Issue November 2012

Sen. Candaras, Rep. Fernandes lauded with MBA President's Awards

The Massachusetts Bar Association bestowed both State Sen. Gale D. Candaras (D-Wilbraham) and State Rep. John V. Fernandes (D-Milford) with the MBA President's Award, which honors local attorneys' service to the profession and their community. MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. presented the award at the Oct. 26 opening reception of the MBA's Annual Family Law Conference at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox.

Symposium features updates from Chief Justice Ireland, fresh perspective from new trial court administrator

In his second Annual Address to the Legal Community, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland made early use of the word "optimism," a theme shared by other speakers at the Massachusetts Bar Association's Bench-Bar Symposium, even as they outlined some challenges that face the judiciary.

Some thoughts on professionalism and craft

In 1973, when I started out as a lawyer, being a professional seemed to me to be taken for granted. The culture was that you behaved in a certain way simply because you were a lawyer. If you did not adhere to that culture, there always was someone to remind you to do so, either an older lawyer with whom you worked or some other lawyer. Being a professional was paramount. Being a lawyer was not just a job.

MBA, others call for independent investigation in wake of alleged evidence mishandling at DPH lab

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, the Massachusetts Bar Association along with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts called on Attorney General Martha M. Coakley to appoint or call for the appointment of an independent investigator in the crisis involving the William Hinton State Drug Laboratory.