MBA's new officers to begin terms Sept. 1
The Massachusetts Bar Association’s slate of officers for the 2009-09 term has officially been set. Edward W. McIntyre, the 2007-08 president-elect, automatically succeeds to the office of president on Sept. 1.
Here is a list of the officers and some of their achievements:
Edward W. McIntyre
McIntyre is a solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation in state and federal court. He concentrates his practice in the areas of spinal cord and brain injury law. McIntyre is a U.S. Army veteran. A longtime MBA volunteer, he has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1998, sat on the MBA President’s Task Force on Judicial Evaluations and the MBA’s ABA Nominating Committee. McIntyre has served two terms as MBA vice president and one term as secretary. He also fulfilled one-year appointments as vice-chair and chair of the Judicial Administration Section Council. McIntyre has chaired the MBA’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Standing Committee since 2004, is a former recipient of the MBA’s Community Service Award and is a Massachusetts Bar Foundation fellow and trustee. He lives and practices in Clinton, where he has hosted a local television program since 1994 and is a former president of the Wachusett Chamber of Commerce.
Valerie A. Yarashus
Yarashus is a founding partner of Yarashus, Wagner, Cook, Freiberger & Washienko LLC in Boston, where she concentrates in plaintiff’s trial practice and a wide variety of other general liability cases. Yarashus spearheaded the MBA Task Force on Diversity in 2005, and co-chairs the MBA’s recently established monthly Leadership Roundtables. In 1997, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Yarashus one of the “Rising Stars” in the legal profession. In 2006, she was inducted into the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Up-and-Coming Lawyers Hall of Fame. Yarashus is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. She has been listed in every edition of Best Lawyers in America since 2004. Yarashus has also been listed by Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of personal injury every year since 2004, and as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Massachusetts (including every practice area) every year since 2005. She lives in Holliston.
Robert L. Holloway
Holloway is a shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC in Peabody. Holloway is a long-term member of the MBA’s Ethics Committee, a member and past chair of the MBA’s Civil Litigation Section Council and a former regional delegate to the MBA House of Delegates. In addition, Holloway received the MBA’s Community Service Award in 1993 and has served on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations for six years. He is also a regular panelist for continuing legal education programs. Holloway is an emeritus member of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, having served on that board since 1981. He has been recognized by Boston Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of business litigation. He is also a past president of the Essex County Bar Association. Holloway lives in Topsfield, where he has served on the Board of Health and as an elected member of the Masconomet Regional School Committee.
Squillante is a solo practitioner in Fall River who concentrates in family law, corporate law, injury and estates and also provides business and legal consulting services to corporations. Long active in the MBA’s Family Law Section Council and its committees, Squillante has sat on the MBA’s Presidential Task Force on Terrorism, the Amicus Committee and the Joint Bar Committee. She is a former recipient of the MBA’s Pro Bono Publico Award, a longtime member of the House of Delegates and a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow. Squillante helped establish the MBA’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section and leads the MBA’s efforts to assist lawyers who are entering or transitioning back into the practice of law. She previously served one term as MBA secretary and two terms as vice president. In addition, Squillante has been elected as the Massachusetts delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates for the 2008-09 year, beginning Sept. 1.
Douglas K. Sheff
Sheff is senior partner at Sheff Law Offices in Boston, where he specializes in all aspects of personal injury law and is considered an expert in brain injury law. A past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Sheff has been appointed Trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides education and training for trial lawyers across the country. He is also a director of the Belli Society, a group of outstanding trial attorneys. A five-time recipient of the American Association for Justice’s Wiedemann Wysocki Award. Sheff has also served as chair of the AAJ’s Council of Presidents. He was elected by his peers nationally to chair the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s 100 State Delegates. Sheff lives in the North End neighborhood of Boston.
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Top: National Association of Women Judges President Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court is joined by MBA President David W. White Jr. and Denise Murphy at the Aug. 19 reception held at the John Adams Courthouse in honor of the visiting Iraq delegates.
Middle: Massachusetts Bar Foundation President Laurence M. Johnson, Col. George F. Phelan and MBA President David W. White Jr. at the Aug. 21 dinner at the MBA. MBF and MBA co-sponsored the event.
Below: MBA leaders and members of its Diversity Task Force listened to the remarks delivered by U.S. Army Col. George F. Phelan, a Fall River attorney who just completed a one year military tour serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad’s Sadr City.
MBA welcomes Iraqi delegation of legal professionals
U.S. visit from Iraqi delegation includes stops at MBA, John Adams Courthouse and ABA Annual Meeting
An intimate dinner with Massachusetts Bar Association leadership and members of the Diversity Task Force in Boston was one of the last stops during a whirlwind visit to the United States for a team of women legal professionals from Iraq.
The Aug. 21 dinner, as well as other events during their two-week visit, provided an important exchange between the Iraqi delegation and MBA members, creating a bird’s-eye view of the legal profession in their respective countries.
The delegation of three had a perfect host in U.S. Army Col. George F. Phelan, an attorney who practices in Fall River. Phelan’s work with the U.S. State Department-sponsored “Rule of Law” program focuses on women’s rights advocacy. The delegation guests were three of the prominent women and other opinion leaders in Iraqis justice system that he works with most closely to offer his assistance and that of the United States. He just completed a one-year military tour serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad’s Sadr City, described by Phelan as the “ground zero for human rights” in Iraq.
Phelan described that role with the State Department as the “best job I’ve ever had in the worst place I’ve ever been.”
Although Phelan was soft-spoken with his delivery to the dinner crowd of about 40, his message was powerful to all and unbelievable to most. Phelan and the delegation then fielded an assortment of questions from the guests.
Phelan said that only 35 members of the Iraqi judiciary, or three percent, are women. Also, most women judges only preside over criminal cases, since there is a belief that family law is “too emotional” for female judges or attorneys.
According to Phelan and the delegates: trials are often conducted without electricity; professional development is nearly absent as no continuing legal education is offered for Iraqi legal professionals; and coordination with the courts and the detention facilities is a constant struggle. Even further, order in the system is jeopardized when religious law conflicts with government law. In fact, in a large percentage of family law cases, citizens opt to have their fate decided by religion, resulting in chaos from a legal perspective.
“This was a phenomenal exchange. Everyone who met these women has been in awe,” said MBA Vice President Denise Squillante, who assisted Phelan in completing the visitors’ itinerary.
Aside from the Aug. 21 dinner, the delegation, along with an interpreter, enjoyed a reception hosted by the National Association of Women Judges at the John Adams Courthouse on Aug. 19. Also, on Aug. 15, the delegation was treated to a luncheon hosted by the Bristol County Bar Association, the local bar association of both Squillante and Phelan. The delegation was also introduced to Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray and Senate President Therese Murray by MBA President David W. White Jr.
In addition to the Massachusetts leg of their visit, the women were able to take part in the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City. There, MBA Past President and ABA State Delegate Kay H. Hodge and Squillante were instrumental in exposing the visitors to the convention’s key offerings, as well as a personal introduction to outgoing ABA President William H. Neukom. Phelan also escorted the group to Washington, D.C.
The Aug. 21 dinner is the third such visit from international legal professional visitors to the MBA. Last August, then MBA President Mark D Mason welcomed leaders from the Tokyo Bar Association; and in September, the association enjoyed a visit from Cambodian labor arbitrators.
SJC invites comments on Rules of BBO, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure and more
The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on the following proposals:
Proposed Revisions to Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure 23
The Recommendation of the IOLTA Committee to Amend Mass. R. Civ. P. 23, which addresses the disposition of residual funds in class actions. The proposed amendment and reasons for its recommendation by the IOLTA Committee are contained in this letter from Lisa Wood, Chair of the Committee.
Comments should be submitted to Christine P. Burak, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108, or to christine.burak.
Comments due: Friday, Sept. 12
Proposed interim guidelines for the protection of personal identifying data in publicly accessible court documents
The proposed interim guidelines are intended to prevent the unnecessary inclusion of certain personal identifying data elements in publicly-accessible documents filed with or issued by the courts, in order to minimize the opportunity to use such documents for identity theft or other improper purposes.
The subcommittee welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues raised by this proposal and will make recommendations to the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure after reviewing the comments submitted. The Standing Advisory Committee has submitted this draft of the guidelines for publication for the sole purpose of soliciting comments.
Click here to download the proposed guidelines.
Comments should be submitted to the Subcommittee on Personal Identifying Data, c/o Peter Sacks, Assistant Attorney General, One Ashburton Place, 20th floor, Boston, MA 02108. Comments in electronic form are strongly encouraged, by red-lining the draft Interim Guidelines or otherwise, and should be sent to peter.sacks. An electronic version of the draft Interim Guidelines is available upon request.
Comments due: Friday, Sept. 19
Proposed revisions to Rule 31 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure and Rule 6 of the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure
The amendments deal with the procedure surrounding a stay of execution of a sentence pending appeal. The Committee was not unanimous in its recommendations, and this notice also includes the minority's dissenting statements. The Committee welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues raised and will make recommendations to the SJC after reviewing the comments submitted.
Comments should be directed to the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, c/o Administrative Attorney Barbara Berenson, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 or to barbara.berenson.
Comments due: Thursday, Oct. 30
Proposed amendment to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers
The amended rules, in redlined as well as clean copy format, can be found at http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/comment.htm. The BBO and Bar Counsel welcome all comments and will provide the comments to the SJC and make further recommendations after reviewing the submissions.
Comments should be directed to Michael Fredrickson, General Counsel, Board of Bar Overseers, 99 High St., Boston, MA 02110 or to m.frederickson.
Comments due: Saturday, Nov. 15
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Free Legal Tech Expo offers workshops, latest products and services and raffle give-away
Complimentary trade shows to be held on Sept. 23 in Boston and March 20 in Framingham
The Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly will host a free Legal Technology Expo at the Boston Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
The trade show will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature dozens of companies displaying their latest products and services for lawyers. Exhibitors include:
In addition, there will be four 45-minute breakout sessions:
Web Site Optimization for Law Firms;
PDF for Lawyers;
Toys, Gadgets and Gizmos; and
Microsoft Office for Lawyers
Attendees can sign-up to win a Legal Tech raffle prize:
A one night stay and a round of golf for two at Ocean Edge Resort & Club on Cape Cod. The prize is valued at $700, based on availability and excludes the months of July and August.
Staples giveaways for a Fellowes shredder, Plantronics headset and Logitech laptop bag.
To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, or contact us via e-mail. To learn more about the upcoming Legal Technology Expos, click here. To download a registration form, click here.
From left to right: Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, Supreme Judicial Court; Joan Kenney, public information officer, Supreme Judicial Court; Laurence M. Johnson, president, Massachusetts Bar Foundation; Jerry Howland, teacher, Another Course to College, Boston; and David W. White Jr., president, Massachusetts Bar Association speak at the John Adams Courthouse SJC Judical Youth Corps reception.
Students honored for participation in SJC's Judical Youth Corps Program
John Adams Courthouse reception marks 18th year of JYC Program
More than three dozen high school students from Boston and Worcester who participated in this year’s 18th annual Supreme Judicial Court Judicial Youth Corps program were honored with a reception at the John Adams Courthouse on Aug. 22. Massachusetts Bar Association President David W. White Jr. and Massachusetts Bar Foundation President Laurence M. Johnson both offered congratulatory remarks to the students.
“You are such a bright hope for our future,” White told the students. “I congratulate you for your efforts and your dedication.”
Johnson said there is no greater work for lawyers than to expose young people to the law. “I wish you all great success in everything you do,” he said.
A Fellows Grant of $53,319 from the MBF, the philanthropic partner of the MBA, expanded the Worcester portion of the program this year by doubling the number of students to 20 and lengthening the session to 14 weeks. Last year, an MBF Fellows Grant returned the JYC program to Worcester after a long hiatus.
The SJC’s Public Information Office established the JYC program for urban high school students in 1991. The four-month program includes a seven-week court system orientation and a seven-week courthouse internship session. The Boston Private Industry Council funds the Boston portion of the program.
Reminder: Ballots for MBA bylaw amendments due Friday, Sept. 5
Redlined version of the proposed Bylaws now available
As a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association you should have received a mailing seeking your vote relative to proposed changes to the association's bylaws. Please review the revised bylaws and sign and return the ballot by Friday, Sept. 5.
To aide you in this process, a redlined version of the proposed bylaws has been posted on our Web site. Click here to access your copy.
Thank you for taking the time to consider these important proposed changes to the bylaws of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and for submitting your vote. If you have any questions or concerns, or need to reference your MBA membership ID number to cast your ballot, contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or via e-mail.
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Register now for popular fall conferences
MBA members now have the opportunity to register for two popular fall conferences. Early registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited.
NOTE: To register for these conferences, please contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.
Second Annual Lawyers in Transition Conference
Course #: GPA09
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott Marlborough, 75 Felton St., Marlborough
Discussions about work-life balance and career transitions, especially for legal professionals, are in the headlines on a regular basis. (See recent Boston Globe and Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly articles.) Whether you are a recent law school grad seeking your first job, an experienced attorney transitioning from part-time to full-time practice or changing career paths, the second annual Lawyers in Transition conference will benefit you.
Click here for faculty, pricing and session information.
18th Annual Family Law Conference: Complex Evidentiary Issues in Divorce and Custody Cases
Friday, Oct. 17 - Saturday, Oct. 18
Ocean Edge Resort & Club on Cape Cod
2907 Main St., Rte. 6A, Brewster
The MBA's Family Law Section Council invites you to attend its 18th Annual Family Law Conference, "Complex Evidentiary Issues in Divorce and Custody Cases." This conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet judges, socialize with colleagues and update your skills. Learn techniques and gain insights from our distinguished panel of judges and legal experts from a range of specialties that will enhance your trial I.Q.
Click here for faculty, pricing and session information.
To register for the following programs, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership] or visit the CLE Web site. To download a PDF of the August/September CLE brochure, click here.
This week's highlighted programs include:
- Save the Dates: Upcoming conferences
- Internal Investigation in the Face of a Law Enforcement Investigation: An Intersection Requiring Caution
- Evidence for the Civil Litigator
Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.
SAVE THE DATES
Sweeping Changes in Corporate Tax Law
Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston
Sixth Annual In-House Counsel Conference
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Newton Marriott Hotel, Newton
36th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference
National Labor Relations Board/Department of Labor Annual Conference
Thursday, Oct. 16, 12:30–5:30 p.m., with reception to follow
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston
Internal Investigation in the Face of a Law Enforcement Investigation: An Intersection Requiring Caution
Course #: CLC09
Thursday, Sept. 11, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
When an allegation of internal wrongdoing surfaces, a company has an obligation to investigate the matter promptly and thoroughly. Internal investigations are usually aided by outside counsel. Some government prosecutors have become increasingly more aggressive, however, in viewing such internal investigations as interfering with their own impending or concurrent criminal investigations into the same allegation of wrongdoing. This conflict in perspectives raises a series of constitutional and practical questions that this panel of defense counsel and government prosecutors will explore.
For more information, or to register, visit the MBA Calendar.
Evidence for the Civil Litigator
Course #: CLE09
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4–7 p.m.
Catuogno Court Reporting Services, One Monarch Place, 1414 Main St., Springfield
Learn how to deal effectively with the myriad of commonly recurring evidentiary problems. The course will focus on how to introduce and block the admission of proffered evidentiary material.
For more information, or to register, visit the MBA Calendar.
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