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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorney Receives 2019 Lawyers of the Year

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane attorney, Felicia Vasudevan was one of fifteen lawyers to receive Lawyers of the Year from Lawyer’s Weekly. Attorney Vasudevan has been accredited for her success in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals case C.D. v Natick Public School District. Felicia convinced the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the Plaintiff’s interpretation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which would have altered the standard for “free appropriate public education” and least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. This decision has made a significant impact on the Educational law landscape coming from an attorney with less than a decade of experience.

Lawyers of the Year are selected by the Lawyers Weekly editorial department. In-House Leaders are general counsel and staff attorneys who are nominated by their colleagues, clients and other legal professionals for being leaders in the community and forward thinkers. Attorney Vasudevan will be recognized alongside fellow 2020 Leaders in the Law at a dinner on March 5, 2020 in Boston.

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice. In addition the firm has an extensive education law practice representing more than one hundred and fifty public, private and nonprofit educational institutions through the collegiate level.

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Dr. Charles Desmond’s Tribute to John Lewis

Dr. Desmond’s first encounter with John Lewis was at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. At just 18 years old he was one of roughly 250,000 people from across America who gathered at the nation’s capital to attend the infamous march where, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his emotional and prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech. Among other notables who spoke, Desmond recalls that a young, 23-year-old John Lewis delivered a moving and emotional call for racial and economic justice and passage of overdue civil rights legislation.

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National Labor Relations Board Changes Legal Approach to Employee’s Use of Profane, Racist, and Sexually Harassing Speech in Protected Activity

On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) changed its analysis towards an employee’s use of verbally offensive behavior in the context of protected activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“the Act” or “NLRA”) in the following decision: General Motors, LLC, No. 14-CA-197985, 369 NLRB No. 127 (2020).

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