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Over 450 supporters marched in last year's "Walk to the Hill."

Join your colleagues for “Walk to the Hill” for legal aid, March 15

MBA and BBA co-sponsor annual event

On Thursday, March 15, the Massachusetts Bar Association will once again co-sponsor a “Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid” to advocate for increased funding for civil legal services throughout the commonwealth.

The 8th annual Walk to the Hill takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Statehouse. Members of the bar will lobby legislators to increase legal services funding to better meet the need for assistance. Last year, more than 450 attorneys participated in Walk to the Hill and visited over 70 members of the Legislature.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the MBA, the Boston Bar Association and the Equal Justice Coalition.

Increased funding for legal services and access to justice for all of our citizens continues to be a priority of the MBA. Due to a shortage of legal resources, civil legal aid programs are forced to turn away a majority of eligible callers who are seeking assistance in matters such as child support and custody, domestic violence, housing, employment and health care.

The event allows attorneys to speak with their legislators about the critical need for legal services for the indigent.

For more information on the Walk to the Hill or legal aid, call the Equal Justice Coalition at (617) 720-8444, ext. 129.

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Register for Annual Conference 2007

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 2

Join us at the Marriott Copley in Boston next Friday, March 2 for the MBA’s Annual Conference. Aside from a variety of educational programs that will feature expert attorneys and seasoned judges, the MBA will also host its annual Access to Justice Awards Luncheon where attorneys will be honored for their pro bono work. The morning programming will include a plenary session with ABC News Legal Correspondent Manuel Medrano. In the evening, NPR Legal Correspondent Nina Totenberg will deliver the Annual Dinner’s keynote speech and Senator Edward M. Kennedy will be honored with the MBA’s Legislator of the Year Award.

To download the conference brochure, click here.
To register for the conference, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or register online.


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Young Lawyers: join us at MBA Celtics Night, March 26

Young Lawyers 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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March CLE programs just around the corner

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

Special Needs Trusts and Public Benefits
Course #: FLH07
Tuesday, March 6, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St. Boston

Special needs trusts have become an essential planning and protection tool for the disabled and elderly. Join us and learn about the following topics:

  • The different types of special needs trusts and the features of each;
  • The dos and don’ts of creating special needs trusts for different situations;
  • Discussion of income, estate and gift tax issues regarding special needs trusts;
  • How to recognize the different benefit programs for the elderly and disabled that require special needs trusts; and
  • Public benefit program eligibility criteria and distribution requirements that affect benefit payment levels.

Competition for English Ltds.: Reform of Corporate Law in Europe
Luncheon rountable – lunch provided
Course #: BLG07
Tuesday, March 13, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St. Boston

If you are an attorney who practices in the field of European corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, you won't want to miss this informative and timely luncheon roundtable on the formation of entities in Europe and specifically limited corporations under the revised German corporate code. Join us for a discussion on the current reform project regarding the German law on limited liability companies (GmbH-Gesetz) and its impact on mergers and acquisitions practice. These recent changes to German corporate law have provided an alternative to forming English Ltds. and attendees will walk away with the knowledge necessary to form entities in Europe.

Fundamentals of Effective Direct and Cross-Examinations
Course #: CLM07
Tuesday, March 13, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

Hear firsthand tips from top attorneys to help you be more effective in the courtroom. Learn the essential issues and techniques of preparing your witness for direct examination and for the other side’s cross-examination. Specific topics include:

  • When and whether to cross;
  • How to effectively examine your own witness;
  • Techniques relevant to specific forums (e.g. jury trials, bench trials, administrative tribunals, arbitrations); and
  • A view from the bench.



Take the Massachusetts Bar Foundation survey today

Last week, all MBA members were sent an e-mail link to an online survey regarding the MBF. The survey is meant to assist the MBF Board of Trustees in assessing current perceptions about the foundation. If you responded to the survey, thank you. If you have not yet responded, there is still time.

It's easy

To access the survey, please click on the web address below (or copy the entire address into your browser), which will connect you directly to the survey. 


The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

Please note that the deadline for completing this survey is TOMORROW: 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23.

It's confidential

Individual responses to the survey will be kept completely confidential by ALPS Foundation Services, the company contracted to run the survey and collect the data. Answers cannot be tracked to individual respondents and identifying information cannot be shared with the MBF trustees or its staff. Your honest opinions are needed for this process to be successful.

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation and ALPS Foundation Services value your opinions and thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please [e-mail cnewbold].



Be a mentor

What is a mentor?

The MBA’s Mentor Program serves as a rewarding opportunity for experienced attorneys to provide advice and direction to new practitioners, as well as to experienced colleagues who may be handling an unfamiliar area of law. MBA members who volunteer as mentors help to promote professionalism and collegiality within the legal profession. If you are perhaps interested in becoming a mentor, see the qualifications below.

To be a mentor, you must:

  • Be an MBA member in good standing;
  • Have practiced law for more than seven years;
  • Agree to voluntarily advise other MBA members; and
  • Consult on legal topics that constitute 50 percent or more of your practice.

Areas of practice
The MBA welcomes mentors on over 150 areas of law.

For more information, call (617) 338-0691 or [e-mail mentor].

MBA and Suffolk University co-sponsor upcoming conferences

Strategies for Trying Nursing Home Cases; Women in the Courtroom

Strategies for Trying Nursing Home Cases: Problems & Pitfalls

Friday, March 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

This conference brings together experts from law, medicine and the nursing home industry to examine the unique procedural, evidentiary, trial themes and strategic factors involved in this growing area of litigation.

Nursing home claims center on the tension between profits and complying with a complex array of state legislation and regulation. This conference compares and contrasts key considerations from the plaintiff and defense perspectives, emphasizing practical strategies for prosecuting and defending against nursing home cases.

This Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Tort Law Conference considers both the practical importance of tort law and its broader impact on the legal system and society and is designed to appeal to trial lawyers and defense counsel representing longterm care facilities and managed care, legal academics, insurance underwriters, healthcare professionals, risk managers, and nursing home and insurance administrators. You will learn about cutting-edge theories of tort liability, ideas for creating remedies, and the latest thinking regarding damages.

For more information or to register, visit www.law.suffolk.edu/als or call (617) 573-8627.

Women in the Courtroom: Addressing the Challenges Facing Women as Litigators

Thursday, March 15, 8-10 a.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association – in conjunction with the MBA and other co-sponsoring organizations  – is pleased to present a seminar and panel discussion addressing the challenges facing women who try cases. Please join us as our panelists discuss and answer questions about their experiences as women in the courtroom, including:

  • How do women communicate with jurors?
  • The perception of women in the courtroom;
  • Can women litigators be as aggressive and confrontational as male litigators;
  • The role of women in law firms and management;
  • Business development as a woman; and
  • Balancing being a litigator with personal life.

Guest speakers include Hon. Martha Coakley, Massachusetts attorney general; Hon. Barbara J. Rouse, chief justice, Superior Court of Massachusetts; Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Esq., author of "Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law"; Marsha Kazarosian, Esq., president, MATA; Julia Huston, Esq., president, WBA; and Kimberly Winter, Esq., MBA.

Registration is required. To pre-register by Friday, March 9, visit www.massdla.org.

This event is FREE to members of the sponsoring organizations. For nonmembers, the registration fee is $50 per person, by check made payable to the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association.

Co-sponsors: Defense Research Institute, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and Women's Bar Association



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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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Reserve your Celtics seats for the 2007-08 season

For a limited time, MBA members purchasing 2007-08 season tickets will receive a free pair of lower level seats to an upcoming game this season. Quantities are extremely limited, so act now to reserve your season tickets. Locking in your season tickets has never been easier or more affordable.

Place a $100 non-refundable deposit today to:

• Receive a pair of seats to an upcoming game;
• Have access to the best seats in each available price category;
• Enter our convenient payment plan; and
• Enjoy our league-leading season ticket holder benefits (season ticketholder BBQ, kid’s tunnel and open practice)

Full-season and half-season plans are available. Place your deposit on Celtics season tickets today. For more information on Celtics ticket packages contact Brian Burnard, Boston Celtics account executive, by phone at (617) 854-8061 or via e-mail: [e-mail bburnard].

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