Lawyers Journal

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

Issue March 2014

'Hardball' host Chris Matthews to deliver Annual Dinner keynote

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that Chris Matthews will deliver the keynote address at its Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 15, at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

Matthews is a highly respected political news commentator, who hosts the top-rated "Hardball" program on MSNBC. Matthews is also a celebrated author of several literary works, including books profiling some of Massachusetts' favorite sons, John F. Kennedy and Tip O'Neill.

Supporting TBI victims a no-brainer

March is Brain Injury Awareness month, but if you are any kind of a sports fan, you already know that brain injury has been one of the hottest topics at the intersection of sports, law and medicine for the past few years. The National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) are both embroiled in litigation brought by former players over concussions, and Major League Baseball (MLB) just recently banned home plate collisions.

But professional athletes are just a small part of the story. The truth is, brain injury has become an invisible epidemic in our country, impacting millions of people from all walks of life.

A great friend, and more

Over the years, Michael E. Mone Sr. has represented, pro bono, so many lawyers and judges who have run afoul of the profession, his friends joke that his telephone number is scrawled on the bathroom walls of every courthouse in the state.

"He's very sought-after," says Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel at the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). "I know if I had an issue of any kind, Mike is the first person I would call. That's how highly I think of him."