Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 28, 2009
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Left: The passing of the gavel from 2008-09 MBA President Edward W. McIntyre to future 2009-10 President Valerie A. Yarashus.

Right: Representatives from all honored firms accept their Eco-Challenge award from MBA President Edward W. McIntyre. Honored firms include Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston; Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston; and The Law Offices of Sean Cleary, Amherst.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

House of Delegates meeting features ceremonial passing of the gavel

HOD votes to unanimously support three measures

Massachusetts Bar Association President Edward W. McIntyre presided over the last House of Delegates meeting of his presidency on May 21. The gathering at the MassMutual Center in Springfield discussed several issues, from the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act to new alimony guidelines.

HOD voted unanimously to support all three measures brought before the body:

  • A report of the Joint Alimony Task Force that will serve as the first draft of guidelines to set consistent and predictable alimony amounts and timelines;
  • A report of the Drug Policy Task Force that suggests placing drug offenders in drug treatment programs rather than jail, resulting in the savings of tax dollars; and
  • An American Bar Association resolution urging Congress to repeal a portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that prevents the federal government from recognizing any same sex marriage even if it occurred in a state that has legalized same sex marriage.
Following HOD, McIntyre ceremoniously passed the gavel to President-elect Valerie A. Yarashus, who will succeed to president on Sept. 1 for the 2009-2010 association year. McIntyre presented Yarashus with a copy of The Joy of Living after calling her a true leader who is a gifted listener with the ability to develop reciprocal relationships. “She is a wonderful human being and an accomplished lawyer,” McIntyre said. “She’s a glowing example for all of us in the legal community.”

Said Yarashus of McIntyre, “We are so grateful to have had you as a president. You are a kind, generous, wise person.”

Also at HOD, MBA General Counsel and Acting Executive Director Martin W. Healy was congratulated on his 20 years of service to the MBA with a speech from Access to Justice Section Chair James T. Van Buren and several gifts.

After HOD, McIntyre presented awards to three law firms that participate in the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge for their environmentally friendly practices. Those firms were:

  • Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston;
  • Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston; and
  • The Law Offices of Sean Cleary, Amherst.
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