Thursday, May. 24, 2012
Top: The Hon. James Collins asked the delegation to consider endorsing proposed measures to increase judicial compensation.
Middle left: MBA President Richard P. Campbell ceremonially passes the gavel to President-elect Robert L. Holloway Jr.
Middle right: Co-chairs Eric Parker and Radha Natarajan discuss the highlights of the Report of the Task Force on Law, the Economy and Underemployment.
Bottom: MBA Past President Denise Squillante announces the 2012 Nominating Committee report.
Photos by Tricia Oliver.
Delegates accept a report relative to the law economy and endorse a pay increase for judges
Ceremonial passing of the gavel takes place
The final meeting of the House of Delegates for the 2011-12 took
place at the University of Massachusetts Boston last Thursday.
Among the business at the meeting, the delegation voted to accept a
report from the MBA's Task Force on Law, the Economy and
Underemployment entitled "Beginning the Conversation." Delegates
also heard from Massachusetts Judges Conference on a long-overdue
salary increase for members of the bench. The meeting concluded
with the ceremonial passing of the gavel from MBA President Richard
P. Campbell to MBA President-elect Robert L. Holloway Jr.
Eric Parker and Radha Natarajan, co-chairs of the Task Force on
Law, the Economy and Underemployment, summarized the comprehensive
report put together by the 14-member group that first met last
fall. Delegates voted to accept the report -- "Beginning the
Conversation" -- that explores the causes of and potential
solutions for the underemployment of recent law school graduates in
Massachusetts. To read the full report, click
The Hon. James Collins, president of the Massachusetts Judges
Conference, was on hand to address the MBA HOD on the topic of
judicial compensation. HOD voted to endorse the plea of the MJC in
implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Board on
Compensation for Honorable Judicial Salaries (a.k.a. Guzzi
Commission) issued in 2008. Currently, according to the National
Center for State Courts, the 2011 salaries of the Massachusetts
judiciary ranked 47th among its national peers after
accounting for cost of living. For more information on this topic,
see the May issue of Lawyers
The business meeting came to a close with the ceremonial passing
of the gavel. Campbell handed over the gavel to President-elect
Robert L. Holloway Jr., who Campbell described as a "true consensus
builder and team player." Holloway, who begins his term as
president on September 1, 2012, accepted the gavel and pointed to
the successes of Campbell's term. "I'm extraordinarily honored,"
For complete coverage of the May 17 House of Delegates meeting,
look for an article in the July issue of Lawyers