MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus presents the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award to Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall.
On 10th anniversary, Chief Justice Marshall recognized with Hennessey Award
View photos and video of Marshall's annual address to the legal community and the presentation of the Hennessey award
On her tenth anniversary leading the Supreme Judicial Court,
Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall received the Massachusetts Bar
Association's Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award.
Marshall was recognized with the award at the Fourth Annual
Bench-Bar Symposium, which was held Oct. 21 at the John Adams
Courthouse in Boston. The honor has been bestowed only five times,
including when it was originally given to SJC Chief Justice
Hennessey in 1988.
Marshall is the first woman to serve as chief justice and just the
second to serve as an associate justice. Former Gov. William Weld
appointed Marshall to the SJC in 1996, and in 1999, she was
appointed chief justice by former Gov. A. Paul Cellucci in 1999 and
began her term on Oct. 14, 1999.
Cellucci, now special counsel to McCarter & English LLP in
Boston, told the audience he based his decision on intellect,
courage and leadership.
"I had the great honor of elevating Margaret Marshall to be chief
justice of the Supreme Judicial Court," he said. "The head of our
state's judicial branch has to be an exceptional person."
Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, who
succeeded Marshall as president of the Conference of Chief
Justices, also applauded Marshall.
"She is alive to the promise of the American justice system,"
Durham said, " … and she is alive to defending and preserving
In presenting the award, MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus said,
"She has surpassed all of our highest expectations," noting in
particular Marshall's commitment to access to justice.
Click here to view
photos from the Fourth Annual
to view Chief Justice Marshall's
annual address to the legal community.
here to view the presentation of the
Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award to Chief Justice
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postings to members for a 30-day listing.
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Access the Superior Court’s electronic docket
Get the most up-to-the-minute information about your state
litigation cases by using the Superior Court's electronic docket.
All lawyers in the commonwealth can sign up for free access to the
Superior Court Docket. This Web site is
invaluable for checking the docket for your cases, including filing
deadlines, hearing dates, a list of docketed pleadings, and for
doing research on parties, including other cases in which they may
be involved. In some cases, you can also read the court order on
Published October 29, 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
Get involved in Mock Trial
Volunteer as an attorney coach or judge in the 2010 Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament
The MBA invites you to volunteer as an attorney coach or judge
in the 2010 Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament. The MBA is
particularly pleased to be celebrating the 25th year of
the program this year. It is truly a testament to the dedication of
the many lawyers and teachers who volunteer their time that this
program continues to thrive.
Open to all public and private high school students in
Massachusetts, the Mock Trial Program is a rich curriculum that
promotes the development of fundamental knowledge, sound judgment
and critical thinking skills. In Mock Trial, students are placed in
a simulated courtroom situation where they assume the roles of
lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case.
As an attorney coach, you will be matched with a
teacher coach at a nearby school and will serve as the team's legal
advisor. Some attorney coaches attend two to three team meetings
throughout the year, to assist the team in developing their basic
strategy and courtroom techniques, while others play a more active
role in the team - accompanying them to each trial. While the
actual time commitment varies from team to team, most teams will
begin working with their attorney coach when the case is released
in early November of 2009. We are currently seeking volunteers to
assist schools in the following towns:
- North Chelmsford
As a Mock Trial judge, you will attend an
orientation session in early January 2010 and will be scheduled to
preside over one or more trials in a courtroom near your home or
office. Judges are especially needed during the preliminary rounds
of the competition which run from late January until mid-February.
Each trial lasts approximately 2.5-3 hours. You may volunteer to
judge as little as one trial, although many judges prefer to judge
For more information, contact Mock
Trial Central at (617) 338-0570 or [e-mail mocktrial]
Featured pro bono opportunity: Victim Rights Law Center
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.
victim, one lawyer ― this recipe can alter the course of a rape
victim's life forever. Rape and sexual assault often devastate a
life, shattering a victim's social, economic and emotional
well-being for years, even decades, to come. The mission of the
Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is to provide individual legal
representation to prevent such harm and help victims stabilize
their lives in the aftermath of an assault, thereby promoting
healing and long-term social and economic security. Our vision is
to build a national cadre of pro bono and legal services attorneys
committed to seeking such justice for every sexual assault victim
in the United States.
Volunteer activities: Pro bono attorneys advise
victims of their civil and criminal options and represent victims
Populations: Male and female survivors of
Legal areas: The Rape Survivors Law Project
(RSLP) is the pro bono initiative of the VRLC. To date, the RSLP
has engaged over 270 attorney and paraprofessional volunteers.
Through the RSLP, pro bono attorneys and paraprofessionals assist
sexual assault victims with a variety of civil legal needs
including privacy rights, restraining orders, housing, university
judicial proceedings, immigration, and negotiations with employers
and school administrators. In addition to representing victims with
these legal needs, our volunteers assist VRLC staff with research
projects, as well as drafting amicus briefs and legislation
regarding the rights of sexual assault survivors.
Categories: Mental health issues, immigration,
housing and homelessness, employment, education, criminal law,
crime victims, confidentiality, benefits
Requirements: Participate in two-hour training
conducted by VRLC.
Support: In addition to our training, VRLC will
provide supervision and support for pro-bono volunteers and a
Contact: Lindy Aldrich, staff attorney, (617)
399-6720 x10, 115 Broad St., Third Floor, Boston, 02110, [e-mail laldrich]
Click here to view the May 2008 Lawyers
Journal profile on Victim Rights Law Center.
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Register for the "Streetwise: A Beginner's Guide to Handling Motor Vehicle Accidents" 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:
- Streetwise: A Beginner's Guide to Handling Motor
- 19th Annual Family Law
- Drafting the Simple Will
- Representing the OUI Client
- Author's Panel
- 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
Streetwise: A Beginner's Guide to Handling
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Thursday, Nov. 5, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
19th Annual Family Law
Friday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 7
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham
Drafting the Simple
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road,
Representing the OUI Client
Thursday, Nov. 12, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Thursday, Nov. 12, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
CONFERENCE SAVE THE DATES
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
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
- Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m.
Reminder: Register for 19th Annual Family Law Conference, Nov. 6-7
This year's conference theme is "Federal Law in Family Law Matters."
The Massachusetts Bar Association's Family Law Section Council
invites you to its 19th Annual Family Law Conference
from Nov. 6-7 at the Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Road,
Chatham. This year's conference theme is "Federal Law in Family Law
6 p.m.: Welcome/Reception
Co-sponsored by Barnstable County Bar Association
7:30 a.m.: Breakfast & Registration
8:30 a.m.: Welcome & State of the Trial
9 a.m.: Session I - Issues of Interstate
10:20 a.m.: Break
10:30 a.m.: Session II - The Hague Convention and
Issues of International Custody
1 p.m.: Session III - DOMA: What Hurdles Does
DOMA Place in the Way of Same-Sex Married Couples and Those Who Are
2:20 p.m.: Session IV - Federal Tax Issues in
3:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks
Click here for a
complete conference schedule.
MBA member 2008-09 admittees, paralegals and law students:
MBA Family Law Section (sponsoring) members: $180
Barnstable County Bar Association members: $200
All other MBA members: $200
Judges (to cover cost of lunch): $25
The MBA has set aside a limited number of rooms at Chatham Bars
Inn at the special rate of $299/night. For room reservations and
information, call (800) 527-4884.
For more information, or to register, call Member Services at
(617) 338-0530 or click here.
Photographs of the 2009 Access to Justice Award recipients by Merrill Shea.
Nominate a colleague for an Access to Justice Award
Submit nominations by Tuesday, Nov. 10
The MBA is seeking nominations for its five Access to Justice
Awards, which will be presented at the MBA's Access to Justice
Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 12. The luncheon will be held at
the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston.
These awards offer a unique opportunity to recognize the efforts
and achievements of our MBA members. Often, the people who shoulder
the responsibility of assuring access to the courts and the legal
system for both practitioners and members of the public are unsung
heroes. To ensure that award recipients truly reflect the best of
the legal profession, the MBA encourages nominations from its
members, from Massachusetts regional and minority bar associations
and from local public service organizations.
The Access to Justice Awards are:
Legal Services Award
An attorney employed by a public or nonprofit agency to provide
civil legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a
particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the
provision of low-income legal services, above and beyond the
requirements or his or her position.
Pro Bono Award for Law Firms
A law firm of two or more attorneys, with one or more offices in
the commonwealth, whose pro bono activities are particularly
noteworthy in relation to the firm's size and which has performed
significant or meaningful pro bono activity or which has been
particularly instrumental in developing, implementing and/or
supporting a pro bono program or pro bono services within
Pro Bono Publico Award
An individual who has been instrumental in developing,
implementing and supporting pro bono programs for the Massachusetts
Bar Association or for a local county bar association, or a pro
bono program of a law firm, or has developed a pro bono program
sponsored or organized through an agency in the commonwealth, or
has performed significant or meaningful pro bono activity.
An attorney who is employed or retained by a public or nonprofit
agency to provide criminal legal services to low-income clients,
and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful
contribution to the provision of low-income legal services above
and beyond the requirements of his or her position.
A state or federal prosecutor who has distinguished himself or
herself in public service and whose commitment to justice and
serving the communities where he or she lives or works is
Nominations for all of the MBA Access to Justice
Awards must be submitted in writing no later than
Tuesday, Nov. 10, to: Jean Stevens, Sections/Ethics
Administrator, Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West St., Boston,
MA 02111-1204; [e-mail jstevens].Please submit a
letter describing why you believe that the nominee deserves this
recognition and to include the names and contact information of a
few additional people who can speak with knowledge about the
For more information, contact Jean
Stevens at [e-mail jstevens].
MBA section news
Immigration Law open meeting, Public Law open meeting, Labor & Employment open meeting; Municipal Tax Practice Group meeting
Citizenship and Naturalization
Thursday, Nov. 12, noon-1:30
MBA 20 West St., Boston
Immigration Section Council kicks off
it's 2009 association year with an open meeting. This open meeting
will cover topics in citizenship and naturalization Law. Topics
include acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth, derivation of US
citizenship by operation of law after birth, and naturalization.
Bring your lunch and learn how people become US citizens. Chaired
by Richard M. Green, a solo practitioner practicing Immigration and
Nationality in North Grafton, Mr. Green earned his Law Degree from
Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California and earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Trinity Western University
in Langley, British Columbia Canada. Green teaches Immigration and
Nationality Law at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass.
Changes at the human resources
Tuesday, Nov. 17, noon-1:30
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The Public Law Section's first open meeting luncheon will
feature speaker will be John Marra, the general counsel for the
Executive Office for Administration and Finance Human Resources
Division. He will discuss the recent changes at HRD relative to
review of initial civil service appointments and bypasses. Bring
your own lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided.
To be or not to be?
A discussion about proposed legislation
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:45
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Believed by many to be critical to their business, loathed by
others as a limitation on innovation, and criticized as being
overused and implemented in unfair ways, noncompetition agreements
are currently the subject of much interest among businesses,
venture capitalists and employees. Two state representatives --
Lori Ehrlich and Will Brownsberger -- have proposed sweeping new
legislation that would significantly restrict the enforceability of
noncompetition agreements under Massachusetts law. Join these
legislators as well as Russell Beck of Foley & Lardner LLP in a
discussion about the proposed legislation, moderated by Andrea
Kramer of Hirsch, Roberts Weinstein. Bring your own lunch, drinks
and snacks will be provided.
Click here to view the legislation in its
Click here to R.S.V.P.
Taxation Law Section's first
Municipal Tax Practice Group meeting
Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The Massachusetts Bar Association's
Taxation Law Section is pleased to announce the formation of the
Municipal Tax Practice Group. The purpose of the practice group is
to serve practitioners and the public by promoting the
administration of justice, legal education and respect for the law.
The Municipal Tax practice group will provide a forum for
practitioners to discuss issues unique to this area of the law and
seeks to be involved in efforts to improve the laws related to
Click here to R.S.V.P.
Lawyers Weakly Basketball League
Interested in joining the league or forming a team?
The Lawyers Weakly Basketball League will begin its 2009-10
winter session on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The league will play every
Wednesday night in Boston starting at 7 p.m. If your firm is
interested in putting a team in, or if you wish to play on a free
agent team or form your own team, contact Ira Fleishman at (781)
925-8775 or [e-mail nrs].