Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

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  • Actor Kevin Spacey's arraignment on a charge of indecent assault and battery was held in Nantucket District Court on Monday, Jan. 7. MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was interviewed for a preview segment on Boston 25 News (Jan. 4) and also offered analysis during the network's live coverage of Spacey's court appearance.

  • Enrollment rates at Boston law schools have steadily declined over the last several years, but have experienced a small resurgence since the start of the Trump presidency. MBA Executive Management Board member Damian J. Turco provided commentary to the Boston Business Journal (Jan. 7), and was quoted along with MBA member Harvey A. Silverglate in the Boston Herald (Jan. 4).

  • “‘Transitory water’ doctrine no longer good law, judge decides,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 7). MBA member Michael B. Bogdanow was quoted about a Superior Court decision (Holden v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP) that calls into question the validity of the “transitory water” doctrine, which has long protected property owners in premises liability cases. 

  • “New rule opens door to conditional guilty pleas,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 7). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann and MBA member David R. Yannetti were quoted about a proposed amendment to Mass. R. Crim. P. 12 that would allow defendants to enter conditional guilty pleas while retaining the right to appeal specific rulings.

  • “Preseason vs. pre-trial,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 7). Hon. Douglas H. Wilkins, an MBA member and a Superior Court judge, co-wrote a column about the importance of pre-trial proceedings and the need for thorough preparation by participating attorneys.

  • “Infringement claims have Celtics’ ‘Scary Terry’ playing defense in different court,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 7). MBA member Thomas E. Kenney was quoted in a Hearsay article detailing claims of copyright infringement made against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, whose clothing line features the “Ghost Face Mask” seen throughout the “Scream” movie series.

  • “Creating unique value propositions,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 7).
    MBA member Susan Letterman White wrote an article explaining why attorneys should create value propositions to convey their unique expertise to current and prospective clients. 

  • The Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving opened 2019 by issuing its final report on recommended legislative and policy changes to address the issue of drugged driving. MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann, who represents the MBA on the special commission, discussed the group’s findings in interviews with 7News Boston and WCBV-TV (Jan. 3). He was also quoted in an article published by The Republican (Jan. 3).

In Other News

Articles, blogs and other news recently shared on the Massachusetts Bar Association's social media sites.

"‘Ananias’ sanctions order extends exclusion of breath tests," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 10), via @masslw.

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