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09-17

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SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall to be presented the prestigious Edward F. Hennessey Award Oct. 21

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 for her decade of exemplary service as chief of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court with the prestigious Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award at the Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium on Oct. 21.

The 4:30 p.m. event at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston will also feature remarks from MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus and Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham, president of the Conference of Chief Justices.

Marshall will also deliver her Annual Address to the Legal Community. A reception will follow the award ceremony and address. As a reminder, please bring your bar card for easier entry.

To register, click here.
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Hot off the press

Newly redesigned Lawyers Journal and the latest edition of Massachusetts Law Review now available

Introducing the redesigned Lawyers Journal

The MBA debuts the new look and feel of its Lawyers Journal with the September/October 2009 issue, now available online. The print issue will be arriving in members' mail early next week.

Thanks to valuable member feedback, Lawyers Journal has been redesigned and reorganized to better meet member readership needs. The September/October 2009 issue features a profile on new MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus and a feature article detailing the great lengths to which legal services groups are going to make up for severe budget shortfalls.

It also includes:

  • A Q&A with Superior Court Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse on the court's 150th anniversary;
  • News about the creation of the MBA Task Force on Peremptory Challenges; and
  • Information about the FTC's Red Flags Rule.

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MLR coverNew Massachusetts Law Review available

The newest edition of Law Review has been mailed. For the online version, click here.

At 80 pages, the new issue features articles on the changing legal landscape for standing in zoning appeals cases, revisiting dispositions and sentencing advocacy in the district courts, and part two of conflict of laws in Massachusetts.

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Superior Court statewide symposium and dinner Sept. 22

MBA to co-host commemorative reception and dinner

In celebration of 150 Years of the Rule of Law in Massachusetts, the Superior Court will hold a statewide symposium, which is open to the public and FREE of charge, featuring many distinguished judges, lawyers and university professors. The symposium will be held at the Rabb Auditorium of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston, on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

The Massachusetts Bar Association, in conjunction with the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, will host a commemorative reception and dinner following the three-part symposium at 6 p.m. The commemorative dinner will be held at the Fairmont Copley Hotel, 138 St. James Ave., Boston.

For ticket information to attend the commemorative dinner, contact the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, in care of Cassandra Semenza at (617) 204-4230.

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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Tracking your revenue by referral source, or how to say more “Thank You's”

Hopefully you have a tracking system to record where your clients come from. This can be something as simple as an Excel spreadsheet, or as complex as a database custom made for your firm. You may also be able to use your practice management system for this purpose.

When tracking your referrals, be sure to track the following information:

  1. Where a client came from (referral, blog, Avvo, networking event, seminar);
  2. If there was a secondary referral source (If they were referred by a client, where did that original client come from? If it was a referral from another professional, where did you meet that person?);
  3. The total revenue brought in by the client so you can determine which referral sources are bringing in the most amount of revenue, and not just the highest volume of clients ― you may be surprised at what you find; and
  4. The quality of the client (if a particular source is sending you less-than-ideal clients, figure out how to change this ― educate a person, change the focus of your blog posts, market your seminars to a different audience, etc.).

The reason for tracking the multiple layers of referrals is so that when it comes time to focus your efforts and send thank you's ― you want to go back to the original source, and not just focus on the most recent source. For instance, maybe you don't get any direct clients as a result of a certain networking group and you're thinking of not going any more. But after your analysis of your cases, you realize that the financial planner you see every month at the group has sent you 20 percent of your business for the year. Make sure you keep tending to that relationship even if you do drop the group. Likewise, if there is someone who sends you great referrals, always be sure to thank them. And take the next step to thank the person who introduced you.  It's unexpected and appreciated.

This tip is courtesy of Leanna Hamill, attorney at law, a member of the Law Practice Management Section Council.

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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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R.S.V.P. for the Massachusetts Bar Foundation's fall grantee receptions

Receptions to be held Sept. 23 and Oct. 1

Join colleagues and friends to celebrate the many accomplishments of the 2009-10 MBF grantees and 2009 legal intern fellows.

There will be two receptions:

Boston

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.
MBA Boston office, 20 West St., Boston

Springfield

Thursday, Oct.1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Egan, Flanagan and Cohen PC, 67 Market St., Springfield

Click here to R.S.V.P., or call (617) 338-0648.

 

 

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News from the Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit provisions on electronic filing of documents; Adoption of amendments to local rules; Adoption of amendments to internal operating procedures

Administrative order regarding case management/electronic case files system ("CM/ECF")

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has adopted provisions to govern the electronic filing of documents in cases before the court. Effective Oct. 13, the court will permit filings to be made by means of the court's electronic filing system.

Effective Jan. 1, use of the electronic filing system is mandatory for all attorneys filing in this court, unless they are granted an exemption, and is voluntary for all non-incarcerated pro se litigants proceeding without counsel. These provisions may be amended from time to time, with or without prior notice, by further order of the court. The clerk may make changes to the procedures for electronic filing to adapt to changes in technology or to facilitate electronic filing. Any changes to procedures will be posted on the court's Web site. The court may deviate from these procedures in specific cases if deemed appropriate in the exercise of its discretion.

Click here to view the provisions.

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Notice of adoption of amendments to
local rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit previously provided notice of proposed amendments to Local Rules 3.0(a) and (b), 11.0(b) and (c)(2), 25.0, 27.0(b), 30.0(e), 31.0(a)(1) and (b), 32.0(a), 33.0(a)(1)(A), 35.0(c), 36.0(d), 39.0(b)(1), 40.0(a), and 45.1(c). The court solicited comments and all comments were carefully considered. The court hereby provides notice of the adoption of the amendments, with some additional minor modifications. The amendments relate to the court's adoption of an electronic document filing system. The effective date of the amendments is Oct. 13.

Click here for a copy of the relevant provisions of the amended local rules with the amendments incorporated.

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Notice of adoption of amendments to
internal operating procedures

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit previously provided notice of proposed amendments to Internal Operating Procedures I(B), III(C), IV(A) and (C), V(A) and (D), VI(A) and (B), VIII(E), IX(C), and XI. The court solicited comments and all comments were carefully considered. The court hereby provides notice of the adoption of the amendments, with some additional minor modifications. The amendments relate to the court's adoption of an electronic document filing system. The effective date of the amendments is Oct. 13.

Click here to view for the relevant provisions of the amended internal operating procedures with the amendments incorporated.

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Notice of final amendment to
Internal Operating Procedure II(A)

On June 19, 2009, this court amended Internal Operating Procedure II(A), on an immediate basis, to take account of recent changes in the process for admitting attorneys to this court's bar. At the same time, the court solicited comments. No comments were received.The court hereby provides notice of the final adoption of the amendments made on June 19.

Click here for the Internal Operating Procedure II(A), with the amendments incorporated.

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Notice of adoption of amendment to
Local Rule 46.0(f)

On June 9, this court issued Notice of Proposed Amendment to Local Rule 46.0(f). The amendment modifies slightly the requirements for appearance and argument by law students. There are also corresponding changes to the required forms. No comments were received. The court hereby provides notice of adoption of the amendment.

Click here to view Local Rule 46.0(f) with the amendments incorporated.

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Notice of final amendment ot Local Rule 47.0

On May 18, this court amended Local Rule 47.0, on an immediate basis, to reflect a change in the number of members of the Advisory Committee on Rules. At the same time, the court solicited comments. No comments were received. The court hereby provides notice of the final adoption of the amendments made on May 18.

Click here to view Local Rule 47.0 with the amendments incorporated.

 

 

 

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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Operating the Profitable Immigration Law Office" 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 September/October CLE brochure, click here.

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • Operating the Profitable Immigration Law Office
  • Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference
  • Death and Dying: Legal Issues in End-of-Life Health Care Decision-Making
  • The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors Thinking?
  • Save the date: Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium
  • Save the date: 19th Annual Family Law Conference
  • Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

OCTOBER CLE PROGRAMS

Operating the Profitable Immigration Law Office
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield


Death and Dying: Legal Issues in End-of-Life Health Care Decision-Making

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main St., Springfield


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

SAVE THE DATES

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

CASEMAKER WEBINARS

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  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.
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