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MBA now offering e-publications

Members can purchase PDF versions of regular CLE publications

Save money and time with the MBA’s new e-publications. MBA members can now quickly and easily download selections from our extensive library of CLE publications. E-publications are PDF versions of our regular CLE publications, written and selected by our experienced program faculty. E-publications offer:


  • Searchable text;
  • The choice to save or print PDFs; and
  • A cheaper alternative to print publications.
 Click here to view available CLE e-publications.
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Photograph by Jeff Thiebauth
Worcester Trial Court

House Ways and Means Committee releases House Budget

Trial Court falls $48 million short of what is needed to maintain services at current restricted levels

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee released a proposed budget that woefully underfunds the Trial Court. At $553 million, the appropriation for the Trial Court falls $48 million short of what is needed to maintain services at current restricted levels. The Massachusetts Bar Association will work with court leaders to seek additional funding in the upcoming full House debate.
The MBA was pleased to learn that the House Ways and Means Committee budget provides level funding for both the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.
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Photograph by Andy Brilliant
Moderator and host Kenneth W. Starr listens to comments from Michael Greco at last year's reading of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Also pictured (left to right): Prof. Nicholas Rosenkrantz, Hon. Robert Cordy and Hon. Dennis Saylor.

MBA Past President and Former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd and Former DOJ Civil Rights Head Ralph Boyd to discuss politics of race at "Shakespeare and the Law"

Annual discussion to be framed by staged reading of Shakespeare's Othello

The MBA is once again proud to co-sponsor "Shakespeare and the Law," a free event produced by Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, in conjunction with McCarter & English LLP and   Commonwealth Shakespeare  Company. It will be held on Monday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the The Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston.

Former Department of Justice Civil Rights Head and Chairman and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation Ralph Boyd will host a discussion on the issue of racial politics in Obama's America, framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare's Othello.

MBA Past President, former U.S. Attorney and Goodwin Procter partner Wayne Budd will take on the role of Othello. In addition to Boyd, Budd, and former Civil Rights Commissioner Jennifer Braceras, the event features:

Federal judges:

  • Hon. Douglas Woodlock;
  • Hon. Rya Zobel;
  • Hon. Dennis Saylor; and
  • Hon. Nathaniel Gorton.

Brent Henry
Vice president and general counsel of Partners HealthCare, Boston

John Montgomery
Managing partner, Ropes & Gray, Boston

Daniel J. Kelly
Partner, McCarter & English, Boston

The event is directed by CSC's Artistic Director Steven Maler and produced by McCarter & English partner Daniel J. Kelly. As in the past, the first hour features prominent judges, public officials and members of the bar performing an abridged version of Othello. This is followed by a discussion of the legal and political issues addressed in the play and their application to today's headlines.

This 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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Nominate an Eco-Challenge participant for an Eco-Honor

Deadline has been extended to Monday, April 27

This spring, the MBA's Eco-Challenge will once again honor firms or organizations that have taken extraordinary steps, including, but not limited to, implementing the MBA Green Guidelines to minimize their office's impact on the environment. Last year's honored participants included:

  • Modern Times Legal;
  • McRoberts, Roberts & Rainer LLP;
  • Milton, Laurence & Dixon; and
  • Borchers, Ware Guglielmo PC.
Click here to submit a nomination by Monday, April 27.


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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Do you ever feel like you’re retyping the same e-mail for the 100th time?

You aren’t alone: attorneys often find themselves needing to e-mail the same snippet of information several times per week (or even per day). Perhaps you’re informing a potential client about your fee structures and initial consultation procedures, or maybe you’re just asking a marketer to remove you from their distribution list. Either way, retyping the messages eats time that would be better spent elsewhere.

In the past, common solutions to this problem included copying and pasting from a saved text document or creating complicated e-mail templates. For users of the new Microsoft Outlook 2007, however, there’s a better solution: Quick Parts. Outlook 2007’s Quick Parts feature allows you to easily and quickly save snippets of frequently used text directly in Outlook, and then later insert those snippets back into e-mails with just a few mouse clicks.

Click here to check out this recent Lifehacker post for detailed instructions (with screen shots) on using Outlook 2007’s Quick Parts feature: Save Time and Typing with Outlook 2007’s Quick Parts.
This tip is courtesy of the Oregon Bar Association.
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 Latest in the Law 2009 conference at the Sheraton Braintree

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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:
  • Offers and Purchase and Sales Agreements
  • Effective Legal Writing Strategies
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting and Executing Simple Wills (LIVE)
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting and Executing Simple Wills (SIMULCAST)
  • Save the Date: Health Law Conference
  • Save the Date: Third Annual Public Law Conference
  • Save the Date: Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium: Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times
  • Save the Date: Latest in the Law
  • Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

CLE Programs

Offers and Purchase and Sales Agreements
Monday, April 27, 5–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Effective Legal Writing Strategies
Tuesday, April 28, 4–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting and Executing Simple Wills (LIVE)
Tuesday, April 28, 4–6 p.m. / Catuogno, 1414 Main St., Springfield
Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting and Executing Simple Wills (SIMULCAST)
Tuesday, April 28, 4–6 p.m. / Catuogno, 446 Main St., Worcester


Health Law Conference
Friday, June 5, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Third Annual Public Law Conference

Wednesday, June 10, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium: Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times
Thursday, June 11 / Courtyard Marriott Marlborough, 75 Felton St., Marlborough


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

As an added bonus, Braintree businesses have generously donated the following prizes for our onsite raffle:

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


Want to learn more about the capabilities of the of Casemaker 2.1 straight from the source? Attend a complimentary Web training session to review the enhancements and new functionality of Casemaker 2.1 from the comfort of your home or office.

Space is limited. Click here to reserve your place at these Webinars available in April, May and June.

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2 p.m.
  • Monday, May 4, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 15, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2 p.m.


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Featured member benefit: The Complete Lawyer

View the March and April newsletters.

MBA members now have the opportunity to view The Complete Lawyer's March and April 2009 issues. This helpful newsletter provides practical advice for the busy practitioner.


While coaching and mentoring differ in approach and focus, each is a strategic tool that maximizes a lawyer’s potential to benefit the individual attorney and the firm. In this edition of The Complete Lawyer, “The Critical Importance Of Coaching And Mentoring For Today’s Lawyer,” we discuss how individuals and law firm managers can use both coaching and mentoring to their advantage.

To view the March issue, click here.


Despite these difficult economic times, there are many reasons to do estate planning now rather than wait for financial certainty. In this edition of The Complete Lawyer, “Estate Planning For Lawyers,” we will help guide you. For those who may be subject to federal or state estate tax, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accomplish unique planning goals and objectives. 

To view the April issue, click here.
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MBA Committee and Section News

Join us at the Section/Division Open House on April 29

Section and division participation is the best way to enhance your MBA membership. Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston, to learn more about the MBA's Young Lawyers Division and our three newest sections: Immigration Law, Juvenile & Child Welfare Law and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm.

This FREE open house will offer you the opportunity to meet the chairs and section council members in an informal setting while networking with colleagues with similar interests. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
A special guest, former Supreme Judicial Court Justice John M. Greaney (ret.), will also speak on the benefits of getting involved in bar associations for the betterment of the community.

Click here to register.




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