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Lawyers Eco-Challenge cell phone recycling program launched

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

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Eco-Challenge has kicked off its second year of initiatives and is now offering cell phone recycling in conjunction with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program. Cell phones, batteries and accessories (both working and broken) no longer in use, from all service providers, will be accepted at one of the following three collection boxes:

  • Verizon LogoMBA headquarters, 20 West St., Boston; 
  • MBA Western Massachusetts office, 73 State St., Springfield; and
  • CLF’s Massachusetts headquarters, 62 Summer St., Boston.

The cell phone recycling program is the first 2009 initiative of the highly successful MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge, which was launched in September 2008 with the Conservation Law Foundation. Other initiatives will be announced later this year. 

NOTE: There have been reports about cell phone collection companies failing to remove personal information from old phones. The company collecting phones for the Eco-Challenge, ReCellular, is committed to removing all personal data and has recycled more than 5 million phones. As an added precaution, it is recommended to consult your user manual or search for directions for a "hard reset" for your phone’s make and model online to clear the information yourself.

Nearly 100 firms, attorneys or organizations have signed the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge to join the Eco-Challenge. If you have not yet already, we urge you to join by clicking here.

This spring, the MBA and CLF will once again honor Pledge Partners and Signature Signers. Click here to nominate an Eco-Challenge participant.


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 Green Guidelines   

  Feb. 5

Click here to view more Eco-Tips. 

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Register for next Wednesday's ABA TECHSHOW Road Show

National presenters will lead 10 different educational programs

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to sponsor a local version of the wildly successful ABA TECHSHOW. The MBA and the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association are linking arms to sponsor ABA TECHSHOW Road Show at the MBA Boston office next Wednesday, Feb. 11.

“We are honored to take ABA TECHSHOW on the road for the first time and bring its beneficial programming to the attorneys of Massachusetts,” said Adriana Linares, chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section's Technology Core Group, who is leading the event’s coordination.

Like the annual ABA TECHSHOW held in Chicago, which serves a national audience of attorneys (ABA TECHSHOW 2009 will be held April 2-4), “the Feb. 11 show in Boston will offer the latest and greatest in technology information for attorneys in the commonwealth,” said MBA Law Practice Management Co-chair Alan J. Klevan, who along with co-chair Rodney Dowell, has been integral in shaping and preparing for the event. Klevan, Dowell and national presenters selected by the ABA will lead the 10 different educational programs featured at the show:

  • The Mobile Office: Take Your Desktop in Your Pocket
  • Shock and Awe: PowerPoint for Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
  • 60 Law Practice Management Tips in 60 Minutes
  • PDF-ing for Lawyers
  • The Lawyer’s Guide to Managing Client and Case Information with Outlook
  • New Resources and Personal Knowledge Management
  • Turbocharge Your Practice with Affordable Technology
  • 60 Essential Web Sites in 60 Minutes
  • Look Who’s Talking! What Lawyers Need to Know about Digital Dictation and Speech Recognition
  • Accidentally Successful: How to Tell if You and Your Firm are Making Money

Wednesday's full-day program will begin with a 9 a.m. registration period, followed by simultaneous 45-minute educational programs running from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost to attend is $89 and pre-registration is required, as space is limited. All program registrants will receive program materials and a free lunch.

To learn more about ABA TECHSHOW Road Show to take place next Wednesday, Feb. 11, click here or call the MBA Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530.

For more information about ABA TECHSHOW 2009 in Chicago, visit www.techshow.com

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Hot off the Press

Lawyers Journal, Section Review and Massachusetts Law Review to arrive in this week's mail

The latest issues of Lawyers Journal, Section Review and Massachusetts Law Review are being mailed this week to members and are currently posted online. For an online preview of all three publications, click here.

The redesigned Section Review, which features 17 articles by 10 sections, is being mailed as an insert to the February Lawyers Journal. Section Review, which is now published twice a year, will be published again in the summer.

The volume 91, number 4, issue of Law Review features an extensive 2008 update on product liability in Massachusetts, a memoriam of SJC Justice Francis Patrick O’Connor and a book review of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Lewis’ Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.
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From left to right: Hon. Herbert P. Wilkins (ret.), former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and Gary V. Murray.

Excellence in the Law event honors the profession’s finest

MBA to honor the Hon. Herbert P. Wilkins (ret.) and Worcester court reporter Gary V. Murray

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the MBA will salute a star-studded roster of lawyers and judges at the annual Excellence in the Law celebration at the Copley Fairmont, Boston on Tuesday, March 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, click here.

In addition to the Lawyers of the Year and Diversity Heroes selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly to be honored at the event, the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award and the Excellence in the Legal Journalism Award will be presented. The Hon. Herbert P. Wilkins (ret.), former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and Gary V. Murray, long-time court reporter of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette will receive those high honors.

Also, new to this year’s program, “Lawscars” will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Courthouse Eatery
  • Court Officer of the Year
  • Court Clerk of the Year
  • Court Character of the Year
  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Law Professor of the Year
  • Senior Lawyer of the Year
For a full list of “Lawscars” nominees, Lawyers of the Year and Diversity Heroes, click here.

Massachusetts Bar Association Insurance Agency, Inc. is also a sponsor of this annual event. To learn more about the MBA Insurance Agency, click here.

For more event information, click here or call (617) 218-8213.

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Are you in need of a law student's assistance on a pro bono case?

Updated MBA Web page features local law schools willing to help

If you are presently working on a pro bono case and are looking for additional assistance from law students, the MBA’s Web site is hosting a new page that lists several local law schools that offer pro bono assistance to attorneys through their law students. The law schools currently participating are:

  • Boston College Law School;
  • Boston University School of Law;
  • Harvard Law School;
  • Northeastern University School of Law;
  • Suffolk University Law School; and
  • Western New England College School of Law.
Attorneys are welcome to submit a request to one or more law schools. Click here to access the full law school profiles.
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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.

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MBA Section News

Join in the Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Open Forum; Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct; Young Lawyers Division Career Panel; Immigration Law and Transgender Clients

Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Open Forum

Thursday, Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Join members of the Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Open Forum for a discussion concerning what does and does not amount to unlawful double-breasting at Double-Breasting: Legal Considerations for Employers and Unions.  
Our informative discussion will be led by Andrew Eisenberg from Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Boston and Burt Rosenthal from Segal Roitman LLP in Boston.

To R.S.V.P., contact MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at jstevens.


Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct: Overview of Concepts & Discussion of Emerging Issues

Thursday, Feb. 12, noon-1:30 p.m.
Course #: IMB09
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The interplay between immigration and criminal law can have devastating consequences for any non-citizen charged with a crime. With skyrocketing numbers of immigrants being deported for relatively minor criminal offenses, it is imperative that anyone representing non-citizens understand basic concepts in this area.
To R.S.V.P., contact Member Services at (617) 338-0530.


Young Lawyers Division Career Panel and Social Event

  Thursday, Feb. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Southern New England School of Law, Larkin Moot Court Room, North Dartmouth
Click here for directions.

Join us for a Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors Meeting, followed by a career panel discussion hosted by the Law School Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. Hear tips from young lawyers about finding and keeping jobs in this economy. Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow legal professionals over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. 


To R.S.V.P., contact Member Services at (617) 338-0530.


Immigration Law and Transgender Clients

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5-7 p.m.
Course #: IMA09
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This workshop will provide both law students and attorneys practicing immigration law the tools for effective representation of transgender individuals in the immigration context. Experienced panelists will discuss the legal issues faced by transgender non-citizens, including Transgender Law 101 and DOMA implications for family-based immigration for transgender clients. This program is sponsored by the MBA's Immigration Law Section and Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association.
To R.S.V.P., contact Member Services at (617) 338-0530.







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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Looking for free marketing opportunities online?


Free marketing opportunities are available online for attorneys in both large and small firms. Take a step-by-step tutorial on how to effectively use these free Internet tools by going to Law Practice Management Section member David Harlow's blawg and watch his PowerPoint.

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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Stewart Hirsch

Lawyers in Transition Committee offers free open meeting lunch, Feb. 12

Join us for an interactive discussion on effective career transitions

Thursday, Feb. 12, 12:15 p.m.

MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Come hear Stewart Hirsch, a seasoned business coach and principal of Strategic Relationships, talk about how to best prepare for a career transition. A transition of any kind requires the confluence of a number of skills, including networking, planning, learning, business development and interviewing. But skills aren't enough. Whether you want to make a move to a new practice area, start your own practice or get out of the law and start something new, having passion and an attitude of caring and curiosity will provide you with the internal tools you need. This interactive discussion will address this attitude that will help you to get the hard and soft skills you need to succeed.
Stewart Hirsch began as a litigator, changed firms, changed practice areas, went in-house, started a contract-lawyer business and became a business development coach. He is now the principal of Strategic Relationships, and coaches and trains lawyers and others at firms throughout the United States. He provides strategic planning for practice groups and individuals, and has presented highly regarded, interactive workshops at both national and international conferences.  

NOTE: You do not need to be a member of the LIT Committee to attend.

R.S.V.P. to MBA Bar Services Liaison Patricia Plasse at (617) 338-0596 or via e-mail, if you are interested in attending this session.
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