"Bankruptcy stay terminated for ‘repeat filer,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 31). MBA member Paul W. Carey was quoted about a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision (In Re: Smith, Leland Jr.), which found that the automatic bankruptcy stay terminated in a case involving a repeat filer.
"Planning agency can challenge foreclosure," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 31). MBA member Josef C. Culik was quoted about a Superior Court judge's ruling (Boston Redevelopment Authority v. Boston Private Bank and Trust Company, et al.), which found that a public planning agency could challenge an allegedly illegal foreclosure and preserve an affordable housing covenant.
"SJC limits exigency exception to warrant requirement," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 31). MBA members D. Christopher Dearborn and Brian E. Murphy were quoted about a Supreme Judicial Court ruling (Commonwealth v. Alexis), which established the inadmissibility of evidence seized by police who entered a defendant's home without a warrant, and whose lawful actions created a foreseeable emergency that was used to justify the search.
"BBO: Retiring bar counsel leaves big shoes to fill," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 31). MBA President-elect John J. Morrissey, chairman of the Board of Bar Overseers, was quoted in a Hearsay article about the retirement of longtime Bar Counsel Constance V. Vecchione. The article also quoted MBA Vice President Denise I. Murphy, who has been appointed co-chair of a Supreme Judicial Court search committee that will identify Vecchione's replacement.
"The attorney-client relationship 101," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 31). MBA member Jessica G. Kelly co-wrote a list of helpful tips for navigating the attorney-client relationship.
"Commission reverses course on recommended penalties for impaired drivers," The Boston Globe (Dec. 29). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann, the MBA's appointed representative to a state commission on impaired driving, was quoted in a story about the group's revised decision not to recommend that suspected stoned operators face penalties for refusing to answer police questions. Elikann was also quoted in a Dec. 22 Globe article about the commission's earlier support of such a policy.
“Revised Rule 23 streamlines class settlement process,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 24). MBA member Stuart T. Rossman was quoted in a story about newly effective changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 that should streamline the class action settlement process.
“Law practice enjoined from distributing fee from PI settlement,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 24). MBA members Michael P. Connolly and James L. Rudolph were quoted about a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling (Hashem v. D’Angelo, et al.), which found that workers’ compensation/personal injury settlement proceeds could not be distributed by a law firm whose lone partner faced an unsatisfied judgment against his old firm.
“Once again, lawyers go above and beyond in ’18,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 24). MBA members Stephen Smith, John A. Shea, Edward M. Moriarty Jr. and René P. Moniz were featured in an end-of-year editorial recognizing attorneys for their noteworthy volunteer efforts in 2018.
In Other News
Articles, blogs and other news recently shared on the Massachusetts Bar Association's social media sites.
"Robert Frost poem and other 1923 works enter the public domain," American Bar Association Journal (Jan. 2), via @ABAesq.
"Ginsburg leaves hospital after cancer surgery," The Boston Globe (Dec. 26), via @BostonGlobe.
"Program at Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School focuses on positive change and innovation," NBC10 Boston (Dec. 20), via @NBC10Boston.