Jeffrey N. Catalano, president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and partner at the firm, in the November/December 2016 issue of the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal addresses what the MBA is doing to confront challenges to residents' civil rights in Massachusetts.
Mr. Catalano announced the creation of a revitalized Civil Rights Section Council under the leadership of Richard Cole, a nationally known civil rights attorney and former civil rights division chief in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Delegates from every minority bar association in the state will serve on the Council.
The Council will address issues such as "implicit bias, protections to prevent voter intimidation, fair housing and broad issues around criminal justice reform," Mr. Catalano wrote in his President's View column.
The MBA's Criminal Justice Section Council will address CORI training, law enforcement procedures, and the special needs of poverty stricken individuals in need of indigent legal defense services, Mr. Catalano wrote.
The MBA is also organizing and sponsoring events that address implicit bias, diversity, social justice, and the law.
Mr. Catalano concentrates his litigation practice on representing victims of catastrophic injuries in the medical negligence, food poisoning, product liability, and other personal injury cases.