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From left to right - MBA Treasurer Denise Squillante, President's Award recipient Margaret “Mardee” Xifaras and MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.

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From left to right - MBA President Edward W. McIntyre and Law Practice Management Section Co-Chair Rodney Dowell.

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From left to right - MBA President Edward W. McIntyre and MBA 50-year member Harvey Resh.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

McIntyre thanks volunteer leaders for commitment, contributions

Xifaras, 50-year honorees recognized at June 24 reception

A long stretch of humid and muggy weather didn’t keep away MBA section leaders, community and public service volunteers, task force and committee members and the bar’s 50-year honorees from celebrating with nearly 200 of their colleagues and friends.

While the year-end reception held on June 24 at the John Adams Courthouse was a night to socialize and network, it was also an opportunity to specially recognize section chairs, President's Award recipient Margaret “Mardee” Xifaras and attorneys who have been members of the bar since 1958.

“You are truly the heartbeat and workhorses of the organization,” said MBA President Edward W. McIntyre. “Because of your considerable sacrifices and contributions to our vibrant organization, the Massachusetts legal community as a whole is better off, the public needing legal services are better served and access to justice is better preserved for those who need it most.”

Denise Squillante, a long-time colleague and friend of Xifaras co-presented the MBA President’s Award.

“Mardee likes to do her work where it most counts—in the trenches,” said Squillante, who chronicled Xifaras’ admirable career in public service, accentuating Xifaras’ professional strengths as she “talked the talk and walked the walk.”

While accepting the MBA’s high honor, Xifaras described herself as “an old-fashioned organizer.” She emphasized the importance of the “values of community,” taught to her at a young age.

Xifaras added, “being a lawyer is something more than being a business person…it’s always about what the community needs."

To view photos of the event, click here.

Click here for more information on volunteering your talents and
expertise in the MBA.

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State budget signed

Trial Court accounts and Social Law Library see significant cuts

Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed the FY 10 budget late Monday. The governor approved more than $1 billion in new taxes and issued approximately $147 million in line item vetoes. Among the vetoes, were cuts to Trial Court accounts totaling $18.5 million, representing 5 percent of the total vetoes. The Trial Court's administrative account and probation account took the hardest hits at $5.8 million and $9 million, respectively. Additionally, the Trial Court's reserve account, Probate and Family Court, Boston Municipal Court and community corrections line items were reduced. The Social Law Library was also hit hard by the governor's veto pen, as he slashed funding to $1 million from more than $1.5 million. The MBA will continue to work with the courts and the Legislature in anticipation of veto overrides.
The Supreme Judicial Court, the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation all retained the appropriations enacted by the Legislature. It is important to note that a revised budget recently filed by the governor indicated that he was willing to cut $1.5 million of MLAC's funding. Through the efforts of many who voiced their support for civil legal services, including the MBA and its members, the governor did not reduce its appropriation.


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News from the Courts

Probate and Family Court announces changes

The Probate and Family Court announces changes to the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Trial Court Rules, Rules of the Superior Court, and the General Rules of the Probate Court. In addition, the Probate and Family Court announces changes to the Uniform Practices of Probate Courts of Massachusetts, as well as changes and additions to the standing orders of the Probate and Family Court.

These changes were recommended by the MUPC Implementation Committee's Article V Working Group, circulated for comment, approved by Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, and were recently approved and promulgated by the Supreme Judicial Court and Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan. The changes are effective July 1, 2009.

  • Click here to view the Rules of Civil Procedure;
  • Click here to view the Rules of Appellate Procedure;
  • Click here to view the Trial Court rules;
  • Click here to view the Superior Court Rule 51;
  • Click here to view the Rules of Domestic Relations and General Rules of Probate Court;
  • Click here to view the uniform practices; and
  • Click here to view the standing orders.


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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Looking for a new Internet browser?

Google Chrome is a great browser that is fast and easy to use. Unlike Internet Explorer, if one tab crashes, the other tabs do not. You can type both your searches and URLs directly into the URL slot. In addition, you can put favorite bookmarks on the toolbar. When it boots, it shows most visited Web sites.

Click here to download Google Chrome.

This tip is courtesy of Andrea Goldman, Esq., of the Law Office of Andrea Goldman in Newton.


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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Eco-Challenge Pledge Partner Seyfarth Shaw to serve as collection center for cell phone recycling program

Donate working and broken cell phones, batteries and accessories to the cell phone recycling program

Seyfarth Shaw, a Pledge Partner of the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge, is now the fifth location in the state to serve as a collection center for the cell phone recycling program, which has so far collected 180 phones and 276 accessories.

Seyfarth with cell phonesThe firm held its own nationwide cell phone recycling drive, the first of its kind, in celebration of Earth Day in April. More than 450 phones were collected from Seyfarth offices nationwide, including 58 phones from the Boston office that were donated to the Eco-Challenge recycling program. The Boston office also collected 72 accessories.

Working and broken cell phones, batteries and accessories from all service providers are accepted in conjunction with Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program. Cell phones can be dropped off at the following locations:

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.

July 2

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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Mark your calendars with summer CLE programs

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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 July/August CLE brochure, click here.  

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • Summer CLE programs
  • Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.


Drafting the Simple Will
Course #: PLY09 / Tuesday, July 14, 4–7 p.m.

Elder Law Basics

Course #: PLW09 / Wednesday, July 15, 4–7 p.m.

Estate Planning Solutions to Problems Luncheon Roundtable
Course #: PLZ09 / Wednesday, July 15, noon-1 p.m.

District Court Survival Guide – Civil Practice

Course #: CLDD09 / Monday, July 20, 4–6:30 p.m.

Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series: Pre-trial Preparation and Jury Issues Luncheon Roundtable
Course #: CLFF09 / Tuesday, July 21, noon–2 p.m.

Fundamentals of Civil Motion Practice
Course #: CLBB09 / Tuesday, July 28, 4–7 p.m.

Basics of Divorce Practice
Course #: FLR09 / Wednesday, July 29, 4–7 p.m.

Basics of Developing an Estate Plan
Course #: PLX09 / Thursday, July 30, 4–7 p.m.

Immigration Law Essentials

Course #: IME09 / Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2–6 p.m.

Handling Depositions with Confidence

Course #: CLCC09 / Monday, Aug. 10, 2–5 p.m.

District Court Survival Guide — Criminal Practice

Course #: CLEE09 / Monday, Aug. 17, 4–6:30 p.m.

Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series: Trial Issues Luncheon Roundtable
Course #: CLGG09 / Thursday, Aug. 20, noon–2 p.m.

Preparing to File a Lawsuit

Course #: CLHH09 / Monday, Aug. 24, 4–7 p.m.


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