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HOD acts on ethics opinions, Code of Judicial Conduct

Scenes from the HOD (clockwise from top left): MBA officers Joseph Vrabel,
Richard Van Nostrand, John Dugan and Kathleen O’Donnell take part in the debate; president-elect Vrabel accepts the official MBA gavel from
Carol DiMento at the close of her final HOD meeting as president; and Ethics Committee chair Andrew Kaufman accepts an award from Carol DiMento marking his 20th year as committee chair.

At its June 26 meeting, the House of Delegates took the following actions:

  • Elected the following at-large delegates to the nominating committee: John J. Carroll, Patrick T. Clendenen, Douglas Fleming, William N. Friedler, Eric Neyman, Kathleen Reynolds Daignault, Francis T. Talty.

  • Approved the publication of three Ethics Chair Letters as MBA Opinion Nos. 2002-2, 2002-3 and 2002-4.

  • Approved an amicus curiae letter policy and approved forwarding the policy to the Supreme Judicial Court.

  • Adopted a report by the IRR Section Council on its inspection of conditions of detention for INS Detainees from Massachusetts.

  • Approved recommendations and amendments to the SJC's proposed changes to the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Also at the meeting:

  • President Carol A.G. DiMento presented Andrew Kaufman with an award marking his 20 years of service as chair of the Ethics Committee.

  • Communications Director William Weber gave a brief presentation on the Casemaker online law library, which will debut on the MBA's Web site in the fall.

  • General Counsel Martin Healy gave the delegates an update on the state budget process and prospects for court funding.

  • Executive Director Abigail Shaine presented Pres. DiMento with bound copies of Lawyers Journal, Section Review and Law Review and a President's Yearbook that included news clippings, letters and photographs that highlighted her term in office.

The meeting closed with the traditional "passing of the gavel" from Pres. DiMento to President-Elect Joseph P.J. Vrabel.

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