Thursday, Sep. 20, 2007
The Hon. Jay Blitzman asks the MBA House of Delegates to support a letter asking for further review of proposed revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct by a Supreme Judicial Court advisory committee. Listening in the background at the DCU Center in Worcester are MBA President David W. White Jr. and Lee Gartenberg, chair of the Criminal Justice Section Council and Region 7 delegate.
House of Delegates holds first meeting
MBA President David W. White Jr. presided over the first House of Delegates meeting for the 2007-08 association year earlier this week, when the leadership voted to approve several proposals that include efforts to clarify the state’s drunk driving laws and establish a Commission on judicial compensation.
MBA leaders gathered at the DCU Center in Worcester the afternoon of Sept. 19 for a luncheon and the meeting. An eight-member delegation of arbitrators from Cambodia, who attended a roundtable discussion on labor and employment issues hosted by MBA Past President Kay H. Hodge before the luncheon, was among the guests at the meeting.
White outlined his plans for the year, including supporting comprehensive reforms in two areas, state CORI laws and criminal sentencing. He also shared his goal of making lawyers more environmentally conscious with the newly formed Energy and Environment Task Force.
Criminal Justice Section Council Chair Lee Gartenberg presented two proposals that were approved by the delegates. One is to support legislation that streamlines the state’s drunk driving laws to make them easier for the bench, bar and public to understand. The other was to ask a Supreme Judicial Court advisory committee to take a second look at its proposal to change the Rules of Professional Conduct as it relates to the role of attorneys in juvenile court.
Grace V. Bacon Garcia of the Civil Litigation Section Council presented two proposals that the delegates passed. They are to support legislation that establishes a Commission on Judicial Compensation, Benefits and Pensions and allows the family of judges who die from unnatural causes while performing his or her duties to receive maximum benefits.
The last to present at the meeting was Douglas K. Sheff, chair of the newly created MBA Think Tank. He shared plans to create a long-term strategy for the association, as well as various enhancements in the areas of education, technology and communication.
Also approved at the meeting were changes to the MBA’s bylaws and policies and procedures presented by President-elect Edward W. McIntyre.