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
Click here to post an MBA classified
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
Here is a list of section and division leaders for this
Access to Justice
Business Law Section
- Stephen Y. Chow, Burns & Levinson LLP,
- Francis C. Morrissey, Quinn & Morris LLP, Boston
Kimberly Y. Jones, Athena Legal Strategies Group,
Christopher A. Kenney, Kenney & Sams PC, Boston
Michael L. Fabbri, Middlesex County District Attorney's
Office, Framingham (left)
Gloria Y. Tan, Harvard Law School Criminal Justice
Institute, Cambridge (right)
- Thomas J. Barbar, Deutsch, Williams, Brooks, DeRensis &
Holland PC, Boston (left)
- Veronica J. Fenton, Law Office of Veronica J. Fenton,
General Practice, Solo & Small Firm
- John B. DiSciullo, Mitchell & DeSimone, Boston
- Peter T. Elikann, Law Office of Peter T. Elikann,
- George M. Thompson Jr., Sager & Schaffer LLP,
- Marisa A. DeFranco, Law Office of Marisa DeFranco,
- Elizabeth Goss, Tocci Goss & Lee PC, Boston
Individual Rights & Responsibilities
- Larry M. Johnson, David Malm & D'Agostine PC,
- Steven L. Wollman, Davids & Wollman, Swampscott
- Hon. Gordon L. Doerfer (ret.), JAMS, The Resolution
Experts, Needham (left)
- James C. Donnelly Jr., Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie &
Lougee LLP, Worcester (right)
Juvenile & Child Welfare
- Peter A. Hahn, Hilton, Sindelar & Hahn, Newton
- Martha Rush O'Mara, Law Office of Martha Rush O'Mara,
Labor & Employment
- Thomas J. Gallitano, Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch
& Ford LLP, Boston (left)
- Dahlia C. Rudavsky, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC,
Law Practice Management
- Rodney Dowell, Law Office Management Assistance Program,
- Andrea Goldman, Law Office of Andrea Goldman, Newton
John G. Dugan, Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan and Cannon PC,
Janice C. Nigro, Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP,
- Elizabeth J. Barton, CATIC, Natick (left)
- Laurel H. Siegel, Law Office of Laurel H. Siegel LLC,
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,
Thomas G. Collins, McCarter & English LLP, Boston
Lisa Rico, McCarter & English LLP, Boston
Young Lawyers Division
- David S. Bradley, Suffolk County District Attorney's
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
The Justice George Lewis Ruffin
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
R.S.V.P. to Erin Sayles at [e-mail e.sayles]
or (617) 373-3327
by Thursday, Oct. 15.
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.
Mission: To provide free civil legal
services to low income and elderly clients in Essex and Northern
- Conduct Pro Se clinics (divorce, housing,
bankruptcy/debtor, foreclosure prevention);
- Provide advice (unemployment, immigration or family law
- Conduct attorney trainings (basic family law or
- 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
Service area: Essex and Northern Middlesex
Legal areas: Elder, employment, family, housing,
immigration, consumer, public benefits and community
Requirements: Must be in good standing with the
Board of Bar Overseers
Support: Reference materials, training,
professional liability insurance, mentoring, supervision and
Contact: Henriette Perkins, pro bono coordinator,
37 Friend St., Third Floor, Lynn, MA 01902, [e-mail hperkins]
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
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
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)
Group Term Life Insurance: In addition to a
long term policy, new members enjoy FREE coverage for the first six
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
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
Health Insurance: Offering a range of
coverage options from Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim and Blue Cross Blue
Dental Insurance: Plans are available at
competitive prices down to one attorney.
News from the Courts
Notice of proposed amendments to local rules and internal operating procedures
Notice of proposed amendments to
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
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
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
MBA section news
Juvenile & Child Welfare Section open meeting
Juvenile & Child Welfare
Section open meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 14,
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
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Register for the "The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors Thinking?" seminar
To register for the
following programs, call MBA Member Services at (617)
[e-mail membership] or visit the
CLE Web site. To download a PDF of the
October/November CLE brochure, click
This week's highlighted programs include:
- The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors
- Author's Panel (New
roundtable added to November programming)
- 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
- Casemaker Webinars
Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and
The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
*New roundtable added to November
Thursday, Nov. 12, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
CONFERENCE 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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- Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.
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