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07-16

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Photograph by Tricia Oliver
MBA officers meet with delegates from the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday, July 14.

MBA hosts Chinese Delegation

A visit this week from a four-member delegation from China's legal community resulted in a lively exchange among the delegates, interpreters and MBA officers and staff at the MBA's Boston office.

Tuesday's two-hour meeting was a fast-paced exchange on the topics of CLE, ethics, lobbying efforts, community outreach and MBA operations, to name a few.

"We quickly developed an easy rapport with our colleagues from China. No topics seemed to be off limits as we covered questions and answers in a very honest and open manner," said MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.

McIntyre was joined by fellow officers Denise Squillante, Marsha Kazarosian and Douglas K. Sheff, as well as MBA Director of Membership and Programs Lisa A. Ferrara and Senior Program Manager Marc D'Antonio.

The delegates from the People's Republic of China were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The Boston leg of their visit was arranged by WorldBoston.  

Following the meeting, WorldBoston President and CEO Bill Clifford, who was also present, described the meeting as one of most engaging he has sat in on. "This proved to be very lively and informative," said Clifford.

The MBA welcomes the opportunity for such meetings with foreign delegations. Other delegations hosted by the MBA in recent years include those from Japan and Iraq.

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Massachusetts Bar Association CLE Publications Summer Sale

All publications now available for $15

The MBA is pleased to offer members the opportunity to purchase seminar and conference publications for $15. This summer sale is available through Aug. 31, 2009, or while supplies last.

Due to an overwhelming demand from members, the CLE summer sale publications will ONLY be available for purchase by visiting the lobby of the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

NOTE: This sale is not available through
online purchase, or by phone. All sale item purchases are final, no refunds will be issued. Publications must be taken at time of purchase, no shipping is available.

Click below to view a list of available publications by subject area.

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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Need help managing your Twitter account?

 

There are now more applications for Twitter than one can count, but one of the best is TweetDeck. It allows you to sort your Tweets by categories into columns. You can create searches that remain open until you delete them. So, for example, you can keep an ongoing search for “Massachusetts attorney” or “construction law” and get updates whenever something fills those criteria.

Mr. Tweet helps you find people who are relevant to your interests. OutTwit lets you see your Tweets inside Outlook. 

Click here for 100 Twitter Tools.

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

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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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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for "District Court Survival Guide - Civil Practice" seminar

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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.

SUMMER CLE PROGRAMS

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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Lawyers Eco-Challenge Eco-Tip

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