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March 6 Awards Luncheon dedicated to Nancy King

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. She served as the executive director of the South Middlesex Legal Services in Framingham, a post she held for 30 years before passing away in December 2007 following a lengthy battle with cancer.   

MBA members are invited to the March 6 luncheon at the JFK Library and Museum. The event will honor King by presenting her with the 2008 MBA Access to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. Other 2008 Access to Justice Awards to be presented at the luncheon include the:

  • Legal Services Award;
  • Pro Bono Award for Law Firms;
  • Pro Bono Publico Award;
  • Defender Award; and
  • Prosecutor Award.
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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Fern L. Frolin, chair of the MBA's Family Law Section, speaks at the Jan. 16 House of Delegates meeting.

The MBA holds its third House of Delegates meeting of the 2007-08 association year

The Massachusetts Bar Association held its third House of Delegates meeting of the 2007-08 association year at the Sheraton Springfield on Jan. 16.


The leadership voted to support four proposals presented at the meeting:

  • A redraft of S.878, which would rewrite M.G.L. c. 188, the Massachusetts Homestead Act, to close several loopholes.
  • A proposal from the IOLTA Committee to amend Mass. R. Civ. P. 23 so residual funds in class action proceedings can be directed to nonprofit organizations or foundations, or to the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.
  • Efforts by the Judicial Administration Section Council to draft and submit a proposal that would allow state court judges to experiment with a liberalized version of Rule 3.5(d) in civil cases.
  • A proposed standing order of the Probate and Family Court that would allow counsel to make copies of impounded guardian ad litem reports for in-office use only and to provide copies to expert witnesses and consultants.

MBA President David W. White Jr. shared news that the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge is off to a great start with dozens of firms signed on within one week of its launch Jan. 8 and nationwide press coverage. Visit www.massbar.org/ecochallenge for more information.

The MBA supports, in large part, recently unveiled reforms to CORI laws proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick, MBA General Counsel Martin H. Healy said as part of his report. Issues of expunged records and non-convictions are still unresolved and the MBA pledges to work with the state in those areas.

MBA Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington reminded leadership that Feb. 8 is the deadline for officer and delegate nominations for next year. All nomination papers must be received at 20 West St. by 5 p.m.

The next HOD meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m. on March 6. 

Look for a more comprehensive report of the January House of Delegates meeting in the February edition of Lawyers Journal.

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Featured member benefit: Catuogno Court Reporting & Sten-Tel Transcription Services

In need of video conferencing services, verbatim statements and interviews by phone with transcripts?

Catuogno Court Reporting & Sten-Tel Transcription Services offers MBA members a special rate on technological services, including court reporting, video depositions, videoconferencing and legal transcription.

With five offices located throughout the area (Boston, Worcester, Lawrence, Springfield and Providence) the Catuogno offices provide spacious conference rooms for depositions, client meetings, arbitrations, mediations, and videoconferencing around the world with over 10,000 sites.  

Take advantage of the following discounts using your MBA member card to reduce costs and increase your bottom line:

  • 10% discount on deposition services;
  • 10 % discount on transcription services;
  • 10% discount on video conferencing services;
  • 10% discount on statements and interviews by phone with transcript; 
  • Waiver of "set up" fee transcription services ($450.00 value); and
  • Waiver of "annual support" fee  ($250 value).

To take advantage of your special MBA membership discount, visit the Sten-Tel Inc. Web site or call (888) 228-8646.

Click here to access your free copy of Ray Catuogno's Do You Have and Use All of the Legal Tools article, outlining the importance of the verbatim statement and how to utilize a modern transcription service.

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The MBA proudly honors Justice Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court with the 2008 Great Friend of Justice Award for his dedication to the Judicial Youth Corps and in recognition of his gift for inspiring young people to realize their fullest potential.

Justice Ireland to present keynote address at Mass. Bar Foundation 2008 Annual Meeting

All MBF Fellows, Grantees, and Friends are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. The event will be held on Jan. 24 at 5 p.m., at the Social Law Library in the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

Associate Justice Roderick L. Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court will be the Foundation’s Great Friend of Justice honoree and keynote speaker. Justice Ireland’s commitment to juvenile justice and passion for improving the lives of young people factor prominently in his distinguished career. For thirteen years he sat in the Boston Juvenile Court, working with children and families on a daily basis. In 2005 the MBA honored him with its Public Service Award for his dedication to and long standing support of the state wide high school Mock Trial competition. And, as chair of the planning committee, advisor, program director, mentor and teacher for the SJC’s Judicial Youth Corps since its inception in 1990, Justice Ireland has played a central role in a program that teaches high school students about the judicial branch of government and the principles of law. 

The MBF proudly honors Justice Ireland with the 2008 Great Friend of Justice Award for his dedication to the Judicial Youth Corps and in recognition of his gift for inspiring young people to realize their fullest potential.

The MBF Annual Meeting also serves as a forum to briefly report on the activities of the year, recognize new Fellows and new Life Fellows, and elect officers and trustees for the coming year. The meeting will be immediately followed by a reception to celebrate the accomplishments of 2007. Please R.S.V.P. by Jan. 21. R.S.V.P. online; by phone at (617) 338-0648; or via e-mail. Directions are available online.

This event is generously sponsored by U.S. Trust, the MBA and the J.M. Perrone Company.

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Special January Lawyers Journal examines court management

Eight Chief Justices provide commentary on the evolution of court administration

The January issue of Lawyers Journal takes a look at how the operational landscape of the trial courts has evolved in the five years since the pivotal Monan Report helped usher in a new era of court management. 

Highlights of this special issue include: 

  • Accounts from the Chief Justices about the progress made in their courts;
  • An update on the implementation of the MassCourts computer system;
  • The rise of courthouses to the top priority of the state’s capital funding plan;
  • A new survey that reflects the public’s opinion of Boston courthouses; and
  • A Q&A with Court Management Advisory Board member Leo V. Boyle.

To browse this month's Lawyers Journal online, 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.

EcoTip - Jan. 17
Click here to view more Eco-Tips.

Upcoming CLE seminar and roundtable schedule

Join the MBA for a new series for divorce lawyers and Casemaker Training.

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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.


Electronic Discovery: New Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues – What Litigators Should Know

Course #: CLG08
Introductory level
Thursday, Jan. 24, 4–7 p.m.
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield

This program will cover the practical, legal, procedural and evidentiary issues relating to electronic discovery and document management. This program will cover such topics as:

  • The new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the implications for litigators;
  • A litigator's perspective on the new rules and their application in both federal and state trial practice;
  • Document management and related technology (coding, OCR, software applications, Web-based hosting);
  • Electronic discovery, including computer forensics, retrieval of information from electronic systems, chain of custody issues, understanding and establishing audit trails in the use of electronic evidence;
  • Establishing electronic discovery protocols, spoliation and other topics; and
  • A view from the bench.

Attendees will also receive a copy of “Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges.” Published by the Federal Judicial Center, the guide addresses unique issues involved with discovery of electronically stored information.      

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


From Yannas to Abbot: All You Need to Know to Prepare Your Removal Case Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)

Course #: FLI08
Introductory level
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This program will feature a summary of the leading removal cases in the commonwealth so you can have all of the leading cases at your fingertips. Removal or relocation cases are more often difficult for family law practitioners due to the conflicting and competing interests to be balanced in each case. The case law is very fact-specific and the Yannas test continues to evolve through the line of cases to be discussed.

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

New Series

Business Basics for Divorce Lawyers: A Series of 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 I: Understanding Real Estate Appraisals
Course #: FLJ08
Introductory level
Thursday, Jan. 31, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Attendees will learn basics of real estate appraisal, including:

  • The comparable sales approach to value;
  • The cost of construction approach to value;
  • Discounts for divorce valuation purposes (capital gains and commissions);
  • How to read an appraisal;
  • Ethical duties of the expert appraiser and special concerns about the jointly engaged expert, and more.

Part II: Understanding Business Valuation
Course #: FLK08
Introductory level
Thursday, Feb. 7, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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

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

Casemaker Training (Andover)
Course #: CASEW08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Jan. 29
4–5:15 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
For directions,
click here.

This training session will be held in the library computer lab at Massachusetts School of Law. Desktop stations will be available in addition to seating for attendees wishing to bring and use laptop computers. Laptop usage is made possible by available wireless internet access. All attendees bringing laptop computers MUST have a wireless card, or other means for achieving wireless connectivity. The Massachusetts Bar Association is not responsible for any connectivity problems that directly arise from issues unique to personal laptop computers.

Be sure to completely charge your laptop before arriving at the training. Although outlets will be available, we cannot guarantee a plug for everyone. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the training in order to get your laptop set up.

*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.

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MBA members: Come to the garden this season to watch the Celtics

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

Dear MBA members,


I would like to extend an invitation for you to come to the garden this season to watch the new look of the Boston Celtics. We welcome you to explore many different options to entertain your clients, gain referral business or enjoy a family night out. Our premium seats are the best seats in the house and we would love to have you join us as season ticket holder for the remainder of 2008 season.


The club seats offer a center court view of the games, with service at your seats and access to the restaurants on the Premium Level. Club seat holders are also entitled to tickets for all events held at the Garden, privileges at exclusive golf courses, and more.


If you would like to entertain clients, reward employees or host a company party, consider renting a private luxury suite. Hold your next sales meeting here at the garden. Our suites accommodate up to 21 people and various catering options are available. Rent suites on a per game basis to accommodate your business schedule.  


This would be a great way to entertain clients and reward employees. I would love to discuss the different options on how the Boston Celtics Premium seating can help grow your business. Feel free to contact me at (617) 854-8061 or via e-mail.

Thanks you and I look forward to speaking with you.


Brian Burnard | Boston Celtics
Premium Sales Account Executive


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