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MBA leadership met on Thursday, Sept. 17 for the first House of Delegates meeting of the 2009-10 association year.

Photos by Jennifer Rosinski.

First 2009-10 MBA House of Delegates meeting discusses education, membership and technology

MBA leadership met on Thursday, Sept. 17 in Andover

The Sept. 17 gathering at the Andover Country Club was the first meeting of the 2009-10 association year led by President Valerie A. Yarashus, who gave an overview of the coming year including a focus on internal improvements in the areas of education, membership and technology as well as lobbying for changes in the areas of drug policy, alimony and to halt further court budget cuts. "We have very significant work to do this year, and it will make a difference," she said.

Measures to oppose both the state's plan to close the Bridgewater substance abuse center in November and portions of Gov. Deval Patrick's bill, An Act to Reduce Firearm Violence (in part, because it would establish a presumption that a defendant charged with possession of a firearm is dangerous for the purpose of setting bail) were approved by the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates last week.

Look for a more detailed report of HOD in the November issue of Lawyers Journal.

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MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus speaks at the Superior Court's commemorative dinner on Sept. 22.

Superior Court celebrates 150 Years of Rule of Law in Massachusetts

In celebration of 150 Years of the Rule of Law in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Bar Association, in conjunction with the Supreme Justicel Court Historical Society, hosted a commemorative reception and dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 22.


Click here to view event images, courtesy of FayFoto.



How a solo practitioner goes on vacation

Being a solo practitioner for two years, I finally decided to take my first real vacation for an entire week. Through it all, I learned that there are three things necessary to effectuate a vacation for a solo practitioner: preparation, technology, and balance.


Plan your vacation in advance and pick a time when you have no court or meeting obligations. Even though you might have picked a good time, things come up such as court dates being scheduled without your input - so you must arrange for a substitute for your cases. Look to networking attorneys and groups for attorneys that are in your practice area and ask them to substitute for you if necessary. Call them in advance and have them on stand-by while you're on vacation just in case. And always offer to return the favor when they need you.


I run a pseudo paperless office in that all my files are scanned into the computer yet I still maintain paper copies of all cases I'm working on currently for convenience in flipping through the file. Having all your files with you on a thumb drive not only gives you the ability to work anywhere, but also alleviates stress in the event something urgent might come up. With a blackberry, thumb drive and an Internet connection, you can work from anywhere.


If you could work from anywhere, then it's not really a vacation. The key is to not completely drop all your work habits because for solos, that's nearly impossible - either because we have too much responsibility to the practice and/or because you're simply too worried. Check your e-mails and voicemails. It's OK - just don't do it constantly. Check your e-mail once or twice a day. Check voicemails and answer phone calls only when it's convenient for you - not clients. Make appointments for when you come back because believe me, it can wait.

This tip is courtesy of Gabriel Cheong, attorney at law, owner of Infinity Law Group.

Published September 24, 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.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference"

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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:
  • 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
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Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.


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


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


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