Cowan to serve as the Massachusetts interim U.S.
William "Mo" Cowan has been selected by Gov. Deval L. Patrick to
serve as the Massachusetts interim U.S. senator. Patrick's former
chief of staff, Cowan will hold the post until a June 25 special
election determines who will succeed John F. Kerry, who resigned
after being named Secretary of State.
Patrick announced his selection of Cowan on Wednesday, Jan. 30
in the Governor's Council chambers at the State House.
"The governor went with his most trusted confidant. Cowan has
the wisdom and practicality to be a great steward for the state,"
said Martin W. Healy, MBA chief legal counsel and chief operating
"Mo has been at the forefront of every one of Patrick's inside
political appointments and complex legal decisions. He enjoys a
great working relationship with federal and state office holders,"
Healy said. "The historic appointment of an African American U.S.
senator could not have been handled better by the governor."
Hired by Patrick in 2009 as his legal counsel, Cowan was
promoted to chief of staff one year later. He stepped down from his
position in November with plans to return to the private
Flynn wins MBA iBelong campaign challenge
The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce member
Judith M. Flynn has won the association's iBelong campaign
challenge. The iBelong campaign was established in November 2012
and allows members to share their personal reasons for belonging to
the MBA at www.massbar.org/iBelong. As the 2013 iBelong winner,
Flynn has received a free 2013-14 MBA membership.
"The whole (of the MBA) is greater than the sum of its parts:
there is not really one distinguishing element of the MBA that
makes it the valuable resource that it is, but the totality of its
many resources. The educational programs, networking, advocacy,
publications, member groups, events, etc. The MBA is a great value,
providing far more than the annual cost in benefit," wrote Flynn in
her winning submission.
Flynn is the founder of the Elder Law Office of Judith M. Flynn
in Rockland, where she specializes in long-term care planning,
estate planning, assisted living, crisis planning, special needs
planning and conservatorships.
An MBA member since 2003, Flynn joined because of the valuable
resources the MBA has to offer. Recently, Flynn has greatly
benefited from the numerous MBA educational seminars and resources
highlighting changes in the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code and
the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code.
"The educational programs and networking were most important to
me as a new attorney," Flynn said. "The educational programs are
just as important to me today [as they were when I started out]
since nearly every aspect of my practice area has been affected by
significant changes in the laws over the past few years. The On
Demand programs are a valuable resource to me as a sole
practitioner, allowing me to view programs at my convenience."
Fee named trustee of Parmenter VNA and Community Care
Massachusetts Bar Association member Michael C. Fee was recently
named to the board of trustees of Parmenter VNA and Community Care
Inc. in Wayland. Parmenter VNA and Community Care Inc. is an
independent, non-profit provider of home care and hospice services
to residents of MetroWest, founded in 1954.
As a shareholder at the law firm of Pierce & Mandell PC in
Boston, Fee's practice concentrates in the areas of commercial,
real estate, and health care litigation.
Fee has been involved with the MBA for many years. From 2002 to
2004, he served as chair of the MBA's Property Law Section Council.
He formerly served on the MBA's Budget and Finance Committee, as
well as the Executive Management Board.
Fee has also served on a variety of non-profit and municipal
boards, and is currently the chairman of the Sudbury Planning Board
and a commissioner of the Sudbury Water District. Fee received his
Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1982 and is a
1988 graduate cum laude from Boston College Law School.