Issue May 2004

Meet the candidates for MBA officers, delegates for 2004-5

This biographical information is to assist you in voting for candidates for the offices of vice president, secretary and regional delegates (Suffolk County only).

Celebrating Brown: Nationwide events mark landmark decision

As the country prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the distinguished professor in charge of planning how the historic day will be observed says the next 50 years of public education will be a challenge.

Judicial evaluations to begin in Fall 2004

The Massachusetts Bar Association this fall will implement an electronic judicial evaluations system to identify success and shortcomings among the state's judges and to encourage educational and enhancement programs for the judiciary.

A winning team

Celebrating a successful Mock Trial program season during a recent reception are (from left) Arthur Carakatsane, Mock Trial Committee chairman; Albert W. Wallis, executive director of the Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels Center for the Public Interest; Elise Busny, partner at Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP; MBA President Richard C. Van Nostrand; and MBA Executive Director Abigail Shaine. Newton North High School won the MBA's 2004 Mock Trial Championship, besting students from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School of Hadley by just one point on March 23 in the Great Hall of Faneuil Hall, Boston. The annual Mock Trial competition is organized by the MBA's Mock Trial Committee and was sponsored for the fifth year in a row by Brown
Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, which has donated $125,000 toward the program. Partial funding for Newton North to travel to Orlando, Fla., in May for the national championship is provided by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.