MBA President Richard P. Campbell has announced the members of
the 2012 MBA Nominating Committee. The committee is charged with
reviewing the nominations submitted for consideration for MBA
officer positions for the 2012-13 association year, which begins
Sept. 1, 2012.
Denise Squillante, chair
She is the MBA's immediate past president and a family law and
corporate law practitioner in Fall River. A co-chair of the joint
MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force, Squillante also
served on a legislative task force that drafted major alimony
reform legislation enacted in 2011. She is a former president of
the Fall River and New England bar associations, is a Massachusetts
Bar Foundation Fellow and a Massachusetts delegate to the American
Bar Association's House of Delegates. She also received the MBA's
Pro Bono Publico Award.
Valerie A. Yarashus
An MBA past president and a principal with Meehan, Boyle, Black
and Bogdanow PC, she co-founded the MBA Monthly Leadership
Roundtables, spearheaded the MBA Diversity Task Force from 2005 to
2007 and is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial
Attorneys. Awarded the prestigious Wiedemann-Wysocki "Citation of
Excellence" from the American Association for Justice, she was
named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Hall of Fame for
Up and Coming Lawyers.
Edward W. McIntyre
An MBA past president and a solo practitioner in Clinton, he is a
U.S. Army veteran, sat on the MBA President's Task Force on
Judicial Evaluations and the MBA's ABA Nominating Committee. Chair
of MBA's Judicial Performance Evaluation Standing Committee since
2004, McIntyre is a former recipient of the MBA's Community Service
Award and is a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow and
Thomas J. Barbar
Thomas J. Barbar, chair of the MBA's Law Practice Management
Section and a past co-chair of the MBA Family Law Section Council,
is a principal at Deutsch Williams, Brooks, DeRensis & Holland
PC. Barbar has testified at the Statehouse on behalf of the MBA
regarding family law legislation. He has also been a panel
participant and chair for probate and family law issues for the
Boston Bar Association and ?the MBA.
Laurence M. Johnson
A shareholder at Davis, Malm & D'Agostine PC, Johnson was a
co-chair of the Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section.
He is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, where
he a trustee and an MBF Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow. A member
of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee and Supreme Judicial Court Law
Clerks' Society, he has served as director of the Lawyers Committee
for Civil Rights Under Law for more than 30 years.
Nancy Frankel Pelletier
An attorney with Robinson Donovan PC, she has been recognized as a
Massachusetts Super Lawyers "Top 50 Women Attorneys." A member of
the Massachusetts, Hampden County, Women's and Federal bar
associations, Pelletier is also a Fellow in the International
Association of Defense Counsel and a Life Fellow of the
Massachusetts Bar Foundation. She has also volunteered as a judge
in the MBA's Mock Trial program.
Michelle I. Schaffer
A shareholder at Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC, she
is actively involved in the Federal Bar Association and the Defense
Research Institute and published articles and spoken at educational
programs on various topics. She has served as the chair of several
educational programs sponsored by professional organizations,
including the American Bar Association, DRI and Massachusetts
Continuing Legal Education Inc.