John J. Carroll Jr. named chair of the Equal Justice
John J. Carroll Jr. has been named the new chair of the Equal
Justice Coalition, an advocacy group that promotes the funding of
civil legal aid for low-income people in Massachusetts. A trial
lawyer since 1974, Carroll is a partner at Meehan, Boyle, Black
& Bogdanow PC. He has been the Massachusetts Bar Association's
representative to the Equal Justice Coalition since 2010 and serves
on the board of Greater Boston Legal Services.
In his early years as a lawyer, Carroll traveled to South Dakota
where he was a staff attorney on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian
Reservations. He handles pro bono cases for the Boston Bar
Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project and has volunteered at the
Catholic Lawyer's Guild's St. Francis House.
Firm donates 1,000 bike helmets to Boston youth programs
MBA Past President David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck
PC handed out bicycle helmets to Boston-area youth as part of his
firm's program to promote bicycle safety for children and bicycling
advocacy for adults.
Over the spring and summer, the firm donated nearly 1,000 bicycle
helmets through programs in Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and
Dedham. Helmets were given to Mayor Menino's Boston Bikes Roll It
Forward program, CYCLE Kids of Cambridge, the Winter Hill Community
School in Somerville, the Dedham Bike Rodeo and others.
"This is the first year of our project, and we look forward to
expanding it significantly in years to come," said White.
"Awareness of head-injury prevention is critical for the health of
our children. We hope that our helmet distribution will help
increase safety awareness and prevent injuries."
Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, which has extensive experience
handling personal injury claims on behalf of injured bicyclists,
also created a Bicycle Accident Lawyers App as part of its
commitment to bicycle safety. The free app, which is available for
both Apple and Android-based phones, provides tips and tools for
cyclists who have been in a bicycle accident. For more information
on the firm's bike safety program visit www.bwglaw.com.
ABA delegation honors Hodge
The Massachusetts delegation to the American Bar Association House
of Delegates honored Massachusetts State Delegate Kay H. Hodge for
her years of service at a luncheon on July 25. Her term as state
delegate ended at the conclusion of the ABA's Annual Meeting in
August. She will be succeeded by Alice Richmond.
MBA Past President Squillante joins Court Management Advisory
The Supreme Judicial Court has appointed MBA Past President Denise
Squillante to the Court Management Advisory board, which was
created by the Legislature in 2003 to advise and assist on judicial
administration and management reform. Squillante will serve a
three-year term, ending in June 2016.
Long active in the MBA's Family Law Section Council and its
committees, Squillante has lent her energy to the MBA's
Presidential Task Force on Terrorism, the Amicus Committee and the
Joint Bar Committee. A former recipient of the MBA's Pro Bono
Publico Award, Squillante is a longtime member of the MBA's House
of Delegates and a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Life Fellow.
In addition to her work with the MBA, Squillante is a member of
the Probate Court Modification Task Force, a trustee of
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. and on the Program
Committee of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.
Since starting as a solo practitioner in Fall River more than 30
years ago, Squillante has grown her practice into a small firm
concentrating in family law, corporate law, personal injury and
trusts and estates. She also provides business and legal consulting
services to corporations.
MBA members honored among 'Top Women of Law'
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly will honor 52 women,
including 16 MBA members, as Top Women of Law on Wednesday, Oct.
23, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The award recognizes those "who
have made great professional strides and demonstrated outstanding
accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena and social
Three MBA members will be among five women inducted into
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Circle of Excellence. The
honor, which is new this year, salutes those women who continue to
exemplify the continued professional, civic and mentoring
achievements year in and year out in the Massachusetts legal
community. Each inductee is a two-time honoree of the Top Women of
The MBA members honored as Top Women of Law are:
- Juliane Balliro, Nelson, Mullins, Riley &
- Maryann Civitello, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris,
Glovsky & Popeo PC
- Kimberly A. Dougherty, Janet, Jenner &
- Elaine M. Epstein, Todd & Weld LLP
- Grace V. B. Garcia, Morrison Mahoney LLP
- Monica Halas, Greater Boston Legal
- Andrea C. Kramer, Hirsch, Roberts, Weinstein
- Melissa F. Langa, Bove & Langa PC
- Ann Marie Maguire, Law Office of Ann Marie
- Barbara H. Mitchell, Community Legal Services
and Counseling Center
- Radha Natarajan, Committee for Public Counsel
- Michelle R. Peirce, Donoghue, Barrett &
- Mary H. Schmidt, Schmidt & Federico
- Sara G. Schwartz, Schwartz Hannum PC
- Laura R. Studen, Burns & Levinson LLP
- Sarah E. Worley, Sarah E. Worley Conflict
The three MBA members inducted into the Circle of Excellence
- Pamela E. Berman, Adler, Pollock & Sheehan
- Mary L. Bonauto, Gay & Lesbian Advocates
- Susan J. Cohen, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris,
Glovsky & Popeo PC
The full list of Top Women of Law honorees is available at