Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, July 14, 2022


  • "Biden nominates Judge Guzman for Mass. federal court; would be first Hispanic judge," The Boston Globe (July 14). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in an article about President Joe Biden's nomination of Ayer District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.

  • "Environmental bar deciphers landmark Supreme Court ruling," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 11). MBA member Jeffrey R. Porter discussed whether a U.S. Supreme Court decision casting aside an Obama-era climate change initiative may cause federal judges to show less deference to rulemaking by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other regulators.

  • "‘Alternate explanation’ sinks suit over ‘Black Lives Matter’ mask ban," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 11). MBA Labor & Employment Section Council Chair Michelle M. De Oliveira commented on a First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that Whole Foods employees disciplined for wearing Black Lives Matter face masks had not established viable discrimination or retaliation claims despite their claims being conceptually consistent with Title VII.

  • "Aesthetician can sue ex-employer for tortious interference, 93A," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 11). MBA member Russell Beck commented on a Superior Court judge's decision that an aesthetician who opened her own business after she was fired from her job at a medical spa could sue her former employer for its attempts to enforce an allegedly void restrictive covenant. 

  • "Boston attorney shrugs off ‘ban’ from Madison Square Garden, other venues," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 11). MBA Past President Thomas F. Maffei was quoted in an article about a Boston attorney who recently received a letter banning him from Madison Square Garden and other venues while he represents plaintiffs in litigation against the holding company.

  • "Fighting stigma: lawyering with dyslexia," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 11). In an article published as part of an ongoing wellness series from the MBA Lawyer Well-Being Committee, Salomon Chiquiar-Rabinovich wrote about his experience as an attorney with dyslexia.

  • "Judges, attorneys turn out for bar association’s annual meeting," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 11). The Worcester County Bar Association (WCBA) held its Annual Meeting on June 14. Among those pictured at the event were the following MBA members: WCBA President Geoffrey E. Spofford, Hon. Timothy S. Hillman, Hon. Francis R. Fecteau (ret.)Philip D. O’Connell Jr., John O. Mirick, Lawrence E. Cohen, Hon. Andrew M. D’Angelo, Hon. David P. Despotopulos, Hon. Andrew J. Abdella, Hon. Robert J. Pellegrini, Worcester Tiered Community Mentoring Committee member Gina Plata-Nino, WCBA Executive Director Sandra DiLuzio, Matthew J. Holmes and Leonardo A. Angiulo.
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