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Massachusetts Bar Association now on Twitter

Follow the MBA to get daily legal headlines, information on legislative activities and CLE programs

The MBA is now on Twitter. Visit www.massbar.org/twitter and get up-to-date information on MBA CLE programs and conferences, legislative activities and events. In addition, the MBA will post daily legal headlines and published e-Journal and Lawyers Journal articles.

At www.massbar.org/twitter, you have several Twitter options. MBA members can:

  1. Follow the MBA on Twitter under our "massbar" name;
  2. Have the MBA follow you on Twitter by adding your Twitter screen name to your MBA profile; and
  3. Have your tweets included on the MBA Twitter page and on the MBA Homepage tab.

Click here to view the MBA's Twitter page.

NOTE: The MBA encourages its members to post MBA news to Twitter
using their own Twitter accounts, and to re-tweet MBA news posted
under the "massbar" name.



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Superior Court statewide symposium and dinner Sept. 22

MBA to co-host commemorative reception and dinner

In celebration of 150 Years of the Rule of Law in Massachusetts, the Superior Court will hold a statewide symposium, which is open to the public and FREE of charge, featuring many distinguished judges, lawyers and university professors. The symposium will be held at the Rabb Auditorium of the Boston Public Library., 700 Boylston St., Boston on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

The Massachusetts Bar Association, in conjunction with the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, will host a commemorative reception and dinner following the three-part symposium. The commemorative dinner will be held at the Fairmont Copley Hotel, 138 St. James Ave., Boston.

For ticket information to attend the commemorative dinner, please contact the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, in care of Cassandra Semenza at (617) 204-4230.

ABA study on diversity in the U.S. Department of Justice

Are you currently employed, or have you been employed, as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice at any point since Jan. 1, 1994?

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is launching the second phase of its groundbreaking research initiative on diversity dynamics in the legal profession. If you are currently employed or have been employed as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice at any point since January 1, 1994, we invite you to register your interest in receiving the survey.

Your registration and all of your information will be held in absolute confidentiality by The Athens Group, an independent firm conducting the research study on behalf of the ABA Commission on Women. No one except the research team at The Athens Group will have access to the registration database. Registration will only take a couple of minutes of your time.

Click here to register for the survey.
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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

RECAPture the public domain: Access PACER documents for free


Those of you who access appellate, district and bankruptcy court records via the Federal Judiciary's PACER system likely view that system as clunky and over-expensive, at 8 cents per page for document access. But, while the clunkiness remains, there is a new web plug-in that can get you PACER documents for free.

The system, known as RECAP ("pacer" reversed), works as follows: PACER users operating the RECAP add-on will have each document they access downloaded to an online repository. Each document so accessed and archived will then be free to every other PACER/RECAP user, via RECAP's repository, rather than through PACER's paywall.

It looks really easy; but, there are a couple of things that you should note:

  1. RECAP is a Firefox plug-in, so you'll only be able to access it using the Firefox browser; and
  2. Although you don't have to log-in to PACER to access RECAP, other access points are, at this point, cumbersome, and intentionally so, due to a desire of the creators of RECAP to protect the privacy of litigants.

For more information, check out this short, but informative article from the Washington Post, as well as the RECAP Home page, where there is an instructional video, a series of fulsome posts and at which the creators of the program are refreshingly honest and open with respect not only to the advantages of RECAP, but also with respect to its disadvantages, and potential problems.

RECAP is a great way to keep pace, while keeping expenses down.


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: FedEx® shipping services

Looking for reliable and cost-effective shipping?

Massachusetts Bar Association members are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 26 percent on select FedEx® shipping services. There are no costs and no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit.

MBA members can save:

  • Up to 26 percent on select FedEx Express® services;
  • Up to 20 percent on select FedEx Express® international services;
  • Up to 12 percent on select FedEx Ground® services; and
  • Up to 10 percent on select FedEx Home Delivery® services.

For more information or to enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program, click here or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday).

Valid MBA membership required.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Preparing to File a Lawsuit" 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 August/September CLE brochure, click here.

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • Preparing to File a Lawsuit
  • Save the date: Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference
  • Save the date: Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium
  • Save the date: 19th Annual Family Law Conference
  • Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.


Preparing to File a Lawsuit
Course #: CLHH09 / Monday, Aug. 24, 4-7 p.m.


Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square
, Boston

19th Annual Family Law Conference
Friday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 7
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham


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.

NOTE: You must log into Casemaker to register for these Webinars.
Space is limited. Click here to reserve your place at a Webinar.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.
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