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Jessica DeGroot, who founded Third Path in 1999 to rearrange work and private life to create more time for family and other priorities, says she owes much of her success to the support of her husband, Jeff Lutzner.

July/August Lawyers Journal explores work/life balance for attorneys

Initiatives, support and flexibility needed to achieve success at home and office

Specialized studies, anecdotal evidence and personal experience have all demonstrated that the legal profession seems particularly inhospitable to successfully achieving a work/life balance. The MBA’s July/August edition of Lawyers Journal takes an in-depth look at this state of affairs, examining study results and surveying career choices and consequences. Learn about organizations that are exploring ways to redesign work and private life to create more time for family and other priorities, and discover which local firms are role models in the legal community.

Coverage highlights the work of the MBA’s Lawyers in Transition Committee to address work/life balance issues, particularly for attorneys who, because of parenting demands, drop out of the profession entirely rather than scale back or find a more flexible environment to practice in. And Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers focuses on an associate on the brink of becoming a partner who, in reexamining priorities, questions potential work/life balance perils.

Click here for full coverage of the MBA’s review of work/life balance issues.

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Attorney General's Office launches Foreclosure Assistance Hotline

AGO seeks more attorney volunteers in Greater Boston

In an effort to combat the statewide crisis of home foreclosures, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in partnership with several bar associations, legal services organizations and advocacy groups, announced the establishment of a Pro Bono Foreclosure Assistance Hotline. Establishment of the foreclosure hotline and the pro bono panel are aspects of Attorney General Coakley’s multi-dimensional response to the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. 

The service is designed to provide advice for low-income Massachusetts residents facing foreclosure. Callers’ concerns will be addressed each day by the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC) to determine how to best assist the caller and provide general advise. If the homeowner meets the eligibility criteria, LARC will refer the homeowner to Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), who will assign each case to a pro bono lawyer. More than 100 public-spirited Massachusetts attorneys, who attended training sessions in late June, have generously agreed to handle at least one case in assistance.

The Attorney General continues to seek additional qualified attorneys who are willing to represent indigent homeowners, particularly in the areas outside Greater Boston. Interested lawyers may contact Yolanda Kruczkowski, of the Attorney General’s Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, at (617) 727-2200 x.2973 or [e-mail Yolanda.Kruczkowski]

Low-income Massachusetts residents who are facing foreclosure on their homes may call (800) 342-5297 or (617) 603-1700 and leave a message in the “foreclosure assistance” voice mail box

The Attorney General has also collaborated with the Division of Banks, which continues to assist homeowners who require a brief delay in foreclosure in order to assess their options. The Division of Banks hotline, (800) 495-BANK, is a valuable resource. In circumstances in which a low-income homeowner wants to refinance an inappropriate, high-interest subprime loan, MassHousing may be helpful. See MassHousing’s Web site for further information.

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Worked with an exceptional organization doing pro bono work?

Are you or your firm planning or providing pro bono services with a legal services organization or state agency? Do you have a pro bono story that you’d like to share, or an agency that you’d like to recognize? If so, the MBA wants to know and potentially share your story with other MBA members. Send an e-mail to the MBA Communications Department.

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Upcoming CLE courses cover litigation basics

Casemaker training comes to Western Mass.

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.

Handling Depositions With Confidence
Course #: CLU07
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2–5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., room 1570, Boston

This seminar is a unique opportunity for attorneys with little or no experience in taking depositions to learn how to handle specific issues that may arise when preparing for, taking or defending a deposition.


Fundamentals of Civil Motion Practice
Course #: CLV07
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 4–7 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., room 1570, Boston

Nearly every civil case will involve some aspect of motion practice. This seminar will address the procedural and substantive requirements of effective motion practice in both the state and federal courts, including procedural requirements for filing and drafting motions, advice on drafting motions and a discussion of the substantive aspects of common civil motions.


Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series: Trial Issues
Course #: YLI07
Wednesday, Aug. 15, noon-2 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., room 1570, Boston

In part two of the trial practice series, our panelists will lead a discussion on specific aspects of the actual trial. Attendees will learn real-life courtroom skills and specific strategies for implementing those skills in their practice


District Court Survival Guide – Civil Practice
Course #: CLW07
Thursday, Aug. 16, 4–6 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., room 1570, Boston

This seminar is designed to educate practitioners on the fundamentals of civil litigation in the district courts of Massachusetts. Panelists will discuss preparing cases for trial, motion practice and trials and appeals.


Casemaker Training
Course #: CASEV07
Thursday, August 9, 4-5:15 p.m.
Elms College, Chicopee

Course #: CASEW07
Tuesday, August 14, 4-5:15 p.m.
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester

Casemaker has had many new features added, including: CaseCheck, an enhanced case law search results function, database availability for all 50 states, nationwide collections of combined Supreme Court and ethics opinions and more. This training session will be held in a computer lab setting that will provide participants with the use of a computer and online access to Casemaker.

NOTE: Because space at Casemaker trainings is limited, online enrollment is not available. To register for a Casemaker training session, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500.


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Amendment to Superior Court Rule 9C to go into effect Oct. 1, 2007

At the Superior Court Judicial Conference semi-annual meeting on May 12, the justices approved the implementation of Superior Court Rule 9C relating to “Settlement of Discovery Disputes” (see below).

Originally adopted in 1989, the rule has undergone its latest amendment process in June 2007 and following one last period of comments proceeding, the changes to the rule will be put into effect as of Oct. 1, 2007.

The hope of such an amendment is to increase efficiency within the court systems, as well as improve productivity between the two parties in question.  


(Applicable to all civil cases)

Counsel for each of the parties shall confer in advance of serving any motion under Mass. R. Civ. P. 26 or 37 and make a good faith effort to narrow areas of disagreement to the fullest extent. Counsel for the party who intends to serve the motion shall be responsible for initiating the conference, which conference shall be by telephone or in person. All such motions shall contain a certificate stating that the conference required by this Rule was held, together with the date and time of the conference and the names of all participating parties, or that the conference was not held despite reasonable efforts be the moving party to initiate the conference, setting forth the efforts made to speak by telephone on in person with opposing counsel. Motions unaccompanied by such certificate will be denied without prejudice to renew when accompanied by the required certificate.

Adopted July 18, 1989, effective October 2, 1989. Amended October 6, 2004, effective November 1, 2004. Amended June 15, 2007, effective October 1, 2007.

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MBA members: reserve your seats and see the newest Celtics stars

Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce set sights high for 2008

The Boston Celtics would like our fans to have the best game experience in the NBA. Our Club Seats and Premium membership-only clubs, the Boardroom and the SportsDeck, provide our Premium ticket holders with both an up-close and personal view of the game and top-of-the-line amenities. All of our Premium options allow fans to not only have the best view of the action on the court, but also give them exclusive privileges, such as access to concerts and other sold out events at the Garden.

For more information, click here. To reserve your Boardroom or SportsDeck membership, or a Luxury Suite, please call Brian Burnard at (617) 854-8061.

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