MBA's new officers to begin terms Sept. 1
The Massachusetts Bar Association
slate of officers for the 2009-10 term has officially been set.
Valerie A. Yarashus, the 2008-09 president-elect, automatically
succeeds to the office of the president on Sept. 1.
Here is the list of the officers and
some of their achievements.
Yarashus is a principal with Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow PC,
where she concentrates in plaintiff's trial practice and a wide
variety of other general liability cases. Prior to serving as MBA
president-elect in the 2008-09 association year, Yarashus served as
treasurer following two consecutive terms as vice president. She
co-founded the MBA Monthly Leadership Roundtables, spearheaded the
MBA Diversity Task Force from 2005-07 and is a past president of
the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. She was awarded the
prestigious Wiedemann-Wysocki "Citation of Excellence" from the
American Association for Justice for her commitment to the civil
justice system and was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers
Weekly's Hall of Fame for Up and Coming Lawyers. Yarashus has
been named in every edition of Best Lawyers in America
since 2004, has been listed by Boston Magazine as a "Super
Lawyer" in the field of personal injury every year since 2004, and
as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Massachusetts (including
every practice area) annually since 2005. She lives in
Squillante is a solo practitioner in Fall River who concentrates
in family law, corporate law, injury and estates, and also provides
business and legal consulting services to corporations. Long active
in the MBA's Family Law Section and its associated committees,
Squillante has also lent her energy to the MBA's Presidential Task
Force on Terrorism, and the Amicus and the Joint Bar committees. A
former recipient of the MBA's Pro Bono Publico Award, she is a
longtime member of the House of Delegates and a Massachusetts Bar
Foundation Fellow. Instrumental in establishing the MBA's General
Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, as well as leading its
efforts to assist lawyers who are transitioning in or out of the
practice of law, this will be her fifth term as an MBA officer. She
is also the Massachusetts delegate to the American Bar
Association's House of Delegates. In addition, she is co-chair of
the joint MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force, a member
of the Probate Court Scheduling Task Force and the MBA
representative on the Equality Commission. A former president of
the Fall River Bar Association, Squillante is currently on the
board of the New England Bar Association and is a member of the
Bristol County Bar Association Executive Board.
Richard P. Campbell
Campbell is the founder and chairman of Campbell, Campbell,
Edwards & Conroy PC, which specializes in trial practice with
offices in Boston and Philadelphia. Campbell represents individuals
and corporations in personal injury matters, commercial disputes,
multi-district litigation, class actions, aviation disasters, toxic
tort and products liability disputes. In addition, he organizes and
leads his firm's pro bono project, educating parents, students and
school administrators about civil and criminal social host
liability laws. A past MBA secretary, Campbell has served on the
MBA's governing body, the House of Delegates, for more than five
years, the Criminal Justice Section Council for four years and
currently serves as a trustee for the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
Campbell is a past chair of the 34,000-member Tort Trial &
Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association.
Campbell was honored by Boston College Law School with its highest
award for dedication to the law - the Founder's Medal. Campbell was
the 2009 recipient of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice
Section Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award, in recognition for his
leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride. He
lives in Cohassett.
Douglas K. Sheff
Sheff is senior partner at Sheff Law Offices in Boston, where he
specializes in all aspects of personal injury law and is considered
an expert in brain injury law. A past president of the
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Sheff has been appointed
Trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides
superior education and training for trial lawyers across the United
States. Sheff is also a director of the Belli Society, an
international group of distinguished trial attorneys and he has
been awarded the ORT Award for integrity in the law. A five-time
recipient of the American Association for Justice's prestigious
Wiedemann-Wysocki Award, Sheff serves on the AAJ's Board of
Governors, its Leaders Forum and its Traumatic Brain Injury
Litigation Group. In addition, Sheff has been awarded the AAJ's New
Generation Award and has been elected by his peers nationally to
chair the AAJ's 100 State Delegates. Sheff also served as chair to
the AAJ's Council of Presidents, representing 50,000 attorneys
nationwide. A Boston Magazine "Super Lawyer," Sheff has
also been recognized in Lifesavers, for preventing injury through
aggressive representation of victims of defective products. He
resides in Boston's North End.
Holloway is a shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway,
Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC in Peabody. He is a long-term member
of the MBA's Ethics Committee, a member and past chair of the MBA's
Civil Litigation Section Council and a former regional delegate to
the MBA House of Delegates. Holloway received the MBA's Community
Service Award in 1993 and served on the Joint Bar Committee on
Judicial Nominations for six years. In August, Holloway began a
three-year appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing
Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and is a regular panelist for
continuing legal education programs. An emeritus member of the
Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Holloway
has served on that board since 1981. Recognized by Boston
Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of business
litigation, Holloway is also a past president of the Essex County
Bar Association. A Topsfield resident, Holloway has served as a
member of the Board of Health and as an elected representative to
the Masconomet Regional School Committee from 1990 to 1999. In
addition, he was a founding member of Hospice of the North Shore
and served for many years as a corporator of Beverly
Jeffrey N. Catalano
Catalano is a partner at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston, where he
specializes in representing victims of catastrophic injuries in the
areas of medical negligence, product liability, auto accident,
class action and other personal injury cases. A past chair of the
MBA's Civil Litigation Section, Catalano has served on the MBA's
governing board, the House of Delegates, since 2006 and is a member
of its Executive Management Board. A Massachusetts Bar Foundation
Fellow, Catalano is also a member of the executive committee for
the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Catalano is on the
board of directors for the non-profit law firm Health Law Advocates
Inc., where his pro bono work includes patient advocacy and
representing chronically ill and impoverished people who are denied
access to health care services. In 2008, he was recognized by
Health Law Advocates for his exceptional pro bono representation.
Catalano was selected as a New England "Super Lawyer" in 2009 and a
"Rising Star" by Boston Magazine in 2005. He lives in West
Photos are courtesy of the American Bar Association. All photos were taken over the years at ABA Day in Washington D.C.
MBA bids farewell to Kennedy
The Massachusetts Bar Association mourns the loss of its
esteemed colleague, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
"A national champion for social and economic justice, Sen.
Kennedy was a highly valued advocate for the Massachusetts legal
community and the public we serve," said MBA President Edward W.
McIntyre. "His work on our behalf during decades of tireless
service in the U.S. Senate will continue to have an immeasurable
impact on and serve as inspiration for generations to come."
The MBA honored Kennedy with its Legislator of the Year Award in
2007 for his outstanding contribution to the improvement of the
administration of justice in the commonwealth. The senator also
served as the keynote speaker at the MBA's 1998 Annual Dinner. In
addition, each spring, Kennedy met with MBA leadership in
Washington, D.C., to discuss issues of importance to the
Kennedy was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1959 and served
as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County from 1961 to
1962. Among other issues, Kennedy served as a leading advocate for
legal services funding. He also lent a strong voice for the
preservation of attorney-client privilege and an independent
judiciary. In addition, Kennedy's influence and input resulted in
countless access to justice improvements for the most vulnerable
American Bar Association files suit against Federal Trade Commission's "Red Flags Rule"
Rule burdens lawyers with no client benefit and invades state regulation of lawyers
The American Bar Association today
asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to bar
the Federal Trade Commission from applying its Red Flags Rule,
designed to prevent identity theft, to practicing lawyers. Because
the FTC is exceeding the powers delegated to it by Congress and
misinterpreting the Rule, the ABA is seeking declaratory and
injunctive relief in advance of pending FTC Rule enforcement on Nov
The ABA complaint, prepared on a pro bono basis by Proskauer Rose,
states that the application of the Rule to practicing lawyers is
"arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law," and that the FTC has
failed "to articulate, among other things: a rational connection
between the practice of law and identity theft; an explanation of
how the manner in which lawyers bill their clients can be
considered an extension of credit under the FACTA; or any legally
supportable basis for application of the Red Flags Rule to lawyers
engaged in the practice of law."
The rule requires creditors to develop and implement plans to
detect and respond to activity signaling possible identity theft.
The FTC's original enforcement policy in October 2008 and
subsequent updates provided no indication that lawyers engaged in
the practice of law fell within the definition of "creditor." Only
after implementation of the Rule was delayed again in April 2009 -
just one day before the expiration of an initial six-month
extension - did the FTC publicly announce its position that lawyers
were subject to the Rule.
Today's suit follows months of outspoken concern by the ABA
regarding the unintended consequences of the Red Flags Rule. Nearly
30 state and local bar associations also have officially registered
The ABA is seeking to have the Red
Flags Rule's application to lawyers engaged in the practice of law
declared unlawful and void. The Rule "imposes significant burdens
upon lawyers, particularly sole practitioners and those practicing
in small firms, who comprise the majority of the lawyers in the
United States," the association noted in its complaint.
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Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Youth Corps program wraps up 19th year
Nearly 50 public high school students from Worcester and Boston took part in the four-month program
Nearly 50 public high school students from Worcester and Boston
who took part in the 19th annual Supreme Judicial Court Judicial
Youth Corps program were congratulated last week at the John Adams
Courthouse in Boston.
"This really gives you an 'insider view' of the law,"
Massachusetts Bar Association president-elect Valerie A. Yarashus
said. "Congratulations to all of you. You have done a fabulous job.
I'm delighted we could help support this in some way."
A $51,225 fellows grant from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the
philanthropic partner of the MBA, made it possible to continue the
Worcester portion of the Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Youth
Corps Program this year. The MBF has provided funding annually to
the program since 2007.
The JYC program, established by the SJC's Public Information
Office in 1991, teaches young people about the judicial branch of
government and fundamental principles of law. The four-month
program consists of two educational components: a seven-week
orientation to the court system and a seven-week courthouse
internship session in July and August.
The Boston Private Industry Council and the City of Boston Summer
Youth Fund supported the Boston portion of the program.
National Conference for the Minority Lawyer
MBA to co-sponsor conference Thursday, Sept, 24 - Friday, Sept. 25 at the Hotel Sofitel in Philadelphia
The MBA is proud to co-sponsor the National Conference for the
Minority Lawyer, along with the ABA's Business Law Section, Section
of Litigation and the Commission on Ethnic and Racial Diversity in
the Profession Thursday, Sept, 24 - Friday, Sept. 25 at the Hotel
Sofitel, 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia.
Meet and network with lawyers from diverse backgrounds and
practice settings to improve your legal skills and learn how to
manage professional challenges unique to minority lawyers. You will
hear from nationally recognized speakers, enjoy two complimentary
lunches, attend the networking reception and participate in
interactive workshops. Conference highlights include:
- 2009 Employment Law Challenges;
- Career Paths in the Bankruptcy Field;
- Transactional Skills for a Changing Environment;
- Private Dispute Resolution: What Makes it Work?;
- The Educational Pipeline and "Call to Action;" and
- Hot Topics in Discovery.
Click here to view the conference
For registration information contact Toyin Alaka at (312) 988-5562
or via e-mail. Click here for a printable application. Click here to register online.
Law Practice Management Tip of the Week
It’s Time to Listen: Podcasts for your practice
Busy attorneys hardly have time to run their own practices, let
alone to keep abreast of the latest developments within the law
practice management field. When spare time is discovered, it is a
challenge to determine just which extracurriculars should
be primary. In divvying up that time, it is certainly
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areas of practice, would choose to access a substantive, or
traditional, continuing legal education presentation, rather than a
practice management presentation, Powerpoint or blawg. That is why
services like this "Tip of the Week" are so important: this is a
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Best of all, for lawyers, there are a number of free, educational
Three of the best are:
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- The Lawyer2Lawyer series, produced by Legal Talk
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Network, and featuring Dennis Kennedy and Tom
But, these featured are just a sliver of the options available.
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Now you have no excuse. Find your time to listen. (And, I won't
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This "Tip" was adapted from a blog entry posted on July 21, 2009 by Rodney Dowell,
Massachusetts LOMAP director.
For more helpful tips, join the MBA's Law Practice Management
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To learn more about the Law Practice Management Section,
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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Register for the "21st Century Civil and Criminal Motion Practice" seminar
To register for the
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CLE Web site.
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- 21st Century Civil and Criminal Motion
- From Student to Lawyer: MSL/MBA Young Lawyer Career
- How to Use the Mortgage Discharge Statute to
Improve Your Real Estate Practice
- Operating the Profitable Immigration Law
- Save the date: Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts
- Save the date: Fourth Annual Bench-Bar
- Save the date: 19th Annual Family Law
- Casemaker Webinars
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SEPTEMBER CLE PROGRAMS
21st Century Civil and Criminal Motion
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
From Student to Lawyer: MSL/MBA Young Lawyer
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
How to Use the Mortgage Discharge Statute to
Improve Your Real Estate Practice
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Operating the Profitable Immigration Law
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
SAVE THE DATES
Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield
Fourth Annual Bench-Bar
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square,
19th Annual Family Law
Friday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 7
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham
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