House of Delegates holds first meeting of 2014-15

Issue November 2014 By Jason Scally

The Massachusetts Bar Association's House of Delegates (HOD) met for the first time under current MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian at the inaugural meeting of the 2014-15 association year on Sept. 30.

Kazarosian kicked off the meeting by congratulating President-elect Robert W. Harnais and Secretary Christopher P. Sullivan on their recent awards from the Quincy Bar Association and Federal Bar Association, respectively. The MBA president also announced that she has been appointed by Gov. Deval L. Patrick to serve on his Commission to Study the Compensations of assistant district attorneys and Commission for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) staff attorneys.

In addition to discussing her newly created Voir Dire Task Force and the MBA's role in discussions over voir dire implementation and education, Kazarosian highlighted several important dates for the 2014-15 year, including the MBA's Annual Dinner, which will be held May 7, 2015.

Following reports from other MBA officers and Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, the HOD took action on several agenda items, voting to:

  • Elect Walter A. Costello Jr., James Gavin Reardon Jr. and Paul E. White to three-year appointments on the MBA's Executive Management Board and to elect Martha Rush O'Mara to fill the vacancy created by Veronica J. Fenton;
  • Elect Richard P. Campbell, William T. Hogan III, Josephine A. McNeil and Brigid E. Mitchell each to a two-year term as MBA Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates;
  • Support the recommendation of the Probate Law Section Council that SCJ Rule 1:14 be deleted altogether since Section 3-904 of the MUPC makes such Rule unnecessary; and
  • Authorize the MBA to engage the SJC to hold a more detailed review of Rule 45 prior to any amendments being adopted.