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Featured Member Benefit: Updated section/division Web pages

Interact with section/division leadership and fellow members on the MBA's Web site

www.massbar.org has recently been updated to offer more interactive and relevant Web pages for section/division members.

The section/division Web pages now provide members with:

  • Information about upcoming section/division council meetings and relevant CLE programming;
  • Links to important practice documents and forms;
  • Links to section/division-specific e-publications and print publications;
  • Articles submitted by your section/division to Lawyers Journal, Massachusetts Law Review and Section Review; and
  • The option to participate in and review discussions on upcoming legislation, statutes, resolutions, cases and reports.

The new section/division Web pages also present members with an opportunity to provide feedback and ideas to their section/division leadership.

Click here to visit your new section Web page.
Click here to visit your new division Web page.
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Have you registered for the Latest in the Law 2009 Conference?

Sign up now for this year's must-attend conference at the Sheraton Braintree on May 13-14

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 more than 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).

Click here for more information, including a current list of programs. To register, call (617) 338-0530.

 
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).


 

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News from the Courts

A pilot program will commence in the Norfolk Division of the Probate and Family Court for the interdepartmental transfer of certain abuse-prevention proceedings

Effective May 4, 2009, a pilot program will commence in the Norfolk Division of the Probate and Family Court for the interdepartmental transfer of certain abuse prevention proceedings. Pursuant to this pilot program, when the parties to a domestic relations case pending in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court are also parties to a pending abuse prevention action in a division of the District Court in Norfolk County, a judge of the Norfolk Division of the Probate and Family Court may order the action pending in the District Court to be formally transferred to the Norfolk Probate and Family Court. Upon such transfer, District Court jurisdiction of the pending abuse prevention order will terminate and the action will proceed in the Norfolk Division of the Probate and Family Court as if the action had originated there.

The pilot program is intended to both address the burden imposed on parties by having related cases simultaneously pending in different court departments and to improve the efficiency of the handling and processing of these important cases. The procedure under this administrative order and Trial Court Rule XII will be the only means by which an abuse prevention order may be transferred between a District Court in Norfolk County and the Norfolk Probate and Family Court. Highlights of the program include:

  • The pilot will take place in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and the District Courts located in Norfolk County;
  • The transfer can be initiated by motion by either a party or sua sponte by the Probate and Family Court judge;
  • The parties will have an opportunity to be heard on the question of transfer;
  • The pilot will be for a year; and
  • The pilot will be reviewed after six months by the chief justices of the Probate and Family Court and the District Court to determine whether any modifications in the procedure are warranted and to determine whether to recommend to the chief justice for administration and management expansion of the pilot.

Click here to see a copy of the order. Questions or comments relating to the operation of this pilot program should be directed to either Ilene Mitchell of the Administrative Office of the Probate and Family Court, at (617) 788-6600, or Ellen S. Shapiro of the Administrative Office of the District Court, at (617) 788-8810.

Veterans training on Friday, May 29

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

Veterans Training May 29

Join nationally known veterans' 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 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; 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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Photograph by Andy Brilliant
Moderator and host Kenneth W. Starr, second from left, 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's Othello

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 the 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 Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston.

Former Department of Justice civil rights head and Freddie Mac Foundation Chairman and CEO 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.

Attorneys:
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, but 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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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 next Thursday

MBA to honor pro bono attorneys and firms; state Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr.; and IOLTA Executive Director Jayne B. Tyrrell

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, executive 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.

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 nonmember)
Legal services attorney/organization:
  • $85 per ticket/$850 per table (member and nonmember)
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 21st Century Civil and Criminal Motion Practice 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:
  • 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

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 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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May Lawyers Journal now available

The May issue of Lawyers Journal has been mailed. For the online version of Lawyers Journal, click here.

The new issue features profiles of the attorneys and firms being honored at the May 7 Access to Justice Luncheon in Boston, as well as the recipients of the Legislator of the Year and President’s Awards.

For information about the event and attending, go to www.massbar.org/atojawards.

The May issue also includes:

  • The 2009-10 slate of officers and regional delegates;
  • Coverage of the Mock Trial State Championship;
  • Court Advocacy Day’s warnings about budget cuts; and
  • The MBA Eco-Challenge’s new Green Guidelines, Landscape Management.

 

 

 



 

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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Map your day

Lawyers today practice in a reactive style, which is something that was taught in law school. The phone rings, they answer the phone and, if the matter is urgent, will put down what they were working on to complete the task pertaining to the phone call. The attorney then reads his or her e-mail, responds to a few of them, sees one that is important, and works on that matter. By the time that is done, they will check their mail, perhaps dictate on some of it, respond to others and, by the time that is done, the attorney will forget what they were originally working on, or just put it off for another time.

It’s time to start readjusting how you practice. Create a time map of your day, and stick to it. First, create a one-hour “power hour.” This is a block of time where you don’t take any phone calls or office interruptions. Everyone works better at night or over the weekend when they’re not interrupted, and you can easily do it during the day.  Don’t forget to get your staff on board as well.
 
Consider using a block of time after your power hour to check your mail and return all of your phone calls. If you have a policy of returning all calls within 24 hours, using this template, you will never leave a call unreturned in those 24 hours. Also consider setting up time blocks for marketing two or three times per week, as well as a block of time for exercise, or even other time out of the office.

Set up a block of time to see your clients. However, stick to it! If your Power Hour is between 9 and 10 a.m., never schedule a client meeting during that time, as the proactive lawyer must stay disciplined!

The goal for mapping your day is to manage interruptions. Interruptions are the major factor that drives attorneys to work longer hours and bill (and collect) less time. Time maps lead to attorneys being more disciplined, more proactive in the approach to handling cases, and ultimately being more efficient and profitable.

 
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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MBA Committee and Section News

Participate in an interpreter services survey and the upcoming Criminal Justice Section Council meeting

The Access to Justice Section Council encourages MBA members to participate in an ongoing survey on interpreter services. The survey will help identify how interpreter services can provide more efficient services for low-income participants in the court system.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Please share this survey with colleagues and associates who may have valuable input to share.
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Criminal Justice Section Council

Tuesday, May 12, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


The next Criminal Justice Section Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker at this meeting will be Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr., who will speak about several initiatives and issues that his office is supporting. Leone will also take questions from attendees.

All Criminal Justice Section members are invited to attend. R.S.V.P. to [e-mail jstevens], as space is limited.

 
   
 

 
 

 

 
 
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Upcoming Lawyers in Transition Committee Luncheon Roundtables

Join us for an Authors' Panel; Job Search Strategies for the Experienced Practitioner; Career Reentry Primer

Authors' Panel Luncheon Roundtable

Course #: GPC09
Wednesday, May 6, noon-2 p.m. (lunch provided)
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


This roundtable will convene published authors from various genres, who will discuss their craft, the path to publication and how legal experience affected their writing and career paths. Authors include:

Michael Fredrickson is general counsel to the Board of Bar Overseers and president of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. He has published three crime novels, A Cinderella Affidavit, Witness for the Dead and A Defense for the Dead. He is currently working on his next novel, Kill All the Lawyers.
 
Elaine McArdle is co-author of The Migraine Brain, which was featured on NBC's "Today Show" and NPR's "Fresh Air." A former editor of Lawyers Weekly USA, McArdle writes for The Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Harvard Law Bulletin and other publications.

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of the The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and its sequels, which follow the antics of spies during the Napoleonic Wars. She holds a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law.

Rishi Reddi
is the author of Karma and Other Stories, which received the 2007 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Reddi's work was chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2005 and featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts." She has been an enforcement attorney for the state and federal environmental protection agencies, as well as a lawyer for the Massachusetts secretary of environment.

Kate Flora, a former assistant attorney general, is the author of 10 books, including seven Thea Kozak mysteries, the latest of which are Stalking Death and Playing God. Her research for Playing God led to her nonfiction collaboration, Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine, which was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2007 and a finalist for the Maine Literary Awards.
 
Moderator: Gina Walcott, Esq., program chair, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Boston.

 
Click here to register and for additional program and faculty information.   
 
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Think You're Overqualified? Job Search Strategies for the Experienced Practitioner Luncheon Roundtable

Course #: GPE09
Wednesday, June 3, noon-2 p.m. (lunch provided)
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This roundtable will focus on strategies to defeat the problem of overqualification that experienced attorneys may confront when seeking a new position - an issue for attorneys with even just a few years of experience. Whether due to tough economic times, a desire to switch practice areas or even make an entire career change, lawyers are applying for jobs targeted to less-experienced applicants and are finding they are overqualified. Our faculty of experts and attorneys will discuss effective strategies for succeeding in the job hunt.

Click here to register and for additional program and faculty information.
 

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Career Reentry Primer Luncheon Roundtable

Course #: GPD09
Wednesday, June 17, noon-2 p.m. (lunch provided)
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Returning to work after a career break is many times a difficult feat, but it can be particularly difficult for those in the legal profession. Attorneys who leave practice for a period of time, whether to raise a family or to try a new career, often face daunting challenges in their efforts to return, created by both internal and external factors. After a career hiatus, employers may question an attorney's knowledge and ability to perform, perhaps even their commitment to work itself. The returning professional may not know where, or how, to begin their reentry to paid employment.

A successful reentry strategy includes fully understanding the range of skills and knowledge one can contribute to a work arena - even if those skills have been dormant for some period of time - and the ability to articulate and demonstrate these skills to a receptive employer. Our panel of attorneys who have returned to practice or found alternative careers, and a nationally known career reentry expert will discuss their reentry experiences.
 
Click here to register and for additional program and faculty information. 
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