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Rep. Costello to be honored with the MBA Legislator of the Year Award

The Massachusetts Bar Association will present its Legislator of the Year Award to State Representative Michael A. Costello (D) on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the MBA Gala Dinner. The MBA Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to a state or federal legislator who has distinguished him or herself in public service through outstanding contributions to the legal profession, courts and the administration of justice.


“We are pleased to bestow Representative Costello with this high honor at one of our signature events of the year,” said David W. White Jr., whose term as MBA president begins this Saturday.


According to White, Costello has been engaged in a number of matters of keen importance to the Massachusetts bar, including criminal law matters, bar advocate pay increases and improvements to the administration of justice.


Costello currently serves as the State Representative of the First Essex District. He was first elected to represent the City of Newburyport and the Towns of Amesbury and Salisbury in November 2002. Having served as a member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Costello currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Ethics and chairs the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.


The Nov. 1 MBA Gala Dinner will take place at The InterContinental Boston on the city’s waterfront. In addition to the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award, the dinner will also feature remarks from White and keynote speaker Richard A. Clarke. Clarke is a former White House advisor, counterterrorism expert and best-selling author of “Against All Enemies.”


To purchase a ticket or reserve a table for the MBA Gala Dinner, e-mail membership or call (617) 338-0530.

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MBA Secretary Edward W. McIntyre, a solo practicioner in Clinton, addresses Judicial Youth Corps students and families at the John Adams Courthouse.

MBA and SJC celebrate successful summer for Judicial Youth Corps

Judge Roderick Ireland, MBA Secretary Edward W. McIntyre among reception speakers

Attorneys, court staff members, judges and families gathered on Friday, Aug. 24 to celebrate the achievements of Worcester and Boston Judicial Youth Corps students.

“The MBA is proud of you,” MBA Secretary Edward W. McIntyre, a solo practitioner based near Worcester, told the teenagers. He urged them to pursue their goals of pursuing careers in the law. “You are part of the justice system,” he said. “Justice is not a destination. There is no way to justice; justice is the way.”

Designed for urban high school students, the program teaches young people about the judicial branch of government and fundamental principles of law. The four-month program consists of two educational components: a seven-week orientation to the court system and a seven-week courthouse internship session in July and August.

This year’s reception was especially significant because this summer marked the first time in seven years that the program has existed in Worcester. In recent years, the program had been limited to Boston students due to financial constraints. This year, the SJC and MBA received a Fellows Grant of more than $20,000 from the Mass. Bar Foundation to restore the program in Worcester. The program was a strong success, according to teacher and attorney Jim Rosseel, who coordinated the Worcester program.

“The kids all distinguished themselves on a day-to-day basis, demonstrated a wonderful work ethic and proved they could handle themselves in difficult situations,” Rosseel said proudly. He also noted that the program has wide support among the Worcester legal community and expressed hope that the program return to the city in 2008.

David LeBoeuf, a student at Worcester’s South High Community School and Judicial Youth Corps participant, spoke about his summer experience. “This internship opened all of our eyes. We had the chance to see people at their best moments and at their worst moments. We saw the stories behind the pieces of paper,” he explained. “These are real people with real pain, and we were able to help them and treat them with dignity. It was not just a job; it was a duty.”

The program wrapped up with Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Roderick L. Ireland, who has played an important role as a mentor for the students and as a longtime advocate for the program. He believes that the program is an effective and powerful way to connect students and schools to the justice system. Roderick congratulated both the teenagers and their parents for their dedication and efforts in making the summer a success. “We hope that you continue to strive to be the best that you can be. Whatever path you choose, we expect excellence of you all.”

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Practical “how-to” seminars offered for small firm and solo attorneys at three convenient venues in Massachusetts

Increase revenues, decrease stress and take better care of clients

In mid-September, the Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to present the “Practical Solutions Series.” The seminar series will be led by Mark Powers, president of Atticus, a nationally-recognized organization that specializes in training and development for attorneys. MBA’s Law Practice Management and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm sections will sponsor the three seminars that will instruct attorneys on how to increase revenues, decrease stress and take better care of clients. 

Powers will lead the seminars in Worcester, Boston and Taunton. The series will kick-off on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the DCU Center in Worcester; it will be repeated on Sept. 19 at the MBA headquarters in Boston; and then offered a final time on Sept. 20 at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. 

Each of the three one-day seminars comprises morning and afternoon sessions. Powers will cover “Essential Time Management Tools for the Stressed-Out Attorney” from 8:30 a.m. to noon and “How Good Attorneys Become Great Rainmakers” from 1 to 4:30 p.m.


Half-day tuition for members is $75, while full-day tuition is $145. Non-MBA member are $150 for half-day and $220 for the full-day.


“Not only are we thrilled to partner with Atticus to provide the Practical Solutions Series to our members, we were intent on offering each of the three seminars in easy-to-reach locations for many solo and small firm practitioners,” said MBA Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington. “We realize all attorneys, especially those in small firms, are often hard-pressed to find time away from the office, but we hope that the three different locations add convenience for attorneys to attend such a worthwhile educational program.”


The September “Practical Solutions Series” will be the first of several series presented by Atticus to bring MBA members and other practitioners throughout the state valuable “how-to’s” for effective law practice management.


To register or for more information, contact the MBA’s Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530 or membership.

MBF to host grantee receptions on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation will honor the 2007/2008 IOLTA grant recipients and MBF Legal Intern Fellows at two upcoming grantee receptions. All MBF Fellows, Grantees and friends are welcome to attend.


MBF Grantee Reception Invite


To R.S.V.P. click here, call (617) 338-0618 or [e-mail foundation].

Visit MassBarFoundation.org for directions.


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September CLE programming kicks off with trial practice luncheon roundtable on Sept. 6

Don't forget to register early for the Sept. 28-29 Family Law Conference

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.


Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series: Post-trial Issues
Course #: CLA08
Thursday, Sept. 6, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston 

Part three of our trial practice series will conclude with a discussion of all post-trial issues. Practitioners will walk away with the skills and strategies necessary to give them the competitive edge in the courtroom. Specific topics will include post-trial motions and appeals.

Family Law Conference

Course #: FLA08

Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. – Saturday, Sept. 29, 3:40  p.m.

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox


The theme of this year’s Massachusetts Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council is “Deciding, Proving, and Planning for Best Interests – When Family Law Cases Affect Children.” This conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet judges, socialize with colleagues and update your skills as you learn techniques and gain insights from our distinguished panel members consisting of judges and family law experts.


Faculty: David W. White Jr., Esq., MBA president, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston; Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion, Probate and Family Court; Hon. Edward J. Lapointe, Probate and Family Court; Hon. Elizabeth O’Neill LaStaiti, Probate and Family Court; Fern L. Frolin, Esq., Grindle, Robinson, Goodhue & Frolin, Wellesley; Edward P. Ryan Jr., Esq., O’Connor & Ryan PC, Fitchburg; Denise Squillante, Esq., MBA vice president, Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River.


*For program details and a complete list of faculty, click here to download the Family Law Conference Brochure.


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MBA to offer free training for attorneys seeking to aid Massachusetts veterans

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the MBA will host a free training session to aid volunteer attorneys in offering pro bono services to veterans throughout the state. The program will give participating attorneys training on how to provide pro bono representation for veterans appealing denials of federal benefits in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
The Community Services Department also urges participating attorneys to assist in a Dial-a-Lawyer specifically designed for veterans in October and deliver speaking presentations with local veteran service officers throughout the state.

Serving our Veterans in the Law – Pro Bono Training for Attorneys will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a free lunch provided by the MBA. Speakers will include Ronald B. Abrams, joint executive director, and Louis J. George, staff attorney, both of the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C. They will be explaining the legal spectrum of issues that face veterans and will lead open discussions about how to navigate federal and state appeals to benefit reductions and eliminations.


The training session will be held at the MBA, 20 West St, Boston. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500.

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Exclusive MBA discount offer for Celtics games

Don't miss Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden this season. Tickets are going fast so make sure to reserve your seats today. We only have 30 seats reserved per game for MBA members.  

Click here to see game availability and MBA member discounts, and be sure to check this link throughout the year for more MBA discounts. This page will be updated regularly with new MBA offers each month. As we sell out of games, we will post new offers.  


If you have any questions or want to reserve seats, contact us via e-mail.


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