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Attend tomorrow's FREE Legal Technology Expo

Register for a chance to win one of three raffle prizes

The Massachusetts Bar Association invites you to tomorrow's (March 20) free Legal Technology Expo at the Sheraton Framington Hotel from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bonus hour of programming from 2 to 3 p.m. is sponsored by LexisNexis.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from dozens of exhibitors about the latest products, services and systems to make offices efficient and organized while saving time and money.

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


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


  • 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.

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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.

Attendees have the opportunity to win the following Raffle Prizes:

Stay and a complimentary breakfast for two at New England's finest luxury seaside resort, the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod (donated by Chatham Bars Inn): Attend the expo for a chance to win a one's night stay at this turn-of-the-century Inn nestled near the heart of Chatham on 25 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Valued at $400, the prize is subject to availability and blackout dates.

Red Sox Tickets: (donated by the Massachusetts Bar Association) A four-pack of tickets to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles at 11:05 a.m. on Marathon Monday, April 20.

Best Buy (donated by the MBA Insurance Agency, Inc.): A $100 gift certificate to Best Buy.

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
  • Lawdex Secure Document Exchange
  • LexisNexis
  • Massachusetts 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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Legislative News

The Massachusetts Bar Association recently filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff's position in the Federal District Court Case The Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Inc v. National Real Estate Information Services, Inc. and National Real Estate Information Services, LP. This case is of great significance to the legal profession. If the Defendant's were to prevail, non-lawyers would be permitted to conduct real estate closings thus potentially opening the floodgates allowing the Defendant's arguments to be applied in other areas that would further erode the practice of law.
Click here to view the amicus brief.
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News from the Courts

SJC modifies procedure for appeals in bar discipline cases


To expedite the resolution of bar discipline appeals in this court, while ensuring that the rights of all litigants involved in such cases are protected, the Supreme Judicial Court has approved a pilot program. There shall be a modified procedure for appeals from decisions of the court's single justices in bar discipline cases. All bar discipline cases entered in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County after April 1, 2009 shall be subject to this order, and to the extent that its provisions are inconsistent with the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure, this standing order shall govern. This pilot program will be conducted for a period of two years, or until such other time as the court orders. Click here to view the modified procedure for appeals in bar discipline cases.

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State Court Advocacy Day slated for March 31

MBA and BBA ask attorneys to push for adequate court funding

The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association will co-sponsor a State Court Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 31 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Staircase inside the Statehouse. The event will further underscore the need for adequate funding to sustain the critical needs of the Massachusetts Court System. Many of the state's county and specialty bar associations are actively participating in the lobbying effort.

Participants are encouraged to follow-up with their legislators to urge for $622.7 million, which will cover core court functions.

“I encourage all MBA members and other attorneys in the commonwealth to support this cause in urging our legislators to approve necessary funding for our courts,” said MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.  

Featured speakers at the March 31 event include McIntyre, BBA President Kathy B. Weinman, Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan and Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall.

The event will take place a few weeks before the Massachusetts House of Representatives presents its version of the FY10 budget. Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed budget announced in January included an additional 7.4 percent cut to the already slashed Trial Court budget, an amount that will have significantly negative consequences to the administration of justice for all citizens of Massachusetts.

“All Massachusetts citizens are entitled to an efficient, responsive court system. These material cuts to the Trial Court's budget imperil the core functions of the courts. They impede access to timely justice while jeopardizing the significant innovations the courts have made in the last six years,” McIntyre added.

The MBA organized a similar grass-roots lobbying effort during the budget crunch of the earlier part of the decade.

Attorneys interested in participating in the March 31 State Court Advocacy Day should call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here

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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Attending a conference soon?

How to Prepare: 

Last week, blogger Chris Brogan penned an article entitled “27 Things To Do Before a Conference,” which rings true not just when attending large, multiday conferences, but any conference one is attending. Chris’ suggestions range from the rather mundane (check the schedule of the event and mark off the seminars you want to see) to the more technical (check in at Twitter Search for anyone talking about the event you’re attending). More importantly, Chris discusses some finer points of marketing your practice at the conference one attends. He suggests purchasing fresh business cards specific to the event, enlarging your name on the card, as well as making it very clear on the card what you do for work. He also discusses practicing your “elevator speech” over and over so it’s crisp and ready for your marketing push at the conference. 

Mark your calendar with these upcoming events:  

  • The MBA is hosting its third Legal Technology Expo tomorrow, March 20, at the Sheraton Framingham, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for three 45-minute technology breakout sessions that with provide practitioners with practical tips on how to efficiently use technology in law practices. Breakout sessions include information on "Paperless Essentials," "Making The Most Of Your Time," and "Compliance With The New Privacy Regulations." LexisNexis will sponsor an additional hour (2–3 p.m.) of educational programming on how to market your practice on the Net. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit dozens of vendors displaying products and tools you need to run an efficient, organized practice. Call (617) 338-0530 to register.
  • In three weeks, Chicago will be welcoming 1,000 lawyers from across the country to the annual ABA TECHSHOW, scheduled for April 2-4. There is still plenty of time to consider attending. This annual event has the potential to put you on the right track to making your law practice more efficient, satisfying and profitable. 

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.

Featured member benefit: Next week's Trial Court Orientation Forum

Gain insight into navigating your way through the courts at this specially-priced program

Specially priced at $25 for Massachusetts Bar Association members, this daylong program will feature judges, clerks and court officers from the District Court, Probate and Family Court, Juvenile Court and Boston Municipal Court sharing their expertise on a variety of issues, including jurisdiction, tips for working with the clerk’s office to get matters heard, best practices, and the role and resources of probation. We will schedule a second program featuring the Superiour Court, Land Court and Housing Court at a later date.

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 To register, call (617) 338-0530.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Participate in the upcoming Probate and Guardianship Reform seminar, rescheduled from the March 9 Andover program

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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:
  • Representing the OUI Client
  • Hot Off the Press: New Child Support Guidelines
  • Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting and Executing Simple Wills
  • Trial Court Orientation Forum
  • Rescheduled from March 9 Andover program- Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
  • 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

Representing the OUI Client

Tuesday, March 24, 4–7 p.m. / Western New England College School of Law, 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

Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting and Executing Simple Wills
Tuesday, March 24, 46 p.m. / Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West St., Boston

Trial Court Orientation Forum
Wednesday, March 25, noon7 p.m. / John Adams Courthouse, Social Law Library, Special Collections Room, One Pemberton Square, Boston

Rescheduled from March 9 Andover program: Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
Monday, March 30, 47 p.m. / Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover


Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree
Thursday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.5:30 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, 8:30 a.m.5:30 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 over a dozen 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
  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast
  • 9–10 a.m.: Criminal Law Update / Juliane Balliro, Esq.
  • 10–11 a.m.: Personal Injury and Insurance Law Update / Valerie A. Yarashus, Esq. and Christopher A. Kenney, Esq.
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Evidence Update: Massachusetts Guide to Evidence / Hon. R. Marc Kantrowitz, Appeals Court
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Bankruptcy Law Update / Justin H. Dion, Esq. and Francis C. Morrissey, Esq.
  • 12:45–2 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2–3:15 p.m.: Business Law Update: Data Privacy Act / Alan J. Klevan, Esq.
  • 3:15–4:30 p.m.: Real Estate Law Update / Sami S. Baghdady, Esq., Elizabeth J. Barton, Esq., and E. Christopher Kehoe, Esq.
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m.: Malpractice Avoidance and Risk Management / Scott D. Burke, Esq.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Speed Networking with a twist
  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast 
  • 9–10:15 a.m.: Probate Law Update / John G. Dugan, Esq. and Edward Notis-McConarty, Esq. 
  • 10:15–11:30 a.m.: Elder Law Update / Alex L. Moschella Jr., Esq. and Neal A. Winston, Esq. 
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Employment Law Update: FMLA and ADA / David E. Belfort, Esq. and Denise A. Murphy, Esq. 
  • 12:45–2 p.m.: Lunch 
  • 2–3:15 p.m.: Juvenile Law Update / Wendy Wolf, Esq. 
  • 3:15–4:30 p.m.: Family Law Update / Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, Probate and Family Court, Phyllis E. Federico, Esq., and Denise Squillante, Esq. 
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m.: Traps for the Unwary / Terence J. Welsh, CPCU, AIS 
  • 5:30 p.m.: Networking reception


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MBA Section News

Join us for a Business Law Section Council Open Meeting; Public Law Open Brown Bag Luncheon and Labor & Employment Roundtable

  Business Law Section Council Open Meeting

Tuesday, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Business Law Section Council invites you to attend an open meeting. The topics will be:

Microfinancing gives people the tools they need to work their way out of poverty by providing microloans, business training and other financial services to “microentrepreneurs” who start their own “microenterprises.”

Margaret Herrick, vice president for individual philanthropy, ACCION International. She has led successful campaigns to fund the organization’s global expansion and innovations projects, works with individuals to translate interest in microfinance into meaningful action and support and has assisted thousands of donors in philanthropic support of causes and organizations ranging from the arts and social services to environmental issues.

Roy Jacobowitz, managing director of external affairs, ACCION International who has been a non-profit executive since 1984, having worked previously serving high risk youth in U.S. urban centers and has contributed to the growth of microfinance as a financially rational poverty alleviation method since 1994.

Dealing with Clients in Troubled Times
This presentation will include information to firms on how to develop marketing cultural-change programs and cost-saving, more efficient case management practices, fostering positive client relationships and how to develop, implement and analyze client interview programs.

Harry Keshet, Keshet Consulting, received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in organizational development and social psychology, taught at UMass and Brandies University through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, has consulted with large and medium-size companies including financial, pharmaceutical, communication, engineering and scientific research industries concerning management and business development issues. For the last fifteen years, his focus has been on national, regional and small law and consulting firms.

To R.S.V.P., contact MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at jstevens.


 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.

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
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
To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here.






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