e-Journal

04-23

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MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge launches new Green Guidelines, Landscape Management, in honor of Earth Day

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

In celebration of Earth Day, the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Eco-Challenge has released its latest Green Guidelines, this time with a focus on landscape management. The guidelines promote replacing traditional lawns with natural landscaping and native plants, or implementing measures to reduce pollution and improve soil health when caring for a traditional lawn.

Click here to view a PDF version of the Green Guidelines, Landscape Management.

Click here to access a word document version of the Green Guidelines, Landscape Management.
The guidelines are broken down into two major categories, "go natural" and "thoughtful lawn care," with the latter containing suggestions in the areas of mowing, watering, pollution, fertilizers, lighting and soil and planting. Among the tips are limiting lawn watering, preventing runoff, using home-made fertilizers and soil testing.

Legal businesses of all sizes, from large firms to solo practitioners operating out of their homes will be able to use these guidelines to make positive changes toward greener landscaping practices. Legal practitioners can also implement the guidelines at their homes.

The MBA launched the Eco-Challenge in September 2007. Nearly 100 firms, attorneys or organizations have signed the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge to join the Eco-Challenge. There are also Pledge Partners outside of traditional law firms and the state of Massachusetts.

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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's Green Guidelines, Office Management and/or Green Guidelines, Landscape Management.

Eco-Tips are now sent out on a bi-weekly basis. The next Eco-Tip will be included in the May 7 edition of e-Journal.

April 23
Click here to view more Eco-Tips.
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Photograph by Lee Constantine
Edward W. McIntyre (far left), along with Kathy B. Weinman and John J. Regan (far right), met with members of the Mass. Congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) (left).

MBA leaders participate in ABA Day in Washington

April 22 meeting focused on finding adequate funding for Legal Services Corporation

Massachusetts Association President Edward W. McIntyre, along with Kathy B. Weinman and Jack Regan from the Boston Bar Association, participated in this week's American Bar Association Day in Washington, D.C. Each year, the ABA hosts the gathering that attracts bar associations throughout the country to advocate on issues of common interest. This year's focus was funding for the Legal Services Corporation.

For additional information about MBA lobbying efforts, see future issues of Lawyers Journal.

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News from the Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals amendment to Local Rule 30.0; Limited Assistance Representation Order; Rule changes to 4:01 and BBO

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has announced that amendments to Local Rule 30.0 will become effective on Thursday, May 14, 2009.

The amendments and notice give guidance to counsel as to what documents should typically be included in the appendix. In the near future, the district courts will cease printing and transmitting a full paper record in cases where appellant is represented by counsel. Thus, for the convenience of the court, counsel will need to ensure that the addendum and appendix, combined, include those parts of the record necessary to understand the issues on appeal. The notice to counsel may be modified from time to time as experience warrants.

For more information, click here.
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Limited Assistance Representation Order

Limited Assistance Representation may be implemented in any Department of the Trial Court in such Divisions and in connection with such matters as each Trial Court Department Chief Justice, in his or her discretion and with the approval of the Chief Justice for Administration and Management, may prescribe. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any Rule of Court or Standing Order, it is hereby ORDERED that the following procedures shall apply with respect to Limited Assistance Representation.
Click here to view the Limited Assistance Representation procedures, effective May 1, 2009.
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Rule Changes

  • Click here to view the approved changes to Rule 4:01 of the Supreme Judicial Court , effective Sept. 1, 2009.
  • Click here to view the approved changes to the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers effective Sept. 1, 2009.

Veterans Training on Friday, May 29

Learn about the structure and organization of the VA from nationally known veteran's law expert Michael Taub

Veterans Training May 29

Join nationally known veteran's law expert Michael Taub, director of the Veterans Project at the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia, for this program and leave with a clear understanding of the VA benefit programs and substantive law, as well as practical tips for navigating the VA procedures.

At the Veterans Training: Representing Clients Before the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston, learn about the structure and organization of the VA, details of the claims procedure, including initial claims, claims to reopen old claims, and rating increases at the regional offices. You must be accredited by the VA to attend this training. The program discussion will include:

  • General eligibility requirements;
  • Rights to appeal; and
  • The process for securing disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, and pensions.

Attorneys representing claimants for veterans benefits must be accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and must satisfy the CLE requirements contained in the May 2008 final rules that established the VA's accreditation process, its regulatory authority over individuals who assist claimants with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits, and its oversight to review the fees and expenses charged for representation in proceedings before the Department.

This 3.0 hour CLE program satisfies the requirements of 38 C.F.R. §14.629(b)(iii) and has been approved by the Maryland State Bar Association for 3.0 hours of MCLE credit.


Price:
MBA members: $160; and nonmembers: $250.
* Note: This training is FREE for any MBA member who agrees to take one pro bono veterans benefits matter during 2009-10. All attendees will receive a copy of the 2008 Lexis/Nexis Veterans Benefits Manual and Federal Veterans' Laws, Rules and Regulations.

Registration:
For more information, or to register, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or e-mail. For a complete program schedule, click here.

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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Portable Scanners a Movable Feast for Office Efficiency

Attorneys who make the move to a paperless office find that they are generally more efficient, are surrounded by less clutter and can more easily locate documents when those documents are needed. There are many more benefits to going paperless, which are beyond the scope of this current posting. Suffice it to say, though, that, if you have not thought about going paperless yet, you will have to consider it at some point, likely in the near future. It will not, in the future, be a question of whether you will go paperless; but, it will be a question of how you will go paperless.

So, it becomes a matter of selecting the right tools. Some of the basic thinking here is obvious. You need a computer and a scanner, at the very least. You’ll also want to use some sort of PDF conversion software, like that offered by Adobe or Nuance. Your specific choices will revolve around your particular needs and your personal preferences. But, when you are selecting options for going paperless, don’t tie your thinking to your desk.

It’s very easy to think of your paperless processing operation as desktop computer and large-size scanning machine as outrigger for your desk; but, the issue with that simple setup is a lack of mobility.  These days, everyone has smartphones and laptops. Portability is the watchword. If you have a real estate practice, How can you be expected to scan documents at a closing if your paperless office tools are bound to your desk? Ditto for a criminal practitioner who must spend large parts of days in court. The solution is in making your scanning operation movable. The portability of your scanning operation will increase your efficiency.

To release your scanning process upon the wider world, you’ll need a laptop computer (the smaller the better, for easy transport). And, you’ll need a portable scanner. The LPM Section Council has long been singing the praises of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300, which, along with your laptop, can fit into your briefcase, such that you can move your scanning operation to wherever you happen to be.

But, the Fujitsu ScanSnap 300 is so 2008, because Fujitsu has released an updated version of its ScanSnap product, the S1500. (That should be about 5 times better than the old version, right?)  Upgrading to or purchasing the ScanSnap S1500 provides several advantages over the older product version: it holds 50 sheets in its document feeder; it scans (both sides of a pages) at 20 pages per minute; it automatically rotates, straightens and crops; it includes the ScanSnap Organizer 4.0 software, for (with apologies to Ron Popeil) “set-it-and-forget-it” scan to e-mail, PDF files (with auto-naming) and printers. Perhaps the best feature of the ScanSnap S1500 is that it comes with Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard, a $299 value. A discount price for the new ScanSnap is generally available at the front page of the Computech International Web store (http://www.ctistore.com/ ).

Consumer rights lawyer Sam Glover, an editor of the Lawyerist blog, has written an independent review of the new ScanSnap. He writes, in part, that:

“The S1500 is significantly faster than my old ScanSnap . . . All it takes to scan a stack of paper is a press of the big, blue button.  This is especially useful for big stacks of discovery production . . . For scanning a stack of photos I had lying around, I just set [it] to automatically name and save each photo to my pictures directory. I plowed through a few shoeboxes in about a half hour . . . The S1500 is a great upgrade."

If you’re strapped for cash, the ScanSnap S300 is a still a great portable scanner option; but, if you can afford to increase your efficiency, in making your first portable scanner purchase, or by upgrading from the S300, the added price will be paid over time, in the time you save.

 
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.
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Featured member benefit: Latest in the Law 2009

Attend Latest in the Law 2009 on May 13-14 at the Sheraton Braintree. Last chance to register and automatically be entered into an exclusive raffle to win Boston Red Sox tickets.

Mark your calendars - Latest in the Law 2009 is less than a month away.

A specially-priced, comprehensive conference highlighting the most significant cases and legal developments over the past year, Latest in the Law 2009 is 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:

Cardi 's Furniture Superstore Braintree ($300 gift card);
Bin Ends Wine: ($120 gift certificate);
F1 Boston: two racing certificates plus cafe gift certificate (total value $100);
Sintra Restaurant: ($100 gift certificate); and 
Konditor Meister Fine European Pastries ($25 gift certificate).

Register by Friday, April 24 and automatically be entered into an exclusive raffle to win Boston Red Sox tickets. The raffle includes two great prizes: a four-ticket pack and a two-ticket pack for the Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 3 at 7:10 p.m.

Click here to register for Lastest in the Law 2009, or for more information, including a current list of programs.

 

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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



 

 

   

 
 
    
 
 
   
 

 
 

 

 
 

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Participate in the upcoming Effective Legal Writing Strategies seminar

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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 May/June 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)
  • 21st Century Civil and Criminal Motion Practice
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Handling Arraignments and Bail Hearings (LIVE)
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Handling Arraignments and Bail Hearings  (SIMULCAST)
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners Luncheon Roundtable
  • Authors’ Panel Luncheon Roundtable
  • Handling Depositions with Confidence
  • Save the Date: 30th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
  • 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

21st Century Civil and Criminal Motion Practice
Tuesday, May 5, 4–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Handling Arraignments and Bail Hearings (LIVE)

Tuesday, May 5, 4–6 p.m. / Catuogno, 1414 Main St., Springfield
 
Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Handling Arraignments and Bail Hearings  (SIMULCAST)
Tuesday, May 5, 4–6 p.m. / Catuogno, 446 Main St., Worcester

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners Luncheon Roundtable
Wednesday, May 6, noon–2 p.m. / MBA, 73 State St., Springfield

Authors’ Panel Luncheon Roundtable

Wednesday, May 6, noon–2 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Handling Depositions with Confidence
Wednesday, May 6, 4–7 p.m. / Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

SAVE THE DATES: JUNE CONFERENCES

30th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. / The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston

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, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. / Courtyard Marriott Marlborough, 75 Felton St., Marlborough

UPCOMING CONFERENCE

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.

CASEMAKER WEBINARS

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 May and June.

  • 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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MBA Committee and Section News

Join us at the Section/Division/Committee Open House on April 29; Employment Law Open Forum; Business Law Section Council Meeting; May Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Open Forum

Section, division and committee 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, Lawyers in Transition Committee 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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Employment Law Open Forum

Tuesday, April 28, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Wage & Hour Class Actions

Come and discuss the new trends over a brown bag lunch. The discussion will be led by employer-side and employee-side experts, John M. McKelway, Jr. of  McCarter & English LLP in Boston and Todd S. Heyman of Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP in Boston respectively. We hope to see you there.

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

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Business Law Section Council Meeting

April 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West Street, Boston

All Business Law Section members are invited to attend the Tuesday, April 28 Section Council meeting. The guest speakers will be Gerry Sherman and Mike Fine of the Pathway Advisors, LLC to discuss workouts and forbearance agreements. Also, the section council will be reviewing matters of interest to practitioners as we move towards the conclusion of the this year's programs including the possible formation of a pro se program to assist on bankruptcies.


R.S.V.P. to [e-mail jstevens].

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May Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Open Forum 

Thursday, May 14, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Hot Topics Before The NLRB

Rosemary Pye and members of the NLRB staff will hold an informal discussion on issues presently before the National Labor Relations Board.  

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

 
   
 

 
 

 

 
 
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