Lawyers Journal

Section Round Up

Civil Litigation
The Civil Litigation Section Council has created a task force headed by section Chair Jeffrey Catalano to evaluate the current charitable cap on liability of $20,000 that applies to institutions deemed “nonprofit” in Massachusetts, which includes most hospitals.

In particular, the task force will investigate alternative legislation that improves health care quality and patient safety and also allows for fair compensation to patients harmed as a result of systemic problems in hospitals.

The task force seeks to include members of the plaintiffs’ and defense medical malpractice bar, the Massachusetts Medical Society and representatives from other interested organizations.

Criminal Justice
MBA President Mark D Mason has asked the Criminal Justice Section to address issues related to juvenile justice. Toward
this end, the Juvenile Justice Practice Group, chaired by the Hon. Jay David Blitzman, held its first meeting of this year on March 12. Its next meeting will be held on Monday, May 14 at the MBA’s Boston office at 5:30 p.m. Reply to MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at [e-mail jstevens] or (617) 338-0641 if you are interested in becoming a member of this practice group.

Labor & Employment Law
The Labor & Employment Law Section has established two committees to work with the Massachusetts Department of
Labor as they make appointments and consider procedures to best serve the needs of the public and the bar. Contact the chairs of these two liaison committees with your comments.

The MBA’s Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Liaison Committee will meet with the officials of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The goal is to make recommendations for the MCAD to best meet its legislative purpose and serve the needs of the public and the bar. The bipartisan committee (representing plaintiffs and employers) includes lawyers from different parts of the state. Plaintiffside committee members are: David Fried, Nancy Shilepsky, Tani Sapirstein and Charles Wagner. Management-side committee members are: Demitrios Moschos, Denise Murphy, Jay Presser and Catherine Reuben.

The MCAD is interested in promoting such outreach efforts. If you would like to offer suggestions, contact the committee
chair, Tani Sapirstein, of Sapirstein & Sapirstein, at [e-mail tani]. The MBA’s State Labor Liaison Committee will consider matters of interest to members of the bar who handle cases before the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration and the Joint Labor-Management Committee.

This MBA Liaison Committee is chaired by Amy Davidson of Sandulli Grace, Boston. Committee members are:
Nicholas Anastasopoulos, Mirick
O’Connell; Peter Berry, Deutsch Williams;
Ira Fader, Massachusetts Teachers
Association; Elizabeth Neumeier, mediator/
arbitrator; Beth Anne Wolfson, professor,
Bentley College; and Marilyn
Zuckerman, mediator/arbitrator.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s newly appointed Department of Labor Director George Noel met with the MBA’s Labor Relations
and Collective Bargaining Practice Group at the MBA’s Boston offices on April 10. Noel stressed his interest in establishing
good communication with the public in a candid discussion.

Noel emphasized the administration’s eagerness to hear from the public and encouraged the work of these committees
as providing representative comment on the important issues facing the administration. To attend monthly practice group meetings, there is no cost and you do not have to be a member of the MBA. The small group setting encourages informal and candid discussion among practitioners and public officials.

The purpose of these practice groups is to provide practitioners at all levels of experience an opportunity to discuss and make recommendations about important issues in their specialties. To be notified of practice group meetings, contact MBA Sections Administrator Marc D’Antonio at [e-mail dantonio].

Law Practice Management
Learn about the latest gadgets and gizmos in the legal tech world. The Law Practice Management Section Council is holding an open meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 4-5 p.m. at Southern New England School of Law, 333 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth.

The keynote speaker is Alan Klevan, a Member of the Wellesley firm of Klevan & Klevan, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of automobile negligence, negligence, premises liability, wrongful death, workers compensation and music law.

Klevan is fresh from attending the ABA’s Legal Tech Show and will be discussing the newest developments in legal technology including the advantage of wireless mobility tools, advances in search and review technologies, integration software for the office, and management of emails and tracking systems.

If you are a member of the Law Practice Management Section or the Young Lawyers Division, a member of the Bristol County Bar, Barnstable County Bar, Plymouth County Bar or a SNESL student, you are invited to this open meeting. Reply to [e-mail jstevens] indicating whether you will attend. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is limited.

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