Court Advocacy Day next Tuesday
MBA and BBA ask attorneys to push for adequate court funding
The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association will co-sponsor a 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 Court Advocacy Day should call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here.
Members of the legal community interact with vendors and participate in educational programming at the March 20 Legal Technology Expo in Framingham.
Photos by Wendy Dyckman, Jennifer Rosinski, Kelsey Sadoff
Legal Technology Expo draws over 150
Free, daylong tradeshow featured dozens of exhibitors and educational breakout sessions
More than 150 members of the legal community attended the third free Legal Technology Expo on March 20 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. The expo featured dozens of exhibitors and three 45-minute interactive breakout sessions, “How to Improve Your Law Practice: Paperless Essentials;” “How to Improve Your Law Practice: Making the Most of Your Time;” and “Compliance with the New Privacy Regulations.” A bonus hour of programming on “Search Engine Marketing For Law Firms” was provided by LexisNexis.
Silver sponsor Zix Corporation attended the Expo as a vendor for a second time – touting its new service that will assist lawyers in complying with the new e-mail encryption law. “The new e-mail encryption law will affect all business verticals, but specifically it is very important for the legal community to understand with the upcoming enforcement,” said Dan Shea, channel sales representative for Zixcorp. “We are here to make attorneys aware of the upcoming law and how our service can help them with compliance.”
Attendees were also given quick 15-minute tips on how to make their practices more eco-friendly and efficient through Desktop Scanning, Document Management and PDF options at the “How to Improve Your Law Practice” sessions.
“We provided specific tips geared toward the audience, to the extent that individuals who attended – if they only took three to four tips away from the presentation – would be guaranteed to derive income from work preformed,” said Klevan of Klevan & Klevan LLP in Wellesley.
“I attended today to see what new technology is out, how to further implement what we are already using and get tips,” said Karen Nowiksi, a paralegal with Quinlan & Sadowski PC.
Nuance Communications Inc.
- Face to Face Live
- Hytech Management
- The Insurance Partnership
- Lawdex Secure Document Exchange
- Massachusets Materials Research
- Metropolitan Telephone Co. Inc.
- New England Trial Services
- Northern Business Machines
- Paper Trace
- The ProfitPoint Group, Inc.
- TurboLaw Document Software and Time and Billing
Prizes were also raffled off to three lucky attendees. The giveaways included:
- One night’s stay and a complimentary breakfast for two at New England’s finest luxury seaside resort, the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Valued at $400, the prize was donated by Chatham Bars Inn.
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 offered by the Massachusetts Bar Association.
A $100 gift certificate to Best Buy courtesy of the MBA Insurance Agency, Inc.
From left to right: Hon. John J. Curran Jr., First Justice, Leominster District Court; Wendy A. Wilton, Esq., clerk-magistrate, Ayer District Court; Elizabeth V. Tavares Esq., second deputy commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Probation.
Left: Hon. Michael F. Edgerton, Chief Justice, Juvenile Court Department
Right: Hon. Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice, Probate and Family Court Department
From left to right: Hon. Robert Ronquillo Jr., First Justice, East Boston Court; Hon. Rosalind H. Miller, Associate Justice, Dorchester Court; Margaret F. Albertson, Esq., clerk-magistrate, South Boston Court.
Left: MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.
Right: Hon. Robert A. Mulligan, Chief Justice for Administration & Management.
Photos by Tricia Oliver and Eric W. Thuotte.
Well-attended orientation better prepares attorneys for trial
Trial Court Orientation was held March 25 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston
Nearly 70 attorneys took part in the MBA’s Trial Court Orientation at the John Adams Courthouse yesterday. Participants heard from distinguished panelists from the District, Juvenile, Boston Municipal and Probate and Family Courts. Attendees also enjoyed casual question and answer sessions following each panel presentation.
Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan
offered some opening remarks that included practical advice for the audience mainly comprised of new attorneys.
Lead panelists included the Hon. John A. Curran Jr.
, First Justice, Leominster District Court; the Hon. Michael F. Edgerton
, Chief Justice, Juvenile Court; the Hon. Paula M. Carey
, Chief Justice, Probate and Family Court; and the Hon. Robert Ronquillo Jr.,
First Justice, East Boston Court.
Look for further coverage of the event in the May issue of Lawyers Journal
. The MBA will offer a second installation of the Trial Court Orientation program featuring the Housing Court, Land Court and the Superior Court later this year.
Law Practice Management Tip of the Week
Access the MBA Legal Technology Expo on your own time
Don’t be sad. It lives!
Just because the MBA’s Legal Technology Expo took place last Friday, it doesn’t mean that you are suddenly foreclosed from taking advantage of the program.
The MBA’s Legal Technology Expo was a tremendous success, bringing together, as it did, 18 vendors, 7 presenters and over 150 attendees for the joined purpose of sharing the newest and brightest in technology for the law office. Fortunately, these folks have left breadcrumbs across the Internet, such that you can still now access the advantages of the MBA Legal Technology Expo. Whether you missed the Framingham program, or were there and wanted a copy of a presentation you saw or lost a business card you needed for contacting a vendor, you still have a chance to catch on, or to catch up.
Find out about the MBA's Legal Technology Expo in these places:
Thank You to Catuogno Court Reporting Services, Expo Gold Sponsor, for providing videography.
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: 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.
- 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
- 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 Probate and Guardianship Reform seminar, rescheduled from the March 9 Andover program
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 April/May CLE brochure, click here.
This week's highlighted programs include:
Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.
- Rescheduled from March 9 Andover program- Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
- Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting Effective Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies
- Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Foreclosures (LIVE)
- Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Foreclosures (SIMULCAST)
- Fundamentals of Effective Direct and Cross-Examination
- Save the Date: Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree
- Save the Date: Latest in the Law
Rescheduled from March 9 Andover program: Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
Monday, March 30, 4–7 p.m. / Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Drafting Effective Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies
Tuesday, March 31, 4-6 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Foreclosures (LIVE)
Tuesday, March 31, 4-6 p.m. / Catuogno Court Reporting Services, 1414 Main St., Springfield
Expanding Your Practice in a Shrinking Economy: Foreclosures (SIMULCAST)
Tuesday, March 31, 4-6 p.m. / Catuogno Court Reporting Services, 446 Main St., Worcester
Fundamentals of Effective Direct and Cross-Examination
Monday, April 6, 4–7 p.m. / MBA, 20 West St., Boston
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).
For a full schedule and list of faculty, click here.
MBA Section News
Join us for the Workplace Investigations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Luncheon Roundtable; Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Open Meeting; Mark your calendars for the annual Labor & Employment and Public Law Conferences
Workplace Investigations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Luncheon roundtable (lunch provided)
Course #: LEE09 / Wednesday, April 8, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Sexual harassment, Sarbanes-Oxley violations and on-the-job discrimination are the sorts of complaints workplace investigations are tackling. Our expert panel members have served as advocates, workplace investigators and as experts critiquing investigations by others.
Join us for a lively, interactive roundtable discussion. Our panelists will guide you through an array of issues including: what employers’ counsel need to know in order to make sure investigations are done right; and what employees’ lawyers need to know to effectively challenge deficient investigations.
Bring your own questions and suggestions, and feel free to share ideas and experiences from cases in which you guided, resisted, defended or opposed workplace investigations.
Ellen J. Messing, Esq., program chair
Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, Boston
Jean A. Musiker, Esq.
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen PC, Boston
Julie A. Moore, Esq.
Employment Practices Group, North Andover
Labor & Employment
Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Open Meeting
What You Need to Know About School Discipline and the Juvenile Court
Thursday, April 16, 5-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, S. Prestley Blake Law Center, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield
The distinguished panel will discuss the law of school suspension and expulsion, the relationship between Juvenile Court cases, education law, and student discipline, advocacy tips for attorneys, policy issues and proposed legislation.
- Honorable James G. Collins, Hampden County Juvenile Court
- Honorable Daniel J. Swords, Hampden County Juvenile Court
- State Senator Gale D. Candaras, First Hampden and Hampshire District, chair of Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee
- Marlies Spanjaard, Esq., EdLaw Project, Boston
- Clare L. Thompson, Esq., Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy PC, Springfield
Moderated by Peter A. Hahn, Esq., Hilton, Sindelar & Hahn, Newton
This meeting is free and open to the public. CLE credits for CPCS attorneys. Food will be served.
Due to limited seating, please R.S.V.P. to Jean Stevens at [e-mail jstevens] by Tuesday, April 14.
Save the Date
Annual Labor & Employment Conference
Tuesday, June 2
The Colonnade Boston Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston
Save the Date
Public Law Annual Conference
Wednesday, June 10
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
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