e-Journal

05-28

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Legislative News

Update on Amendment #126 to Chapter 524

An MBA amendment to the Senate budget (#126), filed by Senate Judiciary Chair Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), has been adopted and is now in conference committee. This key amendment will postpone the effective date of Chapter 524-the "New Adopted Children's Rights Law"-of the Act of 2008 until July 1, 2020, thereby allowing more time to correct the problems associated with the newly enacted law.

To learn more about Chapter 524, click here.
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Left: The passing of the gavel from 2008-09 MBA President Edward W. McIntyre to future 2009-10 President Valerie A. Yarashus.

Right: Representatives from all honored firms accept their Eco-Challenge award from MBA President Edward W. McIntyre. Honored firms include Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston; Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston; and The Law Offices of Sean Cleary, Amherst.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

House of Delegates meeting features ceremonial passing of the gavel

HOD votes to unanimously support three measures

Massachusetts Bar Association President Edward W. McIntyre presided over the last House of Delegates meeting of his presidency on May 21. The gathering at the MassMutual Center in Springfield discussed several issues, from the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act to new alimony guidelines.

HOD voted unanimously to support all three measures brought before the body:

  • A report of the Joint Alimony Task Force that will serve as the first draft of guidelines to set consistent and predictable alimony amounts and timelines;
  • A report of the Drug Policy Task Force that suggests placing drug offenders in drug treatment programs rather than jail, resulting in the savings of tax dollars; and
  • An American Bar Association resolution urging Congress to repeal a portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that prevents the federal government from recognizing any same sex marriage even if it occurred in a state that has legalized same sex marriage.
Following HOD, McIntyre ceremoniously passed the gavel to President-elect Valerie A. Yarashus, who will succeed to president on Sept. 1 for the 2009-2010 association year. McIntyre presented Yarashus with a copy of The Joy of Living after calling her a true leader who is a gifted listener with the ability to develop reciprocal relationships. “She is a wonderful human being and an accomplished lawyer,” McIntyre said. “She’s a glowing example for all of us in the legal community.”

Said Yarashus of McIntyre, “We are so grateful to have had you as a president. You are a kind, generous, wise person.”

Also at HOD, MBA General Counsel and Acting Executive Director Martin W. Healy was congratulated on his 20 years of service to the MBA with a speech from Access to Justice Section Chair James T. Van Buren and several gifts.

After HOD, McIntyre presented awards to three law firms that participate in the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge for their environmentally friendly practices. Those firms were:

  • Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston;
  • Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston; and
  • The Law Offices of Sean Cleary, Amherst.
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Featured Member Benefit: Updated section/division Web pages

Interact with section/division leadership and fellow members on the MBA's Web site

www.massbar.org has recently been updated to offer more interactive and relevant Web pages for section/division members.

Members now have the opportunity to access important practice documents and forms, read section/division-specific articles in Lawyers Journal, Massachusetts Law Review and Section Review,  and participate and review discussions on upcoming legislation, statutes, cases and reports, in one convenient location. The new Web pages also offer an unique opportunity for members to provide feedback and ideas to section/division leadership.

Click here to visit your new section Web page.
Click here to visit your new division Web page.

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Have you verified your e-mail address?
The MBA has made logging into www.massbar.org quick, simple and easy. MBA members now have the ability to use either their e-mail address OR their six-digit member ID number to access the new Web pages.

If you have verified your e-mail address, you can log in using that address in place of your member ID.

If you have not verified your e-mail address, you can do so the next time your log in. Click here to log in.

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MBA members volunteer their time at the semi-annual Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer program held on May 20.

Photos by Jennifer Rosinski.

Semi-annual Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program receives 443 calls

More than 30 MBA attorneys volunteered to answer legal questions

Volunteer lawyers from the Massachusetts Bar Association answered 443 calls over four hours from residents of Western Massachusetts on May 20 during the semi-annual Dial-A-Lawyer program held at Western New England College School of Law.

Attorneys answered questions on a wide range of legal concerns, with family, probate and real estate law being the most popular inquiries. Many of the calls were related to the current economic downturn. The number of callers asking about bankruptcy, foreclosure and divorce nearly doubled, according to attorneys who typically handle those calls.

“This is the first time where it’s been non-stop all divorce,” said Diana Sorrentini-Velez, who practices family law at Cooley Shrair PC in Springfield. “In my experience, divorce tends to follow the market.”

Now in its 15th year, the Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer provides free legal advice to residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. The service is provided as a public service of the MBA.

“The phones literally ring off the hook,” said Christina Turgeon, who operates her own bankruptcy law practice in Springfield. “There are a good number of calls where a lawyer is not needed, they just don’t know where to go.”

Of the 443 calls, more than 200 were answered on the spot. The other callers were referred to agencies, organizations or attorneys who can help further.

The MBA’s Dial-A-Lawyer program is co-sponsored by Western New England College School of Law, The Republican, El Pueblo Latino and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys.

The MBA thanks the following attorneys who participated in the  May 20 Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program:

  • Tahirah  Amatul-Wadud, Springfield
  • John F. Burke Jr., Morrison & Mahoney LLP, Springfield
  • Alfred P. Chamberland, Law office of Alfred P Chamberland, Easthampton
  • Elizabeth N. Clarke, South Deerfield
  • Colleen C. Currie, Colleen A. Currie Attorney at Law, Northampton
  • Justin Howard Dion, Bacon Wilson PC, Springfield
  • Mary K. Eaton, Eaton & Rescia LLP, East Longmeadow
  • Zoe  Falken, Zoe Falken, Esq., Holyoke
  • Michele  Feinstein, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin PC, Springfield
  • Terry M. Ford, Law Office of Frank R. Saia, Springfield
  • Ellen Weiss Freyman, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin PC, Springfield
  • John E. Garber, Weinberg & Garber PC, Northampton
  • Claudette-Jean, Girard, Monson
  • Joshua P. Grey, Health New England, Springfield
  • Elizabeth D. Katz, Ostrander Law Office, Northampton
  • Mary Jo Kennedy, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Roger P. Lipton, Green, Miles, Lipton, White & Fitz-Gibbon, Northampton
  • Carolyn L. McCaffrey, Frank P. Fitzgerald PC, East Longmeadow
  • Amy J. Megliola, Siddall & Siddall PC, Springfield
  • Susan A. Mielnikowski, Cooley Shrair PC, Springfield
  • Kelly B. Neubauer, Jackson & Torrone, Holyoke
  • Thomas D. O'Connor Jr., Springfield
  • Mark J. Pasquariello, Adams
  • Christopher D. Reavey, Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court-Hampshire County, Hadley
  • Timothy A. Reilly, Law Office of Timothy A. Reilly, Springfield
  • Kara A. Rescia, Eaton & Rescia LLP, East Longmeadow
  • Katherine A. Robertson, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Daniel Mark Rothschild, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Robert T. Santaniello, Santaniello & Santaniello, LLC, Springfield
  • Denise M. Shear, Ostrander Law Office, Northampton
  • Michael  Siddall, Siddall & Siddall PC, Springfield
  • Diana  Sorrentini-Velez, Cooley Shrair PC, Springfield
  • Eileen Z. Sorrentino, Eileen Z. Sorrentino Collaborative Atty & Mediator, Chicopee
  • Stanley A. Szlachetka, Fratar, Kern & Kelly LLP, Chicopee
  • Peggy Ann Torello, Attorney At Law, Greenfield
  • Christina M. Turgeon, Law Offices of Christina M. Turgeon, Springfield
  • Jeffrey S. Weisser, Connor, Sandman & Weisser, Agawam

 

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New MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge affiliate: Green Roundtable Inc.'s NEXUS Green Building Resource Center

Donate working and broken cell phones, batteries and accessories to the cell phone recycling program

The Green Roundtable Inc.'s NEXUS Green Building Resource Center has signed on as an affiliate of the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge. GRT has pledged its support of the Eco-Challenge and has agreed to participate in a cell phone recycling effort in conjunction with the Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program.

Working and broken cell phones, batteries and accessories from all service providers will now be accepted at the Nexus Green Building Resource Center, 38 Chauncy St., 7th Floor, Boston.

GRT image for EcoGRT is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to mainstream green building by promoting and supporting healthy and environmentally integrated building projects through education, policy, and technical assistance. 

The GRT NEXUS Green Building Resource Center includes over 9,000 square feet of product showroom, educational exhibits, resource and samples libraries, and networking and event space. All are welcome to stop by during open hours to ask questions, research topics, and attend tours and workshops on green building and sustainable design.

Other cell phone drop off locations include:

  • MBA headquarters, 20 West St., Boston;
  • MBA western Massachusetts office, 73 State St., Springfield; and
  • CLF's Massachusetts headquarters, 62 Summer St., Boston.

HopeLine has collected more than 5.3 million phones, kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills and donated more than $5.6 million in cash grants to organizations, including many in Massachusetts, that run domestic violence awareness and prevention programming.

ReCellular is committed to removing all personal data from all phones collected. As an added precaution, it is recommended to consult your user manual or search for directions for a "hard reset" for your phone's make and model online to clear the information yourself.

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's Green Guidelines, Office Management and/or Green Guidelines, Landscape Management.

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News from the Courts

Worcester County Law Library opens across from courthouse; Attleboro District Court under repair; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rule amendments and administrative order

Worcester County Law Library opens across from courthouse


The Worcester Law Library opened its doors at a new site opposite the Worcester Trial Court on Monday, May 18. The library, located at 184 Main St., complements the courthouse functions with a range of services and provides meeting rooms for public use.

The Law Library will hold an Open House on Thursday, June 4, 2-4 p.m., to kick off activities associated with the celebration of the Superior Court 150th Anniversary.

The 17 Trial Court Law Libraries operate statewide to serve the court, the legal community and the general public. Approximately 300,000 patrons visit the libraries annually and the Law Library website draws over 80 million visitors. In addition to a wide range of reference materials, the electronic databases Westlaw and Lexis are available to the public at the Law Libraries free of charge. All of the 17 Law libraries also offer patrons free wireless access.

The telephone number for the Worcester Law Library is (508) 831-2525, the fax number is (508) 754-9933, and the e-mail address is [e-mail worcesterlaw]. The Law Library's Web site is www.lawlib.state.ma.us. The Law Library mailing address is:

184 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608

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Attleboro District Court under repair

Court to continue to be closed and business relocated


The Attleboro District Court and Juvenile Court will continue to be closed for the next two weeks while repairs to the building are made after a fire occurred in the North Main Street courthouse on May 18. Attleboro District Court business will continue to be conducted in the Taunton District Court. Attleboro Juvenile Court business will be conducted in Taunton Juvenile Court. A fire restoration company is cleaning and repairing the damaged areas of the courthouse.

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.

The Attleboro District Court and Juvenile Court judges and personnel appreciate the rapid response and work of the Attleboro Fire Department as well as the support and cooperation of the judges and employees in the Taunton courts.

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rule amendments and administrative order

  • Click here to view the amendment to Local Rule 47.0 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, effective immediately.
  • Click here to view the proposed amendments to internal operating procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  • Click here to view proposed amendments to Local Rules 3.0(a) and (b), 11.0(b) and (c)(2), 25.0, 27.0(b), 30.0(e), 31.0(a)(1) and (b), 32.0(a), 33.0(a)(1)(A), 35.0(c), 36.0(d), 39.0(b)(1), 40.0(a), and 45.1(c) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Click here to view proposed administrative order regarding case management/electronic case files system ("CM/ECF").
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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

iGoogle, You Google, We All Scream for Google

Seriously. Everybody uses Google, to the point that “Googling” something has entered the lexicon as modern slang for performing an online search. But, there are far more Google tools available than just the search Web site.

If you only use Google for search, you’ll be amazed and impressed over the amount of free and robust Google Tools available to you. Not only are these tools free and generally useful, but is it also not hard to imagine how many of these tools can be made applicable to your practice.

The College@Home Blog has a tremendous post on 57 must-have Google tools.

Some of the highlights are as follows:

GMail
GMail is Google e-mail. There are a ton of helpful features on GMail that allow you to use the program as a primary or secondary e-mail account. GMail has tons of storage space: unless you’re scanning and attaching to e-mails the collections of the Library of Congress you should be good. Conversation aggregation allows you to more easily track e-mail threads. GMail also offers a robust search feature for finding lost or mislaid e-mails and e-mail topics. GMail can also be integrated with a calendaring system, complete with reminder options.

iGoogle
i Google allows you to create your own Google homepage. You can send to this page - for your easy access - your GMail account, your calendar and your favorite blog feeds. iGoogle is a great way (and an alternative to another Google product, the Google Reader) to organize your favorite blawgs, and to read new posts on your time, and at your leisure.

Google Maps
Google Maps is the Web site for accessing driving directions. Never visited a Registry of Deeds office and need to find the quickest route from your office? All you need is a beginning and ending address to check Google Maps. It also works great on the run as an iPhone or as a Blackberry app.

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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June Lawyers Journal now available

The June issue of Lawyers Journal has been mailed. For the online version, click here.

The new issue highlights the continuing struggle of "Women in the Law." Despite overcoming significant hurdles in the last 100 years, women still lag significantly behind their male colleagues. A look at what achievements have been made and what hurdles remain, including two profiles.

The June issue also brings you:

  • A breakdown of Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed crime bills;
  • A look at the Uniform Probate Code changes going into effect July 1;
  • Coverage of the Access to Justice awards; and
  • Profiles of three firms receiving Eco-Challenge awards.

 

 

 

 

 

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MBA Committee and Section News

Upcoming June Conferences; Demystifying the Federal Court; and Workplace Bullying

30th Annual Labor & Employment Law
Spring Conference

Course #: LEG09
Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston
 
  • 9 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:15 a.m.: Tough Decisions in Tough Economic Times
    Increasing numbers of employers have been forced to implement furloughs, layoffs, reductions in force and other cost-cutting measures. Our expert panel will discuss the legal and practical implications for employers and employees and will cover federal and state law related to wages and hours, collective bargaining, plant closings and health insurance continuation.
  • 10:45 a.m.: Break
  • 11 a.m.: Challenges and Strategies for Managing the Diverse Workforce
    The demographics of the workforce are in a constant state of change, and today's workforce is more diverse than ever before. Our expert panel will explore the challenges that employees and employers face as a result of this increased diversity, and will discuss strategies for managing a diverse workforce, including the role that attorneys can play in the process.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch - featuring Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Hiatt, Esq., general counsel, AFL-CIO
  • 2 p.m.: Survey of Employment Law Developments
    This review of the hottest employment law developments from 2008 and early 2009 will feature panel presentations on the recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Massachusetts Data Security Act. The panel discussion will also include: discrimination based on disability, age, race, national origin, religion, gender and sexual orientation; harassment of all types; retaliation; constitutional claims; common law/business torts, including non-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements; wrongful termination; covenant of good faith and fair dealing; interference with advantageous/contractual relations; misrepresentation, deceit, fraud; negligent hire; suspension or retention; defamation and breach of contract; and remedies.
  • 3:45 p.m.: Networking Reception

Click here for a conference brochure, including a complete list of faculty and pricing information. To register, click here.

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Health Law Conference

Course #: HLH09
Friday, June 5, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This comprehensive, two-track seminar is designed for the general, litigation, health care consumer advocate and corporate practitioner, whose clients confront health care mistakes and negligence, and Board of Registration and criminal issues. It is also designed for employment and business attorneys who work in the exploding health care market place.

This conference will benefit any attorney whose practice, even tangentially, deals with health care issues.

Track 1 -  Business Issues Facing Health Care Practitioners
Focusing on health care employer traps for the unwary, federal regulations in the health care marketplace, and issues confronting consumers such as health care access, ERISA developments, medical debt and new developments concerning children's health issues.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 9 a.m.: Opening remarks
  • 9:15 a.m.: Unique Employment Issues in the Healthcare Industry
  • 9:55 a.m.: Break
  • 10 a.m.:  Privacy, HIPAA, Proxies and Informed Consent
  • 10:40 a.m.: Break
  • 10:45 a.m.: OPP, ERISA and Immigration
  • 11:25 a.m.: Break
  • 11:30 a.m.: Medical Debt: Avoidance and Management
  • 12:15 p.m.: Luncheon
Track 2 - Liability Issues Facing Health Care Practitioners
Exploring recent developments in medical and dental malpractice law, practice before the Boards of Registration in medicine, dentistry and nursing, criminal liability of practitioners, and obtaining information from the Department of Public Health.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 9 a.m.: Opening remarks
  • 9:15 a.m.: Medical/Dental Negligence               
  • 9:55 a.m.: Break
  • 10 a.m.: Board of Registration in Medicine Issues
  • 10:40 a.m.: Break
  • 10:45 a.m.: Criminal Liability
  • 11:25 a.m.:  Break
  • 11:30 a.m.: Department of Public Health Investigations
  • 12:15 p.m. Luncheon
Click here to register and for conference details, including a complete list of faculty and pricing information.
 
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Third Annual Public Law Conference

Course #: PUB09
Wednesday, June 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
 
Attorneys representing governmental bodies and those who litigate matters before agencies of the government in the last few years have faced an ever-changing set of issues related to the public records law and the new data privacy law and related regulations. Balancing interests of transparency and openness in government against individual and institutional privacy concerns is always challenging. In addition, during this same time, various ethics reform efforts have been front-page news throughout the commonwealth, including the work of the Governor's Task Force on Public Integrity. In this context, our Third Annual Public Law Conference will provide current information for both the new and experienced practitioner.

The conference will open with a nuts-and-bolts discussion of the structure and function of the Attorney General's Office, especially as it relates to public attorneys, with representatives of both the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau and the Government Bureau reviewing in detail the work that their teams do.

The mid-morning panels will provide both a current topics update (the new Massachusetts Data Handling/Privacy Law and related regulations) and a skills training session (Initiating and Responding to Public Records Requests).

Finally, luncheon keynote speaker Scott Harshbarger, former Massachusetts attorney general and current senior counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP, will discuss his experience with, and the work of, the Governor's Task Force on Public Integrity, convened in November 2008.

NOTE: Space is limited this year so attendees MUST register in advance in order to be guaranteed a seat at this year's conference.

Conference schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast
  • 9 a.m.: Demystifying the Attorney General's Office: Its Structure and Function
  • 10:15 a.m.: The New Massachusetts Data Handling/Privacy Law and Regulations
  • 11:30 a.m.: Initiating and Responding to Public Records Requests
  • 12:30 p.m.: Keynote luncheon: The Governor's Task Force on Public Integrity
    Featuring: former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger
Click here to register and for conference details, including a complete list of faculty and pricing information.
 
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Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium:
Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times

Course #: GPF09
Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Courtyard Marriott Marlborough
75 Felton St., Marlborough

This symposium was designed with efficiency, profitability and overall practice fulfillment in mind. Learn tips and tricks to make you and your firm more successful, and learn how you can become a better attorney in your specific practice area. In addition, join us for a networking lunch ― a unique opportunity to speak with experienced general, solo and small firm practitioners and law practice management leaders.

This two-track conference, offering 10 educational sessions, is packed with ideas from the foremost practitioners, networking breaks to meet other attendees and faculty, and vendors to show you the latest legal products.

TRACK 1: Get a Life: Tips for a More Fulfilling Law Practice

  • 10 a.m.: 10 Tips to Manage Your Time and Increase Profits
  • 11 a.m.: The Non-Billable Hour: Can I Make Money with Flat Fee Billing? Finding Your Bottom Line: Why Budget?
  • 11:45 a.m.: Networking Break
  • Noon: Who Am I? Marketing and Branding Yourself in the Web 2.0 World
  • 1 p.m.: Networking Lunch
  • 2 p.m.: Protect Your Assets: Secure Your Data and Recover Quickly When Disaster Strikes
  • 2:45 p.m.: Networking Break
  • 3 p.m.: The Best of the ABA TECHSHOW 2009 - Tips, tricks and Web sites from the world's leading legal technology conference (45 Tips in 45 Minutes)
TRACK 2: Staying Successful in a Down Economy

  • 10 a.m.: Real Estate Practice During Uncertain Times
  • 11 a.m.: Selected Topics in Bankruptcy
  • 11:45 a.m.: Networking Break
  • Noon: Selected Topics in Family Law
  • 1 p.m.: Networking Lunch
  • 2 p.m.: Personal Injury Practice Tips
  • 2:45 p.m.: Networking Break
  • 3 p.m.: District Court Criminal Practice
Click here to register and for conference details, including a complete list of faculty and pricing information.
 
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Demystifying the Federal Court:
Western-Style Justice

Course #: CAA09
Tuesday, June 9, 3–5:30 p.m.
U.S. Courthouse, 300 State St., Springfield


Are you a practitioner who practices, or may have occasion to practice, in the federal courts? This free program will offer a unique opportunity to get practical information from the bench about litigating a civil case in the federal court, as well as provide a guided tour of the new federal courthouse in Springfield.

Faculty:
Keith A. Minoff, Esq., program chair
Robinson Donovan PC, Springfield

Hon. Kenneth P. Neiman
Chief Magistrate Judge, Western Division

Hon. Michael A. Ponsor
U.S. District Court, Western Division

John C. Stuckenbruck
Division Manager, U.S. District Court

Sponsoring section:

Civil Litigation

Click here to register for this free program. 

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Workplace Bullying:
Current Law, Proposed Legislation, and Practical
Strategies in the Interim

Wednesday, June 17, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

In these difficult economic times, workplace bullying is a growing problem.  Although Canada has a law prohibiting workplace bullying, there are no such laws in the United States and few legal remedies to cover the myriad situations that arise.  Professor David Yamada, director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School, will present his proposed legislation to remedy this gap, which is likely to be introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature this year.  MIT Ombudsperson Mary Rowe, Ph.D., and Harvard University Ombudsman Lydia Cummings, who are highly experienced in addressing both the theory and reality of workplace bullying, will provide practical approaches to this difficult problem.


Topics include:

  • What are the common types of workplace bullying? 
  • What potential causes of action exist in Massachusetts, and what are the standards? 
  • How will proposed legislation address the problem without being overbroad? 
  • How can employers avert workplace bullying? 
  • What procedures should govern the investigation of workplace bullying? 
  • What remedies can be used when workplace bullying is established?

Sponsors:
Labor & Employment Section
American Arbitration Association
Labor and Employment Relations Association, Boston Chapter

R.S.V.P. to [e-mail jstevens].

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Participate in the upcoming Lawyers in Transition luncheon roundtables

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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 May/June 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
  • Upcoming Lawyers in Transition Luncheon Roundtables
  • Save the Date: 30th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
  • Save the Date: Health Law Conference
  • Save the Date: Third Annual Public Law Conference
  • Save the Date: Annual Solo & Small Firm Law Practice Management Symposium: Keeping Competitive in Uncertain Times
  • Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

CLE Programs

Discharge Law
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

SAVE THE DATES: JUNE CONFERENCES

30th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. / The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., 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

Upcoming Lawyers in Transition Committee Luncheon Roundtables

Think You're Overqualified? Job Search Strategies for the Experienced Practitioner
Wednesday, June 3, noon-2 p.m. (lunch provided) / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Career Reentry Primer
Wednesday, June 17, noon-2 p.m. (lunch provided) / MBA, 20 West St., Boston

CASEMAKER WEBINARS

Want to learn more about the capabilities of Casemaker 2.1 straight from the source? Attend a complimentary Web training session to review the enhancements and new functionality of Casemaker 2.1 from the comfort of your home or office.

Space is limited. Click here to reserve your place at these Webinars available in June.

  • Wednesday, June 3, 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2 p.m.

 

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