e-Journal

12-06

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Photograph by Bill McCormack
LexisNexis Sales Executive Nick Sater, right, outlines program features to an interested Expo participant. LexisNexis has recently developed marketing and practice management tools to help expand attorneys' practices and manage caseloads.

Legal Tech Expo attended by more than 120 members of Massachusetts legal community

Vendors offer latest technological innovations for law office efficiency

The Legal Tech Expo, held Nov. 29 at the Needham Sheraton Hotel, was a free, all-day tradeshow highlighting the latest technological innovations aiding the practice of law. The first MBA tradeshow in nine years, the Legal Tech Expo was a joint effort with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and attracted more than 120 members of the Bay State legal community. Many participating attorneys attended the expo to learn ways to simplify their practices and promote office efficiency through various electronic services.

"We are here to help attorneys spend more time on billable hours versus non billable hours," said vendor participant Tim Resker, director of sales for Integrated Scanning Solutions, a company focused on electronic document management systems. Fellow vendor, Steve Brogdon, senior account executive for secure e-mail vendor Zixcorp, noted that companies are starting to look at the legal market as something that could be viable to business.

The seven-hour expo featured 29 vendors, 28 of which also participated in 15-minute discussions and product demonstrations. These "Tech Talks" were offered throughout the day, providing attendees with tailored information dealing directly with firm needs. MBA staff presented information about the Casemaker program and the recently launched MBA online forums.

The MBA thanks the event sponsors and participating vendors.

Sponsors

  • Boston University, silver sponsor
  • Catuogno Court Reporting, bronze sponsor
  • Videre Conferencing, bronze sponsor

Vendors

  • ACS Services
  • Alpha NetSolutions
  • Computer Recycling USA
  • Direct IT
  • Divorcenet.com
  • Smart Closings
  • First American Title
  • Genesys Conferencing
  • Group Dynamic
  • Jack Daniel Court Reporting
  • Kenai Computer Forensics
  • LexisNexis
  • Metropolitan Telephone Co.
  • NEMH Systems
  • Montech Inc.
  • New England Trial Services
  • Northern Business Machines
  • O'Brien and Levine Court Reporting
  • Page after Page
  • Paper Trace
  • RetroFit Technologies Simplifile.com
  • T-Mobile
  • The Computer Guy
  • TSS Software Corp.
  • Turbo Law
  • Your Page Today
  • Westlaw
  • Zixcorp
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Featured MBA Member Benefit

Have you checked out Casemaker lately?

While MBA members have enjoyed free and unlimited use of Casemaker since 2001, this benefit just got better. Members now have access to all 50 states and the federal databases, the ability to determine validity of case law through the Casecheck function and the way to identify changes to statutes and codes through the SuperCODE function.  Are you familiar with the following new features of Casemaker? Log on to www.massbar.org and click on the Casemaker link to check out the following: 

Casemaker Library

The Casemaker Library has recently been expanded and now provides access to all 50 states and the federal databases. Click here for current contents.

Casecheck Feature (similar to Shepard's)

Casemaker’s exclusive casecheck feature allows you check if the case that you've cited has been challenged by a later court. To access casecheck, simply look on the right-hand side of the screen of the case you are viewing. If there are no hyperlinks underneath the casecheck logo, it means that no action has been taken on the case by a later court. If there are hyperlinks, that does not necessarily mean that there have been any rulings against the case in question. However, it will require you to click on the link to find out. By clicking the hyperlink, you will be taken directly to the portion of the later case where the older case is cited. By reading the text surrounding the case citation, you can quickly determine later treatment of the cited case.

SuperCODE Feature

Casemaker utilizes SuperCODE to identify changes to statutes and codes. SuperCODE is the exclusive Casemaker feature that identifies session laws which may affect the documents that you view. SuperCODE appears on the right-hand side of the screen and displays hyperlinks to session laws that reference the document currently being viewed. By clicking on the hyperlink (if present) you will be immediately transported to the segment of the legislation that deals with the current document. You can then quickly determine if the new law will apply to the salient portion of code of interest. These are a few of the latest features. 

For a complete MBA Casemaker User Guide, click here.

Questions? 

Please contact MBA Publications Attorney, Jared Correia, Esq., at (617) 338-0544 or via e-mail at jcorreia with your Casemaker questions. 

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Young Lawyers to sort toys for Salvation Army, Dec. 13

Instead of writing checks this year, why not donate your time to charity? Get into the holiday spirit and discover the joy of giving back to the community.

The MBA is looking for Young Lawyers Division members to volunteer at the Salvation Army’s Toy Sorting event on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Five people are needed to volunteer during each of the following two-hour time slots:

  • 11 a.m.−1 p.m.
  • 1−3 p.m.
  • 3−5 p.m.

This event will be held at:

The Salvation Army
147 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116

Interested members should contact Membership and Events Coordinator Wendy Dyckman at (617) 338-0543 or via e-mail.

Upcoming CLE Conference

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To register for the following program, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership] or visit the CLE Web site.

Conferences

Fifth Annual In-House Counsel Conference

Course #: BLD08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton

The theme of this year’s conference relates to the fundamentals of in-house counsel practice. This fifth annual conference will address a variety of matters that arise on a day-to-day basis for in-house counsel. The topics for discussion at this year’s conference include:

  • Litigation and risk management;
  • Intellectual property management;
  • Contract administration;
  • Labor and personnel issues; and
  • Compliance issues.

Faculty:
Robert J. Kerwin, Esq., program co-chair
Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC, Boston

David A. Parke, Esq., program co-chair
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield

For more information, or for a complete list of faculty, visit the MBA Calendar.

 

 

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Celebrate the holidays with the MBA

MBA hosts Boston holiday reception Dec. 11

Join fellow MBA members and staff at the MBA's annual holiday party in Boston.

Boston:
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
R.S.V.P. to MBA Member Services via e-mail or via phone at (617) 338-0530.

Western Mass. Holiday Reception wrap-up

Seventy-four MBA members attended a festive holiday celebration at the MBA's Western Massachusetts office in Springfield on Tuesday, Dec. 4. MBA President David W. White Jr., Past President Mark D Mason and Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington mingled with both longtime and new members from the Western Massachusetts area. The  event was sponsored by the MBA Insurance Agency.

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MBA members: Enjoy the TD Banknorth Garden from the privacy of a luxury suite

Trying to secure tickets for a Celtics game or plan a holiday office party? See your event of choice from the privacy of a luxury suite at the Garden. Luxury suites are great for entertaining clients, holding a sales meeting and having a family night out.

Luxury suite benefits:

  • In-suite catering options;
  • Theater-style seating on your own terrace;
  • Two plasma televisions;
  • Private restroom;
  • Entrance to the Garden two hours before game time; and
  • Free admission on the day of event to The Sports Museum.

Suites accommodate 18 or more people and various catering options are available. Click here for suite pricing and schedule.

Suites are limited. Contact Brian Burnard via e-mail or by phone at (617) 854-8061 to make your reservation.

 

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