Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
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Fern L. Frolin, chair of the MBA's Family Law Section, speaks at the Jan. 16 House of Delegates meeting.

The MBA holds its third House of Delegates meeting of the 2007-08 association year

The Massachusetts Bar Association held its third House of Delegates meeting of the 2007-08 association year at the Sheraton Springfield on Jan. 16.


The leadership voted to support four proposals presented at the meeting:

  • A redraft of S.878, which would rewrite M.G.L. c. 188, the Massachusetts Homestead Act, to close several loopholes.
  • A proposal from the IOLTA Committee to amend Mass. R. Civ. P. 23 so residual funds in class action proceedings can be directed to nonprofit organizations or foundations, or to the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.
  • Efforts by the Judicial Administration Section Council to draft and submit a proposal that would allow state court judges to experiment with a liberalized version of Rule 3.5(d) in civil cases.
  • A proposed standing order of the Probate and Family Court that would allow counsel to make copies of impounded guardian ad litem reports for in-office use only and to provide copies to expert witnesses and consultants.

MBA President David W. White Jr. shared news that the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge is off to a great start with dozens of firms signed on within one week of its launch Jan. 8 and nationwide press coverage. Visit for more information.

The MBA supports, in large part, recently unveiled reforms to CORI laws proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick, MBA General Counsel Martin H. Healy said as part of his report. Issues of expunged records and non-convictions are still unresolved and the MBA pledges to work with the state in those areas.

MBA Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington reminded leadership that Feb. 8 is the deadline for officer and delegate nominations for next year. All nomination papers must be received at 20 West St. by 5 p.m.

The next HOD meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m. on March 6. 

Look for a more comprehensive report of the January House of Delegates meeting in the February edition of Lawyers Journal.

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