Marsha V. Kazarosian knew she wanted to be a lawyer even before
she got to preschool.
"I started taking piano lessons when I was 3, and I knew I wanted
to be a lawyer right around the same time," Kazarosian said. "It
was a big joke in my family. I had my whole life planned out by the
age of 3."
Now a nationally recognized attorney, Kazarosian, this month,
takes over the presidency of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
As we turn the corner into the 2014-15 Massachusetts Bar
Association membership year, we can look proudly upon an impressive
record of accomplishment by Douglas K. Sheff, our immediate past
president. He, like his predecessors, invested his time, resources,
energy, blood, sweat and tears to maintain the MBA's position as
the preeminent statewide bar association in the commonwealth. And I
know that President Sheff would be the first to acknowledge that
little could be accomplished without the dedication and leadership
of our incomparable Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
Martin Healy and our talented staff.
This is an incredible time for the MBA, and I am very excited
about the upcoming year - not only because I have the privilege of
serving you as MBA president, but because this year attorneys in
Massachusetts, and particularly MBA members, will have
opportunities that we've never had before.
In August, Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law Chapter 254 of
the Acts of 2014 ("the voir dire law"), allowing
attorney-conducted voir dire in the state of
Massachusetts. Its passage permits attorneys to question potential
jurors in Superior Court trials, with the goal of obtaining a fair
and impartial jury. Judges maintain authority to impose reasonable
limitations on the process by overseeing the type of questions
asked and the amount of time an attorney is permitted.
On Aug. 7, 2014, amidst a flurry of other legislative
enactments, Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law Massachusetts Bar
Association-championed legislation relative to the uniform adult
guardianship and protective proceedings act. Chapter 225 of the
Acts of 2014 will bring clarity and predictability to guardianship
cases in which more than one state is involved. The bill's scope is
narrowly focused and will not substantively change
guardianship/conservatorship laws in Massachusetts. Instead, it
will address interstate jurisdictional conflicts. Passage of this
uniform acts brings Massachusetts law into conformity with 38 other
states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto