Practicing with professionalism no longer optional: new admittees must attend course within 18 months of admission
Did you just pass the bar exam? Congratulations.
Now, then, I have some good news, and I have some bad news. Want
the good news first? OK, yu're a lawyer. Nice job; all the hard
work has paid off. The bad news? You're one of the first groups of
new admittees required to attend a professionalism course as a
condition of your licensure.
Well, it's not really bad news. I mean, you'll get to
hear more about best practices from me and the Law Office of
Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) -- so that's good, right?
There will also be some other excellent presenters at these
sessions, who will provide you with tremendously valuable pointers
on practicing law the right way, avoiding professional and ethical
Now, you could trudge through a mandatory training, and complain
about an additional requirement; or, you could try to milk
this for all it's worth. At any of these programs, you'll learn
from important local legal community stakeholders (like LOMAP, the
Board of Bar Overseers and Lawyers Concerned for
Lawyers), as well as active practitioners, who can combine to
help you to avoid mistakes common to new lawyers. You won't be
constantly reinventing the wheel. You'll learn to practice
efficiently, while avoiding ethics issues and maintaining your
sanity amid the stress that often envelops the beginnings of a
With more than 20 trainings taking place throughout the year,
offered by various official providers, you have some options
respecting the place and time of your attendance. The Massachusetts Bar Association is hosting
programs in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts system.
The MBA's Practicing with Professionalism Resource Center
offers course and registration information, as well as FAQs about the new rule.
You can read the new Rule 3:16 in its entirety here. The Supreme
Judicial Court offers its own resource page on the new
Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Office
Management Assistance Program.
Published January 16, 2014
To learn more about the Law Practice Management
Section, which is complimentary for all MBA members,
contact LPM Section Chair Cynthia E.
MacCausland or Vice Chair Damian J.