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Photograph by Chuck Chaney
Audience members packed Faneuil Hall's Great Hall to watch Sharon High School compete against Salem High School in the Mock Trial State Championship.

Sharon High School wins Mock Trial State Championship

Congratulations to the Sharon High School Mock Trial team, which defeated Salem High School in today's Mock Trial State Championship. The competition was held earlier this morning in Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. 

This year, the committee decided to model the judging for Mock Trial finals after the national competition, utilizing a three-member panel, which features a presiding judge who conducts and scores the trial and two additional scoring judges. The 2007 Mock Trial Championship was judged by the Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara, the Hon. Mary McCallum and the Hon. Howard Whitehead. All three judges scored the trial in accordance with standard Mock Trial scoring procedures. Each judge's scorecard constituted one ballot. Sharon High School was listed as a winner on the majority of ballots, and thus, was named the state champion.

Look for photos and more information about today's trial in upcoming issues of e-Journal and Lawyers Journal and on www.massbar.org.

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.

Join CLE for three conferences in May and June

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.

Lawyers in Transition Conference

Course #: YLD07
Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bentley College, Waltham

Distinguished panelists and informative sessions will provide those attorneys who are entering or transitioning back into the practice of law an opportunity to sharpen their skills and learn about achieving career success and satisfaction. Hear from keynote speaker Deborah Epstein Henry of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC as she discusses the dynamics of re-entry into the legal profession. The conference will conclude with a networking reception at which attendees can interact with MBA mentors who practice in similar areas of the law.

28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference

Course #: LEH07
Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston

9 a.m. The Afterlife of an Arbitration Award

Part A: The Residual Authority of an Arbitrator
Part B: The Scope of Judicial Review of an Arbitrator’s Award

10:30 a.m. Do Undocumented Workers Have Rights?

Noon Lunch (lunch provided)

12:45 p.m. Keynote speech – "Does Discrimination Law Matter? A Cautionary Tale"
Keynote speaker: Hon. Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

1:30 p.m. Survey of Employment Law Developments

3:15 p.m. Networking Break

3:45 p.m. Anatomy of Electronic Discovery

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Conference

Course #: LPD07
Thursday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield

Topics and features will include:

  • Tips on managing your office;
  • How to stay out of trouble in solo practice;
  • Breakout session for civil litigation, family law, business law and real estate law;
  • A networking lunch; and
  • Two judicial panels featuring judges from the District Court and the Probate & Family Court.


Order your tickets for Friday, May 11 Red Sox/Orioles game

The MBA is currently offering tickets to see the Boston Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on Friday, May 11 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets to the game are priced at $45. Order your tickets today by calling the Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530. Limit of four tickets per person.

MBA offers mentoring roundtables in Western Mass. May 15

MBA mentoring roundtable and networking session
Tuesday, May 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

Enjoy an opportunity to network with colleagues while learning more about a variety of practice areas in small group discussions led by MBA mentors. The discussion groups—guided by section council leaders and well-established practitioners—are valuable opportunities for less experienced attorneys to ask questions and gain invaluable advice from more seasoned legal professionals.

  • Business Law
  • Career Counseling
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Probate Law
  • Property Law

Program cost: $15 (includes reception)

To register, call (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500; fax to (617) 542-3057 or e-mail emembership. For more information, call (413) 731-5134 or e-mail [e-mail cbaronas]. When registering, indicate your primary practice area.


Learn about will preparation and provisions at Western Mass. program, April 11

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

Will Preparation and Provisions
Course #: PLF07
Wednesday, April 11, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield

This luncheon roundtable will assist practitioners in the preparation of wills with basic and irregular clauses, and will particularly focus on what to include or exclude in a will. Participants are encouraged to send questions or a draft of a will in advance to the MBA’s Springfield office to the following address: [e-mail cbaronas].

Hyman G. Darling, Esq., program chair
Bacon & Wilson PC, Springfield

Gina M. Barry, Esq.
Bacon & Wilson PC, Springfield

Sponsoring sections: Probate Law, Young Lawyers Division

Co-sponsors: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations

Immigration Law Committee hosts telephone seminar April 5

ICE, I-9s, States’ Employer Sanctions – What Every Immigration Lawyer Needs To Know
Course #: CJF07
Thursday, April 5, 2-3:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Topic: How to prepare for ICE raids and possible criminal prosecution.

  • What rights do employers and employees have?
  • When is the right time to involve employment and criminal counsel?
  • Cooperating with the government – how far to go?
  • How to handle workers you think are unauthorized
  • What are the company’s potential penalties?
  • Lesson learned from the Swift & Company raid.

Speakers: Cynthia J. Lange, Michael Aitken, Bruce Morrison, Gerri Ratliff and Lynn Shotwell. Additional speakers to be announced.

The cost to attend is $15. Payment can be made in advance by contacting Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or online at www.massbar.org. Walk-ins on the day of the seminar are also welcome.

For more information on how to join the Immigration Law Committee, contact Member Services at (617) 338-0530. 

Roy Watson Jr., Esq., Bedford, committee chair


General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section to hold first meeting April 5

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council, which became effective on Jan. 25. Led by co-chairs Patrick Francomano and Susan A. Huettner, the new section promises to keep MBA members current on developments and trends affecting solo and small firm practitioners.

The first meeting of the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section will be on Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

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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