Peter Mello Elected President of Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association
Congratulations to MHTL lawyer Peter Mello, who on May 15, 2019 was elected President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association. Formed in 1946, MMLA is the Massachusetts municipal law bar association and includes hundreds of members who provide legal services to cities, towns and for profit and non-profit organizations. Attorney Mello’s presidency, which begins on July 1, 2019, recognizes his longstanding commitment to local governmental law and the distinction he enjoys among his peers. At MHTL Attorney Mello advises and represents municipal clients with all facets of their legal affairs, and in litigation in the areas of construction and land use law, wetlands and environmental law, licensing and numerous others. He also utilizes his expertise in this area to serve private and non-profit clients in connection with permitting, litigation and other matters involving local and state governmental issues. MHTL proudly congratulates Attorney Mello on this noteworthy distinction.
The MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) sponsored an eLecture where Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented. Alongside Ms. Sowyrda was Daniel Ahearn, Esq., and Marlies Spanjaard from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school authorities are required to conduct Manifestation Determination when it comes to discipling a student with disabilities. Their presentation, titled “How to Handle Manifestation Determination Reviews for Students with Disabilities”, focused Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.