices of Sherrill P. Cline PC, Marlborough

Law Office of Susan B. Frankfort, Danvers

Law Office of Dawn Harkness Esq., Framingham

Law Office of Helen G. Litsas,


Law Office of Erin McBee,

North Andover

Law Office of Glenn J. Murphy,


Law Offices of Leonard Y. Nason PC, Bedford

Law Office of Alice Olsen Mann PC, Lexington

Law Office of Kristin Palace, Topsfield

Law Office of Craig Yankes, Burlington

Stephen M. Linsky, Esq., Newton

Mackie Shea O’Brien PC, Boston

Allen J. Margulis PC, Needham

Martinelli Caputi & Associates Ltd.,
Warwick, RI

McIntyre Law Offices, Clinton

McRoberts, Roberts and Rainer, LLP, Boston

Milton, Laurence & Dixon, Worcester

Modern Times Legal, Cambridge

Office of Roberta F. Sawyer, Duxbury

Petrucelly, Nadler & Norris PC, Boston

Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster PC, Boston

Rosenberg, Freedman & Goldstein, Newton

Mary Ellen Shea, arbitrator, private practice, Amherst

Denise Squillante PC, Fall River