Attorney/Judicial Misconduct: Investigation and Removal of Clerk Magistrate
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appointed us to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute a Clerk-Magistrate for wrongdoing. After a six-day trial and appeal to the state supreme court, the court, for the first time in fifteen years, ordered the removal of a Clerk Magistrate from office. In re Powers, 465 Mass. 63 (2013).
Elections and Constitutional Law: Certification of Initiative Petition to Ban Casino Gambling
Verrill successfully represented ten Massachusetts citizens who challenged the Attorney General’s refusal to certify an initiative petition under the state constitution that would have banned casino gambling in Massachusetts. In a unanimous opinion, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court vacated the Attorney General’s decision and directed that the petition be placed on the ballot before voters. Abdow v. Attorney General, 468 Mass. 478 (2014).
Professional Regulation and Constitutional Law: First Amendment Challenge to State Law
We represented the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy in defending against a First Amendment challenge to a state law that barred accountants who were not certified public accountants from describing themselves as “accountants,” with any modifier such as “expert” or “qualified,” or as “public accountants.” The Supreme Judicial Court upheld the constitutionality of the law in favor of our client. Volin v. Bd. Of Public Accountancy, 422 Mass. 75 (1996).