MBA's new officers to begin terms Sept. 1

The Massachusetts Bar Association’s slate of officers for the 2007-08 term has officially been set. David W. White Jr., the 2006-07 president-elect, automatically succeeds to the office of president on Sept. 1.  

Here is a list of the officers and some of their achievements:

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David W. White Jr., President
White is a principal in the firm of Breakstone, White & Gluck PC in Boston. His practice concentrates in personal injury, insurance company bad faith, medical malpractice and professional liability litigation. White joined the MBA in 1986 and has been a dedicated leader for many years. He is former chair of the Civil Litigation Section and the Law Practice Management Section, and chaired both the 2005 and 2006 MBA Annual Dinner committees. He also served on the Joint Bar Committee and the Governance Task Force and co-chaired the Anniversary Fee Task Force. White was chosen as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the field of plaintiff’s personal injury law by Boston Magazine in 2004 and 2005. He lives in Westwood, where he remains an active member of the community.


McIntyre - SecretaryEdward W. McIntyre, President-elect
McIntyre is a solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation in state and federal courts and is an expert in spinal cord and brain injury law. A member of the House of Delegates since 1998, McIntyre has served the MBA in many capacities. McIntyre is a former vice president and secretary of the MBA, and served one term as vice chair and one term as chair of the Judicial Administration Section Council. Additionally, he has sat on the President’s Task Force on Judicial Evaluations and the MBA’s ABA Nominating Committee. He is also a former recipient of the MBA’s Community Service Award, and is a Massachusetts Bar Foundation fellow. He lives and practices in Clinton.



Squillante - Vice PresidentDenise Squillante, Vice President
Squillante is a solo practitioner engaged in general, private practice with an emphasis on family law, corporate law, injury and estates in Fall River. Long active in the MBA’s Family Law Section Council, she has also served on the MBA’s Presidential Task Force on Terrorism, the Amicus Committee, the Joint Bar Committee and leads the MBA’s efforts to assist lawyers in transition. Squillante is co-chair of the joint MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force and the MBA representative on the Equality Commission. This will be Squillante’s second term as vice president. She also served as secretary in 2005-06. Through her service in numerous civic and professional organizations, she has strengthened her community and the bar’s commitment to equality and access to justice.


Lucas - TreasurerRobert F. Lucas, Vice President
Lucas is a senior partner with Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, a Wakefield firm, where he practices general law. He has served on the MBA’s Executive Committee, Executive Management Board and has been an HOD regional delegate and delegate-at-large. A leader in the MBA for many years, Lucas has sat on 14 MBA committees and boards, chairing three of those. He has been a member of the House of Delegates as both a regional delegate and a delegate at-large, and has received the MBA Community Service Award and the Membership Recruitment Award. He is a past president of the First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association, and stays highly involved in the schools in and around his home community of Melrose.



Yarashus - Vice PresidentValerie A. Yarashus, Treasurer
Yarashus is a principal in the firm of Sugarman & Sugarman PC in Boston, where she concentrates in plaintiff’s trial practice and a wide variety of other general liability cases. She has contributed her time and expertise to the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and as chair of the Health Law Section of the MBA and member of the MBA House of Delegates. Yarashus has served two terms as vice president at the MBA and sat on the Civil Litigation Section Council from 1994-1997. In addition, she spearheaded the MBA Task Force on Diversity in 2005-06 and continues to chair this committee that works to increase diversity in the law profession and encourage young, minority students to consider legal careers. She lives in Holliston.


HollowayRobert L. Holloway, Secretary
A shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC in Peabody, Holloway makes his officer debut as the 2007-08 secretary. He received the MBA’s Community Service Award in 1993 and has served as the elected regional delegate to the MBA House of Delegates and on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations for six years. Holloway is a long-term member of the MBA Ethics Committee, as well as a member and past chair of the MBA’s Civil Litigation Section Council. Holloway is an emeritus member of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and has volunteered as a judge for moot court arguments at Boston University School of Law and Harvard Law School.

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MBA to offer free training for attorneys seeking to aid Massachusetts veterans

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the MBA is hosting a free training session to aid volunteer attorneys in offering pro bono services to veterans throughout the state. The program will give participating attorneys training on how to provide pro bono representation for veterans appealing denials of federal benefits in the US Court of Appeals.


The Community Services Department also urges participating attorneys to assist in a Dial-a-Lawyer specifically designed for veterans in October and deliver speaking presentations with local veteran service officers throughout the state.

Serving our Veterans in the Law – Pro Bono Training for Attorneys will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a free lunch provided by the MBA. Speakers will include Ronald B. Abrams, joint executive director, and Louis J. George, staff attorney, both of the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C. They will be explaining the legal spectrum of issues that face veterans and will lead open discussions about how to navigate federal and state appeals to benefit reductions and eliminations.


The training session will be held at the MBA, 20 West St, Boston. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500.

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Gala Dinner keynote speaker Clarke weighs in on CIA report

Richard A. Clarke, the nation’s former counterterrorism chief and the MBA’s Gala Dinner keynote speaker, has been quoted recently in ABC News reports on national security issues. 

Finding fault with CIA report

Clarke, a terrorism commentator for ABC News after serving as an advisor to the last four U.S. presidents, took issue with the 2005 CIA’s inspector general report made public Aug. 21 that claims former CIA Director George Tenet “bears ultimate responsibility” for failing to prevent Sept. 11.

The report notes there were “failures to implement and manage important processes, to follow through with operations, and to properly share and analyze critical data” and says that Tenet “did not use all his authorities in leading the (intelligence community’s) strategic effort’ against Osama bin Laden.“That’s not fair,” Clarke was quoted in ABC News reports online regarding Tenet’s actions. “Of course there was a strategic effort, and he did raise the issue at the highest levels of government.”

Clarke, who will be the keynote speaker at the MBA’s Gala Dinner on Nov. 1, is the best-selling author of Against All Enemies, in which he discusses the government’s failure to adequately address the terrorist threat. He is currently chairman of Arlington, VA-based Good Harbor Consulting LLC, which provides security risk consulting to businesses operating internationally.

Gala Dinner, Signature Events details 

The MBA’s Gala Dinner event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the new InterContinental Hotel on Boston’s waterfront. The dinner will take place in the luxury hotel’s 10,500-square-foot Rose Kennedy Ballroom.

The MBA’s three other Signature Events will be the second annual Bench-Bar Symposium, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston; the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 6, at the JFK Library Museum in Boston; and the MBA CLE Conference on Monday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

To sponsor a table or purchase a ticket for the November dinner, click here.

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Register today for the popular Family Law Conference, Sept. 28-29

September CLE programming kicks off with luncheon roundtable on Sept. 6 and seminar on Sept. 18

For more information, or to sign up for the following programs, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530, download the latest CLE brochure as a PDF file or visit the CLE Web page.


Family Law Conference

Course #: FLA08

Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. – Saturday, Sept. 29, 3:40  p.m.

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox


The theme of this year’s Massachusetts Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council is “Deciding, Proving, and Planning for Best Interests – When Family Law Cases Affect Children.” This conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet judges, socialize with colleagues and update your skills as you learn techniques and gain insights from our distinguished panel members consisting of judges and family law experts.


Faculty: David W. White Jr., Esq., MBA president, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston; Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion, Probate and Family Court; Hon. Edward J. Lapointe, Probate and Family Court; Hon. Elizabeth O’Neill LaStaiti, Probate and Family Court; Fern L. Frolin, Esq., Grindle, Robinson, Goodhue & Frolin, Wellesley; Edward P. Ryan Jr., Esq., O’Connor & Ryan PC, Fitchburg; Denise Squillante, Esq., MBA vice president, Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River.


*For program details and a complete list of faculty, click here to download the Family Law Conference Brochure.



Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series: Post-trial Issues
Course #: CLA08
Thursday, Sept. 6, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston 

Part three of our trial practice series will conclude with a discussion of all post-trial issues. Practitioners will walk away with the skills and strategies necessary to give them the competitive edge in the courtroom. Specific topics will include post-trial motions and appeals.

Current Issues in Zoning Enforcement and Licensing
Course #: PRA08
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4–7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

This seminar will provide practical advice and insight about the areas of zoning, sanitary, health and fire code and municipal licensing. Panelists will contrast enforcement actions in each area with a brief background of the legal structure of municipal zoning, licensing powers in Massachusetts and other codes.  

It’s Confidential – Privilege Law in Massachusetts
Course #: CLC08
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4–6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Privilege issues arise in an array of situations in both civil and criminal cases: at trial, in a deposition, responding to a discovery request or when planning strategy. In order to preserve a privilege, a proactive approach is often necessary. This seminar will focus on a variety of privileges, including the attorney-client, spousal, parent-child, peer review, doctor-patient, common interest and joint defense privileges. Our experienced panel will explain the concept of each privilege and provide practical tips for successfully asserting and defeating privilege claims.


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