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MBA classifieds to launch this fall

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

This fall, MBA Classifieds will launch 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.
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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 judicial branch.

"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 practices."

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 Boston.

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.

To register, click here.
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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.

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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.

Disability Law Center

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 disabilities

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]

Web: http://www.dlc-ma.org

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 Wicked.

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 Goldman or Rodney Dowell.
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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 Massachusetts.

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

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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 October/November CLE brochure, click here.

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 Vehicle Accidents
  • 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.


Forming a Business Entity
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

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


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