• MMLA's December meeting at Stoneforge Tavern in Raynham presented a panel discussion of "Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) Developing Infrastructure in Massachusetts. From left to right: John T. ("Jack") Yunits, Barnstable County Administrator and former Mayor of Brockton; Timothy P. Murray, formerly Lt. Governor and Mayor of Worcester; John F. Mitchell, former Mayor of New Bedford; and MMLA executive board member Matthew G. Feher, of Burns & Levinson.
Municipal Law News

Appeals Court: Commonwealth vs. Michael W. O’Donnell – Administrative Warrant

KeywordsSearch and Seizure, Expectation of privacy, Administrative inspection, Warrant. Constitutional Law, Search and seizure, Privacy. Practice, Criminal, Warrant, Sanitary code violation. Electricity. State Sanitary Code. Municipal Corporations, Building inspector

The Appeals Court decision today in Commonwealth v. Michael W. O’Donnell dealt with the limits of an “administrative inspection” and the circumstances in which a search warrant or administrative inspection warrant is required.

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Marijuana Update Conference Scheduled for October 3rd!

MMLA continues its efforts to bring the very latest information on the implementation of the regulatory authority of the state and local governments. A half-day conference has been scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, October 3rd, at the Hogan Center, Holy Cross College, Worcester. MMLA Executive Board members Margaret Hurley and John Goldrosen, together with Jeff Bagg of the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission, and Attorney George Hall of Anderson & Kreiger, will provide the latest word on where our cities and towns stand with respect to their regulatory authority under the new state statutes and regulations.  For program details and registration information, click here.

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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