Deirdre Roney – Rest in Peace – December 17, 2017

From James B. Lampke, Executive Director of MMLA

Dear Colleagues, as many of you know from a prior sad email alert from the MMLA, Deirdre Roney, General Counsel to the State Ethics Commission and a great friend and guiding light to local municipal counsel, announced on Facebook, in most brave and moving prose, that she was terminally ill with breast cancer.  Many of our members reached out to her in visits, email, cards and just supportive thoughts. It is with further sadness that we let you know that Deirdre did pass away December 17th.  Many of you may have already heard this, but we were waiting for further information about arrangements before sending out another email. We know she found great comfort in that outpouring of love and friendship. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:00 AM. to 1:00 PM, at the Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Avenue, in Jamaica Plain, Boston.  [Obituary]

As noted below, the format will be storytelling, mostly with emphasis on stories no one has heard, some of which are quite funny. Participants will be offered the chance to speak, in 5-minute segments, and you are encouraged to.  There will be some moments of silence at the end to honor all those who have passed whom participants wish to remember.  There will be room for many in a beautiful chapel, and all are welcome, but we are also aware that for many this next week is one of the few times they may meet in their own families.

The family has asked that donations in Deirdre’s name be sent to  the Deirdre Roney Memorial Research Fund addressed to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Development Office, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.    [See Obituary – reprinted from Boston Globe]

MMLA urges you to read the 3 attachments to this message [See Attachments below] which were sent out by her family.  As sad as they are, they help remind us of what an amazing woman Deirdre was.  They are very moving.  Please feel free to share this email with anyone you feel would want to know.

To our dear friend Deirdre, many thanks for being the person you were.  In your passing, as in your life, we have learned so much from you and not just about the law.  Be in peace.  To Deirdre’s family and friends, may her memory be a blessing for her family and friends.

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MMLA Mourns the Passing of a Dear Friend and Mentor to Many – David J. Fenton, Sr.

November 1, 2017 – One of our Association’s best friends and long-time role model for many passed away on November 1st. David J. Fenton, Sr. labored long in the vineyards of the Lowell City Attorney’s office, but always made himself available to his peers in municipal law to discuss legal matters or just enjoy professional friendship. He graced our professional assemblies with his cheerful wit and insightful observations. He was a former president of MMLA. He will be much missed.

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2017 Conference An Outstanding Success

Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel Lon Povich

The MMLA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference, was held on September 14-16, 2017, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis. The Conference keynote speaker was Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Baker.  In addition to a full slate of legal panels on a variety of municipal law topics, those attending were treated to presentations by three judges on practice before their respective courts:  Justice William Cowin (Ret.) and Justice Francis Fecteau (Ret.) of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler.  Conference attendees enjoyed a private tour and reception at the J.F.K Museum, one of the conference highlights.  This year’s conference also featured the availability of conference program materials on-line, providing real-time access to speakers’ handouts during the conference. Every year, the Annual Meeting and Conference keeps getting better and better.  Be sure to plan to attend next year’s Conference!  Click here to see what we did this year.

MMLA and MMA to Hold Workshop – “Implementing the Revised Marijuana Statute – What Municipal Officials Need to Know Now!”

This informative half-day workshop has been scheduled for October 3rd at the Hogan Center of Holy Cross College in Worcester.  It is co-sponsored by MMLA and Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), and will be co-chaired by MMLA Executive Board members John Goldrosenand Margaret Hurley. The topics to be covered are of great importance to municipal lawyers, planners, selectmen, town administrators, zoning board members, planning board members, and other local officials.  Registration and a continental breakfast are available at the Hogan Center beginning at 8:00 AM. For program details and registration information, visit this website’s Upcoming Events, or click here.

MMLA President Angela Atchue Among Top Women of Law!

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association is very pleased to report that MMLA President Angela D. Atchue has been recognized by Mass Lawyers Week’s as one of its 2017 Top Women of the law.  She will join the other honorees to receive the award on Thursday, November 2nd (5:30 PM to 8:00 PM) at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel.  The Association is extremely proud to have its president receive this recognition for excellence.

Appeals Court: Malden Police Patrolman’s Association v. City of Malden

 Keywords:   Practice, Civil, Motion to dismiss, Summary judgment. Superior Court. Rules of the Superior Court. Administrative Law, Primary jurisdiction, Exhaustion of remedies. Unjust Enrichment. Contract, Collective bargaining contract, Unjust enrichment, Promissory estoppel. Public Employment, Collective bargaining. Police, Collective bargaining. Massachusetts Wage Act. Civil Service, Collective bargaining, Municipal finance. Municipal Corporations, Collective bargaining, Municipal finance.

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Program Finalized for MMLA Annual Conference in Hyannis – Sept. 14-16

MMLA is pleased to announce that its 2017 Annual Conference program has been finalized. It is scheduled to take place at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis from Thursday, September 14th through Saturday, September 16th. We are delighted to report that the Keynote address this year will be delivered at the Friday luncheon by Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Baker.


Over the three days of the conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate interactively with legal experts in many areas of municipal law, including:

Environmental Law – (Greg McGregor, Luke Legere, and Olympia Bowker)
Marijuana Regulation – (Margaret Hurley, John Goldrosen, Jeff Bagg)
Public Records – (Lauren Goldberg)
Employment Discrimination – (John Davis, Regina Gilgun Ryan)
Land Use and Zoning – (Barbara Saint Andre, Paul Haverty)
Constitutional Law – (Professor Bob Smith)
Appellate Practice – (Retired Justices Cowin and Fecteau)
Land Court Litigation – (Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler)
Amicus Brief Writing – (Tom Urbelis, Chris Petrini)

On Friday evening, attendees will enjoy a private tour of the JFK Museum, followed by a reception at the Museum.

For all the detailed information you will need to join us for this outstanding conference, including conference hotel registration information, conference registration, costs and fees, and a link to the full program details, click on the link in Upcoming Events!  Or click on the following links:

Program Summary.

Registration for MMLA 2017 Annual Conference.