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Bill Mandell Revisits the Need for Clarity under Massachusetts Law for Permitted Health Provider Disclosure to Protect Public Safety

Friday, June 17, 2016

by Bill Mandell

In the wake of yet another senseless mass killing tragedy I am posting an article I wrote in 2013 for the Boston Bar Association Health Law Reporter on the need for a new law in Massachusetts allowing health care providers to report dangerous persons or situations. Click here to read the article.


Tom Kenney quoted in Boston Globe article regarding Commonwealth School trademark litigation

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pierce & Mandell partner Tom Kenney, who chairs our Trademark and Copyright Practice Area, was recently quoted in a Boston Globe article on pending litigation between Boston’s The Commonwealth School and Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy. Tom discussed one of the cardinal principles of trademark protection and trademark litigation: who prevails is often determined by the extent to which the parties market to the same or a similar customer base. Read Tom’s comments and the full article here.


Dennis M. Lindgren Joins Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Trust (NRT) of Easton, Massachusetts

Friday, June 03, 2016

On May 17, 2016, Pierce & Mandell shareholder Dennis M. Lindgren joined the Board of Directors for the Natural Resources Trust (NRT) of Easton.  The NRT’s mission is to educate about significant natural and cultural resources and to acquire and preserve land of special character for the benefit of the public. The NRT promotes a land ethic in the community through environmental educational programming for youth, while at the same time preserving Easton’s rural character and heritage.  The NRT is steward to over 250 acres in Easton. Lindgren, a longtime resident of Easton and neighbor of the NRT, was honored to be asked to join the Board.  “My wife and I have enjoyed the beauty of the NRT for years, and have always admired the important environmental educational work the NRT does not only with the children of Easton, but with children from towns and cities throughout Eastern Massachusetts.  The NRT is the jewel of Easton and as a Director, I look forward to doing whatever I can to help it further its mission.”  More information about the NRT and the great work it does can be found at the following link: http://www.nrtofeaston.org/


Dennis M. Lindgren Leads MCLE Roundtable on Practicing with Professionalism for New Lawyers

Thursday, June 02, 2016

On May 16, 2016, Pierce & Mandell shareholder Dennis M. Lindgren led a lunchtime roundtable discussion for over 100 newly admitted lawyers in a program sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).  Pursuant to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16, newly admitted lawyers in Massachusetts must take a one-day professionalism course within 18 months of admission.  Throughout the day, new lawyers attended seminars and training on a variety of topics including ethics, court practice, managing a law practice and client funds, and successful attorney-client relationships.  During the lunch session, Lindgren and four other experienced attorneys (in both criminal and civil practice), spoke for about an hour, fielding questions from attendees on all manner of practical legal issues like managing difficult clients, interacting with court personnel, and the advantages to developing a mentor relationship with a more senior attorney.  “This is the third roundtable I have participated in for MCLE’s Practicing with Professionalism course.  Each time the questions are different, but what is constant is how enjoyable it is to talk directly with the newly admitted attorneys and hopefully, in some small way, help them along the road to developing a successful legal career.”   For more information on MCLE’s Practicing with Professionalism course, please go to: http://www.mcle.org/main/practicingwithprofessionalism.


Michael Fee Responds to Lawyers Weekly Editorial on Land Court Rule Changes

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Michael Fee is a member of the Land Court’s Alternative Litigation Options Working Group, which assisted the Land Court in drafting proposed rule changes designed to make trial practice in that forum more speedy and cost-effective. The proposed rule changes have proven somewhat controversial, however, and the editorial board of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recently took issue with some of them in the May 12 edition, suggesting that the right to waive written findings of fact and conclusions of law would inappropriately tempt litigants “to trade fundamental rights for speed.” Mr. Fee and other members of the Working Group respectfully disagree, and their recent response to the Lawyers Weekly editorial can be viewed here.

 

 

 




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