Amendments to the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Committee Guidelines
Revisions are effective Wednesday, July 1.
Amendments to the IOLTA Committee Guidelines have been made pertaining to the Stabilization Fund. In Section 5(a), the IOLTA Committee proposed clearer language about proper investment of IOLTA funds reserved in a stabilization fund. In Sections 5(d), 5(e) and 4(c), the committee proposed a more complete guideline regarding the amounts of funds that may be reserved by, and how much funds are to be accounted for, by the three charities which receive IOLTA funds. In Sections 5(e), 5(f), 4 (a) and 4 (b), the committee proposed related procedural changes to reflect the proposed new guidelines.
News from the Courts
Attleboro District Court continues to be closed; Winchendon District Court relocated to Gardner
Attleboro District Court continutes
to be closed
Civil business assigned to Wrentham District Court;
criminal business assigned to Taunton District Court
The Attleboro District Court and Juvenile Court continues to be
closed following a May 18 fire in the North Main St. courthouse. A
fire restoration company is cleaning and repairing the damaged
areas of the courthouse. Jurors who were scheduled to report to the
Attleboro courthouse should not report for juror service.
As of Monday, June 1, some Attleboro District Court business is
being conducted in the Wrentham District Court. Civil matters
involving evictions, supplementary process, small claims, civil
motor vehicle infractions, civil motions and civil trials are held
in the Wrentham District Court. Civil filings for the Attleboro
District Court shall be filed at the Wrentham location.
All other criminal matters, including arraignments, pre-trial
hearings, motions, trials and criminal show cause hearing will
continue to take place in the Taunton District Court. Restraining
orders will be heard in the Taunton District Court. Criminal
filings for the Attleboro District Court shall be filed in the
Taunton location. Attleboro Juvenile Court business will continue
to be conducted in Taunton Juvenile Court.
Anyone with questions may still call the Attleboro District Court
at (508) 222-5900 for further instructions.
- The Wrentham District Court is located at 60 East St.,
Wrentham. The telephone number is (508) 384-3106.
- The Taunton District Court is located at 120 Cohannet St.,
Taunton. The telephone number is (508) 977-6156.
- The Taunton Juvenile Court is located in the same building as
the Taunton Superior Court, 9 Court St., Taunton. The telephone
number is (508) 824-0609.
Winchendon District Court relocated to Gardner
The Winchendon District Court will
relocate at the close of business on Friday, June 19. It will open
on Monday, June 22, at its new location within the courthouse of
the Gardner District Court at 108 Matthews St., Gardner. The
temporary relocation is an expense reduction measure in response to
the statewide economic decline which has severely impacted the
Commonwealth's FY10 budget.
The telephone and fax numbers for the Winchendon District Court
will not change. The main number for the court is (978) 297-0156
and the fax number is (978) 297-0161. The Probation office can be
reached at (978) 297-0158. The new mailing address is 108 Matthews
St., Gardner, MA 01440.
Law Practice Management Tip of the Week
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If you like the Law Practice Management Tip of the Week, you’ll love the MBA’s Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium on Friday, June 11. The first annual symposium, subtitled “Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times,” is co-sponsored by the MBA’s Law Practice Management and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm sections. The symposium will feature two tracks
one addressing substantive legal topics, the other addressing practice management matters. Mix and match to get your best benefit from the program!
This is your opportunity to rake in lots and lots of practice management tips live and in-person, and to hear from and network with prominent practice management advisors, like LPM section co-chairs Rodney Dowell and Alan Klevan, lawyer and mediator Robert Ambrogi, who provides editorial, media and Web consulting to law firms and law-related companies, alternative billing guru Jay Shepherd, YouTubing lawyer Gabriel Cheong and other legal and IT professionals.
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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.
Survey of Employment Law Developments panel at the 30th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference. From left to right: Christina L. Montgomery; Anne L. Josephson; Nina Kimball; Shannon Liss-Riordan; D. M. Moschos (Missing from photo is Lori A. Jodoin and Peter J. Moser).
Labor & Employment hosts successful conference attended by more than 100
Over 100 labor and employment attorneys and other interested practitioners attended Tuesday’s 30th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference held at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Organized by conference co-chairs Thomas J. Gallitano of Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch, Ford LLP, and Dahlia C. Rudavsky of Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, other conference organizers included L&E Section Council Co-chairs David E. Belfort and Catherine E. Reuben, as well as Sheryl D. Eisenberg, Christina L. Montgomery, Berin S. Romagnolo, Elizabeth A. Sloane and Marilyn H. Zuckerman.
L&E conference was a resounding success and was very well attended, said L&E Section Co-chair David E. Belfort. "The
varied and timely substantive seminar topics, relative to enduring
layoffs in our declining economy and presented by preeminent speakers in the field,
made for a truly extraordinary annual conference."
The conference featured three separate panel discussions on making "Tough Decisions in Tough Economic Times," "Challenges and Strategies for Managing the Diverse Workforce" and a "Survey of Employment Law Developments," which reviewed the hottest employment law developments from 2008 and early 2009, including recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Massachusetts Data Security Act.
"This conference had something to offer for all of our diverse
members -- mind-expanding interactive exercises on cultural competency,
practical and legal tips related to layoffs and furloughs, a spirited
defense of the need for labor law reform from the AFL-CIO's General
Counsel Jonathan Hiatt, and the ever-popular summary of all of the year's developments," said L&E Section Co-chair Catherine E. Reuben, who praised the Labor & Employment Leadership Team for the conference's success.
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Participate in the "Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium: Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times" Conference
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 June/July CLE brochure, click here.
This week's highlighted programs include:
- Discharge Law
- Demystifying the Federal Court: Western-Style Justice
- Intellectual Property Basics for the Non-Specialist
- Reverse Mortgages Luncheon Roundtable
- Career Reentry Primer Luncheon Roundtable
- Health Law Conference
- Third Annual Public Law Conference
- Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium: Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times
- Casemaker Webinars
Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.
Monday, June 8, 5–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Demystifying the Federal Court: Western-Style Justice
Tuesday, June 9, 3–5:30 p.m. / U.S. Courthouse, 300 State St., Springfield
Intellectual Property Basics for the Non-Specialist
Wednesday, June 10, 4–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Reverse Mortgages Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)
Tuesday, June 16, noon–2 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Career Reentry Primer Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)
Wednesday, June 17, noon–2 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Health Law Conference
Friday, June 5, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Third Annual Public Law Conference
Wednesday, June 10, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium: Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times
Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. / Courtyard Marriott Marlborough, 75 Felton St., Marlborough
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- Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, June 30, 2 p.m.
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