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SJC appoints attorneys to the Commission on Judicial Conduct

The Supreme Judicial Court recently announced the appointment of Essex Probate and Family Court First Justice Mary Anne Sahagian as a new member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct for a six-year term, effective Dec. 1, 2008. Sahagian was first appointed to the Probate and Family Court in 1999.

Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan also appointed Joseph D. Steinfield, of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP in Boston, as a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct. John J. Carroll Jr. of Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC in Boston, was appointed as an alternate member to the commission. The six-year appointments became effective Nov. 1, 2008.

According to G.L. c. 211C, § 1, three judges are appointed to the Commission on Judicial Conduct by the justices of the Supreme Judicial Court; three lawyers are appointed by the chief justice for administration and management of the Trial Court; and three lay persons are appointed by the governor to six-year terms. Established in 1978, the Commission on Judicial Conduct investigates allegations of misconduct by state judges.


Levine of Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley PC named one of 2008’s Best Lawyers
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 Richard L. Levine
Richard L. Levine, chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group at Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau, & Saturley PC, has again been recognized as one of Massachusetts’ top attorneys by Woodard-White’s The Best Lawyers in America 2008. Levine is one of the few lawyers who have been listed as a Best Lawyer for more than 20 years.

 The Best Lawyers are compiled through an peer-review survey in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.


Holland & Knight LLP attorneys recognized as 2008 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and rising stars

Thirteen lawyers from Holland & Knight LLP’s Boston office have been selected by the publication Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2008. Only five percent of attorneys in Massachusetts are given this honor. In addition, six Holland & Knight attorneys were recognized as “rising stars,” the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming lawyers in the state.

MBA members of Holland & Knight recognized as super lawyers: Scott E. Cooper, Gordon P. Katz, Shari A. Levitan, Gael Mahony, Mark C. Michalowski, John J. Monaghan, David Scott Sloan, James D. Smeallie and Stephen S. Young.

MBA members recognized as super lawyers rising stars: Maximillian J. Bodoin, Damon P. Hart, Michael T. Maroney, David J. Santeusanio, Bradley M. Van Buren and Lynne B. Xerras.


SJC appoints Sharkey to Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct

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 Patrick J. Sharkey
The Supreme Judicial Court recently announced the appointment of Patrick J. Sharkey of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC in Boston to the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct for a three-year term. Henry C. Dinger of Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston and Harvard Law School Professor Andrew L. Kaufman were reappointed to the committee.

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 Henry C. Dinger
The Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct is responsible for reviewing the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct and making recommendations to the Rules Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Other current MBA members of the Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct include: John L. Whitlock, Mitchell H. Kaplan, Elizabeth Mulvey, James B. Re, Denise M. Regan and Marilynne R. Ryan.


Harris, Darling honored at Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys annual meeting

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 Holly K. Harris
The Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MANAELA) recently honored several individuals for their advocacy of elder services and their commitment to raising awareness of legal issues involving seniors.

Holly K. Harris of Norwell was named member of the year from among the chapter’s 550 members for her commitment of time and energy to chapter membership initiatives.

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 Hyman Darling
Hyman Darling, of Bacon Wilson PC in Springfield, a departing chapter board member who was nominated to serve on the board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc., received an award for his outstanding contributions to the chapter.  

MANAELA is the premier organization of elder law attorneys in the country, dedicated to developing awareness of issues surrounding legal services for the elderly.


Goulet elected new managing partner of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

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 Gerard R. Goulet
Gerard R. Goulet has recently been elected managing partner of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP in Boston. As managing partner, Goulet will have principal responsibility for the strategic direction, management and administration of the firm while maintaining an active practice in health care law.

Since joining Hinckley Allen in 1981, Goulet has served as the chair of the firm’s health care practice for many years, and has been a member of the firm’s executive committee for the past five years.

 “Hinckley Allen is very fortunate to have such a talented and experienced partner take the reins,” said Michael P. DeFanti, the firm’s managing partner for the last 12 years.


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