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Former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Edward J. Hennessey and Associate Justice Martha B. Sosman.

Massachusetts legal community mourns loss of two leaders

The legal community suffered two great losses last week, with the deaths of former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Edward J. Hennessey and current SJC Associate Justice Martha B. Sosman.

"The Massachusetts legal community grieves the loss of two exceptional judges," said MBA President Mark D. Mason. "With their deaths falling within several days of one another, the impacts and legacies of Chief Justice Hennessey and Justice Sosman's careers are especially striking. This is a difficult time for the legal community, especially the SJC. On behalf of the MBA, I extend my thoughts and condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of these two remarkable justices."

To view the Boston Globe's obituary for Hennessey, click here. A funeral mass was held for Hennessey at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 12 at St. Bartholomew Church in Needham.

To view the Boston Globe's obituary for Sosman, click here. Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall also released a brief statement about Justice Sosman's passing:

Justice Martha B. Sosman, who passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2007, will be remembered as one of the great Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, despite her all too brief tenure on the Court. She had served as a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court since Sept. 6, 2000, and as a Superior Court justice from 1993 to 2000.

Justice Sosman was a beloved colleague, whose wide ranging contributions to the work of the Court are immeasurable. She was a jurist's jurist with a powerful intellect and extraordinary legal skills. Lawyers and litigants alike admired and respected her talents. In her personal life, Justice Sosman was an avid gardener, a serious Red Sox fan, and a gifted pianist, who often invited colleagues to her recitals. Justice Sosman will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held for Sosman on Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at the Old South Church near Copley Square. More information can be found at www.concordfuneral.com.


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Photograph by Chuck Chaney
Massachusetts IOLTA Committee Director Jayne Tyrell attends the performance.

MBA Theater Night draws 98 attendees

The MBA Theater Night series continued on March 14, as MBA members and guests enjoyed “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” a musical comedy detailing the exploits of two con men on the Riviera. The play, being shown at the Boston Opera House through March 17, was preceded by a cocktail reception at the MBA’s Boston office.




Pro Bono opportunities for immigration attorneys, others

In response to the immigration raid at a New Bedford manufacturing plant last week, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project is coordinating recruitment of pro bono assistance. PAIR and several local agencies are mobilizing efforts to recruit pro bono attorneys to help screen, intake and provide representation to the detainees. Interested attorneys should contact Anita Sharma at [e-mail asharma] or (617) 742-9296.

SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services invites nominations for 2007 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards

Named in honor of attorneys John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards recognize individual lawyers, small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession in Massachusetts that have “enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to our commonwealth’s poor and disadvantaged.”          

Last year, awards were presented to Marion E. Broidrick and Lawrence A. Zalis for their work on behalf of the Barnstable Action for New Direction (BAND) Program; Heisler, Feldman, McCormick & Garrow PC in Springfield; and Samuel B. Moskowitz, a partner in the Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine PC.          

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 12.  The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Supreme Judicial Court in the John Adams Courthouse on Wednesday, May 23.

Nominations submitted in 2006 remain active for consideration in the 2007 awards program.

Nominations should be submitted to:

Richard McMahon, Esq.,
The 2007 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
c/o New Center for Legal Advocacy Inc.
18 Main St. Extension, third floor
Plymouth, MA 02360

For further information, contact Alison Fallon at (508) 746-2777, or by e-mail at: [e-mail afallon].



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Young Lawyers: enjoy a cocktail reception and Celtics game for just $65, 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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MBA announces topics of May 3 Lawyers in Transition Conference

Registration materials and further details about the conference schedule will be published soon.

Lawyers in Transition Conference
Course #: YLD07
Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m
Bentley College, 175 Forest St., Waltham

Topics to be covered at the conference will include:

  • Divorce basics;
  • Basic estate planning;
  • Updates in criminal law;
  • Basics in civil litigation;
  • How to stay out of trouble;
  • Setting realistic expectations and boundaries when facing re-entry; and 
  • Re-entering the office: new technology.

The conference will also include a networking luncheon featuring keynote speaker Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. The title of her lecture is “Comeback Lawyers: Re-Entry Into the Legal Profession & Why It Is Important.”

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MBA offers free bar preparation and exam advice to law students

Bar Exam Survival Guide
*includes continental breakfast
Course #: YLF07
Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m.–noon
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Are you feeling overwhelmed preparing for the bar exam? Attend this free seminar to learn tips that will guide you through the process.

Topics will include:

  • Filling out the application – what’s important to mention and the importance of being honest;
  • What you can and can’t bring with you into the exam;
  • The bar exam format; and
  • Survival tips.

Exam Writing and Legal Analysis
*includes continental breakfast
Course #: YLE07
Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m.–noon
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Learn practical tips from our expert panel on preparing to take your next law school exam at this free seminar.

To register for either of these programs, call the MBA Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530 or (866) 627-7577. 

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Mock Trial invites you to the finals at the end of March

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that, once again, this year's Mock Trial State Championship will be held in historic Faneuil Hall's Great Hall on Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. 

Faneuil Hall was constructed in 1742 as an open market and a meeting space for the town government. The large meeting room on the second floor – the Great Hall – became Boston's official town hall. There, in public session, Bostonians debated issues, elected town officials, voted local taxes and spent town monies. It was in Faneuil Hall that the first rumblings of the American Revolution were felt. The Great Hall now will be host to the final two teams in the 2007 Mock Trial Competition.

If you are able to attend the finals, please confirm your attendance, no later than Friday, March 23. Feel free to contact us via e-mail or by phone at (617) 338-0570.

The 2007 Mock Trial Program is proudly sponsored once again this year by the law firm of Brown, Rudnick, Berlack & Israels LLP.  Thanks to the generosity of this firm and hundreds of volunteer attorneys, judges and teachers throughout Massachusetts, high school students statewide have an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of the American judicial system and how it can impact their lives in ways they might not otherwise imagine.

Springfield family law practitioners, join us for March 27 program

Fundamentals of Effective Direct and Cross-Examinations
Course #: FLI07
Tuesday, March 27, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

At this program, our distinguished speakers will review important recent cases and legislation, as well as address some of the challenging issues facing family law practitioners today. Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Child support;
  • Division of assets;
  • Custody and visitation;
  • Alimony;
  • Standing;
  • Unmarried couples; and
  • Jurisdiction, including PKPA, UIFSA and UCCJA/MCCJA.

Mass. Law Consortium seeks local attorneys to volunteer at Small/Medium Firm Expo on March 27

The Massachusetts Law School Consortium is seeking Boston attorneys at small and mid-sized firms to attend their March 27 Small/Medium Firm Expo to meet local law students. To volunteer for this program, contact Sarah Coffey, New England School of Law, at (617) 422-7228 or [e-mail scoffey]. See details below:

Mass. Law Consortium Small/Medium Firm Expo
A walk-around event for law students to meet and learn from attorneys in the small firm community.
Tuesday, March 27, 5-7 p.m. (reception to follow)
Suffolk University Law School

This program is a meet-and-greet between small/medium firms from the Greater Boston area and Boston law students. Representatives from local firms will host tables at the expo while students move around the room speaking with employers to learn more about their organizations, practice areas and life at a small/medium firm.

Co-sponsors: Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

The Massachusetts Law Consortium comprises the state's seven ABA-accredited law schools:

  • Boston College Law School
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Harvard Law School
  • New England School of Law
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Western New England College School of Law

The mission of the consortium is to develop and promote career opportunities for its combined student and graduate population.


















MBA co-sponsors free restorative justice program with Northeastern University School of Law on April 14

Restorative Justice: A How-To Guide for Legal Professionals
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Northeastern University School of Law
400 Huntington Ave., Boston
Lunch will be served

In 1998, Assistant District Attorney David Lerman and First Assistant Public Defender Tom Reed, from opposite sides of the criminal justice system in Milwaukee, were among the first to work together to create successful restorative justice programming in a high-crime, urban area of the country

Milwaukee’s Community Conferencing Program has since held more than 200 restorative justice conferences and serves as a nation-wide model for community-based criminal justice programming.

This event will give legal professionals in Massachusetts a primer on restorative justice practices, its applications in the criminal justice setting, and the nuts and bolts of creating a successful restorative justice program in an urban environment.

Because space is limited, you must register by Sunday, March 25. Contact Yael Shy at (617) 960-6271 or via e-mail at [e-mail shy.y] to sign up for this program.

Co-sponsors: Black Law Students Association, NUSL, Boston Bar Association, Boston College Law School, Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, Massachusetts Bar Association, Northeastern University School of Law


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