The American College of Bankruptcy inducted Guy Moss and Mark Berman as fellows into the college on March 28 in a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. Moss is a partner with the law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston, where he is a member of the firm's financial restructuring group. Since 1973, Moss has specialized in bankruptcy law, and in 1990 he successfully argued the case of United States v. Energy Resources Co., Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court. Berman is a partner in the Boston office of Nixon Peabody LLP. He is the co-chair of the 2003 Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute. Berman also has served as a member of the Client Security Board of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
MBA President-Elect Richard C. Van Nostrand joined approximately 300 other emerging leaders of lawyer organizations from across the country at the American Bar Association's Bar Leadership Institute March 6-8 in Chicago. Van Nostrand joined ABA President Alfred P. Carlton Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., and ABA President-Elect Dennis W. Archer of Detroit in sessions on bar governance, finance, communications and planning the presidential year.
Albert B. Maggio Jr. of Boxborough, an MBA member and former chair of the Business Law Section, has been appointed to the Programs and Publications Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. Maggio is a panelist, author and co-editor of several MBA and MCLE programs and publications including the "Corporate Counsel Handbook," published by the MBA in 2000. As an active MBA member, he serves as a judge in moot court competitions and as a mentor for MBA programs. Maggio's multi-jurisdictional practice focuses on the corporate, licensing and employment requirements of emerging technology companies and their principals.
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP, the largest law firm in western Massachusetts, opened a Boston office and appointed three lawyers with significant experience in banking and financial services, employment law and litigation.
Donn A. Randall will serve as resident partner. Carol E. Kamm will serve as counsel and Andrew J. Drayer will serve as associate, according to Francis D. Dibble Jr., chairman of the firm's executive committee. Other attorneys in the firm will work in the Boston office from time to time according to client needs.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will honor Patricia Garin for her nearly 20 years of work on behalf of criminal defendants and prisoners. Garin, a partner of the firm Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin, has sued the Department of Corrections on behalf of prisoners subjected to physical brutality and unlawful discipline. Suits brought by Garin and her firm resulted in institutional safeguards.
Several members of the Boston office of the business law firm Piper Rudnick were selected for the 10th edition of "The Best Lawyers in America." The lawyers and their practice areas include Eliot M. Surkin, real estate, Daniel A. Taylor, real estate, Bruce E. Falby, business litigation, Richard D. Rudman, real estate, and E. Randolph Tucker, public utility.
MCA The Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts nominated MBA member and Andover attorney Gregory N. Eaton to serve on the Registry Users Advisory Group, a body newly established by the legislature to assist in modernizing access to land title records. The organization also nominated Boston attorney Edward A. Rainen to serve on the panel.
Both Eaton and Rainen are long-time members of the MCA Board of Directors. The Legislature created the Users Advisory Group by Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2003 signed by Gov. Mitt Romney on March 5 with a mandate to create a plan within 90 days with recommendations for use of the funds generated by the legislation's recording fee surcharge of $5 for each deed, mortgage or other document recorded.
MCA The Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts is the organization formerly known as the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association. The name change is the result of a strategic planning process that began several years ago. Organization leaders hope to broaden the association's base with the name change.