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MBA Sections/Division

The majority of MBA members belong to one or more sections, or the Young Lawyers Division, to keep current with developments in the law and expand contacts in the legal profession. Unlimited section membership is included as part of your MBA membership.

The work of the sections is led by its councils, which are comprised of a chair, vice chair and members appointed by the MBA president. Sections typically develop more than 100 education programs per year, as well as monitor and develop legislation, propose legislative positions to the House of Delegates and participate in the development of legal publications, articles and special projects. MBA sections/division include:

  • Access to Justice
    The MBA's Access to Justice Section serves to support lawyers who provide representation through legal service organizations, court-appointed criminal defense or other pro-bono activities.
  • Business Law
    The MBA's Business Law Section is designed to improve the practice of both in-house counsel and outside business counsel through seminars, practice forums, legislation and committee activity in a wide variety of areas, such as high technology, small business, bankruptcy, banking and commercial law.
  • Civil Litigation
    The MBA's Civil Litigation Section's continuing goals are to provide information, contacts and resources to its members through legal education seminars and informative publications; to promote dialogue and collaboration among the bench and bar; and to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of interest to its members.
  • Civil Rights & Social Justice
    The MBA's Civil Rights & Social Justice Section advocates for the protection of individual rights, with an emphasis on those who are under-represented in the judicial system.
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
    The MBA's Complex Commercial Litigation Section provides information, contacts and educational programs for those attorneys whose practice is devoted primarily to representing clients in commercial litigation, including commercial contract disputes, business torts, and intellectual property, bankruptcy and professional liability matters.
  • Criminal Justice
    The MBA's Criminal Justice Section serves to provide a forum for all criminal practitioners -- defense and prosecution -- to exchange ideas, experiences and positions resulting in well-balanced education programs and legislative review.
  • Dispute Resolution
    The MBA's Dispute Resolution (DR) Section -- celebrating its inaugural year as a section after more than 20 years as a standing committee -- provides outreach, support and education to MBA members, practitioners and users of DR, the judiciary, the Legislature, law students and the general public about the nature and benefits of the wide array of dispute resolution processes and how to utilize them for the best possible resolution of conflicts.
  • Family Law
    The MBA's Family Law Section is designed to improve the Probate and Family Court's accessibility and efficiency for the benefit of lawyers, judges, staff and the public by keeping its members current with educational seminars, updates on legislative activity and bench/bar networking opportunities.
  • Health Law
    The MBA's Health Law Section is designed to improve the professional competence of attorneys dealing with health care issues through seminars and publications. It strives to bring together all members interested in the practice and delivery of health care.
  • Judicial Administration
    The MBA's Judicial Administration Section serves to promote the fair and efficient administration of justice within courts of the commonwealth. With members from both bench and bar, the section monitors the needs of the Massachusetts Courts and supports proposals for enhancing their efficiency.
  • Juvenile & Child Welfare
    The MBA's Juvenile & Child Welfare Section enables practitioners who represent clients in abuse and neglect, delinquency, youthful offender and status offender cases to meet in one forum to address the variety of issues affecting children and families. The section provides opportunities for members to work on projects involving proposed and current legislation, develop and present continuing legal education seminars, roundtables and open section meetings and publish articles.
  • Labor & Employment
    The MBA's Labor & Employment Law Section is designed to bring together representatives of employees, employers, labor organizations, the neutral sector, state and federal agencies, arbitrators and mediators to provide a forum for all segments of the labor and employment bar.
  • Law Practice Management
    The MBA's Law Practice Management Section serves to assist members in sustaining an efficient, ethical and fulfilling law practice by sponsoring continuing education programs that counsel attorneys on how to start and continue to operate successful businesses, including areas of case management, technology and client selection and retention.
  • Probate Law
    The MBA's Probate Law Section concentrates on legal and practical issues in the areas of estate planning, elder law and probate administration and litigation. Section members are involved in Probate Court procedures; shaping legislation and practice methods that update and improve practice areas.
  • Public Law
    The MBA's Public Law Section serves as a forum for discussion and education concerning practice as a government lawyer and as a private attorney representing, dealing with, or practicing before government agencies.
  • Real Estate Law
    The MBA's Real Estate Law Section monitors and comments on legislation, litigation and real property practice trends affecting attorneys who deal with commercial, residential, landlord/tenant, conveyance and environmental concerns.
  • Taxation Law
    The MBA's Taxation Law Section has been a driving force behind tax reform in Massachusetts. It acts as a forum for members to foster important ties with the government, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Revenue while suggesting legislation, providing services to the section and the bar and acting as the liaison between the section's membership and the MBA House of Delegates.
  • The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm
    The MBA's Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section assists members by studying the needs and concerns of solo, small firm practitioners; providing a forum and clearinghouse for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information; motivating and assisting the MBA to address the section's needs and concerns; and encouraging, identifying and promoting programs, benefits and services of interest to solo and small firm practitioners.
  • Workers' Compensation
    The MBA's Workers' Compensation Law Section is dedicated to advancing the interests of workers' compensation practitioners in the commonwealth through educational seminars, legislative support, discussion groups and networking opportunities.
  • Young Lawyers Division
    The MBA's Young Lawyers Division is designed for attorneys in practice for 10 years or less, and provides the professional tools that newer practitioners need to excel within their careers including continuing legal education and networking opportunities.

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Practice groups

For many section members, the primary way to become actively involved in a section is to join a practice group. The MBA's practice groups are as varied as the field of law. For more information about all of the MBA's practice groups, or to join a practice group, click here.

Committees & Task Forces

As a way to tackle important issues affecting a significant number of MBA members, and those in the legal community as a whole, the MBA designates committees, establishes task forces and joins forces with like-minded groups to create positive change for the legal profession. Committees and task forces are appointed by the MBA president to examine specific areas of importance to the association. Some of the committees are permanent standing committees, while others are set up for a defined time period to study a topic or issue of limited scope. Click here to view the MBA's committees and task forces.

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