Lawyers Journal

The MBA's bi-monthly newspaper includes association news, practical columns and Section Review articles.

Issue July/August 2008

In 2007-08 term, White launched Eco-Challenge, spearheaded criminal sentencing reform effort

David W. White Jr. finishes his term as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association having raised environmental awareness in the state’s legal community and helped set the stage for criminal sentencing reform. While both initiatives are far from finished, White hopes the two priorities from his 2007-08 term have had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on the legal profession. "I was very happy with the many successes the MBA had this year," he said.

In memoriam: MBA Vice President Robert F. Lucas, 72

Robert F. Lucas was revered as much for his commitment to the law as for his devotion to his family and community. Lucas, who died July 11 at the age of 72, was a vice president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and a senior partner at Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP in Wakefield, where he practiced general law.

Open Dialogue" forums draw practitioners from across the state

After successful programs in Brockton and Lawrence, the next "Open Dialogue on Court Practices" will be held at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston on Sept. 17.  The Massachusetts Bar Association has teamed up with the Trial Court and local bar associations on the series of forums to spark conversations among the legal community about improving court procedures. The Brockton forum was held May 29 and the Lawrence program was June 17.