Image for Classifieds

MBA classifieds to be launched this fall

Looking to share your office space? Need a part-time law clerk? Post a free ad today.

This fall, MBA Classifieds will be launched as a new member benefit, providing MBA members and non-members the opportunity to post and view employment/internship opportunities, office share/rental options, as well as lawyer-to-lawyer services and other specialized categories.

For a limited time, the MBA is offering free classified postings to members and a special promotional rate of $25 per posting to non-members.

Post an ad today and take advantage of this opportunity to reach members of the commonwealth's legal community, through its largest bar association.

Click here to post an MBA classified ad.
Image for Section chairs
Section chairs gather to discuss the 2009-10 MBA association year at the Section Council Orientation in August.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

MBA welcomes 2009-10 section council chairs

Appointed by Massachusetts Bar Association President Valerie A. Yarashus, the 2009-10 chairs of the MBA's 17 sections and Young Lawyers Division, provide lawyers with up-to-date information on specific areas of law, monitor law-related legislation, sponsor professional education programs and provide information on the law for the general public.

This year, the 34 section/division chairs hail from across the state and will be responsible for much of the association's activity through the year under the leadership of the officers.

Here is a list of section and division leaders for this association year.

Access to Justice
  • Jayne B. Tyrrell, Massachusetts IOLTA Committee, Boston (left)
  • James T. Van Buren, Law Office of James T. Van Buren, Fitchburg (right)

Access to Justice

Business Law Section
  • Stephen Y. Chow, Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston (left)
  • Francis C. Morrissey, Quinn & Morris LLP, Boston (right)

Business Law

Civil Litigation
  • Kimberly Y. Jones, Athena Legal Strategies Group, Boston (left)
  • Christopher A. Kenney, Kenney & Sams PC, Boston (right)
Civil Litigation
Criminal Justice
  • Michael L. Fabbri, Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Framingham (left)
  • Gloria Y. Tan, Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute, Cambridge (right)

Criminal Law

Family Law
  • Thomas J. Barbar, Deutsch, Williams, Brooks, DeRensis & Holland PC, Boston (left)
  • Veronica J. Fenton, Law Office of Veronica J. Fenton, Lenox (right)

Family Law

General Practice, Solo & Small Firm
  • John B. DiSciullo, Mitchell & DeSimone, Boston (left)
  • Peter T. Elikann, Law Office of Peter T. Elikann, Boston (right)

General Practice

Health Law
  • George M. Thompson Jr., Sager & Schaffer LLP, Westborough

Health Law

Immigration Law
  • Marisa A. DeFranco, Law Office of Marisa DeFranco, Salem (left)
  • Elizabeth Goss, Tocci Goss & Lee PC, Boston (right)

Immigration Law

Individual Rights & Responsibilities
  • Larry M. Johnson, David Malm & D'Agostine PC, Boston (left)
  • Steven L. Wollman, Davids & Wollman, Swampscott (right)

Individual Rights & Responsibilities

Judicial Administration
  • Hon. Gordon L. Doerfer (ret.), JAMS, The Resolution Experts, Needham (left)
  • James C. Donnelly Jr., Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester (right)

Judicial Administration

Juvenile & Child Welfare
  • Peter A. Hahn, Hilton, Sindelar & Hahn, Newton (left)
  • Martha Rush O'Mara, Law Office of Martha Rush O'Mara, Melrose (right)

Juvenile Child Welfare

Labor & Employment
  • Thomas J. Gallitano, Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston (left)
  • Dahlia C. Rudavsky, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, Boston (right)

Labor Employment

Law Practice Management
  • Rodney Dowell, Law Office Management Assistance Program, Boston (left)
  • Andrea Goldman, Law Office of Andrea Goldman, Newton (right)

Law Practice Management

Probate Law
  • John G. Dugan, Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan and Cannon PC, Franklin (left)
  • Janice C. Nigro, Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, Wakefield (right)

Probate Law

Property Law
  • Elizabeth J. Barton, CATIC, Natick (left)
  • Laurel H. Siegel, Law Office of Laurel H. Siegel LLC, Boston (right)

Property Law

Public Law
  • Margaret J. Hurley, Attorney General's Central Massachusetts Regional Office and Attorney General's Municipal Law Unit, Worcester (left)
  • Barbara J. Saint Andre, Petrini & Associates PC, Framingham (right)

Public Law

Taxation Law
  • Thomas G. Collins, McCarter & English LLP, Boston (left)
  • Lisa Rico, McCarter & English LLP, Boston (right)

Taxation Law

Young Lawyers Division
  • David S. Bradley, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Boston



The Long Road to Justice: The African-American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts

Join members of the legal community at this special event on Thursday, Oct. 29

Long Road to Justice 1

The Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society
College of Criminal Justice - Northeastern University
The Massachusetts Bar Association
in cooperation with
The Administrative Office of the Trial Court

cordially invite you to the
re-dedication and reception for

The Long Road to Justice
The African-American Experience
in the Massachusetts Courts

Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
New Chardon St., Boston

Long Road to Justice 2

R.S.V.P. to Erin Sayles at [e-mail e.sayles] or (617) 373-3327
by Thursday, Oct. 15.

Image for PBOG

Featured pro bono opportunity: Neighborhood Legal Services

October is Pro Bono Month. The MBA urges members to expand their pro bono efforts to help those who need legal services. Click here to view a list of companies and MBA programs in need of volunteers. To view MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus' letter to membership about Pro Bono Month, click here.


Neighborhood Legal ServicesMission: To provide free civil legal services to low income and elderly clients in Essex and Northern Middlesex Counties

Volunteer activities:

  • Conduct Pro Se clinics (divorce, housing, bankruptcy/debtor, foreclosure prevention);
  • Provide advice (unemployment, immigration or family law matters);
  • Conduct attorney trainings (basic family law or bankruptcy);
  • Provide direct representation (family law, disability, bankruptcy, foreclosure prevention, student loans);
  • Be a mentor for other volunteer/pro bono attorneys; and
  • Write/review legal materials.

Populations: Low income residents who meet income guidelines and elderly residents (no income requirements)

Service area: Essex and Northern Middlesex Counties

Legal areas:
Elder, employment, family, housing, immigration, consumer, public benefits and community development

Requirements: Must be in good standing with the Board of Bar Overseers

Support: Reference materials, training, professional liability insurance, mentoring, supervision and co-counseling

Contact: Henriette Perkins, pro bono coordinator, 37 Friend St., Third Floor, Lynn, MA 01902, [e-mail hperkins]

Web: www.neighborhoodlaw.org

Click here to view the April 2009 Lawyers Journal profile on Neighborhood Legal Services.



Remotely erasing your smartphone in the event of loss or theft

The smartphones that we use contain so much confidential personal and client data that their loss or theft is a real security and ethical problem.

To deal with this, there are remote wipe programs for Windows Mobile, IPhone and for Blackberry. If you lose or have your phone stolen, you can use the software to reset the device and/or wipe the device clean of your data. There is usually a nominal charge for the software.

Check with your phone provider to find out how to activate this service on your phone, and always keep your phone safe and secure. 

This tip is courtesy of Robert S. White, Esq. at  Bourgeois, Dresser, White & McGourthy LLP. To contact White via e-mail, click here.

Published August 10, 2009


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 Andrea Goldman or Rodney Dowell.
Image for Member benefit

Featured member benefit: MBA Insurance Agency

What's in it for you?

MBA Insurance Agency President Terence Welsh and his customer-focused team are prepared to help you develop customized policies to address your professional and personal coverage needs. As an MBA member, you can benefit from insurance designed by lawyers for lawyers. And, you receive exclusive, significant discounts on a variety of plan options. The MBA Insurance team aims to work to provide high quality, competitively-priced products for Massachusetts practitioners, so you can more appropriately focus your energy on the practice of law.

To learn more about the following or other products to meet your professional or personal coverage needs, visit the MBA Insurance Web site or call (617) 338-0581 or (413) 788-7878.

  • Group Term Life Insurance: In addition to a long term policy, new members enjoy FREE coverage for the first six months;
  • Professional Liability: Not only does this provide comprehensive coverage for you as a practitioner, coverage extends to your role as a board member of a non-profit organization, if applicable;
  • Individual Disability: Through Guardian and MassMutual, "own occupation" definition of disability is available. The contract is guaranteed renewable to age 65 and is fully portable;
  • Long Term Care: In addition to coverage for MBA members, it is available to their families on a simplified basis. Also, an unlimited benefits period is a coverage option;
  • Health Insurance: Offering a range of coverage options from Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim and Blue Cross Blue Shield; and
  • Dental Insurance: Plans are available at competitive prices down to one attorney.
Image for Court News

News from the Courts

Notice of proposed amendments to local rules and internal operating procedures

Notice of proposed amendments to local rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit hereby provides notice that it proposes minor amendments to Local Rules 3.0(a)(3) and (b), 10.0(a) and (d), 32.4, 33.0(a)(1), 35.0(d), 40.0(b), and 45.0(a) and (c). The amendments are made to maintain consistency with time-computation amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure effective Dec. 1.

The court also provides notice of amendments to Local Rules 22.1, 22.2, and 48.0(c)(1), addressing certificates of appealability. These amendments are necessary to maintain consistency with amendments to Rule 11 of the Rules Governing Proceedings under § 2254 or § 2255, and related amendments to Fed. R. App. P. 22(b)(1), effective Dec. 1. As amended, Rule 11 requires the district judge to rule on the certificate of appealability when a final order issues.

Finally, the court provides notice of the deletion of Local Rule 22.0, an outdated provision regarding certificates of probable cause. The provision is no longer necessary as certificates of appealability have replaced certificates of probable cause for habeas appeals initiated on or after April 24, 1996.

Click here to view the amendments to local rules.


Notice of proposed amendments to internal operating procedures

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit hereby provides notice that it proposes amendments to Internal Operating Procedures III.B and VI.D. The amendments are made to be consistent with the time-computation amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure effective Dec. 1.

Click here to view the amendments to internal operating procedures.


Image for Section news

MBA section news

Juvenile & Child Welfare Section open meeting

Juvenile & Child Welfare Section open meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7 p.m.     
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Juvenile & Child Welfare Section members are invited to attend an open meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker will be Lael Elizabeth Hiam Chester, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ). Chester is currently a member of the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) and serves on the JJAC's Executive Committee and chairs its Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee.

CfJJ launched its Just Facts Campaign in 2007 to require all agencies in the juvenile justice system to collect basic, non-identifying, statistical data and share this data with the public. Partners in the Just Facts Campaign include the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Task Force on Racial Disparities, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Proskauer Rose (which generously provides CfJJ with pro bono assistance).

As a result, the Administrative Office of the Trial Court released some data on the race and ethnicity of youth prosecuted in 2007 - the first time in over a decade that information about the race and ethnicity of youth has been shared by the court.  

Here is just a sample of critical questions that we will finally be able to answer once the public gets the missing facts: How many kids are arrested each year in Massachusetts? What types of crimes are youth being prosecuted for? How do youth of different races, ethnicities, and genders fare as they move through the juvenile justice system?

Click here to R.S.V.P.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors Thinking?" seminar

CLE Heading

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 October/November CLE brochure, click here.

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors Thinking?
  • Author's Panel (New roundtable added to November programming)
  • Save the date: Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium
  • Save the date: 19th Annual Family Law Conference
  • Save the date: Seventh Annual In-House Counsel Conference
  • Save the date: How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice
  • Save the date: MBA Annual Conference 2010
  • Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.


The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors Thinking?
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Author's Panel
*New roundtable added to November programming*
Thursday, Nov. 12, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square
, Boston

19th Annual Family Law Conference
Friday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 7
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham

Seventh Annual In-House Counsel Conference
Wednesday, Dec. 9
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice
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


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.

NOTE: You must log into Casemaker to register for these Webinars.
Space is limited. Click here to reserve your place at a Webinar.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m.
©2017 Massachusetts Bar Association