Yarashus celebrates launch of 2009-10 term as MBA president
Surrounded by family and friends, Yarashus praised for effectiveness, professionalism
About 200 bar leaders, colleagues and family members celebrated
the beginning of Valerie A. Yarashus' term as 2009-10 president of
the Massachusetts Bar Association on Sept. 24 at the Top of the Hub
in the Prudential Center in Boston.
"The common characteristics of the great ones are a depth of
personal character and exquisite judgment," said Leo V. Boyle,
Yarashus' partner at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC in
Boston, in introducing her. "That is where Valerie excels. She is a
rock to many people."
Yarashus credited her success to the guidance of her mentors and
the support of her colleagues and family; she also thanked the
staff of the MBA. She noted that nearly 100 years ago, 30 lawyers
met to form the MBA as an all-inclusive bar association - at a time
when the profession was anything but - including African-American,
Jewish and women lawyers.
"Together, we are stronger than we are alone," she said.
In recognition of the MBA's centennial celebration next year, as
well as the organization's 50-year members honored at the event,
Yarashus drew a direct line between the MBA's past, present and
"Like the founders of this wonderful organization, these 50-year
honorees have given themselves to causes larger than themselves,"
she said. "They've carried those values with them for the last 50
years, and now, our job is to carry those forward for the
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SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall to be presented the prestigious Edward F. Hennessey Award Oct. 21
Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium to also feature Marshall's Annual Address to the Legal Community
The Massachusetts Bar Association will honor Supreme Judicial
Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall for her decade of
exemplary service as chief of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial
Court with the prestigious Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award
at the Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium on Oct. 21.
The 4:30 p.m. event at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston will
also feature remarks from MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus and
Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham, president of the
Conference of Chief Justices.
Marshall will also deliver her Annual Address to the Legal
Community. A reception will follow the award ceremony and address.
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Published January 10, 2009
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Practice and procedure under the NLRA
Practice and procedure under the
Thursday, Oct. 8,
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Co-sponsors: MBA Labor Relations Open Forum and ABA P&P
The MBA Labor & Employment Section Council invites all
section members to attend the Labor Relations Open Forum on
Thursday, Oct. 8 at noon at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston, held in
conjunction with the ABA Regional Subcommittee on Practice and
Procedure under the NLRA (for the six New England states). The
meeting will include two segments, and all are invited to attend
one or both:
- Noon-1 p.m.: Practitioners will discuss
procedural concerns or questions that have arisen in their
practices before the Board over the past year, in Region One or
- 1-2 p.m.: A list of issues from noon session
will be discussed after Regional Director Rosemary Pye joins us and
some of these questions will potentially be presented nationally to
the NLRB's General Counsel and Board members at the ABA's
L&E mid-winter meeting. Also, there will be a presentation by
Regional Director Rosemary Pye, and some of her management staff
concerning new regional office or general counsel initiatives,
including a discussion and Q&A session.
A discussion of possible topics for presentations at the ABA
mid-winter meeting and other committee and open forum activities
will be held.
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This week's highlighted programs include:
- Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy
- Death and Dying: Legal Issues in End-of-Life Health
- The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors
- Save the date: Fourth Annual Bench-Bar
- Save the date: 19th Annual Family Law
- Save the date: Seventh Annual In-House Counsel
- Save the date: How to Start and Run a Successful
Solo or Small-Firm Practice
- Save the date: MBA Annual Conference
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OCTOBER CLE PROGRAMS
Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road,
Death and Dying: Legal Issues in End-of-Life
Health Care Decision-Making
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main St.,
The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
SAVE THE DATES
Fourth Annual Bench-Bar
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square,
19th Annual Family Law
Friday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 7
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham
Seventh Annual In-House Counsel
Wednesday, Dec. 9
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm
Thursday, Jan. 28
Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph
MBA Annual Conference 2010
Thursday, March 11 - Friday, March 12
Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston
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News from the Courts
Natick District Court relocated to Framingham
The Natick District Court will
relocate at the close of business tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2. It will
open on Monday, Oct. 5 at its new location within the courthouse
also used by the Framingham District Court, 600 Concord St.,
Framingham. 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 main number for the Natick District Court will be (508)
620-9110 and the clerk's fax number will be (508) 620-9118. The
Probation office fax will be (508) 620-9119. The new mailing
address is 600 Concord St., Framingham, MA 01701.
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