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Legislative update: MBA advocates for key budget items

The MBA remains vigilant in its efforts to convince the Legislature to consider the portion of the supplemental state budget that includes $22.3 million dollars to compensate private counsel for work performed during fiscal year 2007, which ended on June 30. The supplemental budget (House Bill No. 4127) was filed by Gov. Deval Patrick on June 29.  

Although the Massachusetts Legislature is scheduled to meet only informally for the remainder of August, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Robert DeLeo has indicated that the body may act on some non-controversial portions of the supplemental budget during these informal sessions. 

The MBA is also advocating for the Legislature to override Patrick’s veto of $11.87 million in funding for the courts: $11.4 million for the Trial Court and $420,000 for the Appeals Court in the fiscal year 2008 budget. Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan has indicated that the funding cuts would result in hundreds of layoffs and would slow down the ability of the system to hear cases.

The Legislature did not take up any veto overrides before adjourning its formal meetings for the remainder of the summer and is expected to begin reviewing the overrides in September. The MBA will continue its dialogue with members of the Legislature, reminding them of the significance of the veto overrides, and the fundamental importance of a fully functioning judicial system. 

Members of the MBA are encouraged to reach out to their legislators on these important issues.

For state representatives' contact information, click here.
For state senators' contact information, click here.
To identify a particular community’s legislator, click here.

If you have questions, e-mail legislation or contact Lee Ann Constantine, legislative activities manager, at (617) 338-0692 or Martin W. Healy, general counsel, at (617) 988-4777.   

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Gala Dinner Committee named

The MBA Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the InterContinental on Boston's waterfront. MBA President-elect David W. White Jr. has named Douglas K. Sheff of Sheff Law Offices in Boston as the Gala Dinner Committee chair. White and Sheff have assembled a committee comprising MBA members to sell tables and assist with sponsorships for the event.
The Gala Dinner Committee includes:

Alice Braunstein, Boston; Marc Breakstone, Boston; Dennis Calcagno, Hingham; John Carroll Jr., Boston; Jeffrey Catalano, Boston; Heather Engman, Boston; Veronica Fenton, Lenox; Warren Fitzgerald, Boston; Francis Ford, Worcester; Thomas Gallitano, Boston; Katherine Hesse, Quincy; Robert Holloway Jr., Peabody; Marsha Kazarosian, Haverhill; Christopher Kenney, Framingham; Mark D Mason, Springfield; Angela McConney, Boston; Dianne McDermott, Boston; Edward McIntyre, Clinton; Michael Mone Jr., Boston; Darrell Mook, Boston; Francis Morrissey, Boston; John Morrissey, Boston; Denise Murphy, Boston; Ned Notis-McConarty, Boston; Kathleen O'Donnell, Lowell; Edward Ryan Jr., Fitchburg; Douglas Sheff, Boston; James Van Buren, Fitchburg; Charles Wagner, Boston; Valerie Yarashus, Boston; and Ellen Zucker, Boston.

Members interested in attending the Nov. 1 event should call the MBA Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530.

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

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the MBA is hosting 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 US 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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Upcoming CLE courses cover litigation basics

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.


Fundamentals of Civil Motion Practice

Course #: CLV07

Introductory level

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.



District Court Survival Guide – Civil Practice

Course #: CLW07

Introductory level

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.



Streetwise: A Beginner’s Guide to Handling Motor Vehicle Accidents

Course #: CLY07

Introductory level

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4–7 p.m.

Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., room 1570, Boston

Trying or resolving a motor vehicle case requires an understanding of the latest developments in automobile tort law, in addition to effective trial techniques. This classic program will steer you in the right direction by providing the most practical and up-to-date information available on auto law and trial techniques in Massachusetts, with a balance between plaintiff and defense perspectives.



Preparing to File a Lawsuit

Course #: YLH07

Introductory level

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 4–7 p.m.

Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., room 1570, Boston

Join us for this practical seminar that will cover the mechanics of preparing to file a lawsuit from start to finish. Our experienced faculty will begin by conducting mock client interviews and then discuss the legal, ethical and client issues raised during the interviews, as well as other issues associated with lawsuit preparation.

Perks exclusive to MBA members

Scan the newly categorized online list of discounts

Membership makes available exclusive discounts on key services and programs to help sharpen your practice and manage your work-life balance. 

To view the categorized list of exclusive discounts available to you, click here.

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