From left to right - MBA Treasurer Denise Squillante, President's Award recipient Margaret “Mardee” Xifaras and MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.
From left to right - MBA President Edward W. McIntyre and Law Practice Management Section Co-Chair Rodney Dowell.
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."
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expertise in the MBA.
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.
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
- Click here to view the Rules of Appellate
- Click here to view the Trial Court rules;
- Click here to view the Superior Court Rule
- Click here to view the Rules of Domestic
Relations and General Rules of Probate Court;
- Click here to view the uniform practices;
- Click here to view the standing orders.
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.
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
, 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.
The 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
including 58 phones from the Boston office that were donated to the
Eco-Challenge recycling program. The Boston office also collected
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:
Shaw, Two Seaport Lane, Boston;
- MBA headquarters, 20 West St., Boston;
- MBA western Massachusetts office, 73 State St.,
Massachusetts headquarters, 62 Summer St., Boston; and
- The Green Roundtable's NEXUS Green Building
Resource Center, 38 Chauncy St., 7th Floor, Boston.
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
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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Mark your calendars with summer CLE programs
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.
SUMMER CLE PROGRAMS
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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