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Nancy King, executive director of South Middlesex Legal Services for 30 years, passed away in December 2007 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

March 6 Awards Luncheon dedicated to Nancy King

Six award recipients to be honored

The MBA’s Access to Justice Awards Luncheon to take place on March 6 will be dedicated to legal services luminary and beloved MBA member Nancy King. King was a selfless advocate for the delivery of legal services to the poor before passing away in December 2007 following a lengthy battle with cancer.   

The event will honor King by presenting her with the 2008 MBA Access to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. In addition, the 2008 Access to Justice Awards will be presented to the following recipients at the luncheon: 

Legal Services Award

Faye Rachlin, Legal Assistance Corp., Worcester, a legal advocate for the indigent, assists tenants struggling with mental illness and addiction in gaining access to clinicians and other social services.

Pro Bono Award for Law Firms

Heisler, Feldman, McCormick and Garrow PC, a firm known for its innovative compensation model, relies on state fee-shifting statutes and has no expectation of client payment upon engagement.

Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP has dedicated its time to representing lawful immigrants whose access to justice would otherwise be limited.

Pro Bono Publico Award

Thomas A. Manning, Worcester established the “Lawyer for the Day” program in the Worcester Probate and Family Court to provide assistance to pro se parties.

Defender Award

Erica E. Cushna, CPCS, Springfield is a specialist in juvenile defense work and has zealously advocated for juvenile rights before the Supreme Judicial Court.

Prosecutor Award

J. Thomas Kirkman, District Attorney's Office, Barnstable has spent much of his career as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, in both private practice and as an assistant district attorney.

MBA members are invited to the March 6 luncheon at the JFK Library and Museum. Individual table reservation and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Click here to download a form. Reservations must be submitted by 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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Featured member benefit: MBA offers section-specific forums for members

Online benefit follows on the heels of Casemaker 2.0 update

The MBA Forums offer a range of tools for MBA members to more easily communicate with one another, including the ability to post messages for all members to access, create individual profiles, send private messages to other users, subscribe to unique threads and post URL links.

This week, the MBA opened up 17 new forums – one for each MBA section – to give members the opportunity to engage in online dialogues about section-specific issues. 

Start a conversation today – have your MBA member number available and visit http://www.massbar.org/forums. The forums are also easily accessed through the top bar of the MBA’s Web site navigation.

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MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge takes next steps

Incorporate the weekly eco-tip into your office practices and become more environmentally friendly.

The unveiling of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lawyers Environmental Pledge on Jan. 8 has led to outreach, which includes participation in this weekend’s Going Green Expo at the Bayside Expo Center, Boston.

MBA President David W. White Jr. will speak for nearly an hour on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the convention. White will talk about being an environmentally friendly lawyer and discuss the MBA Green Guidelines, which offer detailed suggestions for making offices green.

In addition, the MBA’s Energy and Environment Task Force will be on hand at the expo from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. Task force members will show visitors the resources available on the Eco-Challenge Web site, answer questions and distribute copies of the guidelines. For more information, click here.

The pledge and guidelines are a part of the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge launched in September. The initiative is being presently in partnership with the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston.

By signing the pledge, lawyers become Pledge Partners and agree to adhere to the guidelines. To view the pledge, guidelines, resources and tips, click here. Weekly tips related to the guidelines are also being published in each edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on the Practice Page.

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Cynthia Simison, managing editor of the Springfield Republican and Hon. Lynda M. Connolly, Chief Justice of the District Court, will be honored by the MBA.

Excellence in the Law event honors the profession’s finest

MBA to honor the Hon. Lynda M. Connolly and newspaper editor Cynthia Simison

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the MBA will salute a star-studded roster of lawyers and judges at the annual Excellence in the Law celebration at the Westin Boston Waterfront on Feb. 5,  beginning at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, click here

In addition to the 10 Lawyers of the Year and five Diversity Heroes selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly to be honored at the event, the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award and the Excellence in the Legal Journalism Award will be presented. Hon. Lynda M. Connolly, Chief Justice of the District Court, and Cynthia Simison, managing editor of the Springfield Republican will receive those high honors.

The following is the full list of honorees to be recognized at the Feb. 5 Excellence in the Law event:

The Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award

Hon. Lynda M. Connolly
Chief Justice, District Court

Excellence in Legal Journalism Award

Cynthia Simison
Managing editor, The Springfield Republican

Lawyers Weekly’s Lawyers of the Year 2007

  • Juliane Balliro, Wolf Block, Boston
  • Martha Coakley, Attorney General, Boston
  • Christine S. Collins, Bowditch & Dewey, Worcester
  • Nancy J. Kelly, Greater Boston Legal Services’ Immigration Unit, Boston
  • John Willshire-Carrera, Greater Boston Legal Services’ Immigration Unit, Boston
  • Peter B. Krupp, Lurie & Krupp, Boston
  • David E. Meier, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston
  • Michael E. Mone, Esdaile, Barrett & Esdaile, Boston
  • Carlene A. Pennell, Rubin & Rudman, Boston
  • Andrew H. Tarsy, Anti-Defamation League, Boston
  • John M. Thompson, Thompson & Thompson, Springfield

Lawyers Weekly’s Diversity Heroes

  • Harry T. Daniels, Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston
  • Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly, Associate Justice, Appeals Court
  • Mickey E. Harris, Law Offices Of Mickey E. Harris, Springfield  
  • Hon. Charles R. Johnson, Chief Justice, Boston Municipal Court
  • Bernadette Stark, Western Mass. Legal Services, Northhampton
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Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Roderick Ireland delivers the keynote address.

Foundation elects new officers and trustees, honors SJC Justice Ireland with Great Friend of Justice Award

Ireland praises success of Judicial Youth Corps in keynote

At the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s recent Annual Meeting, 2007 President Carol A. Witt passed the gavel to 2008 President Laurence M. Johnson, and Supreme Judicial Court Justice Roderick L. Ireland was honored with the Great Friend of Justice Award. Over 150 attended the meeting and reception, which was held Jan. 24 at the Social Law Library in Boston.

Johnson, a partner at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine in Boston, has been a Fellow of the Foundation since 1998, and has served as an officer since 2006.  His term as president will run through January of 2009.

The complete slate of MBF officers elected for 2008 include:

  • President: Laurence M. Johnson, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, PC
  • Vice President: Joseph P.J. Vrabel, Endurance Asset Management
  • Treasurer: Jerry Cohen, Burns & Levinson, LLP
  • Secretary: Robert V. Ward Jr., Southern New England School of Law

A new class of MBF trustees, whose terms run through January 2012, was also elected:

  • Richard P. Campbell, Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy
  • Hon. Thomas A. Connors, Massachusetts Superior Court
  • Daniel J. Gleason, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP 
  • Edward W. McIntyre, Law Office of Edward W. McIntyre 
  • Joseph P.J. Vrabel, Endurance Asset Management, Inc.

In his keynote address, Justice Ireland, who was honored for his work with youth, thanked the MBF for helping fund this year’s Judicial Youth Corps with a $21,750 Fellows Fund Grant. The grant helped to bring legal education and courthouse internships for high school students back to Worcester, after budget limitations in recent years forced the program to scale back to just Boston.

Ireland explained the ways the program has made a difference in the lives of urban teenagers since it was established by the SJC’s Public Information Office in 1991. Ireland has been an advocate of the Judicial Youth Corps since its beginning, serving as chair of the planning committee, advisor, program director, mentor and teacher.

Ireland shared credit for the award with all of the court staff who volunteer their time to make the program work. “They do it for just one reason – because it’s a chance to give back and work with young people,” he said.

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MBA seeks nominations for officers, delegates

The Massachusetts Bar Association is currently accepting nominations for officer and delegate positions for the 2008-2009 membership year. Nominees must submit a letter of intent and a current resume to the MBA secretary by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 to be eligible.

To submit a nomination, mail or hand deliver the information to:
Massachusetts Bar Association
Attn.: MBA Secretary
20 West St.

Boston, MA 02111

Nominations can also be submitted via fax to (617) 338-0697.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please call MBA Executive Director Marilyn Wellington at (617) 338-0640.

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Appointed to Study Canon 3 of Code of Judicial Conduct

SJC establishes committee to review the canon that pertains to public comment by judges

On Jan. 28, the justices of the SJC announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to consider the provisions of Canon 3 of the Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct that pertain to public comment by judges. The provisions are contained in S.J.C. Rule 3:09, Canon 3B (9).  

The committee’s task is to provide the justices with a recommendation regarding changes, if any, that should be made in the canons or commentary to that provision of the code, or such other recommendations relating to public comment by judges that the committee wishes to make. The Justices have asked the committee to submit its report within three months.

The SJC had previously revised the Code of Judicial Conduct on October 1, 2003, following extensive study and recommendations by a committee appointed by the Court in 1998. The justices solicited comments on the recommendations from those outside the committee prior to the adoption of the new code. 

In 2003, the American Bar Association began work on revising its Model Code of Judicial Conduct and last February adopted a new Model Code. The Ad Hoc Committee will review the 2007 Model Code as part of its study.

Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh was appointed by the justices to chair the Ad Hoc Committee. Fellow members include:             

  • Jonathan M. Albano, Esq., partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston
  • Michael P. Angelini, Esq. chairman, Bowditch and Dewey, LLP, Worcester
  • Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Associate Justice, Middlesex Juvenile Court
  • Hon. Kathleen E. Coffey, First Justice, West Roxbury Division, Boston Municipal Court
  • Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Associate Justice, Superior Court
  • Hon. Margaret R. Hinkle, Associate Justice, Superior Court
  • Professor Andrew L. Kaufman, Harvard Law School, Cambridge
  • Hon. Paul LoConto, Regional Administrative Judge, Worcester District Court
  • Hon. James W. Menno, Associate Justice, Probate and Family Court
  • Hon. James H. Wexler, Associate Justice, District Court

Upcoming educational programming and Casemaker training schedule

Join the MBA for a series on probate practice

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


Employment Law for Lawyers
Course #: LEF08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4–7 p.m.
Western New England School of Law, Springfield

You are a sole practitioner or a partner in a small firm. You may be well-versed in the aspects of law that comprise your practice, but how much do you know about the laws and regulations affecting you and your clients as employers? As your firm grows from one lawyer to a hard-working group of lawyers, paralegals and support staff, employment law issues can take more and more of your time, and also lead to costly learning experiences.


Join us for this highly practical and interactive seminar and listen to experienced employment law practitioners discuss these and other common employment law issues faced by legal practices from different perspectives.


For more seminar information, or to register, visit the MBA Calendar


Seminar Series

How to Probate an Estate: Parts I and II

Settling an estate is an essential element of a probate practice. These companion courses  will help you to build your practice on a solid foundation. Part I will focus on estate administration and Part II on the taxation of estates.

How to Probate an Estate: Part I
Course #: PLB08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4–7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
For more information, click here.

Our panelists will focus on the nuts and bolts of estate administration, including:

  • Collecting the information you need to probate the estate;
  • Advising and guiding your clients;
  • Processing the estate in probate court;
  • Completing the inventory and preparing an account;
  • Complying with time limits;
  • Obtaining a license to sell; and
  • Finalizing the estate.

How to Probate an Estate, Part II
Course #: PLC08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 4–7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
For more information, click here.

Our panelists will focus on the nuts and bolts of the taxation of estates, including:

  • Collecting the information you need to decide whether the estate is subject to estate or income tax;
  • Placing a value on the estate;
  • Obtaining the release of the estate tax lien;
  •  Preparing estate tax returns;
  • Meeting time limits for processing tax forms; and
  • Fiduciary income tax issues.

Attendance at both sessions is encouraged, but not required. Discounted rates for attending both Part I and II. Join us and start building your career as a trusts and estates practitioner.

Seminar Series

Business Basics for Divorce Lawyers:

Three Basic Programs for the Beginning Divorce Lawyer

Beginning divorce lawyers often assume that valuation and taxes only matter in complex cases. This series of programs will simplify the mysteries of tax and valuation at the most basic level. It will help you communicate with your expert and work confidently with your business owner client.

NOTE: Attendance at the three sessions is encouraged, but not required. Discounted rates for attending two or more sessions.

Part II: Understanding Business Valuation

Course #: FLK08
Introductory level
Thursday, Feb. 7, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
For more information,
click here.

Attendees will learn basics of valuation, including:

  • The capitalization of income approach to valuation;
  • Standards of value – fair market value, strategic value, value to holder or “divorce value;”
  • Income and capital gains tax discounts;
  • Discovery; working with your expert; and more

Part III: Reading and Using Tax Returns in Divorce Cases

Course #: FLL08
Introductory level
Monday, Feb. 11, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
For more information,
click here.

Topics include:

  • Discovery, the basic structure of returns, how to locate assets and calculate income;
  • How to compare returns over a period of years;
  • When to hire a forensic accountant, and more.

The course will also include basic review of divorce tax principles, such as alimony, child support, personal loans, capital gains and losses, earned income credit, dependency exemptions, and more.

Casemaker Training

MBA members have free, unlimited use of Casemaker, which was recently upgraded in January 2008. A Web-based legal research library, Casemaker allows users to search and browse historic and current state and federal case law, state statutes and regulations, ethics opinions, rules of professional conduct and more. Learn how to best utilize this free tool at one of our Casemaker training programs, held at central locations around the state.

Casemaker Training (Boston)
Course #: CASES08
Introductory level
Monday, Feb. 11

9:30–10:45 a.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

**This training is exclusively for attendees bringing and using laptop computers.  No desktop computer stations will be available.

Casemaker Training (Norwood)
Course #: CASEM08
Introductory level
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Noon–1:15 p.m.
Norfolk Law Library, Norwood

For directions, click here or call (781) 769-7483.

Casemaker Training (Worcester)
Course #: CASEP08
Introductory level
Thursday, Feb. 28

2 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Trial Court Law Library, Worcester

For directions, click here or call (508) 756-1665 ext. 185.

*Although the MBA does charge a fee for trainings, the fee is charged only in order to cover costs associated with putting on trainings.

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

Open meeting

Public Law Section Open Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


The Public Law Section welcomes all MBA members to an open meeting featuring Shelly Taylor, Chief Administrative Magistrate of the Division of Administrative Law Appeals.  Taylor will discuss the DALA's current and future agenda, and seek input from association members in establishing short term and long range priorities for the agency.


  • In addition to a general Q & A, topics of discussion will include:
  • Moving the docket of older cases at DALA;
  • Whether and how the bar should participate in evaluating magistrates;
  • Overall agency performance; and
  • The impact that feedback from the bar is having at DALA today.

Please [e-mail jstevens] indicating whether you will be able to attend this meeting.

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MBA members: Celtics special suite offer

Rent a luxury suite to entertain clients, reward employees or host a company party.

As an MBA member are you looking for a special way to entertain your clients, family and friends? Treat them to a Luxury Suite at a Celtics game. A limited number of suites are now available for 2008 games. Below is a special offer on two exciting games coming up.


Game: Friday, March 7, Celtics vs. Bulls
Special Pricing Offer: $3,816 (save 15%)
Game: Sunday, March 30, Celtics vs. Heat
Special Pricing Offer: $3,816 (save 25%)

Luxury suites include 18 tickets and various catering options are available. Your suite will also have a private terrace, two televisions, a private restroom and access to your suite two hours prior to tip-off. As an added bonus, we have introduced new suite packages that include a pregame photo on the parquet, a visit from a Celtics Legend and Celtics gear for all of your guests.


To inquire about pricing and availability for specific dates, contact Brian Burnard at (617) 854-8061 or via e-mail.


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