Vicki Donahue, President of the Berkshire County Bar Association, hosted Joseph Berman, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, at the Berkshire Bar’s Annual Meeting held May 30, 2018. The Berkshire County Bar Association, a volunteer membership organization, seeks to foster professionalism among Berkshire County lawyers and equal access to the legal system by all in need of legal services. In her opening remarks at the annual meeting, Vicki spoke to the importance of taking advantage of the support and collegiality that the Berkshire Bar affords attorneys practicing in the County, as well as the need for all attorneys to continue to strive to improve their competencies, particularly in the area of technology and the law. Mr. Berman followed, speaking eloquently about the history of lawyer self-regulation, dating back as early as the 17th century, and the role of the BBO not just in policing the practice of law, but as a resource for the vast majority of lawyers who want to do the right thing every day for their clients and the profession. Vicki, who chairs Cain Hibbard’s Business and Banking Group, was elected President of the Berkshire County Bar Association by her peers effective September 1,...
Best Lawyers has named Cain Hibbard partner Diane M. DeGiacomo as a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year.” This distinction is presented annually to one outstanding lawyer in a particular specialty and geographical area who has achieved the highest consensus opinion of their professional abilities by their colleagues. Ms. DeGiacomo was one of only two lawyers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts selected in the area of family law, with the other lawyer practicing in Boston.
Diane DeGiacomo, chair of the firm’s litigation department, again served as a featured speaker at “Cutting Edge Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law Practice”, along with distinguished family law lawyers and judges from the four western counties. In prior years, she has highlighted and discussed recent, important court decisions and legislative changes in Massachusetts law. This year, she demonstrated the art of persuasion in a mock argument involving complex financial matters to the judges who also served as panelists.
Syd Smithers once again participated in MCLE’s annual Municipal Law Conference. Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association presented the 16th annual Municipal Law Conference on March 7, 2018. Partner Syd Smithers, who has previously participated as an author and speaker at the annual municipal law conference once again did so, presenting materials on Streets, Ways and Easements for the municipal lawyer. Other distinguished speakers at the conference included Mark Bobrowski, MA zoning and land-use expert and Gregor MacGregor, MA environmental law expert.
Elisabeth Goodman will present an update on legal issues respecting lake management to the Real Estate Bar Association, Environmental Law and Land Use & Zoning Sections. The presentation will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at noon in the Presidents Conference Room at REBA, 295 Devonshire Street, Sixth Floor, in Boston. Attorney Goodman, an experienced environmental and land use attorney, will team with Ken Wagner, PhD, an expert on water resources and management, and President of Water Resource Services LLC. Topics will include: Lake districts and tax issues Herbicides Control of invasive species Necessary permits and case law update A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. For more information, visit the REBA website by clicking here REBA
Managing partner Lucy Prashker explored the legal boundaries of advocacy by 501(c)(3) organizations with leaders of the nonprofit Berkshire County community at a gathering on February 27, 2017 in South County. The presentation, organized by Beryl Jolly, executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Inc., was the kick-off event for a planned series of meetings of nonprofit leaders about how best to advance their respective missions in the current political environment. Nonprofit board members often operate under the misconception that charities are not permitted to engage in issue advocacy. In fact, issue advocacy is permissible, even on issues that divide candidates in an election for public office, provided that issue advocacy does not “functionally” serve as political campaign intervention. Prashker’s presentation was followed by a lively give-and-take among the nonprofit leaders about specific advocacy challenges local charities are facing. Taking a stand on a politically-charged issue can adversely affect development efforts — but so too can not taking a stand on that issue. Most agreed mission should be paramount in determining action and that board education and participation is important. Follow-up gatherings of nonprofit leaders on this topic are planned. Should you like to learn more...
We are sad to announce that Frederick M. Myers, Jr., our firm’s founder and a prominent and well-respected member of the Massachusetts Bar for over 50 years, died on February 27, 2016. Fred was born in Pittsfield on September 4, 1922, the son of Frederick M. Myers, Sr., and Ethel M. Myers. He attended Williams College, Class of 1943, and received his LL.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1948. Fred was admitted to the New York Bar in 1949, and was employed at the prestigious Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City from 1948 until 1950 when he was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, and joined his father in the practice of law as Myers & Myers. That partnership continued until the senior Myers died on August 11, 1963. On January 1, 1964, Lincoln S. Cain, Stephen B. Hibbard and Fred formed Cain Hibbard & Myers, with offices at 7 North Street. After a gas explosion damaged the 7 North Street building in 1970, the firm moved to 184 North Street and then, in 1988, to the newly constructed Tierney Building at 66 West Street. In 2014, Cain Hibbard & Myers, now with offices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington...
Lucy Prashker was named the 2015 Woman of Achievement by Berkshire Business and Professional Women (BBPW), an organization dedicated to promoting full participation, equity, and economic self-sufficiency for working women in Berkshire County. The award honors a Berkshire County woman for her significant career accomplishments and exceptional commitment to the community. On October 19, 2015, a reception will be held at the Country Club of Pittsfield to recognize Lucy as the 51st recipient of the Woman of Achievement award. Money raised by the event will go toward BBPW’s scholarship fund to allow Berkshire County women to pursue education to further their careers. Lucy joins an impressive list of fellow recipients who have been honored with the Woman of Achievement award since BBPW first granted the award in 1965. Read the Iberkshires.com article Lucy Prashker named Woman of Achievement
Lucy Prashker, managing partner of Cain Hibbard, announced the launch of Chapter One, an early childhood literacy initiative in South County supported by Berkshire United Way. Prashker’s announcement of the launch was made at a LIVE UNITED community celebration held at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington. The Chapter One coalition is made up of educators, social service organizations, businesses, and community members who have committed to closing the educational opportunity gap in South County by supporting early childhood literacy. Six public school districts are participating in the initiative, including Richmond, Lenox, Lee, Berkshire Hills Regional, Farmington River and Southern Berkshire Regional. With the support of Berkshire United Way, Prashker volunteered to help develop and lead the launch of this critical initiative in South County. Chapter One’s next public event will be held May 21 at the American Institute for Economic Research. The event will be open to business leaders and other community leaders interested in learning about the demonstrated link between early childhood literacy and a community’s economic health.
Cain Hibbard has been named a member of the 2015 Pinnacle Group by Berkshire United Way. Membership in the Pinnacle Group is awarded to those businesses that have demonstrated outstanding generosity. Cain Hibbard employees achieved 100% participation in last year’s BUW fund drive, a participation rate about which the firm is very proud. At Cain Hibbard, community counts.