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Celebrate Law Day across the state on Tuesday, May 1

"Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy"

In an effort to raise awareness and coordination for Law Day 2007, the MBA's Law Related Education Working Group, formed in conjunction with the Massachusetts judicial branch, has compiled a list of events coordinated by the various bar associations and courts throughout Massachusetts to take place on Tuesday, May 1.

For a preview of events held in honor of Law Day 2007, click here.

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Photograph by Chuck Chaney
MBA Secretary Edward W. McIntyre (left) and Littleton High School teacher Marian Dyer attended the Partnership training last week.

MBA links the law with the classroom thanks to an innovative partnership

More than 16 high schools are enrolled in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s pilot program, the Lawyer-Teacher Partnership, for the 2007-08 school year. The Lawyer-Teacher Partnership pairs attorneys with teachers of high school law-related courses to invigorate the classes and familiarize students with the civil justice system, as well as expose them to possible careers in the law.

The partnership is an outgrowth of the MBA's re-energized focus on law-related education efforts, a goal of MBA President Mark D Mason.

To achieve the MBA’s outreach goals for the program, lawyer-teacher teams attended a day-long training last month at Bentley College in Waltham. The lawyer-teacher training was led by Lee Arbetman, the director of U.S. programs at Street Law Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge of legal rights and responsibilities. Arbetman is also the co-author of the leading textbook for high school law classes, "Street Law: A Course in Practical Law."

“Lawyers and teachers in the classroom have to approach the subject differently than those in math and science,” said Arbetman. “Where the sciences have explicit solutions, any discussion of law in the classroom is dominated by dynamic outcomes and a lot of gray area. Therefore, the whole approach to legal education takes on a different look.”

Mason, himself a participant in the Lawyer-Teacher Partnership, emphasized the importance of legal education in the community during the training session. “Not only are we well-served by being actively involved in the Lawyer-Teacher Partnership, we help ourselves in maintaining a citizenry that is knowledgeable of the civil justice system,” he said.

To learn more or to volunteer for the Lawyer-Teacher Partnership program, contact the MBA Community Services Department at (617) 338-0695 or [e-mail communityservices].

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The Hon. Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, will discuss the goals of the Equality Commission at the May 2 briefing.

Equality Commission to announce release of "Women Lawyers and Obstacles to Leadership" report, May 2

The Equality Commission invites MBA members to a briefing on a groundbreaking report entitled "Women Lawyers and Obstacles to Leadership." The MBA is a co-sponsor of this program.

Based on a survey conducted by the MIT Workplace Center, the report tracks the career paths of nearly 1,000 women and men in Massachusetts law firms, revealing a stacked deck facing women and complex family factors that result in their large scale exodus from firms. At the same time, it dispels the myth that women are leaving law firms to stay at home by tracing their departures to workplace destinations that recognize family needs.

The briefing will be on Wednesday, May 2 in the jury room of the Moakley Federal Courthouse, Boston. A reception will follow.

The briefing will feature:

  • The Hon. Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court presenting an overview of the Equality Commission's goals;
  • The authors of the report from the MIT Workplace Center highlighting the study's findings; and
  • Lauren Stiller Rikleen, author of "Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law," discussing how to address the problems cited in the report.

Each attendee will receive a copy of the report. If you have any questions, contact Pamela Berman.

NOTE: All attendees will need two forms of identification to enter the courthouse. Members of the press must advise us in advance, in order to arrange for appropriate security clearance. To do so, contact Kim Tavares, event coordinator at the Moakley Courthouse, via e-mail, or by phone at (617) 261-2440, ext. 233.


Lawyers in Transition, Labor & Employment Spring Conferences around the corner

MBA debuts Lawyers in Transition Conference on May 3; register today

The Massachusetts Bar Association will present its first Lawyers in Transition Conference at Bentley College in Waltham on Thursday, May 3. Distinguished panelists and informative sessions will provide those attorneys who are entering or transitioning back into the practice of law an opportunity to sharpen their skills and learn about achieving career success and satisfaction. Hear from keynote speaker Deborah Epstein Henry of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC as she discusses the dynamics of re-entry into the legal profession. The conference will conclude with a networking reception at which attendees can interact with MBA mentors who practice in similar areas of the law.

For more information or to register, visit http://www2.massbar.org/resources/store/seminars.php?prod_id=1199 or call Member Services at (617) 338-0530.

Location change: MBA’s 28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference

Please be advised that the location for the MBA’s 28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference on Wednesday, May 9 has been changed to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street. For directions, parking and hotel contact information visit http://www.bostonparkplaza.com/location.shtml.

To register for the conference, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530, or visit http://www2.massbar.org/resources/store/seminars.php?prod_id=1194.


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Students and young lawyers, register for the InternetBar.org competition

Contest offers trip to Hong Kong as grand prize

InternetBar.org invites new lawyers and law students to enter its new competition. The contest is open to a wide range of students and recent graduates from a number of disciplines (this is NOT a law school-limited competition) and will run from now through July of this year.

The competition is designed to encourage ideas and interaction around the problem of creating a trusted online environment, which is one of the biggest issues in the establishment of a useful online dispute resolution community. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the December meeting of the International Online Dispute Resolution Group Forum in Hong Kong, where he/she will be a recorder.

The contest will run in three phases. The first is an online discussion open to all, wherein the contestants will engage in an online dialogue regarding trusted online communities. After the first round of discussions, the judges will select a smaller number of contestants to continue the discussion in a more focused manner. Finally, in early July, the judges will pick up to 15 contestants to write a paper about the discussion and their notions of how to create a trusted online community. From the submitted papers, the judges will pick one grand prize winner.

To register, visit http://www.internetbarcontest.org.

Registration for the discussion closes on Tuesday, May 1.

CLE offers programs in Dedham and Springfield next week

For more information, or to sign up for the following programs, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530, download the latest CLE brochure as a PDF file or visit the CLE Web page.

Recent Developments in Family Law
Course #: FLG07
Monday, April 30, 4:30-7 p.m.
Hilton Boston/Dedham, Dedham

At this program, our distinguished speakers will review important recent cases and legislation as well as address some of the challenging issues facing family law practitioners today. Key issues to be addressed include: child support; division of assets; custody and visitation; alimony; standing; unmarried couples; and jurisdiction, including PKPA, UIFSA and UCCJA/MCCJA.

How to Probate an Estate: Part II
Course #: PLE07
Tuesday, May 1, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England School of Law, Springfield

In this session, our panelists will discuss the nuts and bolts of the taxation of estates, probate litigation basics and how to wrap up the estate. Specific topics will include: collecting the information necessary to decide whether the estate is subject to estate or income tax; placing a value on the estate; obtaining the release of the estate tax lien; preparing estate tax returns; fiduciary income tax issues; preparing first and final accounts; making distributions to beneficiaries, obtaining judgments; and more.

MBA selling tix for Sox vs. Rangers, June 29

The MBA is currently offering tickets to see the Boston Red Sox play the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on Friday, June 29 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets to the game are priced at $45. Order your tickets today by calling the Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530. Limit of four tickets per person.

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