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Photograph by Jeff Thiebauth.
In the foreground: Robert Harnais, president of Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys; Pauline Quirion, a delegate at-large; and Peter McDermott, Business Law Section chair.

House of Delegates approves new section, examines Mass. Rules of Professional Conduct

The Jan. 25 MBA House of Delegates meeting took place at the Boston University School of Law. The quickly paced two-hour meeting hosted robust debate on topics of unmistakable importance to the majority of delegates.

Delegates voted to support the coordinated effort to examine Rule 3.5(d) of the Mass. Rules of Professional Conduct, which would permit post-trial lawyer-juror contact. They also voted to refer to committee a recommended amendment related to judgments resulting from the disability of an attorney to Rule 60 of the Mass. Rule of Civil Procedure.

Voting members also approved the establishment of a new General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section. A council and section chair have not been selected yet, but look for more details in the March issue of Lawyers Journal.


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MBA to offer affiliated bar reception room at Annual Conference

Affiliated bar reception room to provide minority and county bar associations with a place to socialize and share information and resources

The Annual Conference offers the MBA a unique opportunity to thank partners from its 26 affiliated bar associations for their support throughout the year. This year, the MBA is pleased to offer its thanks by setting aside a designated reception room at the conference. 
The affiliated bar reception room will be open on Friday, March 2, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The reception room will give affiliated bar associations a place to display their marketing materials, including membership information, program calendars and pamphlets or brochures. 
If you are interested in displaying information or in having a representative from your association present at any time during the day, please contact the MBA's Bar Services Liaison, Pat Plasse, at (617) 338-0596.


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From left: MBA Immediate Past President Francis Ford, Great Friend of Justice Honoree Anthony Lewis and newly-elected MBF President Carol A. Witt.

Mass. Bar Foundation honors Anthony Lewis at 2007 Annual Meeting

Over 150 guests celebrate accomplishments of MBF

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation bestowed its highest honor, the Great Friend of Justice award, upon Anthony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Gideon’s Trumpet, at its 2007 Annual Meeting on Jan. 25. More than 150 Foundation Fellows, grantees and colleagues joined in the celebration, which was held at the Social Law Library at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

Lewis delivered the evening’s keynote address, noting that “this is a testing time for the American commitment to law.” He illustrated this point by detailing the plight and torture of detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, criticizing the legal basis offered by the administration to justify the lack of due process for these prisoners. Lewis ended his remarks by concluding, “The issues raised by these claims of power are more than political. They are legal. They are constitutional. And we count on the lawyers of this country to respond to them.”

The meeting also featured the recognition of more than 70 new Life members of the MBF Society of Fellows, a review of the year’s grantmaking activities and elections of new officers and trustees: 

2007 Officers

Carol A. Witt, Esq., president
Lawrence M. Johnson, Esq., vice president
Joseph P.J. Vrabel, Esq., treasurer
Pamela B. Marsh, Esq., secretary    

2007 Trustees

Jerry Cohen, Esq.
Hon. Francis R. Fecteau
Hon. Randy J. Kaplan
Elizabeth H. Munnell, Esq.
Robert V. Ward, Esq.
Carol A. Witt, Esq.

Looking to the year ahead, newly elected MBF President Carol A. Witt, a Salem attorney, said, “I am optimistic that our efforts will continue to impact the lives of individuals every day, and will contribute to a stronger civil society in the future.”

Following the meeting, guests enjoyed a reception that was sponsored by U.S. Trust, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the MBA Insurance Agency and BFS Business Printing.

For more information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, visit www.MassBarFoundation.org.

Hon. Allan van Gestel joins faculty of "Electronic Discovery" seminar

To sign up for the following program, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here to view the CLE listings online.

Learn the practical, legal, procedural and evidentiary issues relating to electronic discovery and document management in Electronic Discovery: New Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues – What Litigators Should Know.

The highly experienced and popular CLE panelist, Hon. Allan van Gestel (ret.), recently joined the faculty of this seminar, which also includes four seasoned attorneys.

Electronic Discovery: New Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues – What Litigators Should Know
Course #: CLL07
Thursday, Feb. 8, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Specific topics will include:

  • The new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the implications for litigators;
  • A litigator's perspective on the new rules and their application in both federal and state trial practice;
  • Document management and related technology (coding, OCR, software applications, Web-based hosting);
  • Electronic discovery, including computer forensics, retrieval of information from electronic systems, chain of custody issues, understanding and establishing audit trails in the use of electronic evidence, establishing electronic discovery protocols, spoliation, and other topics; and
  • A view from the bench.


Daniel K. Gelb, Esq., program chair and moderator
Gelb & Gelb LLP, Boston

Hon. Allan van Gestel (Ret.)
Suffolk Superior Court Business Litigation Session

Neil E. Aresty, Esq.
President and founder of Lextranet, Boston

Grace V. Bacon Garcia, Esq.
Morrison Mahoney LLP, Boston

Douglas Herman
Managing director of UHY Advisors FLVS eDiscovery Practice Group, New York and Boston

Sponsoring sections: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Young Lawyers


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Reserve tickets for MBA Theater Night’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Wednesday, March 14

The MBA is now offering its latest Theater Night event on Wednesday, March 14: a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. and tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance of the musical comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at the Opera House in Boston. Tickets are $100 each, and include a networking reception and a ticket to the show. Call the Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530. There is a limit of eight tickets per person.

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Young Lawyers: enjoy cocktails and basketball at MBA Celtics Night, March 26

Young Lawyer Division members: Join fellow young lawyers as the Celtics take on the Toronto Raptors on Monday, March 26 at the MBA's Celtics Night!

The evening begins with a networking cocktail reception in the Gold Room of the TD Banknorth Garden from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. with the game directly following. Tickets for the game and reception are available now at the low price of $65 and include drinks and hors’ d’oeuvres.

Please contact the MBA Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530 to buy your tickets today.

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Save the dates for upcoming spring CLE conferences

28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference; Lawyers in Transition Conference; General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference

Look for details about MBA spring conferences in upcoming issues of e-Journal, Lawyers Journal and monthly CLE brochures.

Lawyers in Transition Conference
Thursday, May 3
Bentley College, Waltham

28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sheraton Boston
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Hon. Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference
Thursday, June 7
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield

Learn to manage a paperless office at the Law Practice Management Section open meeting

Law Practice Management Section open meeting

Young Lawyers and Law Practice Management Section members are invited to attend:

“Managing a Paperless Office”
featuring guest speaker Channing Migner, esq.
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 4-5:30 p.m.
Mirick O’Connell, 100 Front St., Worcester

Channing Migner has practiced law in Worcester since 1993. From 1985 to 1993, he practiced in Boston with Ravech, Aronson, Shuman and Lewis. From 1973 to 1985, he worked for the Workers' Compensation Claim Division of Kemper Insurance Co. in Maine and Massachusetts. He has practiced Massachusetts workers' compensation law statewide for 22 years and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1985. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maine and earned his J.D. at Suffolk University Law School.

Migner is a member of the board of directors of the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group, as well as the Worcester County Bar Association Workers' Compensation and Law Office Technology sections. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section and a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.

Additionally, he serves on the board of Concord Prison Outreach Inc., where he is a facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project, an organization devoted to promoting non-violence among inmates to help with a successful re-entry into society.

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