Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Sep. 23, 2010
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From left to right: MBA Past President and ABA Delegate Kay H. Hodge explains the need for a strong Civics in Education program; After being introduced to delegates as the MBA’s new chief operating officer and chief legal counsel, Martin W. Healy discusses his goals; Real Estate Bar Association President Thomas Moriarty urges delegates to support his organizations lawsuit involving what constitutes the practice of law.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

HOD supports Civics in Education program, REBA lawsuit

The Massachusetts Bar Association's governing body unanimously endorsed a renewed Civics in Education program, supported the Probate Law and Tax Law sections' opposition to pending legislation and presented a call to action regarding a Real Estate Bar Association lawsuit.

The House of Delegates, which held its first meeting of the 2010-11 year on Sept. 16 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, also heard a presentation from Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan on the status of court funding and courthouse relocation/construction.

It was also announced that longtime MBA General Counsel Martin W. Healy, who has been serving as acting executive director, had been selected as the MBA first chief operating officer. He will also serve as the MBA's chief legal counsel.

In her first HOD meeting as president, Denise Squillante told the group that in addition to celebrating the association's 100th anniversary, her priorities will be educating the public about the ongoing crisis facing the state's court system and addressing students' understanding of the important role the legal system plays in society.

"We're in the centennial year of the MBA, and we're at a crossroads of under-funding our courts. Through the doors of these courthouses in Massachusetts are real people with real problems looking for real solutions."

Look for more information on the MBA's HOD meeting in the October Lawyers Journal.

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