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Richard A. Clarke

Counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke slated to speak at MBA's Gala Dinner in November

Richard A. Clarke, former White House advisor, counterterrorism expert and bestselling author of “Against All Enemies,” will serve as the keynote speaker at the Gala Dinner presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association on Nov. 1. The association’s hallmark event will take place at the recently opened InterContinental Hotel located on Boston’s waterfront.

Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, Clarke worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades to combating the terrorist threat to America. Clarke is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Against all Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror,” as well as the newly released novel entitled “Breakpoint.”

He currently serves as chairman of Good Harbor Consulting LLC, advising clients on a range of issues including corporate-security risk management, information-security technology, dealing with the federal government on security and IT issues, and counterterrorism. Clarke is also an on-air consultant with ABC News and director of the Hart-Rudman Task Force on emergency responders.

The Nov. 1 Gala Dinner will carry the momentum of the successful March 2 Annual Dinner, which featured a keynote address from National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg. The MBA typically hosts its Annual Dinner in the spring to coincide with the MBA Annual Conference; however, this year the association will bring a new model to the presentation of its signature events.

Beginning in the fall, four MBA signature events will be presented separately throughout the 2007-08 association year. The Nov. 1 Gala Dinner will follow the Oct. 11 Bench-Bar Symposium, which will take place at the John Adams Courthouse. Two events will then be held in the spring—the MBA’s Access to Justice Luncheon at the JFK Library and Museum on March 6 and the Continuing Legal Education Conference, a one-day event with CLE offerings and plenary sessions, to be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on April 28.

For more information on the Nov. 1 Gala Dinner or any of the four MBA signature events, call the MBA's Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530.

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MBA President Mark D Mason led discussions with judges and attorneys at the Hampden Hall of Justice on May 30.

MBA launches Bench-Bar Breakfast Forum in Springfield

Highlights included a frank discussion on time standards in each of the courts

More than 30 judges and attorneys who practice in four different Hampden County courts joined MBA President Mark D Mason on May 30 for the first MBA Bench-Bar Breakfast Forum, presented in cooperation with the Hampden County Bar Association.

Much of the discussion focused on the Superior Court's Firm and Fair Trial Initiative and time standards in all of the county's courts. Judges said that time standards are often a reminder of the lack of adequate advanced technology in the courts, and noted, for example, the current lack of an electronic means for the Probate and Family Court to monitor the number of open cases.

Other topics of discussion included the role of pre-trial  conferences, availability of adequate judicial resources and the benefits of bench-bar collaboration. The next MBA Bench-Bar Breakfast Forum will take place in Bristol County.

General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference to feature six judges and more than 20 attorney panelists

Programming will cover law practice management, as well as topics in family law, civil litigation, business law and more

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.

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 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

Topics and features will include: tips on managing your office; how to stay out of trouble in solo practice; breakout sessions 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. Faculty features six judges and more than 20 seasoned attorneys.


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AG Coakley calls on attorneys to support foreclosure legal assistance effort

Free training sessions for prospective foreclosure defense volunteers on June 20, 21

Attorney General Martha Coakley has made it a priority to address the statewide crisis of home foreclosures. Although the effort is still in the planning stages, the attorney general and other state officials anticipate working with the Massachusetts Bar Association and other partners across the commonwealth in launching a hotline for indigent homeowners facing foreclosure. The hotline will pair individual homeowners with a lawyer who can provide legal assistance.

The other partnering organizations are expected to include:

  • Asian American Lawyers Association
  • Berkshire County Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association  
  • Ensuring Stability through Action in our Community (ESAC)
  • Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Hampshire County Bar Association
  • Lawrence Neighborhood Legal Services
  • Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • National Consumer Law Center
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Worcester County Bar Association

All attorneys are encouraged to get involved and participate. Training sessions will be conducted by a nationally renowned group of educators and held at the Office of the Attorney General, 100 Cambridge St., Boston on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21. Training is free for any attorney who agrees to handle at least one case.

For training and other information related to this effort, click here or contact BBA Director of Community Affairs Paul Dullea at (617) 778-1934.

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Boston hosts National Conference for the Minority Lawyer, June 28-29

Topics will include race and the Roberts Court and affirmative action in law firms

The American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association are pleased to invite you to attend the ABA's National Conference for the Minority Lawyer: A Unique Program for Litigators, Business Lawyers, In-House Counsel, Solo Practitioners and Government Lawyers on Thursday, June 28, and Friday, June 29, in Boston.

The ABA Section of Business Law and the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession have joined together to bring you this important event. This conference will offer a combination of practical training sessions and cutting-edge, substantive CLE programs designed specifically for minority business lawyers, litigators and government lawyers.

For registration information and more details about the conference, visit the ABA's Web site.

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Reserve seats for Celtics 2007–08 season

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 to not only 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.

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