e-Journal

04-02

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Photograph by Aaron J.K. Ostrow
From left to right: Edward W. McIntyre, president, Massachusetts Bar Association; Kathy B. Weinman, president, Boston Bar Association; Rep. Charles A. Murphy, chair, House Committee on Ways & Means; the Hon. Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice, Probate and Family Court; the Hon. Lynda M. Connolly, Chief Justice, District Court; the Hon. Steven D. Pierce, Chief Justice, Housing Court; and Martin W. Healy, general counsel and acting executive director, Massachusetts Bar Association.

More than 100 attended Court Advocacy Day at the Statehouse

The March 31 event was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts and the Boston bar associations

More than 100 attorneys and legal advocates attended the March 31 Court Advocacy Day at the Statehouse, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts and the Boston bar associations.  

The featured speakers focused on the need for adequate funding for the Massachusetts Court System. Those speakers were:  MBA President Edward W. McIntyre, BBA President Kathy B. Weinman, Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan and Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall.

"We ask the Legislature today to fund the Massachusetts judiciary at $622.7 million to ensure the courts' core functions are sustained," McIntyre told the gathering at the Grand Staircase.

Marshall said cutting the court budget further will delay justice for many, including those dealing with foreclosures, child support and domestic violence, among other legal matters. She and Mulligan met with legislative leaders before Court Advocacy Day to share the impacts of further fiscal reductions, which include up to 375 layoffs, relocations of courthouses, delaying of restraining orders and CINS petitions, as well as an increase in the number of pre-trial detainees.

"Justice is like oxygen," Marshall said. "While you are breathing it, you barely notice that you are. Cut off the supply, and you will notice it more quickly than you realize."

After the speaking program, attendees lobbied their legislators for adequate court funding: $601.2 million for the Trial Court and another $21.5 million for the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed a FY 2010 budget for the judiciary of $579.4 million.

For more information, see the May issue of Lawyers Journal.

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Photographs by Christine Peterson

Maimonides School of Brookline wins 2009 Mock Trial State Championship

Maimonides School of Brookline was named state champion of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2009 Mock Trial Program and advances to the national competition in May.

It was the first finals round appearance for Maimonides, which outscored Sharon High School at the March 24 competition held in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The school was a Sweet 16 regional winner in 2006.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Harry Chiel, one of Maimonides School’s team captains. Chiel said the support of the school’s tight-knit community helped the team prepare for the championship.

The MBA’s Mock Trial Program is made possible by the international law firm Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels LLP through its Center for the Public Interest in Boston, which has contributed $25,000 each year to the program since 1998. A portion of Maimonides’ trip to the nationals will be funded by a donation from the MBA’s philanthropic partner, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

Superior Court Associate Justice Howard J. Whitehead presided over the trial and was assisted by Superior Court Justice Peter W. Agnes Jr. and Essex Probate and Family Court Associate Justice John D. Casey.

Whitehead said deciding the winner was difficult because both teams were so strong. “This is the best pair of performances I’ve seen; really the best we’ve had,” he said.

The case, which was written by the MBA Mock Trial Committee, involved an Iraq War veteran charged with first-degree murder for the July Fourth shooting of his former high school enemy. The defendant claimed posttraumatic stress disorder as an insanity defense.

For more information, read the May issue of Lawyers Journal and visit www.massbar.org/mock.
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Left column from top to bottom: Aloke Chakravarty, Wendy J. Rickles, Lawrence McGuire.
Right column from top to bottom: Barbara Kaban, Rep. Harold P. Naughton, James M. McCreight, Jayne B. Tyrrell.

Access to Justice Awards Luncheon

MBA to honor pro bono attorneys and firms; State Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr.; and IOLTA director

MBA members are invited to the May 7 Access to Justice Awards Luncheon at the JFK Library and Museum. This year, in addition to the seven Access to Justice Awards, MBA President Edward W. McIntyre will bestow the 2009 Legislator of the Year Award to State Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr. and the President's Award to Jayne B. Tyrrell, director of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program.

Individual table reservation and sponsorship opportunities are now available.

See below for a full list of honorees.

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 29. For a reservation form, click here. For more information, or to register, contact Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or via e-mail.

Individual reservation opportunities:
  • $100 per ticket/$1,000 per table of 10 (member and non member)
Legal services attorney/organization:
  • $85 per ticket/$850 per table (member and non member)
Sponsorship opportunities:   
  • Benefactor - $1,500
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, 1/2 page ad and firm name listed in the luncheon program, and logo projected behind the podium.
  • Patron - $1,350
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, 1/4 page ad and firm name listed in the luncheon program, and logo projected behind the podium.
  • Friend - $1,200
    Includes: Luncheon table for 10, firm name listed in the luncheon program and logo projected behind the podium.

Award Recipients


Legislator of the Year
Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr.

 President's Award
Jayne B. Tyrrell 
Massachusetts IOLTA program

 Legal Services Award

Barbara Kaban
Children's Law Center
Lynn

Prosecutor Award
Aloke Chakravarty
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Boston

 James M. McCreight
Greater Boston
  Legal Services
Boston


Defender Award

Lawrence J. McGuire
CPCS 
Salem Superior Court 

Pro Bono Publico Attorney
Wendy J. Rickles
 Solo practitioner
Worcester



Pro Bono Award for Law Firms
 McDermott, Will & Emery
Boston

Tennant Lubell LLC
Newton



 

 

   

 
 
    
 
 
   
 

 
 

 

 
 
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Featured member benefit: Lawyers Journal

Stay current with legislative news, course listings and MBA news

MBA members receive a subscription to the monthly newspaper Lawyers Journal. The April Lawyers Journal, out this week and available online, profiles Sen. Creem and other newly appointed legislative leaders and includes stories on:

  • ABA ethics rule amendment
  • Access to Justice awardees
  • “Latest in the Law” conference on May 13 and 14
  • “Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree” conference on April 16
  • Legal Technology Expo
  • House of Delegates
  • “Excellence in the Law” awardees
  • Eco-Challenge updates
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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Make Your Case with Legal Research Through the MBA

As a member of the MBA, take advantage of the unlimited, free use of Casemaker, a comprehensive, online law library. A leading member benefit for members, Casemaker can be easily used to increase your efficiency and significantly reduce your legal research costs.

This comprehensive tool not only provides Massachusetts resources (caselaw, statutes and regulations plus additional special materials), but it also provides users access to caselaw and statutes for all 50 states and the federal system. Casemaker's “CaseCheck” feature provides quick links to cases referenced in your search, while its "Supercode" feature provides updates on the currency of statutes. These features are available in all of the state databases and the federal database.

The recent upgrade to Casemaker 2.1 makes available breadcrumb navigation, making for a smoother site interface. Live training webinars are offered for this recent upgrade. To sign up for a webinar, click here. For those not yet familiar with Casemaker, click here for a demo.

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 J. Klevan or Rodney Dowell.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Participate in the upcoming Fundamentals of Effective Direct and Cross-Examination seminar

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 April/May CLE brochure, click here.  

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • Fundamentals of Effective Direct and Cross-Examination
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Civil Case Strategies
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Eviction Procedures (LIVE)
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Eviction Procedures (SIMULCAST)
  • Workplace Investigations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Luncheon Roundtable
  • Save the Date: Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree
  • Save the Date: Latest in the Law 

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

CLE Programs

Fundamentals of Effective Direct and Cross-Examination
Monday, April 6, 4–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Civil Case Strategies
Tuesday, April 7, 4-6 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Eviction Procedures (LIVE)

Tuesday, April 7, 4-6 p.m. / Catuogno Court Reporting Services, 1414 Main St., Springfield

Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Eviction Procedures (SIMULCAST)

Tuesday, April 7, 4-6 p.m. / Catuogno Court Reporting Services, 446 Main St., Worcester

Workplace Investigations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)

Wednesday, April 8, noon–2 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree
Thursday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. / Lombardo's, 16 Billings St., Randolph

Are you looking to explore what other career options exist in light of today’s uncertain economy? Then you will not want to miss this timely conference which will examine alternative legal careers for those holding a law degree.

Whether you are unhappy with your current legal career or just looking for a new career challenge, this full-day conference will offer insight on how to achieve career satisfaction. Attend and learn if a job or career change is right for you, what options exist and the skills needed to make a successful transition.

For the full schedule and list of faculty, click here.

Latest in the Law 2009  
Wednesday, May 13 & Thursday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. / Sheraton Braintree Hotel, 37 Forbes Rd., Braintree

The Latest in the Law 2009 is a specially-priced, comprehensive conference highlighting the most significant cases and legal developments over the past year. Designed to give practitioners the opportunity to attend all available programming, the MBA is offering over a dozen sessions over two days to keep you abreast of the latest in your current practice areas and beyond.

Attend one or both days to suit your professional needs. To receive the complete set of conference materials, register for both conference days at our special discounted price of $250 for MBA members (a savings of $50).

For a full conference schedule and list of faculty, click here.

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MBA Committee and Section News

Join us for "Dialogue regarding the recent First Circuit case, Northeastern Land Services v. NLRB"; Mark your calendars for the annual Labor & Employment, Public Law and Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management conferences

Lawyers in Transition Committee Luncheon Speaker

Wednesday, April 8, 12:15 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston        
 
PJScapicchio.jpgPaul Scapicchio is senior vice president of Government Relations at ML Strategies and a former Boston city councilor. Scapicchio began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Gerald Gillerman of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, followed by a much lauded stint on the Boston City Council and now serves as senior vice president for Government Relations at ML Strategies. Hear him discuss his interesting career path, including the benefits and challenges in moving between the public and private sectors in different roles. He will also speak about the field of government relations -- how one breaks into it, how it differs from traditional practice or traditional client representation, and the qualities and interests that help constitute success in the area. RSVP to Patricia Plasse at [e-mail pplasse] or 617-338-0596.

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Workplace Investigations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Luncheon roundtable (lunch provided)
Course #: LEE09 / Wednesday, April 8, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Sexual harassment, Sarbanes-Oxley violations and on-the-job discrimination are the sorts of complaints workplace investigations are tackling. Our expert panel members have served as advocates, workplace investigators and as experts critiquing investigations by others.
 
Join us for a lively, interactive roundtable discussion. Our panelists will guide you through an array of issues including: what employers’ counsel need to know in order to make sure investigations are done right; and what employees’ lawyers need to know to effectively challenge deficient investigations.
 
Bring your own questions and suggestions, and feel free to share ideas and experiences from cases in which you guided, resisted, defended or opposed workplace investigations.

Faculty:
Ellen J. Messing, Esq., program chair
Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, Boston

Jean A. Musiker, Esq.
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen PC, Boston

Julie A. Moore, Esq.
Employment Practices Group, North Andover

Sponsoring section:
Labor & Employment
Click here to register for the Roundtable.  

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Dialogue regarding the recent First Circuit case, Northeastern Land Services v. NLRB

Free open forum (beverages provided)
Thursday, April 9, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Join members of the Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Open Forum for a discussion of Northeastern Land Services v. NLRB.

To R.S.V.P., contact MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at [e-mail jstevens].

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 Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Open Meeting

What You Need to Know About School Discipline and the Juvenile Court

Thursday, April 16, 5-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, S. Prestley Blake Law Center, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield


The distinguished panel will discuss the law of school suspension and expulsion, the relationship between Juvenile Court cases, education law and student discipline, advocacy tips for attorneys, policy issues and proposed legislation.

Speakers:

  • Hon. James G. Collins, Hampden County Juvenile Court
  • Hon. Daniel J. Swords, Hampden County Juvenile Court
  • State Sen. Gale D. Candaras, First Hampden and Hampshire District, chair of Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee
  • Marlies Spanjaard, Esq., EdLaw Project, Boston
  • Clare L. Thompson, Esq., Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy PC, Springfield

Moderated by Peter A. Hahn, Esq., Hilton, Sindelar & Hahn, Newton
 
This meeting is free and open to the public. CLE credits for CPCS attorneys. Food will be served.

Due to limited seating, please R.S.V.P. to Jean Stevens at [e-mail jstevens] by Tuesday, April 14.

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 Save the Date

Annual Labor & Employment Conference

Tuesday, June 2
The Colonnade Boston Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston

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 Save the Date

Public Law Annual Conference

Wednesday, June 10
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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Save the Date

Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Conference:

Making Your Law Firm Thrive in Uncertain Times

Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Courtyard by Boston Marriott, Marlborough

 

 

  

  

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