Issue March 2006

Sen. Biden keynote speaker for Annual Conference 2006

U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will give the keynote speech at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Annual Conference 2006 on Friday, March 24.

Biden will speak at the Annual Dinner on Friday, March 24, at this year’s Annual Conference, “Shaping the Future of the Legal Profession,” which runs March 23 through 25 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

Nominating Committee issues report for 2006-07

Led by past President Kathleen O’Donnell, the Massachusetts Bar Association Nominating Committee has issued its report for the 2006-07 nominations for MBA officers and regional delegates. The committee is composed of O’Donnell, past presidents Marylin Beck, James Dilday, Richard Van Nostrand and Joseph Vrabel, and Marsha Kazarosian and Edwin Wallace.

Fingerprint identification and its aura of infallibility

A burglary went wrong in 1910. The result was not only the murder of the homeowner, but the first American arrest, conviction and death sentence based on the analysis of fingerprints, ushering in a new era of law enforcement. Since then, the legal system has treated fingerprint comparisons as invaluable and essentially infallible.