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From Issue Spot, Justice System Salaries: Public Defenders and State Prosecutors

When we talk about funding our justice system, we include our state courts, prosecutors, public defenders, and also civil legal aid attorneys.  On Tuesday, February 11th, the Joint House and Senate Committees on Ways & Means held a budget hearing. Representatives from every piece of the justice system were on hand to testify.

The CPCS budget request for Fiscal Year 2015 is a maintenance request of $206.6 million, plus an additional $12 million to fund a pay increase for both CPCS staff attorneys and private bar advocates.  The CPCS budget request would increase the starting salary for staff attorneys from $40,000 to $50,000 and would also effectuate an hourly rate increase for bar advocates.  Here’s the breakdown: a $5/hour increase for murder cases, superior court cases — including sexually dangerous persons cases — and care and protection/termination of parental rights cases.  The hourly rate for all other cases would be increased by $2/hour.

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Environmental Law Committees

  • Air Quality and Climate Change Committee
    This committee reviews federal and local air pollution control, including source permitting, air quality planning, transportation planning, compliance monitoring, hazardous air pollutants and indoor air pollution.

    Contact Information

    Aladdine Joroff

    Harvard Law School

    Marilyn Levenson

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

  • Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee
    This committee addresses regulatory and related issues affecting the natural gas, electric and telecommunications industries in Massachusetts — on the federal level and in other jurisdictions. Members typically practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and state and federal courts.

    Contact Information

    James M. Avery

    Brown Rudnick LLP

    Rebecca Tepper

    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

    (617) 305-3500

  • Environmental Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Environmental attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.

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    Elisabeth M. DeLisle

    Law Offices of Jeffrey L. Roelofs, P.C.

    Lea J Tyhach

    Free Flow Power Corporation

    (978) 283-2822

  • Environmental Law Public Service Committee
    This committee has a number of annual service events including planting trees for Earth Day and volunteering with the Food Project. The committee also focuses on practice-specific pro bono projects and brown bag programming.

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    Mina S. Makarious

    Anderson & Kreiger LLP

    (617) 621-6525

    Staci Rubin

    Alternatives for Community & Environment

    (617) 442-3343

  • Environmental Litigation Committee
    This committee focuses on Chapter 21E, CERCLA, insurance, clean air and clean water litigation.

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    Seth Schofield

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

    Peter F. Durning

    Mackie Shea O'Brien, PC

    (617) 266-5700

  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee
    This committee informs members about issues relating to federal and Massachusetts laws governing oil, hazardous materials and hazardous waste, including CERCLA and Chapter 21E.

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    Jennifer Sulla

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 542-6000

    John D. Beling

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 963-2432

  • International Environmental Law Committee
    This committee is for members interested in international environmental issues and the laws of foreign countries.

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    Cicely Ott Parseghian

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-3038

    Stuart L. Canton

    (781) 652-0135

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Committee
    This committee keeps members abreast of changes in local, state and federal statutes, regulations and by-laws relating to discharges to surface water, groundwater and wastewater treatment plants.

    Contact Information

    Margaret M. Callanan

    Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

    (617) 626-1146

    Luke Legere

    McGregor & Associates

    (617) 338-6464