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03-12

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MBA sets sights on full spring agenda

Offerings help members sharpen practice in tough economy

Keeping with its mission to serve both its membership and citizens of the commonwealth, the MBA enters an active season of programming and services.

On May 13 and 14, “Latest in the Law 2009” will serve as the cornerstone of the MBA’s educational programming for the upcoming season. The two-day event will feature recent developments on major practice areas, as well as ample networking opportunities. Click here to learn more or to register. Other programs slated for the coming weeks and months include:

  • Legal Technology Expo (free) on Friday. March 20;
  • Trial Court Orientation on Wednesday, March 25:
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy Critical Skills Sessions running through Tuesday, April 7;
  • Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree Conference on Thursday, April 16; and
  • Making Your Law Firm Thrive in Uncertain Times on Thursday, June 11.

To learn more about these and other upcoming CLE programs, click here.

In addition to CLE, exclusive member benefits will continue to add value to MBA membership into the spring and beyond. These include competitively priced products and policies through the MBA Insurance Agency, unlimited access to the Casemaker Online Law Library, informative member publications, active sections and practice groups, and a robust legislative advocacy plan on behalf of the Massachusetts legal community. Among other upcoming lobbying efforts, the MBA and the Boston Bar Association will co-sponsor a State Court Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 31 at the Statehouse. The event will further underscore the need for adequate funding to sustain the critical needs of the Massachusetts Court System in light of these difficult economic times.
  
While the MBA continues its work in responding to members’ practice needs, it also makes available a number of pro bono and other meaningful volunteer opportunities. Volunteer attorneys have already made great strides in serving and educating communities across Massachusetts through the MBA Pro Bono Veterans Initiative, 2009 Mock Trial Program, Judicial Youth Corps, Elder Law Education Program, Dial-A-Lawyer events and the MBA Lawyers Eco Challenge. To learn more, click here.

The MBA will further demonstrate its commitment to public service by recognizing pro bono champions at its third signature event of the year—the Access to Justice Luncheon—to take place on May 7 at the JFK Library and Museum. To learn more, click here.

In these difficult economic times, the MBA remains focused on supporting its members with critical programming, exclusive discounted benefits and coordinated volunteer opportunities that fit members’ practice needs while helping them achieve a healthy work-life balance.

To learn more about the value of your MBA membership, visit www.massbar.org.

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New Programming Added to Free Legal Technology Expo

Trade show to be held March 20 in Framingham

Learn how to convert to a completely paperless office, increase your time management skills and market your practice online at the MBA's free Legal Technology Expo. The trade show will be held Friday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sheraton Framingham, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham.

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BONUS HOUR OF PROGRAMMING

Search Engine Marketing For Law Firms

2-3 p.m.

  • What is search marketing? How does it work?
  • What are the drivers of search?
  • The difference between search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC)?
  • SEO & PPC best practices

Speakers: Provided by LexisNexis.


SESSION I: How to Improve Your Law Practice, 15 Minutes at a Time


PAPERLESS ESSENTIALS

  • Desktop Scanning: Five Essential Steps for Success
  • Document Management: Don't Let It Get Lost
  • PDF: How To Make It Work For You

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME

  • Talking to Your Computer: See How "Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10" Will Save You Time
  • Outlook E-mail Tips: Five Tips to Control the E-mail Flood
  • Marketing on the Net: Five Modern Tools

SESSION II: Compliance With the New Privacy Regulations

  • On Jan. 1, 2010, Massachusetts will require any person or organization with access to records containing personal information about Massachusetts residents to protect those records. If your organization does not have policies in place addressing data protection, security breaches and destruction, they need to be prepared and implemented.

The Legal Technology Expo will also feature dozens of companies displaying their latest products and services for lawyers, including these sponsors:

Gold Sponsor

  • Catuogno Court Reporting

Silver Sponsors

  • FusionLegal

  • Nuance Communications Inc.

  • Zix Corporation

Featured Exhibitors:

  • Face to Face Live
  • Hytech Management
  • The Insurance Partnership
  • LexisNexis
  • Massachusets Materials Research
  • Metropolitan Telephone Co. Inc.
  • New England Trial Services
  • Northern Business Machines
  • Paper Trace
  • The ProfitPoint Group, Inc.
  • Simplifile
  • TurboLaw Document Software and Time and Billing
  • WestLaw

 

To R.S.V.P. for the Legal Technology Expo, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership], or click here.

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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Make your business card your calling card

Every lawyer gets a business card. It’s just one of those things that you do. And, surely, the creation and purchasing of your business card can be a drab process. Perhaps your firm orders your cards for you and you only need to provide contact information. Perhaps you order your own cards, but just drop your contact information on a white background. 

It’s easy for the "blahs" to creep into your use of your business card. Maybe it’s an afterthought to hand your card off as you are walking away from a conversation. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your business card should reflect your personality and your practice. It should be another driver of your business. It should not be the conversation-ender, but a conversation-starter.

Below are some suggested ways to make your business card your calling card:

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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Featured member benefit: Creative Ways To Use Your Law Degree Conference

Are you looking to explore what other career options exist in light of today’s uncertain economy?

Don't miss this timely conference which will examine alternative legal careers for those holding a law degree. Whether you are unhappy with your current legal career or just looking for a new career challenge, this full-day conference will offer insight on how to achieve career satisfaction. Attend and learn whether a job or career change is right for you, what options exist and the skills needed to make a successful transition.


This conference will feature Ursula Furi-Perry, author of the ABA-published book Fifty Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job. This book will be distributed to attendees.

Conference Schedule
  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 9 a.m.: Self assessment
  • 10:15 a.m.: Morning break
  • 10:30 a.m.: Consider your options
  • 12 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1 p.m.: Developing and implementing your career plan
  • 2:30 p.m.: Afternoon break
  • 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon workshops on resume writing; interviewing; networking; and stress management
  • 4 p.m.: Discussion with panel members who are using their law degrees in non-traditional ways
  • 5 p.m.: Networking reception
Click here for more information or to register.

Conference pricing:

  • MBA members: $100
  • Nonmembers: $150

This conference in sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee as a benefit to all members.


Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Participate in the upcoming Guardianship Roundtable

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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 March/April CLE brochure, click here.  

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
  • The Rx Files: Medicine for Lawyers—Part IV: Orthopedic Issues Afternoon Roundtable 
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Basics of Divorce Practice
  • Guardianship Roundtable
  • Judicial Participation in Plea Negotiations
  • Representing the OUI Client
  • Hot Off the Press: New Child Support Guidelines
  • Save the Date: Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree
  • Save the Date: Latest in the Law
Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

CLE Programs

Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code 
Monday, March 16, 4–7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton

The Rx Files: Medicine for Lawyers—Part IV: Orthopedic Issues
Afternoon Roundtable (refreshments provided)

Monday, March 16, 4–6 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Basics of Divorce Practice
Tuesday, March 17, 4–6 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Guardianship Roundtable
Wednesday, March 18, noon–1 p.m. / MBA, 73 State St., Springfield 

Judicial Participation in Plea Negotiations
Wednesday, March 18, 4–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Representing the OUI Client
Tuesday, March 24, 4–7 p.m. / Western New England College School of Law, Conference Room, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield 

Hot Off the Press: New Child Support Guidelines
Tuesday, March 24, 4–7 p.m. / Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree
Thursday, April 16, 8:305:30 p.m. / Lombardo's, 16 Billings St., Randolph

Are you looking to explore what other career options exist in light of today’s uncertain economy? Then you will not want to miss this timely conference which will examine alternative legal careers for those holding a law degree.

Whether you are unhappy with your current legal career or just looking for a new career challenge, this full-day conference will offer insight on how to achieve career satisfaction. Attend and learn if a job or career change is right for you, what options exist and the skills needed to make a successful transition.

For the full schedule and list of faculty, click here.

Latest in the Law 2009  
Wednesday, May 13 & Thursday May 14, 95:30 p.m. / Sheraton Braintree Hotel, 37 Forbes Rd., Braintree

The Latest in the Law 2009 is a specially-priced, comprehensive conference highlighting the most significant cases and legal developments over the past year. Designed to give practitioners the opportunity to attend all available programming, the MBA is offering 12, distinct, 75-minute sessions over two days to keep you abreast of the latest in your current practice areas and beyond.

Attend one or both days to suit your professional needs. To receive the complete set of conference materials, register for both conference days at our special discounted price of $250 for MBA members (a savings of $50).

  Day One: Wednesday, May 13  Day Two: Thursday, May 14
  • Criminal Law Update
  • Personal Injury and Insurance Law Update
  • Bankruptcy Law Update
  • Business Law Update: Data Privacy Act
  • Real Estate Law Update
  • Malpractice Avoidance and Risk Management
  • Probate Law Update
  • Elder Law Update
  • Employment Law Update: Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Juvenile Law Update
  • Family Law Update
  • Traps for the Unwary


 

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24th Annual High School Mock Trial State Championship Trial, March 27

R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 20

On behalf of the Mock Trial Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association, we invite you to attend the 24th annual High School Mock Trial State Championship Trial, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, March 27, in the Great Hall of Boston’s historical Faneuil Hall.   
 
This year’s case involves a murder trial in which the defendant, a veteran, raises Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an insanity defense against the charge of first-degree murder.  
 
We hope that you will attend the State Championship Trial to experience the grand finale of this wonderful program in historic Faneuil Hall.
 
If you decide to attend, due to space limitations, R.S.V.P. no later than Friday, March 20, to Chantalle Souffrant at (617) 338-0570 or e-mail mocktrial.
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Pasqua M. Scibelli, Esq.

LIT Luncheon: From Practice to Management Consulting and Back Again

Lawyers in Transition Committee offers free open meeting, March 18

Wednesday, March 18, 12:15 p.m.

MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Pasqua M. Scibelli, Esq., staff attorney for the Committee on Public Counsel Services, will host an interactive discussion entitled “From Practice to Management Consulting and Back Again.”
 
After a ten-year stint as an assistant attorney general for the commonwealth, primarily in the Consumer Protection Division, Scibelli, a Harvard Law School graduate, decided to try something new and began pursuing management consulting positions, successfully landing a senior associate position despite no prior experience in the industry. Scibelli consulted on diverse projects, primarily for pharmaceutical clients, but ultimately decided to return to traditional practice. 

Come hear Scibelli discuss this experience, including how she overcame obstacles in both leaving and returning to practice. Drawing on her own experience, Scibelli will provide practical tips for attorneys who are yearning to try something new but worry that doing so may forever impede their ability to return to practice.

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

R.S.V.P. to MBA CLE Manager Elizabeth Varney at evarney, if you are interested in attending this session.
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MBA Section News

Join us for a Public Law Open Brown Bag Luncheon and Labor & Employment Roundtable

 Public Law Open Brown Bag Luncheon

 (beverages and dessert provided)
Thursday, March 26, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

As a member of the Public Law and/or Civil Litigation Sections, you are invited to attend a "brown bag" open meeting on Thursday, March 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, Boston. Executive Director Karen L. Nober and Deirdre Roney, general counsel of the Ethics Commission, will discuss the history of the Commission, its purview and authority, trainings and other resources it offers, as well as reviewing the opinion and complaint process.

The Ethics Commission was established to foster integrity in government and promote public trust. The Commission enforces the Conflict of Interest Law and the Financial Disclosure Law. The Conflict of Interest Law, G.L. c. 268A, regulates the conduct of all state, county and municipal employees and volunteers, whether paid or unpaid, full or part-time, intermittent or temporary. It governs what public officials and employees may do on the job, what they may do after hours, or on the side, and what they may do after they leave public service. The Financial Disclosure Law, G.L.c. 268B, requires certain individuals, officials and candidates for elected office to file statements of financial interests with the Ethics Commission.

To R.S.V.P. contact MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at jstevens.
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Labor & Employment Roundtable:
The Effects of the ADA Amendments Act

Wednesday, March 25, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Course #: LED09 / Intermediate Level

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) amendments expand the scope of ADA coverage for cases occurring on or after January 1, 2009. This program will discuss the impact that the amendments have on the definition of disability. Topics include:

  • Changes to the ADA’s coverage
  • What activities are always major life activities
  • Changes to the “Substantial Limitation” standard
  • Expansion of the term “regarded as” disabled
Faculty:
Claudia Centomini, Esq., program chair
Day Pitney, LLP Boston

Elizabeth Grossman, Esq.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston

Mark H. Burak, Esq.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Boston

Thomas Murphy, Esq.
Disability Law Center, Boston


 

 

 

  

  

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Lawyers Eco-Challenge Eco-Tip

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

 

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.

Eco-Tips are now sent out on a bi-weekly basis. The next Eco-Tip will be included in the March 26 edition of e-Journal.

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