MBA tapped by the ABA to receive the prestigious Harrison Tweed Award

The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association have been selected as joint recipients of the 2007 Harrison Tweed Award. Both associations are being recognized for their long standing commitment to the funding and provision of quality legal services to the poor in Massachusetts in both criminal and civil matters.

Both associations have worked tirelessly to expand the Massachusetts Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) and its efforts to secure adequate funding for Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation to support civil legal aid. In addition, the MBA and BBA share a long history of encouraging efforts by the Committee for Public Counsel Services to establish and maintain effective quality controls related to the provision of indigent defense services. The bar associations have also been strong advocates of adequate compensation for both public defenders and assigned counsel.

The award, given annually by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, will be presented during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 10, at a joint luncheon of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations.

MBA President Mark D Mason will accept the award on behalf of the MBA. He said, “We are deeply honored to share in the award with our friends and colleagues at the BBA. The award demonstrates the power and synergy in coalitions such as the Equal Justice Coalition. Without the dedication and commitment of the BBA and the nearly 200 members of the EJC, our voice would be singular. Together, we have made a difference and we will continue to strive to ensure equal access to justice for all.”

The Harrison Tweed Award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for poor persons or criminal defense services for indigents.

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The MBA's Nov. 1 Gala Dinner will be at the InterContinental Boston, a new luxury hotel overlooking Boston Harbor's Fort Point Channel.

Enjoy waterfront views and the company of your colleagues at the MBA's Gala Dinner

The MBA is proud to announce its annual Gala Dinner event, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the new InterContinental Hotel on Boston’s waterfront.

To download registration information, click here.

With its sleek, granite exterior and spectacular harborside location, the InterContinental is Boston's newest architectural gem. The dinner will take place in the luxury hotel’s 10,500-square-foot Rose Kennedy Ballroom, which is lined with original paintings by local Boston artists.

The gala event will feature keynote speaker Richard A. Clarke, author of “Against All Enemies” and senior White House advisor to the last four U.S. presidents.

As a former government official, Clarke specialized in intelligence, cyber security, and counter-terrorism for over three decades. He is most known for his work as the chief counter-terrorism advisor on the U.S. National Security Council preceding and following 9/11. After stepping down from his White House position in 2003, Clarke published his best-selling novel, “Against All Enemies,” which reflects on his experiences serving past U.S. presidents, highlights the increase in terrorist activity against America and describes the faults of past administrations in properly handling terrorist threats.

Other signature events include the second annual Bench-Bar Symposium, (Thursday, Oct. 11, John Adams Courthouse, Boston), the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon (Thursday, March 6, JFK Library Museum, Boston) and the traditional CLE Conference (Monday, April 28, Sheraton Boston Hotel). 

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MBA 2006-07 Year in Review highlights Section Council Activities in past association year

To summarize the many accomplishments of its productive sections, committees and task forces, the MBA has compiled 2006-07 Year in Review: The Year in Section Council Committee and Task Force Developments. To view the report, click here.

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End of July packed with CLE programming

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.

NOTE: Because space at Casemaker trainings is limited, online enrollment is not available. To register for a Casemaker training session, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500.

Trust Drafting and Provisions (luncheon roundtable)
Course #: PLK07
Tuesday, July 17, noon-1 p.m.
MBA Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield

This luncheon roundtable will assist practitioners in the preparation of trusts, whether inter vivos or testamentary, and will particularly focus on tax issues, technical issues, and those issues which are often overlooked. Participants are encouraged to send questions in advance to the MBA's Springfield office.

Casemaker Training
Course #: CASET07
Tuesday, July 17, 4-5:15 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
This training session will be held in a computer lab setting that will provide participants with the use of a computer and online access to Casemaker.

Basics of Divorce Practice
Course #: FLL07
Thursday, July 19, 4–7 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, Boston
This course will teach you how to determine the facts of your client’s case, select appropriate avenues of relief and parry your opponent’s strategies while you become familiar with relevant statutes, rules and leading cases that you can use to achieve positive results for your client.

Casemaker Training
Course #: CASEU07
Thursday, July 19, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Elms College, Chicopee
This training session will be held in a computer lab setting that will provide participants with the use of a computer and online access to Casemaker.

Elder Law Basics
Course #: PLH07
Tuesday, July 24, 4–7 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, Boston
This program will provide an introduction to the basics of long-term care and estate planning strategies for the growing group of clients who are 65 and older.
Participants will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to apply techniques and strategies for dealing with this age group in daily practice.

Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series: Pretrial Preparation and Jury Issues
Course #: CLZ07
Wednesday, July 25, noon-2 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, Boston
Join us for the first of three exciting new luncheon roundtables that will break down the various components of a trial and help attendees develop and enhance their skills as trial attorneys. Our expert panel, comprising top litigators in their respective fields, will share practical tips on effective advocacy and proper preparation.

District Court Survival Guide: Criminal Practice
Course #: CLU07
Thursday, July 26, 4–6 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, Boston
This seminar is designed to educate practitioners on the fundamentals of criminal litigation in the district courts of Massachusetts. Topics will include arraignment, bail, trial and 209A practice.

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Member benefit tip: Save money on ABA books with your MBA discount code

The American Bar Association has extended a 25 percent discount on all of its publications to the members of the Massachusetts Bar Association. To take advantage of this significant discount, simply click here to receive the proper link and MBA discount code.

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