Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019




MBA's Student Loan Bankruptcy Assistance Project Win Highlighted in Lawyers Weekly

  • Morrissey Frank"Home equity alone cannot stop student loan discharge," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Aug. 12). MBA member Francis C. Morrissey discussed a favorable decision he received from the 1st Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel on behalf of a client he represented pro bono as part of the MBA's Student Loan Bankruptcy Assistance Project, which he co-chairs. The BAP ruled that a debtor's home equity could not be the sole basis for denying a discharge of her student debt. 


  • "SJC changes course, orders judge facing federal charges to get $184,000 salary," The Boston Globe (Aug. 13). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy applauded the Supreme Judicial Court's decision to reinstate the salary of suspended Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Joseph. Healy was also quoted in a story published by Law360 and in another story by Law 360, and interviewed by WGBH Radio. The amicus brief filed by the MBA in the case of In Re: Shelley M. Joseph was mentioned as part of news coverage by the Associated Press and featured in several media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report.

  • "Police react to video of officers allegedly entering home before warrant," Boston 25 News (Aug. 13). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was interviewed about a viral video that allegedly shows police entering a home without a warrant to investigate potential drug activity.

  • "Expert unnecessary to support Lemon Law claim," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Aug. 12). MBA member Kevin V.K. Crick commented on an Appeals Court decision finding that expert testimony was not needed to support a consumer's "Lemon Law" claim against the auto manufacturer that sold him his new truck.

  • "Risks, obstacles in motions to dismiss," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Aug. 12). Hon. Douglas H. Wilkins, an MBA member and a Superior Court judge, co-wrote a column outlining some of the factors that attorneys should consider before filing motions to dismiss. 

  • "‘Deflategate’ filmmaker, stars to take part in screening, panel at Social Law Library," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Aug. 12). MBA member Daniel L. Goldberg, who serves as lead litigation counsel for the New England Patriots, discussed his involvement in a documentary film on the "Deflategate" scandal.

  • "The value of leadership communication," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Aug. 12). MBA member Susan Letterman White wrote a column explaining why effective communication is critical to the success of attorneys serving in leadership positions.

  • "I, the juror … finally," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Aug. 12). MBA member Harvey Weiner, president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, wrote a recap of his recent experience as a juror in state District Court.
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