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SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall to receive the prestigious Edward F. Hennessey Award next Wednesday
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 at its fourth annual
Bench-Bar Symposium at the John Adams Courthouse on Oct. 21. Only
the fifth recipient of the prestigious Chief Justice Edward F.
Hennessey Award, Marshall will be recognized for her many
accomplishments over the past decade as leader of the state's
"The Massachusetts courts have benefited greatly from Chief
Justice Marshall's trailblazing vision," MBA President Valerie A.
Yarashus said. "Her leadership has further ensured access to
justice to the citizens of Massachusetts and has elevated the
state's court system as a national model for innovative court
Marshall's acceptance of the Hennessey award will follow her
Annual Address to the Legal Community, during which she discuss the
Trial Court budget crisis and its impact on the public. The 4:30
p.m. event will take place at the John Adams Courthouse in
MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus and Utah Supreme Court Chief
Justice Christine Durham, president of the Conference of Chief
Justices of the United States, will also provide remarks. A
reception will follow at the same venue. As a reminder, please
bring your bar card for easier entry.
From left to right: Hon. John M. Xifaras (ret.), MBA President-Elect Denise Squillante, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Margaret D. Xifaras.
MBA sponsors “Trends & Issues in Terrorism and the Law”
The Massachusetts Bar Association served as one of the
sponsors for the "Trends and Issues in Terrorism and the
Law" conference, which was presented by the International Law
Students Association at Southern New England School of Law in
Dartmouth, MA. The conference explored both the definitions of
terrorism and armed conflict, as well as immigration,
micro-financing and rule of law initiatives related to developing
better solutions within the law.
MBA President-Elect Denise Squillante offered remarks and
introduced U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whiteshouse of Rhode Island at the
conference's reception at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which
featured the Sundance Award winning documentary, "The Reckoning,"
about the International Criminal Court.
Featured pro bono opportunity: Disability Law Center Inc.
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: Disability Law Center provides
representation to persons with disabilities throughout
Massachusetts in matters involving discrimination, abuse, special
education, benefits and access to public and private services.
Volunteer activities: Attorneys provide legal
information and advice, direct or co-counsel representation without
charge. In addition to investigating intake issues, paralegals do
research and writing along with law students.
Populations: Persons with disabilities
Service area: Massachusetts
Legal areas: Civil rights for people with
Categories: Mental health issues, health care,
employment, education, disability law, civil rights and liberties,
benefits and prisoners
Support: Orientation, reference materials,
training, manuals and supervision
Contact: Kathryn A. Joyce, executive director,
11 Beacon St., Suite 925, Boston, 02108, [e-mail mail]
Click here to view the March 2008
e-Journal profile on
Disability Law Center Inc.
Fostering imagination in staff relations and marketing
"I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a
reason bringing something we must learn and we are led to those who
help us most to grow if we let them…and we help them in
return." - For Good, from the musical
Great firms have learned to empower employees to provide
constructive criticism and use their imagination to create a
better, stronger more profitable firm. Yes, self-evaluation and
imagination is needed to run a successful law firm. These tools
allow us to think outside the box in terms of business development
and new ways of marketing. Because when it comes to the marketing
game, you can't simply imitate what other attorneys are doing
because then you'd just be like everyone else―indistinguishable and
ordinary. Take old ideas and improve upon them and to do that, you
need to stop and critique what is being done and use imagination to
move forward. And the old adage that two heads are better than one
applies. Make every member of your staff feel like they have the
freedom to come to you and express themselves and to offer
suggestions. Don't create an atmosphere where your employees are
afraid to voice an opinion that differs from your own. Don't limit
employees' social media use because you're afraid of what they
might say. Instead of being seen as the one who can fire them, be
the one who can listen and incorporate their ideas. Your employees
should work with you instead of for you to achieve a common goal of
a successful, profitable and enjoyable firm.
This tip is courtesy of Gabriel Cheong, attorney at
law, owner of Infinity Law Group.
Published October 15, 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 Business Center
Away from your office and looking to check your e-mail? Print a document? Check out the MBA's new business center.
If you are attending a meeting at the MBA or just in the
area, visit our newly created Business Center designed
to assist our members. We now have office equipment
available for spot use, including
computers, a fax machine,
copier, and telephone.
All MBA members are
encouraged to visit and use our facilities. There are business
centers available at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston and the MBA's
Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield.
Mass. Citizens Against the Death Penalty to present Ehrmann Award in celebration of National Pro Bono week
The law firm of Dwyer & Collora LLP and its founding
partner, Thomas E. Dwyer Jr., will be honored by Massachusetts
Citizens Against the Death Penalty (MCADP) with the presentation of
the Herbert and Sara Ehrmann Award at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28
in the faculty dining room at Suffolk University Law School, 120
Tremont St., Boston. The award is in recognition of the firm's long
commitment to the fight to keep the death penalty out of
Dwyer, who will be accepting the award on behalf of the firm, has
been an active opponent of the death penalty for over forty years.
His passion on this issue was, in large measure, due to his father,
Superior Court Judge Thomas E. Dwyer Sr., through his association
with both Herbert and Sara Ehrmann, respectively one of the
attorneys handling the Sacco and Vanzetti appeal and the long time
driving force of MCADP. For over 20 years, Dwyer & Collora LLP
has been closely aligned with MCADP. Since its founding in 1988,
whether acting as counsel for defendants in death penalty cases,
proposing legislation or providing free office space and other
financial assistance, Dwyer & Collora LLP has shown unflagging
opposition to the death penalty and support for MCADP.
The Ehrmann Award is a featured event at Suffolk's Rappaport
Center for Law and Public Service's celebration of National Pro
Bono week. The event is free, but space is limited. R.S.V.P. by
Wednesday, Oct. 21 to (617) 523-3051 or via e-mail. Sponsorships and donations of any size
would be appreciated. Sponsorship levels are: Friend ($100),
Patron ($250), Benefactor ($500), and Sustainer ($1,000). Please
send checks payable to MCADP, Inc. to MCADP, PO Box 51920, Boston,
MA 02205. Donations may also be made using PayPal at http://www.mcadp.org. Sponsors will be listed
in the event program.
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Register for the "Forming a Business Entity" 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:
- Forming a Business Entity
- Fundamentals of a Civil Jury Trial: Courtroom
Conduct and Procedures
- Streetwise: A Beginner's Guide to Handling Motor
- 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
Forming a Business
Monday, Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
Fundamentals of a Civil Jury Trial:
Courtroom Conduct and Procedures
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
Streetwise: A Beginner's Guide to Handling
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Thursday, Nov. 5, 4-7 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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