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Newest edition of "Guide to Judicial Practice in the Superior Court" now on sale

Easy-to-use reference guide available online and in print

The MBA is pleased to announce that the third edition of the Guide to Judicial Practice in the Superior Court is now available for purchase, both online and in print. Click here to purchase your subscription today.

This practical, easy-to-use reference tool serves as a valuable resource to attorneys. The guide contributes to the efficient operation of the Superior Court by giving attorneys advance insight into the technical and procedural preferences of the court.

In addition to the print publication, an online subscription is also available as a way for you to stay abreast of the changing personnel of the court and the incorporation of new courtroom technologies and policies.

Last updated in 1999, the new edition includes photos of all participating judges, addresses procedural rule changes and contains both short and narrative responses. It allows the judges to specify their preferences on civil and criminal discovery issues, motion practice, experts, confidentiality orders, conferences, jury and non-jury trial issues, and many other issues of importance to attorneys practicing before the Superior Court.


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MBA Past President Mark D Mason interviewed for Springfield District Court

Mason served as MBA president during the 2006-07 association year

Courtesy of State House News Service

With Springfield District Court the busiest court in the state – 1,400 criminal complaints a month and an equal number of civil complaints – and Springfield itself being a “drug and gang hub,” judges there have to be patient and thick-skinned, a Springfield District Court judge said Wednesday. “It’s a balance of head and heart as a judge,” Associate Justice Nancy Dusek-Gomez told the Governor’s Council, which is vetting Gov. Deval Patrick’s nominee for a post at the court. “That’s why I took time off today to come here. Because Mark Mason has a combination of head and heart.” 

Mason, a Springfield attorney, received similar praise from fellow lawyers, and the president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Edward McIntyre, who said Mason was “destined for the bench” because of his preparedness and temperament. Dusek-Gomez added, “We desperately need judges in western Mass.”

A graduate of Columbia University and the Boston University School of Law, Mason is a violinist and has practiced at Cooley and Shrair since 1994. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Cambridge College, a part-time legal textbook writer in Duxbury, and a junior advertising account executive in New York. He is a former president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and has been involved in gay and lesbian issues within the association, serving as chair of same-gender marriage task force in 2003.

“To serve as a justice is truly to embody justice itself,” he told the independently-elected Governor’s Council, pledging to “deliver justice with sound judgment.” He would also seek to increase judges’ participation in civics education in Springfield schools, he said.

Councilor Marilyn Devaney pressed Mason on “protection of society,” saying he didn’t fully answer a question on the topic in his judicial questionnaire. Mason said there is a delicate balance between needing to protect society and a criminal defendant’s rehabilitation needs. “Every case has to be determined on its own merits,” he said. There was no opposition to Mason’s nomination. 

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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Thinking about an electronic gift for the holiday season? Go to Reid My Blog's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers .

Reid Trautz, a nationally-recognized law practice management consultant and webmaster of Reid My Blog, has published his 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers. Lots of fun and interesting items are included there. This is a good opportunity for the lawyer to drop electronic hints to family members. A pre-holiday e-mail with "Oh, I was just surfing the Internet and found this cool gadget. A pocket projector for all my Power Point presentations. Here's the link. Isn't that interesting?"

For more helpful tips, join the MBA's Law Practice Management Section. Call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 to join.

To learn more about the Law Practice Management Section, contact co-chairs, Alan Klevan or Rodney Dowell.

Upcoming MBA special events

Attend the MBA's Celtics Night; Annual holiday parties; American Red Cross Blood Drives

Celtics LogoThe MBA is currently offering tickets to see the 2008 World Champion Boston Celtics take on the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., at the TD Bank North Garden. Tickets to the game are located in the loge section and priced at $101.50 (face value).
To order your Celtics tickets, please contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or via e-mail.


MBA members are cordially invited to join us
for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
to ring in the holidays.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4:30-7 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.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
R.S.V.P. to MBA Member Services via e-mail or via phone at (617) 338-0530.


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

MBA Western Mass. office:
Monday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
73 State St., Springfield
MBA Boston office:
Wednesday,  Dec. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
To make an appointment, visit http://www.givelife.org or call (800) GIVE-LIFE (sponsor code: 6469)
ID required. Walk-ins will be welcome. 

Donate Now to Support Legal Aid Programs in our State

Massachusetts Bar Foundation kicks off its annual fund drive

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The Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association, needs your help to continue its efforts to provide vital financial support to the network of legal resources for low-income individuals and families in our state.
Like many nonprofits, the MBF is currently facing devastating cuts to its core funding for grant making in the Commonwealth. Last year, the MBF awarded over $6.2 million in grants to organizations that provide legal assistance to the poor. Currently, grant revenues are down by 64% compared to last year. The MBF is asking members of the bar to help keep legal assistance alive in our state by making a gift to their annual fund drive today.
The need for financial support has never been greater. Contributions from the private bar can play a major role in helping legal assistance programs withstand the overwhelming financial losses inflicted upon them by these difficult times.
Every donation to the MBF's annual fund drive will make an impact, no matter the size.  For someone in need of legal assistance, it will make a world of difference.


Ways to Donate:



Click here to give a gift on-line via MBF’s secure payment system.

By Phone:
Call us at (617) 338-0647 to make a donation by phone.


By Mail:
To make a donation by mail, click here to download our mail-in contribution form.


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MBA Section News

Donate a book to the Young Lawyers Division's Book Drive; Attend the Criminal Justice Section's Open Meeting

 YLD Reach Out And Read Flyer      


Criminal Justice Section's Open Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston 

You are invited to attend the Criminal Justice Section's Open Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9. Filmmaker and forensic psychologist Maryanne Galvin will show her latest documentary about psychologists' role in interrogating political detainees. Following the showing, there will be a panel discussion regarding the issues highlighted in this documentary. The panel will include:

  • Maryanne Galvin;
  • Nancy Murray, director of Education, ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Bingham McCutcheon attorney P. Sabin Willett, whose pro bono work in Guantanamo Bay lead to the release of three detainees (he is currently working to release nine more);
  • Dr. Carrie Kennedy, a naval psychologist formerly stationed at Guantanamo; and
  • Robert Kinscherff, lawyer and psychologist, member of the Committee on Legal Issues of the American Psychological Association, recent past chair of the Ethics Committee and current director of Clinical Services for Easter Seals in New Hampshire.

The program will be moderated by John P. Zanini, chief of the Appellate Division in the Suffolk County DA's Office and co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice, Immigration Law, Individual Rights & Responsibilities Sections and the Young Lawyers Division.

This program is co-sponsored by the Juvenile & Child Welfare Section.

If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. to MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at jstevens.

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Featured member benefit: TurboLaw Document Software

Looking for software to help you draft routine court documents more efficiently?

TurboLaw Document Software allows you to locate hundreds of official court forms instantly and draft routine paperwork in a fraction of the time. And, since it is specific to both states and areas of practice, you can choose the areas of law that you need, including the all-encompassing General Practitioner's Suite, for less than $100 per month. MBA members receive a special 10 percent discount on new subscriptions. Visit the TurboLaw Web site or call (800) 518-8726 for more information.  

Free, limited time offer to all MBA members:

Familiarize yourself with the new Child Support Guidelines before they go into effect in January.

Click here to download and use TurboLaw's auto-calculating forms of the new Child Support Guidelines through Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.



Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Join fellow MBA members at the "Sixth Annual In-House Counsel Conference" featuring Hon. Ralph D. Gants

Sixth Annual In-House ConferenceSixth Annual In-House Counsel Conference: Doing Business in Troubled Times
Course #: BLD09
Introductory level
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Newton Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton

The theme of the MBA’s Sixth Annual In-House Counsel Conference is “Doing Business in Troubled Times.” The conference will address current developments and hot topics, including recent developments in the Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court, electronic and other discovery issues that affect document retention, and how the new Massachusetts Wage Act impacts businesses. There will be a panel discussion of directors’ duties, including duties that arise when a company is in trouble and what it means for a director to be independent. A panel of intellectual property experts will discuss issues relating to effective management of intellectual property with a limited budget. Finally, there will be a presentation concerning risk management to avoid or minimize the cost of litigation in uncertain times.


Peter D. McDermott, Esq., conference co-chair, Banner & Witcoff Ltd., Boston;
David A. Parke,
Esq., conference co-chair, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP, Springfield; and
Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Superior Court, Boston.

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

CLE Heading

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 December/January CLE brochure, click here.  

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • CLE Programs in December
  • Free Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.



Drafting the Simple Will, Course #: PLI09
Monday, Dec. 8 / Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton

Distressed Property Bootcamp Series: Session I, Course #: PRD09
Monday, Dec. 8 / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Employment Law for Lawyers, Course #: LEA09
Wednesday, Dec. 10 / MBA, 20 West. St, Boston

The ABC's of Social Security Disability Cases, Course #: CLM09
Thursday, Dec. 11 / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Workers' Compensation Basics, Course #: CLL09
Tuesday, Dec. 16 / Catuogno Court Reporting Services, 446 Main St., Worcester

Hot Off the Press: The New Child Support Guidelines, Course #: FLM09  (LIVE)
Tuesday, Dec. 16 / Catuogno Court Reporting Services, 72 S. Main St., Providence, RI

Hot Off the Press: The New Child Support Guidelines, Course #: FLN09  (SIMULCAST)
Tuesday, Dec. 16 / Catuogno Court Reporting Services, 30 Rowes Wharf, Suite 530, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston


This fall, Casemaker is presenting a free webinar for MBA members. Want to learn more about the capabilities of newly released beta version of Casemaker Version 2.1 straight from the source? Attend a Web training from the comfort of your home or office.

Click here to access the Casemaker webinar trainings. Currently scheduled webinars include:

  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 1–2 p.m.

For webinar system requirements, click here.

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Lawyers Eco-Challenge Eco-Tip of the Week

Incorporate the weekly Eco-Tip into your office practices and become more environmentally friendly


Sign the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge to participate in the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge. By signing the pledge, lawyers agree to do their best to adhere to the MBA Green Guidelines   

 EcoTip - Dec. 4

Click here to view more Eco-Tips. 

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