Kennedy, Totenberg to be featured at ACO7

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The MBA's Annual Dinner - the highlight of the MBA's March 2 Annual Conference - will feature U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and National Public Radio's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg. Kennedy is this year's Legislator of the Year awardee and Totenberg will deliver the keynote address.

For more information on the dinner, the conference's educational offerings or sponsorship opportunities, click here. The early bird registration rate will be honored until Friday, Jan. 26. Register online or call the MBA Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530.


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MBA launches new Web site

The MBA is proud to announce the successful launch of its new Web site, which went live on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The new site features more sleek and organized navigation tools, updated content and a new format for Lawyers e-Journal.

The new look and organization of the site is also consistent with the styles seen in MBA publications, AC07 promotional materials and other marketing materials. We hope members find the site more intuitive and consistent with the MBA mission to serve the legal profession as a leading voice in the Massachusetts legal community.

We look forward to your thoughts, comments and suggestions, and hope that you enjoy the new format. To provide feedback, simply select "Contact Us" on the bottom border of the site pages.

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MBA and IBO team up to provide new online CLE offerings

As a way to add convenience and access to its professional educational offerings, the MBA has partnered with Internetbar.org to offer MBA members select online CLE courses at a discounted rate. MBA members can enjoy the exclusive rate of $50 (regularly $79) on the following courses:

  • Breaking the Billable Hour Habit;
  • How to Productize your Practice;
  • Crisis Planning Consulting for Lawyers;
  • Technology and the Emergence of ADR/ODR; and
  • Multicasting Your Practice.

Click here for more information on these offerings.


Child Support Guidelines Task Force seeks public comment

The Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force is seeking public comment and suggestions concerning the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Written comments may be submitted to the task force at [e-mail childsupport] or by mail to:

Child Support Guidelines Task Force
Two Center Plaza, Suite 210
Boston, MA 02108

The task force will also hold three public forums where written statements may be delivered and brief oral statements may be made. Oral testimony is not necessary because all written comments will be considered. The public forums will be held in Springfield, Boston and Worcester as follows:

Monday, Feb. 12, 4-6 p.m.     
Springfield Hall of Justice, fourth floor
50 State St., Springfield

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m.     
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon St., Boston

Thursday, Feb. 15, 4-6 p.m.    
Worcester Courthouse
2 Main St., Worcester

All comments submitted during the fall of 2005 have already been forwarded to the task force and will be given consideration during this review. The deadline for submission of all comments is Thursday, Feb. 22. To suggest specific changes to the guidelines, be sure to reference the particular section(s), recommend new language and provide reasons for your proposed changes.


Vecchione appointed to the position of chief bar counsel

The Board of Bar Overseers announced that Constance V. Vecchione has been appointed to the position of chief bar counsel. The appointment was unanimously approved by the Supreme Judicial Court. Vecchione is currently serving as acting bar counsel and will fill the vacancy created by the June 2006 resignation of Daniel C. Crane, who had held the position since 1999.    

Vecchione joined the office as staff counsel in 1980, and was appointed as first assistant bar counsel in 1989. She served as acting bar counsel during three previous vacancies in the office. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and Northeastern Law School.

The Office of Bar Counsel is an independent administrative body established by the Supreme Judicial Court to investigate, evaluate and prosecute complaints of ethical violations against lawyers.



Upcoming CLE's in Worcester, Springfield and Boston

Civil Litigation and Young Lawyers co-sponsor two upcoming CLE seminars; Business Law and Labor & Employment sections offer two luncheon roundtables next week

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.

Co-sponsored by the Civil Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Division

Chapter 93A & 176D Update
Course #: CLJ07
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m.
WNEC School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

The law affecting the relationship between these two statutes is complicated and constantly evolving. Be sure to join us and keep current on how to use these powerful litigation tools effectively. Our panel will focus primarily on the evolving standards of recovery and defenses under Chapter 93A for improper conduct of insurance companies under Chapter 176D, as well as the recent developments in both Sections 9 and 11 of Chapter 93A.

Fundamentals of Effective Discovery
Course #: CLH07
Thursday, Feb. 1, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Geared toward attorneys with little or no experience, this basic seminar will provide practice tips and pointers for litigation attorneys seeking an overview of formal discovery techniques. Learn how to implement a strategic discovery plan and utilize discovery methods that will allow you to obtain the information you need to successfully position yourself for trial or settlement.

Luncheon roundtables
Co-sponsored by Labor & Employment and Business Law sections

Religion in the Workplace
Course #: LEF07
Tuesday, Jan. 30, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

A bill pending before Congress, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, will make it easier for employees to prevail upon their religious accommodation claims against employers. Learn the legal issues surrounding this often-contentious topic and the practices some companies have put into place to address religion in their workplaces.

The Oakwood Healthcare Decisions: A Practitioner's Perspective
Course #: LEG07
Wednesday, Jan. 31, noon-2 p.m.
Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, 100 Front St., Worcester

This luncheon roundtable will discuss the three recent NLRB decisions on supervisory status. Specific topics will include:

  • An overview of the Oakwood decisions and recent regional decisions citing Oakwood;
  • Changes the board has made to its tests for supervisory status articulated in the Kentucky River decision;
  • What clients are doing (or not doing) in response to the Oakwood decisions.
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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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Anthony Lewis, MBF Annual Meeting
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Hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Lewis at the MBF Annual Meeting Jan. 25

Fellows and friends of the MBF are invited to attend the 2007 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s MBF Great Friend of Justice and Keynote Speaker will be Anthony Lewis. Lewis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent over 30 years as a legal columnist for The New York Times. The grantee speaker will be 2005 MBF Legal Intern Fellow Lindy Aldrich.

A cocktail reception will immediately follow the meeting. This event is being generously sponsored by U.S. Trust, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the MBA Insurance Agency and BFS Printing.

To R.S.V.P., please visit www.massbarfoundation.org, [e-mail foundation] or call (617) 338-0648 by Monday, Jan. 22.

Law Practice Management Section and probate practice group host open meetings

Learn about managing a paperless office; discuss expert testimony in will contests

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 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.

Probate Litigation Practice Group open meeting

Probate Section members and Young Lawyers Division members are invited to attend:

“Expert Testimony in Will Contests”
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5 p.m.         
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

When is it necessary and/or useful to provide expert witnesses in a will contest? The Hon. Robert W. Langlois, first justice, Middlesex Probate & Family Court, and another judge (TBA) will provide feedback to our group regarding this issue. Please come with your “war stories”  -- when expert testimony was helpful and when it was not -- and join us for a roundtable discussion.

Please [e-mail jstevens] to R.S.V.P. for these meetings, as space is limited.

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