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MBA Past President Wayne A. Budd and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley perform in last year's reading of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure."

Ken Starr, Paul Cellucci and Michael S. Greco to discuss the authority of kings, presidents and judges at "Shakespeare and the Law"

Annual discussion to be framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare’s King Lear

The MBA is once again proud to co-sponsor “Shakespeare and the Law,” a free event produced by the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society in conjunction with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. It will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 5 p.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

Pepperdine Law School Dean Kenneth W. Starr, former Whitewater independent counsel, solicitor general and federal appeals court judge, will host a discussion on issues of national sovereignty and the independence and authority of the branches of government, framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

K&L Gates Partner and former American Bar Association President Michael S. Greco will take on the role of Lear. In addition to Starr and Greco, the event features:

Supreme Judicial Court justices:
Hon. Robert Cordy
Hon. Judith Cowin.

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts judges:
Hon. Nathaniel Gorton
Hon. Patti Saris, Hon. Dennis Saylor
Hon. Douglas Woodlock
Hon. Rya Zobel.

J.W. Carney Jr., Esq.
Criminal defense attorney, Carney & Bassil PC, Boston

Paul Cellucci, Esq.
Former U.S. ambassador to Canada and Massachusetts governor

Joan Lukey, Esq.
Partner, WilmerHale, Boston; president-elect, American College of Trial Lawyers

John Montgomery, Esq.
Managing partner, Ropes & Gray, Boston

Harvey Silverglate, Esq.,
Criminal defense and civil liberties attorney; of counsel, Good & Cormier, Boston

The event is directed by CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler and produced by McCarter & English Partner Daniel J. Kelly. The first hour features prominent judges, public officials and members of the bar performing an abridged version of King Lear. A discussion of the legal and political issues addressed in the play will follow.
The event is free. Members of the public should R.S.V.P. prior to the event to the Federalist Society c/o Dottie Moore at (617) 449-6617 or [e-mail dmoore].

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MBA and CLF to honor four law firms for exemplary leadership in greening the practice of law

Eco-Challenge Awards to be distributed Wednesday, May 14.

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

The MBA and its Lawyers Eco-Challenge partner, the Conservation Law Foundation, will honor four law firms for exemplary leadership in greening the practice of law at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, during a reception at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.

The event, which will be held after the MBA’s House of Delegates meeting, will honor:

  • Borchers, Ware & Guglielmo, Medway;
  • Milton, Laurence & Dixon, Worcester;
  • McRoberts, Roberts & Rainer LLP, Boston; and
  • Modern Times Legal, Cambridge.

All four firms have taken extraordinary steps to minimize their office’s impact on the environment.

“It’s with great pleasure that the MBA honors those lawyers who took steps above and beyond those outlined in the MBA Green Guidelines and implemented their own unique ways of preserving the environment,” MBA President David W. White Jr. said. “These firms have taken it upon themselves to come up with new ways to practice with sustainability in mind. They are an example for all of us.”

More than 50 lawyers, firms and organizations from across the state that have signed the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge, which asks attorneys to implement the MBA Green Guidelines, will be recognized at the reception. The pledge was announced in January, four months after the MBA and the CLF launched the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge and established the Energy and Environment Task Force.

“It is energizing to see our state’s legal community, from the largest to the smallest firms, taking action to become better environmental stewards by adopting common sense changes that will protect our environment and help combat global warming,” said CLF President Philip Warburg. “I hope that other Massachusetts professions will follow this great example so that, together, we can build a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.”

Lawyers who sign up become pledge partners and agree to adhere to the guidelines, which offer suggestions for altering behaviors and updating products in eight areas of sustainability: energy conservation, paper reduction, recycling, greenhouse gas reduction, environmentally conscious purchases, sustainable practices, education and support for environmental conservation.


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-May 8


Click here to view more Eco-Tips. 

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Jim Hassett, founder of LegalBizDev

Featured member benefit: Free seminar, increase new business, even in in a down economy, May 28

Jim Hassett, founder of LegalBizDev, will teach you how to market your practice more effectively

The MBA is offering a free seminar to members featuring Jim Hassett, founder of LegalBizDev, on Wednesday, May 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

Hassett will discuss the marketing challenges and opportunities that law firms face in a down economy and will focus on ways to:

  1. Protect your clients and referral sources;
  2. Increase the perceived value of the services you offer;
  3. Refine your search for ideal new clients;
  4. Track your marketing time and activity; and
  5. Spend wisely.

This seminar will answer the critical question: How can I increase new business?

Register today to learn how to apply these principles to your own practice.

For more information on LegalBizDev, click here.

To register, call the MBA Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530 or contact us via e-mail.

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Participate in SJC's Judicial Evaluation Program

Evaluations are confidential and anonymous and intent to improve quality of the judicial branch

MBA members are reminded of the SJC's Judicial Evaluation Program, the purpose of which is to enhance judicial performance and the quality of the judicial branch. The full participation of the bar is crucial to this effort.

Judges of the Superior, District, Probate and Family, Housing and Juvenile Courts in the counties of  Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket will be evaluated starting in mid-May by attorneys, court employees and jurors.

Attorneys who have appeared regularly in these courts in the last two years, according to computerized court records, will receive questionnaires. Evaluations are confidential and anonymous, with the results transmitted to the judge, the chief justice of his/her department, the chief justice of the SJC and the chief justice of administration and management.

The more responses received, the more relevant the evaluations will be. If you have questions about the program, contact Mona Hochberg at (617) 557-1156 or [e-mail Mona.Hochberg].
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Attleboro Courthouse named in memory of James H. Sullivan, clerk-magistrate from 1951 to 1983

Sullivan, who died at the age of 87, lived in Attleboro for more than 60 years

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Trial Court dedicated the courthouse for the Attleboro Division of the District Court in memory of James H. Sullivan, who served as clerk-magistrate in that location for over 30 years. Sullivan, who died in 2000 at the age of 87, lived in Attleboro for more than 60 years and was actively involved in a wide range of civic organizations.

Clerk-Magistrate Daniel J. Sullivan served as the master of ceremonies for the dedication ceremony in his father’s memory. The legislation to name the courthouse after James H. Sullivan passed in 2006.

Speakers at the event included:

Hon. Lynda M. Connolly
Chief Justice of the District Court

Rev. Msgr. Daniel F. Hoye
Former pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish

Daniel Del Vecchio Jr., Esq.
Bristol County Bar Association

James H. Fagan
State representative, Third Bristol District

John A. Lepper
State representative, Second Bristol District

Hon. Robert A. Mulligan
Chief Justice for Administration & Management

Hon. Gregory L. Phillips
First Justice, Attleboro Division of the District Court

Daniel J. Sullivan
Clerk Magistrate, Attleboro Division of the District Court


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Upcoming CLE seminar and roundtable schedule

Highlights include Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference and Public Law Conference

The 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference, to be held on Tuesday, May 13, at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, will feature expert panelist discussions on Evidentiary Issues in the Labor Arbitration Context, Implicit Bias and Stereotyping: Theory and Practice and a Survey of Employment Law Developments.

In addition, a special lunch presentation will feature representatives from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination: Malcolm S. Medley, chairman; Martin S. Ebel, commissioner; Sunila Thomas-George, commissioner. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. Click here for program details.

For more information about the 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference, or to register, contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or via e-mail.

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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. To download a PDF of the April/May CLE brochure, click here.

This week's highlighted programs include:

  • Free MBA member program: Traps for the Unwary
  • Limited Liability Companies vs. Business Corporations: Legal, Tax and Accounting Considerations
  • Claims of Retaliation: Burlington Northern’s Legacy
  • Immigration Removal Mock Trial
  • How to Prepare For and Respond to Federal Compliance Investigations

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

Special Program

Traps for the Unwary
Course #: LPD08
Tuesday, May 20, 9–10 a.m.
Courtyard by Marriott Marlborough, 75 Felton St., Marlborough

The economy is changing fast, claims against attorneys for malpractice are at their highest point in 10 years and all signs indicate that more of the same can be expected. This free seminar will discuss what areas of practice are impacted most by malpractice claims, the reasons that these claims happen and how to reduce the risk in your practice. This seminar is open to all members free of charge as an exclusive benefit of MBA membership. Sign up now so you can recognize and avoid traps that may be lying in wait for you.


Terence J. Welsh, CPCU, AIS

President, MBA Insurance Agency, Boston/Springfield


To register for this free offering, please call Member Services at (617) 338-0530. Register early, as space is limited.


Limited Liability Companies vs. Business Corporations: Legal, Tax and Accounting Considerations
Course #: BLL08
Intermediate level
Tuesday, May 20, 4–7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

This program will focus on legal, tax and accounting considerations in choosing between a limited liability company or a business corporation for the operation of a business enterprise. The panel will discuss differences between the Massachusetts Limited Liability Company Act and Massachusetts Business Corporation Act as they relate to the organization and management of these entities. There will also be a presentation regarding the features of C corporation, S corporation and partnership income taxation, and how those features affect the choice of entity decision.

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

Claims of Retaliation: Burlington Northern’s Legacy
Course #: LEI08
Intermediate level
Wednesday, May 21, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway, Co. v. White, 126 S.Ct. 2405 (2006) was labeled as a case that would change the face of retaliation claims. Two years later, what has been Burlington Northern’s legacy? This roundtable will discuss this question and more, including Burlington Northern’s impact in Massachusetts in light of G.L. c. 151B more liberal standards, and whether the retaliation standard has become so relaxed that plaintiffs should consider abandoning their discrimination claims in favor of retaliation claims. Finally, it will discuss how employers can best protect and defend against claims of retaliation.

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

Immigration Removal Mock Trial
Course #: BLK08
Introductory level
Thursday, May 29, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

With today’s rapid enforcement of immigration policy and ICE raids, this program will guide you through the ABC’s of what lawful permanent residents and or illegal aliens face in Immigration Court during a removal proceeding for any violation of immigration law. Attendees will be presented with a fact pattern of the issue to be heard before the court. Seasoned immigration defense attorneys will demonstrate how a removal hearing is to be conducted, and Hon. Paul Gagnon of the Boston Immigration Court will preside over the mock trial. Immigration Court Administrator Robert Halpin will also provide a brief explanation of the Immigration Court procedural rules that attorneys need to follow. Copies of the new EOIR Practice Manual, effective July 1, 2008 will also be distributed to attendees. A Q&A session will follow the mock trial for clarification of the themes presented and the program will conclude with a networking reception.

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

How to Prepare For and Respond to Federal Compliance Investigations
Course#: LEJ08
Intermediate level
Thursday, June 12, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Knock Knock…It’s the Federal Department of Labor (DOL)! Knock Knock...It's Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE)! If DOL or ICE came knocking at your client's door, seeking to conduct a surprise investigation, audit or raid, would they know what to do? Would you? Join us for this timely, practical seminar designed to help you assist your clients in promptly and comprehensively responding to federal audits and investigations, and in helping your clients avoid them. The program will feature panels on both DOL and ICE investigations and compliance.

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


Second Annual Public Law Conference
Course#: PUB08
Intermediate level
Wednesday, June 4, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Holiday Inn at Beacon Hill, 5 Blossom St., Boston

Keynote speaker Suzanne M. Bump, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, will discuss policy and reorganizational issues and developments related to the several agencies she oversees. Other panel discussions will focus on attorney-client privilege, the Public Records law, the Open Meeting Law, and the Division of Administrative Law Appeals.

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

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MBA co-sponsors forum to address issues that mothers face in the workplace

Detours and OnRamps provides resources for working moms to have rewarding careers

The MBA is proud to co-sponsor the Detours and OnRamps Forum, a program designed to address the needs and issues of mothers, especially those grappling with their choice to work full time, part time, or from home.

The day-long conference will be at Bentley College in Waltham on Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $125 registration fee covers breakfast, lunch and snacks, a full day of sessions, and a “Working Mother’s Toolkit” filled with discounts and reading material to help women succed in the job hunt and achieve life-work balance.

To register, click here.

Enter "MASSBAR" under "How did you hear about us" to save $25 off the registration fee.

The forum was designed to bring intelligent women together to discuss the issues facing us all - because women and the marketplace both benefit when talented, well-educated mothers can contribute both at home and at work.

Through networking with fellow working mothers, discussions with the companies leading the way in solutions for working mothers, and panels and sessions on some of the most common issues faced by mothers who elect to work outside the home, Detours and OnRamps aims to provide a forum for women to meet, examine their options, and figure out their next steps.

With career resources and expert advice offered through panel discussions, small-group sessions, and networking opportunities, the hope is that mothers will leave the Detours and OnRamps Forum feeling more in control of their choices and options - and reassured that as intelligent, educated women, their contributions still matter.

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