MBA Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Co-Chair Martha
Rush O'Mara has been appointed chair of the Massachusetts
Legal Assistance Corp.'s board of directors. MLAC is governed by an
11-member board of directors, 10 of whom are appointed by the
Supreme Judicial Court. The eleventh is the chief justice for
administration and management of the trial court or the judge's
Rush O'Mara, who was nominated to the MLAC board by the MBA, is
a solo practitioner who concentrates on child law in the Boston
Juvenile Court and the Probate and Family Court. Rush O'Mara has
served on the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Committee
Huston to chair foley hoag's trademark and copyright
Intellectual property lawyer Julia Huston has
joined Foley Hoag LLP as a partner in the firm's Intellectual
Property Department to chair its Trademark and Copyright practice
Huston has experience as a trademark litigator, as well as
counseling and strategy in a number of IP areas. As chair of the
Trademark and Copyright practice group, Huston will be responsible
for expanding the firm's existing practice in trademarks,
copyrights, domain names and e-commerce.
She was previously chair of the Trademark Practice group at
Sunstein, Kann, Murphy & Timbers in Boston.
Huston is currently president of Greater Boston Legal Services,
the largest provider of civil legal aid to low-income families in
New England, and is chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, which
advocates for legal aid funding for the poor.
As a past-president of the Women's Bar Association of
Massachusetts and a former board member of YWCA Boston, Huston has
advocated for gender and racial equality. She will receive a "Women
of Justice" award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in December and
was recently named by Law & Politics as one of the top women
lawyers in Massachusetts and New England for the third year in a
row. Huston also holds leadership roles in the Boston Bar
Association and the International Trademark Association.
Lukey named first woman president of american college of
Boston attorney Joan A. Lukey became the first
woman elected president of the American College of Trial Lawyers,
an honorary association of 5,700 trial lawyers and judicial Fellows
in the United States and Canada. She was installed as president at
the group's annual meeting, which was held in Boston Oct. 10.
Lukey, a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston who focuses
on complex business litigation, is expected to focus on such
diverse issues as the vanishing jury trial and implementation of
proposed principles to address delays in the civil justice system.
She is the 60th president of the ACTL.
A Fellow of the ACTL since 1991, she was named chair of the
Massachusetts State Committee in 1997, elected regent in 2002 and
served as secretary in 2006 and treasurer in 2007.
Lukey is a past president of the Boston Bar Association and is
active in other legal organizations. Since 1983, she has been
consistently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best
Lawyers in America.
She is a graduate of Smith College and Boston College Law