News alert: Agreement reached on immigration reform

As reported today by the Associated Press, “Key senators in both parties announced agreement with the White House Thursday on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border…The plan would create a temporary worker program to bring new arrivals to the U.S. A separate program would cover agricultural workers. New high-tech enforcement measures also would be instituted to verify that workers are here legally.”

To learn more, click here.

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Criminal Justice Section Chair Lee Gartenberg

MBA’s Gartenberg serves on governor’s Anti-Crime Council

Last week, Gov. Deval Patrick’s newly established Anti-Crime Council convened for the first time. According to Executive Order No. 482, Patrick created the multidisciplinary group to “recommend to the governor a comprehensive set of proposals to prevent and reduce crime in the Commonwealth.” Massachusetts Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council Chair Lee Gartenberg represents the MBA on the Anti-Crime Council.

MBA President Mark D Mason said, “The MBA is proud and honored to bring criminal law expertise to the council to develop strategies to thwart criminal activity in Massachusetts.”

To learn more about the council, view the full Executive Order No. 482.

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The Sharon High School Mock Trial team in Dallas.

MBA congratulates Sharon High School on top ten national finish

Bay State school places 7th in nationwide Mock Trial Competition

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that Sharon High School placed 7th out of 40 high school teams during this past week’s National High School Mock Trial Competition in Dallas.

Sharon High School represented Massachusetts after it was awarded the state championship by a panel made up of Superior Court Associate Justice Barbara Dortch-Okara, Norfolk County First Juvenile Court Justice Mary McCallum and Superior Court Associate Justice Howard Whitehead, at Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall on March 29.

After prevailing over Salem High School in the state championship trial, Sharon High School attended the national tournament from May 10-12.

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Photograph by Jeff Thiebauth
Left to right: Mass. Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, MBA President Mark D Mason and Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall at last fall's Bench-Bar Symposium at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. The MBA's Bench-Bar Breakfast Forums will provide additional opportunities for Bench-Bar interaction on a smaller, less formal scale.

MBA launches series of Bench-Bar Breakfast Forums

First program to be held in Hampden County, May 30

The Massachusetts Bar Association, with the support of the Hampden County Bar Association, is pleased to invite Hampden County attorneys to participate in the first in a series of Bench-Bar Breakfast Forums: unique and informal forums for members of the judiciary and the bar to discuss and collaborate on current issues facing the courts and the bar.

The MBA is currently in the process of planning Bench-Bar Breakfast Forums in counties across the commonwealth. The program agendas will vary from county to county, and will center around specific issues of concern to both the judiciary and the bar in various Massachusetts cities and towns. Potential topics could include, for example, the impact of the Trial Court Time Standards on the courts and the bar; the media’s impact on the public’s perception of our legal system; or the Probate and Family Court’s Limited Assistance Representation Pilot Project.   

First Bench-Bar Breakfast Forum to be in Hampden County

The first forum will take place on Wednesday, May 30 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Hampden County Hall of Justice, Springfield. MBA President Mark D Mason will guide a discussion of the most timely and important issues of concern to both the judiciary and the bar in Hampden County.

Hampden County members who are interested in attending the breakfast should R.S.V.P. to Christine Baronas at (413) 731-5134, or [e-mail cbaronas].



CLE offers two Boston events next week

Public Law Section to offer conference in early June

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.

Decoupling the Massachusetts Estate Tax: DOR Audit Perspectives
Course #: PLG07
Tuesday, May 22, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Join us for a luncheon roundtable to discuss the Massachusetts Department of Revenue's selection of estate tax returns for audit and learn how best to avoid a Massachusetts estate tax audit.

Specific topics will include:

  • DOR selection process for estate tax returns;
  • Partnership discounts and other valuation issues;
  • Use of IRS audit changes and estate tax closing letters; and
  • Explanation of the general audit procedures of DOR. 

Jurisdiction Issues in Family Law – Am I in the Right Place and Am I Talking About the Right Thing?
Course #: FLJ07
Tuesday, May 22, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Jurisdictional issues are becoming more common in today’s fluid society. With the increasing numbers of parties and children moving across state lines, custody, support and the division of assets are no longer local issues. Jurisdictional issues are complex.

Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Where to bring the action: state, venue, court;
  • When and where to raise jurisdictional objections;
  • Interplay between state laws;
  • Comity versus full faith & credit;
  • Minimum contacts under federal law; and
  • Forum non conveniens principles.

Public Law Conference
Course #: PUC07
Tuesday, June 5, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston

Learn about being a more effective government attorney and how to avoid landmines while working in the public sector at our first ever Public Law Conference. Our faculty of distinguished government leaders will specifically address the following topics:

  • Differences between the public and private legal regimes;
  • Who the client is in the government context;
  • What the scope of the attorney-client privilege is when the Massachusetts public records law applies; and
  • What the most common mistakes public entities make under the open meeting law.

Finally, don’t miss remarks from Attorney General Martha Coakley as she addresses attendees during the luncheon.


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Casemaker returns for summer sessions

Training to take place in Andover, Boston, Dartmouth, Worcester and Chicopee

Casemaker training returns for summer sessions. Due to overwhelming member requests, the MBA will be holding Casemaker training. Casemaker has had many new features added, including: CaseCheck, an enhanced case law search results function, database availability for all 50 states, nationwide collections of combined Supreme Court and ethics opinions and more.

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.

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2-3:15 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
Course #: CASEE07

Thursday, June 14, 4-5:15 p.m.
Elms College, Chicopee
Course #: CASEP07 

Wednesday, June 20, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester
Course #: CASEQ07

Thursday, July 12, 9-10:15 a.m.
Southern New England School of Law, North Dartmouth
Course #: CASER07

Thursday, July 12, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Southern New England School of Law, North Dartmouth
Course #: CASES07

Tuesday, July 17, 4-5:15 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
Course #: CASET07

Thursday, July 19, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Elms College, Chicopee
Course #: CASEU07

Thursday, Aug. 9, 4-5:15 p.m.
Elms College, Chicopee
Course #: CASEV07

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 4-5:15 p.m.
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester
Course #: CASEW07

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Elms College, Chicopee
Course #: CASEX07

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 10-11:15 a.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
Course #: CASEY07

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Reserve seats for Celtics 2007–08 season

Visit the MBA / Celtics Web site for a TD Banknorth Garden seating chart and more detailed ticketing information.

The Boston Celtics are pleased to offer MBA members the opportunity to sign up for a Premium Club membership for the 2007-08 season. Click here to view the different Premium Packages that Celtics basketball has to offer.

Our courtside seats, club seats and premium membership-only clubs - the Boardroom and the SportsDeck - provide our premium ticket holders with both an up-close and personal view of the game and top-of-the-line amenities. All of our premium options allow fans not only to have the best view of the action on the court, but also give them exclusive privileges, such as access to concerts and other sold-out events at the Garden.

Contact Brian Burnard at (617) 854-8061 or via e-mail to discuss signing up for a Premium Club membership today.

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