Mark D Mason (right) initiates the ceremonial "passing of the gavel" to David W. White Jr.
House of Delegates unanimously supports principle of civil Gideon
After an impassioned debate, the House of Delegates voted unanimously yesterday to support a civil Gideon resolution, urging the state to provide legal counsel to low income people in civil matters involving basic human needs.
The debate was the highlight of the May 23 meeting, held in Springfield, in which MBA President Mark D Mason symbolically passed the gavel to President-elect David W. White Jr., whose term officially begins Sept. 1.
HOD also addressed family law reforms and judicial compensation, and supported a Real Estate Bar Association bill regulating notaries public.
Michael S. Greco, past president of both the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association, called on the MBA to endorse ABA Resolution 112A. It calls on the government to provide free legal counsel to the indigent in a limited number of civil cases involving basic human needs such as shelter, sustenance, safety, health and child custody.
“It is shameful, shameful, that in the most bountiful country in the world, that 80 percent of the legal needs of the poorest Americans go unmet year after year,” Greco told the group, arguing that the right to counsel should not be limited to criminal cases.
“Imprisonment is not just being behind bars,” he said. “It can be living in poverty day after day. This issue is the defining issue for the legal profession, for the organized bar, for society.”
The resolution does not address how the initiative should be funded or implemented. Mason said it’s an important first step in providing equal justice in civil cases.
“This was truly history in the making,” he said. “We have much to be proud of.”
See the June issue of Lawyers Journal for the complete story on the HOD decisions.
Quirion receives MBA Community Service Award
Attorney Pauline Quirion received the MBA Community Service Award at the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association's Annual Meeting on May 11.
The MBA Community Service Award is given to attorneys who have made important public service contributions to their communities and to publicize the fact that members of the legal profession are caring, involved individuals, eager to use their legal skills for the betterment of society.
MLGBA co-chairs Christina Miller and Chic Wagner praised Quirion by saying, “She represents all that a lawyer should be, and more.” They added, Pauline “exemplifies humility, grace under pressure and thoughtfulness in all she does.”
Currently, Quirion is a senior lawyer at Greater Boston Legal Services. Previously, she worked for the Department of Revenue - Child Support Enforcement and at Merrimack Valley Legal Services.
She serves on the MBA's House of Delegates as an at-large delegate and was previously the Family Law Section chair. Among her many successes as chair, Quirion was instrumental in establishing Civility Guidelines for Family Law Attorneys. She has also lent her expertise to countless high-level initiatives associated with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Probate and Family Court, the Women’s Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. In 2005, she was selected to serve as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Legislation Subcommittee.
MBA President Mark D Mason pointed out, "It is clear that Pauline’s participation, leadership and skills are sought after and it is even more evident that she does not hesitate to get involved when an improvement to the access of justice is at stake."
MBA Secretary Edward W. McIntyre leads a discussion on the legal profession with Worcester youth.
Choose Law program in Worcester a success
On Friday, May 18, more than 20 teens participated in the first session of the MBA's Choose Law program, held at the Worcester Boys and Girls Club. Created by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, Choose Law promotes diversity in the legal profession by encouraging young people to "be the change" they wish to see in the legal system.
The program included a screening of the Choose Law video and a panel discussion with a group of legal professionals. Panelists included the Hon. John T. Lu, Associate Justice of the Superior Court; MBA Secretary Edward W. McIntyre, Esq., Law Office of Edward W. McIntyre, Clinton; Hector E. Pineiro, Esq., Law Office of Hector E. Pineiro, Worcester; Assistant District Attorneys Eduardo O. Velazquez and Almastine Clarissa Johnson of Worcester; and Jose Antonio Rivera, a court officer at Worcester Superior Court who is also a former three-time WBA boxing champion in two weight classes.
The Choose Law program was presented again in Boston and Springfield on May 24 and will be presented in Lowell on June 12.
MBA and MATA announce job fair and reception
Join the MBA and MATA on Thursday, June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Boston's Suffolk University Law School for a job fair and affiliated bar reception. At the job fair, attendees will meet attorneys from small to mid-sized firms and learn about current career opportunities in the legal profession. Additionally, the reception will offer attendees a chance to meet and mingle with representatives from numerous affiliated bars in Massachusetts and discuss the benefits of membership in these associations.
There will also be a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. with refreshments and appetizers. If you are interested in attending this free program, please [e-mail jobfair0628].
- Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
- Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
- Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
- Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys
- Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association
CLE offers two Boston seminars next week, two conferences 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.
Sending in the Big Guns: How the U.S. Attorney and the FBI Can Help Recover Your Client's Misappropriated Confidential Information
Course #: BLH07
Wednesday, May 30, 4-7 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
It's a familiar scenario for most business, corporate and employment lawyers: your client's key employee gives notice and joins a competing firm. Not long after, the competitor exhibits behavior that is unmistakably similar to your client's, appears to know intimate aspects of their pricing models, solicits their customers and offers solutions that could only come from your client's proprietary information. You could run into court for a TRO or PI for your client, but civil litigation is expensive, time-consuming and entirely unproductive from a business perspective.
But now, a civil action is not necessarily the only remedy available to your client. Relatively recent federal developments - including two federal statutes - have changed the confidential information/IP/trade secrets criminal prosecutorial landscape. Where the misappropriation of truly proprietary business information is compelling, and where the information relates to a product used in interstate commerce, the U.S. Department of Justice has dedicated new internal resources to prosecute these matters.
Creative Use of Insurance Products and Structured Settlements in Atypical Cases
Course #: CLR07
Thursday, May 31, 4-7 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
The use of structured settlements has traditionally been associated with personal injury cases. However, they are now being used in non-traditional cases, such as employment and civil rights cases, particularly when insurance companies are involved. If you are not familiar with how structured settlements work, don't miss this timely seminar. Our expert panel will address important details of structured settlements so you are prepared to protect your client's interests.
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
- 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.
General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference
Course #: LPD07
Thursday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield
The MBA is pleased to announce the establishment of the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council, which became effective on Jan. 25, 2007. 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. Look for new section-sponsored programs to come in the fall of 2007.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Justice Stephen Breyer and others take on Shakespeare’s “Measure For Measure”
On Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer will host a discussion and debate at Boston's Shubert Theatre on the art and practice of judging, framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure." The event, free to the public, is the seventh in a series, entitled "Shakespeare and the Law," produced by the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, in conjunction with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. The event is directed by CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler and produced by McCarter & English partner Daniel J. Kelly. The Massachusetts Bar Association serves as a co-sponsor of the event.
As in the past, the first hour will feature prominent judges, public officials and members of the bar performing an abridged version of one of Shakespeare's works.
Federal judges Mark Wolf and Nancy Gertner and former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd will take on the lead roles of Angelo, Isabella and Vincentio. Rounding out the cast will be former Governor Paul Cellucci, federal judges Douglas Woodlock, Rya Zobel, Patti Saris, Dennis Saylor and Nathaniel Gorton, Supreme Judicial Court Justices Robert Cordy and Judith Cowin, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Jennifer Braceras, Wilmer Hale Managing Partner Bill Lee, Ropes & Gray Managing Partner John Montgomery and Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Breyer will host and preside over the discussion following the play. Jan Crawford Greenburg, ABC News legal correspondent and author (most recently, "Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court"), and Daniel J. Kornstein, attorney and author of "Kill All the Lawyers; Shakespeare's Legal Appeal," will moderate.
Extending this theme, a discussion following the play will address, among other topics, the judicial selection process, whether political or social predispositions can affect a judge's decision, whether it is fair to label a judge as "conservative" or "liberal," and how far a judge can go when he or she believes that strict enforcement of the law will produce an unfair result. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and join the debate.
Immigration Committee to discuss New Bedford raids
The WBA Rosa Parks Committee and the MBA Immigration Law Committee present:
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE ICE AGE: A DISCUSSION OF THE NEW BEDFORD IMMIGRANT RAIDS
On March 6, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), formerly known as the INS, raided a factory in New Bedford, arresting 350 immigrants, mostly women from Central America. This created a legal and humanitarian crisis for the workers and for their children and families left behind. Many workers were flown to remote jails in Texas without any opportunity for legal counsel or the possibility of release upon posting of a bond.
Join the WBA Rosa Parks Committee and the MBA Immigration Law Committee on Wednesday, June 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the MBA's Boston office for a lively and informative discussion of the struggle for the basic human rights of immigrants in a post-9/11 world.
To R.S.V.P., [e-mail rosaparks] or call Barbara Zimbel at (617) 603-1649.