Issue November 2010

We're better than this

I was recently reminded of a time when I intervened during an argument between opposing counsel several years ago. My message to my two colleagues at the time was, "We're better than this." Before and since then, it has been heartwarming to learn of countless acts of altruism displayed by our many colleagues across the commonwealth. Their collective efforts illustrate the true spirit of our fine profession.

Clients’ Security Board awards $2.4 mil. in claims

The Clients' Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court awarded $2,397,678 for 92 claims this year, the fourth-highest amount since the board began distributing money in 1975 to members of the public whose lawyers stole their money.

SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall’s legacy

Attorney Joan Lukey had just returned to her office last July 21 from the John Adams Courthouse when she got a call from Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, a longtime friend and colleague. Marshall was calling a press conference at the courthouse and wanted Lukey to be present.

MBA opposes challenge to CPCS budget

Last month, in an escalation of a war of words that had been waged mostly behind the scenes, the state's 11 district attorneys held a press conference protesting the $72-million discrepancy between the budgets of the prosecutors and the state's public defenders, represented by the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).