Zalkind Law’s David Russcol filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of a coalition of employment and civil rights organizations, supporting the right of disabled individuals who use medical marijuana under Massachusetts law to receive accommodations for off-site marijuana use and avoid discrimination by employers. In the case of Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, which was argued in the SJC yesterday, an employee suffering from Crohn’s Disease was fired for failing a drug test, even though she told her employer that she used marijuana for medical purposes. David’s brief for the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Union of Minority Neighborhoods, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and Health Law Advocates argued that marijuana should be treated like any other medication, and employers should have an obligation to work with employees to find a reasonable accommodation as long as the employees are able to perform their essential job responsibilities. To do otherwise would allow employers to intrude on the doctor-patient relationship and would force employees like Ms. Barbuto to choose between continued employment and effective medical treatment. Read the brief here http://ma-appellatecourts.org/?brief=SJC-12226_08_Amicus_MELA_Brief.pdf
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly dives into the past of our founding partner, Norman Zalkind, highlighting his history of “going to the edge” to fight for his clients. His upbringing combined with some unexpected job pursuits helped build the foundation for his success as an attorney, which took off during the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam eras. Our firm couldn’t be more proud of Norman, his accomplishments, and his longstanding passion for defending the rights of the accused. Read the article here.
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP is happy to announce that Ana Muñoz joined the firm as an associate at the end of 2016. For more firm news and information on our firm’s work, please follow us on social media at the following links.
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP is proud to announce that Monica Shah has joined the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2017. Monica will continue her litigation practice in criminal defense, employment, and Title IX matters. For more information about Monica’s background and experience, find her biography here.
We are proud of our client Chantal Charles’ important op-ed in Commonwealth Magazine in support of real action, not empty rhetoric, by Mayor Walsh to remedy decades of rampant racial discrimination at Boston’s City Hall. http://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/nothing-has-changed-at-city-hall/
We are pleased to announce that the firm has been named in US News’ “Best Law Firms” for yet another year! For 2017, Zalkind Law has been ranked as Metro Tier 1 in three practicing areas: Criminal Defense – Non-White Collar, Criminal Defense – White Collar, and Employment – Individuals.
U.S. News “Best Law Firm” rankings showcase more than 10,000 law firms and are based on a rigorous evaluation process. We are proud of the hard work and effort our attorneys have put in to earn us this prestigious ranking.
We are pleased to announce that five of our attorneys have been selected to the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List. We would also like to congratulate five of our attorneys for being selected to the 2016 Massachusetts Rising Stars list.
Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Only up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
Please join us in congratulating the following attorneys who have been selected as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” this year.
We are pleased to announce that our named partners and of-counsel attorneys have been listed in the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers of America. Norman Zalkind, who has been listed in Best Lawyers for 23 consecutive years, is recognized for his practice in criminal defense, as well as white-collar criminal defense. David Duncan is also listed for both white-collar and non-white-collar criminal defense, and Inga Bernstein is listed for non-white-collar criminal defense and employment law. Harvey Silverglate and Elizabeth Lunt, who are of-counsel at the firm, are also listed for their work in criminal defense, both white collar and non-white collar.
In an August 20, 2014 article for Forbes Attorney Harvey Silverglate, who is of counsel to Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein, argues against increasingly intrusive federal indictments of state politicians, which occurs absent fair notice to state officials that their commonly accepted (or at least long-tolerated) actions are considered crimes carrying multi-decade prison sentences. Mr. Silverglate argues that the recent rash of prosecutions against state officials in Massachusetts, Virginia, Illinois and elsewhere, on the basis of prosecutors’ broad readings of vague federal anti-fraud statutes, calls for the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court to stem prosecutorial overreach. The article, which explores themes also discussed in Mr. Silverglate’s book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent [Encounter Books, 2nd edition 2011] can be read here.