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Photograph by Jeff Thiebauth
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP received last year's Access to Justice Pro Bono Award for Law Firms at the 2006 Annual Conference. The deadline for nominations for this year's five Access to Justice Awards is Nov. 15.

Access to Justice Award Luncheon March 6; sponsorship and reservation opportunities available

MBA members are invited to the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon, which will be held on March 6, 2008 at noon the JFK Library and Museum. At this annual event, the MBA will present several awards to recognize the public service contributions of Massachusetts attorneys and the pro bono efforts and achievements of MBA members.

Individual table reservation and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Click here to download a form. Reservations must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 28.

For more information, or to register, contact Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or via e-mail.

Sponsorship opportunities

  • Benefactor: $2,000
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, 1/2 page ad and firm name listed in the luncheon program, and logo projected behind the podium.
  • Patron: $1,750
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, 1/4 page ad and firm name listed in the luncheon program, and logo projected behind the podium.
  • Friend: $1,500
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, firm name listed in the luncheon program and logo projected behind the podium.

Individual reservation opportunities

  • Individual tickets: $100
  • Tables for 10: $1,000

For additional marketing opportunities, contact Business Activities Manager, Joe Caci at (617) 338- 0516 or via e-mail.


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Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg (ret.), a faculty member at the Nov. 15 Valuations after Bernier v. Bernier.

Valuations after Bernier v. Bernier seminar draws 70 attendees

Presentations praised as "timely and in-depth"

The newly developed Valuations after Bernier v. Bernier seminar held on Nov. 15 discussed the September SJC decision that significantly influences the way that valuations of closely held businesses in the divorce context must be undertaken. 70 attorneys attended the seminar, which one attendee praised for its "helpful and timely presentations." The MBA plans on hosting the program again in Spring 2008.

Right: Retired Middlesex Probate and Family Court judge Edward M. Ginsburg spoke at last week's seminar, and is well known for his article that proposed that alimony be set at 40 percent of a couple's combined income, otherwise known as the "Ginsburg Formula."

MBA coordinates volunteer opportunities for December

Give blood, sort toys or donate blood to help those in need

MBA has coordinated opportunities for members who wish to volunteer this holiday season:

American Red Cross Blood Drives

The holidays are a season for giving and a blood donation is a special gift.  The MBA is proud to sponsor blood drives in both their Boston and Springfield offices during the month of December.

MBA Boston office:

Wednesday,  Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
To make an appointment, visit http://www.bloodpartners.org/massbar or call (800) GIVE-LIFE.
MBA Western Mass. office:

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
73 State St., Springfield
For an appointment, call  (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit http://www.givelife.org/.
Walk-ins welcome at both locations. Please remember to bring identification with you to your appointment.

Salvation Army Toy Sorting

Thursday, Dec. 13  and Friday, Dec. 14
Various 2 hour shifts available each day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
147 Berkeley St., Boston
For more information or to sign up for a shift please call Wendy Dyckman at (617) 338-0543

Greater Boston Food Bank Can Drive

From now until Monday, Dec. 17, the MBA will collect non-perishable items at two locations:

MBA's Boston office, 20 West St.
MBA's Western Mass. office, 73  State St., Springfield

Upcoming CLE conference and seminar schedule

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To register for any of the following programs, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership] or visit the CLE Web site.


Fifth Annual In-House Counsel Conference

Course #: BLD08
Introductory Level
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton

The theme of this year’s conference relates to the fundamentals of in-house counsel practice. This fifth annual conference will address a variety of matters that arise on a day-to-day basis for in-house counsel. The topics for discussion at this year’s conference include:

  • Litigation and risk management;
  • Intellectual property management;
  • Contract administration;
  • Labor and personnel issues; and
  • Compliance issues.

Robert J. Kerwin, Esq., program co-chair
Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC, Boston

David A. Parke, Esq., program co-chair
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield

For more information, or for a complete list of faculty, visit the MBA Calendar.

Seminars and Luncheon Roundtables

To register for any of these seminars, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership] or visit the CLE Web site.  

I-9 Forms and No-Match Letters – Issues in Employment Immigration
Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)
Course #: LEB08
Intermediate level
Tuesday, Dec. 4, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Matthew Lee, managing partner of Tocci, Goss & Lee PC will discuss the employer’s burden to comply with I-9 Employment Verification procedures required of all W-2 employees on the first day of employment. The I-9 Employment Verification regulations are a mandatory tool for employers to verify that their new employees are authorized to work in the United States. Further, Lee will discuss post-hiring issues, such as the receipt of a Social Security Administration (SSA) “mismatch letter” informing the employer that an employee’s social security number does not match SSA records and how an employer should deal with similar post-hiring inconsistent information. He will discuss the new SSA “mismatch letter” regulation in detail.


For more roundtable information, or to register, visit the MBA Calendar.


Casemaker Training Sessions

Due to overwhelming member requests, the MBA will be holding Fall Casemaker trainings.  Two training locations and times are currently offered to accomodate schedule conflicts. 


Course #: CASEJ08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 4:30–5:45 p.m.
Elms College, Chicopee

For directions click here.


Course #: CASEK08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 10–11:15 a.m.
Southern New England School of Law, North Dartmouth

For directions click here.



This 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. Casemaker has had many new features added, including:


  • CaseCheck: an enhanced case law search results function;
  • Database availability for all 50 states; and
  • Nationwide collections of combined Supreme Court and ethics opinions

Additionally, Casemaker Version 2.0 has been released, in testing phase.  This new software will eventually replace the current system. MBA members can access Version 2.0 to get a feel for the system, before it becomes the default searching option.


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



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Celebrate the holidays with the MBA

MBA hosts holiday receptions Dec. 4, 11

Join fellow MBA members and staff at the MBA's annual holiday parties in Boston and Springfield.


Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
R.S.V.P. to MBA Member Services via e-mail or via phone at (617) 338-0530.


Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 73 State St., Springfield
R.S.V.P. to MBA Western Mass. Office Manager Christine Baronas via e-mail or by phone at (413) 731-5134.

Legal briefs of SJC cases available on court Web site

As part of a continuing effort to make the court system more easily accessible to the public, the Supreme Judicial Court is now providing legal briefs filed with the full Court available on the Internet at www.ma-appellatecourts.org or at www.mass.gov/sjc.

Lawyers, law students, or individuals who have an interest in particular cases can readily obtain the attorneys’ legal briefs, which are filed in the Supreme Judicial Court’s Clerk’s Office for the Commonwealth. Previously, these materials could only be obtained in hard copies by individuals requesting them in person in the Clerk’s Office. The briefs are scanned and posted with the case docket on the Court’s website about a month in advance of the Court’s scheduled sitting.

The Supreme Judicial Court Clerk’s Office for the Commonwealth maintains the court records, docket, and court calendar for the cases heard by the seven Justices of the Court. Approximately 200 cases are decided by the full Court each year from September through May. In addition, single justices hear cases throughout the year. 

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MBA Director of Membership and Programs Lisa Ferrara, Esq.

What member benefits would you like to see?

The MBA would like your feedback as we explore new and and existing member benefits.

  • What benefits do you find most useful?
  • What benefits would you like us to consider?

We want to hear from you. Contact MBA Director of Membership and Programs Lisa Ferrara, Esq., with your suggestions on ways to enhance the value of your MBA membership. 

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MBA members: Enjoy the TD Banknorth Garden from the privacy of a luxury suite

Trying to secure tickets for Celtics game or plan a holiday office party? See your event of choice from the privacy of a luxury suite at the Garden. Luxury suites are great for entertaining clients, holding a sales meeting and having a family night out.

Luxury suite benefits:

  • In-suite catering options;
  • Theater-style seating on your own terrace;
  • Two plasma televisions;
  • Private restroom;
  • Entrance to the Garden two hours before game time; and
  • Free admission on the day of event to The Sports Museum.

Suites accommodate 18 or more people and various catering options are available. Click here for suite pricing and schedule.

Suites are limited. Contact Brian Burnard via e-mail or by phone at (617) 854-8061 to make your reservation.


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