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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 the opportunity 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].



Network with successful Western Mass. attorneys on May 15

Program offers valuable opportunities for law students and young lawyers

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 Western Mass. section council leaders and well-established practitioners, including:

  • David Bloomberg
  • Katharine Costello
  • Elizabeth Dineen
  • James Kessler
  • Carol Klyman
  • Laurie MacLeod
  • Joseph Pacella
  • David Parke
  • Paul Rothschild
  • Michael Siddall
  • John Sikorski
  • Glenn Smith
  • Mary Socha
  • Paula Zimmer

This MBA mentoring roundtable gives law students and less experienced attorneys a chance to ask questions and gain invaluable advice from more seasoned legal professionals. Topics and areas of law covered will include: business law; career counseling; civil litigation; criminal law; family law; health law; labor and employment law; probate law; and 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 membership]. For more information, call (413) 731-5134 or [e-mail cbaronas]. When registering, indicate your primary practice area.


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Former Senate President Robert Travaglini (left) and House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi.

Mass. Citizens Against the Death Penalty to honor Mass. legislators and Boston professor

Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty invites you to its annual Herbert and Sara Ehrmann Awards Ceremony, this year honoring former Senate President Robert Travaglini and House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi for their leadership in the fight to keep the death penalty out of Massachusetts. MCADP will also present the Hugo Adam Bedau Award to Professor James Alan Fox of Northeastern University for his significant contributions to death penalty scholarship.

The awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the law firm of Goulston and Storrs at 400 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Tickets can be reserved by contacting MCADP at (617) 523-3951 or by visiting www.mcadp.org.

CLE presents Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference next week

Springfield "Success on Appeal" seminar to feature several judges

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.

Success on Appeal
Course #: CLS07
Tuesday, May 8, 4–7 p.m.
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield

Learn the essentials of successfully handling an appeal, whether you represent the party seeking to overturn or uphold the lower court’s judgment. What really makes an appellate brief effective? What makes an oral argument persuasive to today’s judges? This program is suitable for experienced attorneys as well as beginners. Learn from a panel of experts with experience on both sides of the bench.

28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Course #: LEH07
Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston

This year’s 28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference will be on Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park Plaza Hotel, Boston. The conference will feature keynote speaker Judge Nancy Gertner from the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. We encourage you to share information about this conference with any co-workers and friends who are involved in this area of law.

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

10:15 a.m.    Break

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


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Reminder: Take advantage of office supply member benefit

MBA members can enjoy Office Max discounts

Massachusetts Bar Association members are reminded to take advantage of the OfficeMax Partner AdvantageSM program. This program offers MBA members:

  • The best prices on some of your favorite and most frequently purchased products;
  • World-class customer service provided by a personal account manager and customer service team.
  • The OfficeMax low price guarantee on many brand name products and OfficeMax private label products; and
  • Free next-day delivery on all in-stock orders (on orders over $50) and no-hassle returns.

The OfficeMax Partner AdvantageSM program offers the best prices you can find on the products you use most. Guaranteed. Call OfficeMax today at 1-877-633-2MAX, option 4, for more details.

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SJC’s evaluation program to target Essex County courts in May

Evaluation program offers opportunity for attorneys to voice their opinions about members of the judiciary

The SJC's Judicial Performance Evaluation began in 2001 and in 2005 completed evaluating all the Trial Court judges. The purpose of the SJC's Judicial Performance Evaluation program is to enhance judicial performance and the quality of the judicial branch. Crucial to this effort is the full participation of the bar.

Judges are now being evaluated for the second time. Judges in District, Juvenile, Superior, Housing and Probate and Family courts in Essex County will be evaluated starting in mid-May by attorneys, court employees and jurors. 

Attorneys who have appeared repeatedly in these courts in the last two years, according to computerized court records, will receive questionnaires. Attorneys will either receive a copy of the questionnaire in the mail, or will receive an e-mail instructing them to complete the evaluation online. As required by statute, the evaluations are confidential and anonymous. The results will be transmitted to the judge, the chief justice of his/her court department, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, and the Chief Justice of Administration and Management. 

If you receive a questionnaire, the Judicial Evaluation Committee urges you to take the time to complete it. The more responses they receive, the more relevant the evaluations will be.

Questions or comments, contact Mona Hochberg at the SJC at (617) 557-1156 or via [e-mail Mona.Hochberg]">e-mail.

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Stay up-to-date on the latest legal technology at the Law Practice Management open meeting, May 9

Fresh from attending the ABA’s Legal Tech Show, attorney Alan Klevan will highlight the latest gadgets and gizmos in the legal tech world

The MBA Law Practice Management Section Council invites SNESL students, Law Practice Management Section and Young Lawyers Division members, and members of the Bristol County, Barnstable County and Plymouth County Bar Associations to its open meeting on Wednesday, May 9 from 4-5 p.m. at the Southern New England School of Law, 333 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth.

Keynote speaker Alan Klevan is a member of the Wellesley firm of Klevan & Klevan LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of automobile negligence, negligence, premises liability, wrongful death, workers compensation and music law.  

Klevan will be discussing the newest developments in legal technology, including the advantage of wireless mobility tools, advances in search and review technologies, integration software for the office and management of e-mails and tracking systems.

Reply to Jean Stevens as soon as possible indicating whether you will be attending. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is limited.

Diversity Task Force Luncheon, May 17

A Diversity Task Force luncheon will be held at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston on Thursday, May 17 from noon to 1 p.m. The topic will be MBA initiatives on the 'Pipeline Issue' – Getting Minority Students Interested in Law School and Educated in Civics.

The MBA staff will provide a brief overview of these initiatives. If you are interested in joining the Diversity Task Force, please contact Valerie A. Yarashus. To attend the luncheon, please R.S.V.P. to Pat Plasse at (617) 338-0596 or via e-mail.

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Reserve seats for Celtics 2007–08 season

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

Looking forward to the 2007-08 season already? The Boston Celtics are now offering MBA members the ability to lock in their season tickets for the 2007-08 season. Now is your time to join the Celtics season ticket holder family and be there every step of the way as this exciting young team looks to take things to the next level.

As a Celtics season ticket holder, you will enjoy league-leading benefits including a convenient 10-month payment plan, access to the annual Celtics Season Ticket Holder BBQ with players and legends and guaranteed access to playoff tickets.

Very special early bird benefits and incentives are in effect. Contact Brian Burnard at (617) 854-8061 or via e-mail to select your seat location today.

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